A bookseller since 1988, Jesse realized in May 1973 that the earth is choking to death on Homo sapiens, and in the years since has only seen the asphyxiation intensify. A life and lit informed by themes of diminishment, extinction, and impermanence, he tends our Travel and Eastern Philosophy sections and is responsible for the return of our unsold stock to the "Island of Misfit Books." His taste in books runs to Edward Abbey and Derrick Jensen for truth, Han Shan and Gary Snyder for solace. Personally an incorrigible optimist, he lives in Seattle and takes as his totem Ectopistes migratorius. His ambition is to tie a perfect 1/0 "Winter's Hope" (McMillan) and cast it in the Sol Duc some January. His goal is to wake up, in this incarnation or some other.

Reviews & Recommendations

The Wagon and Other Stories from the City Cover Image
ISBN: 9780226679822
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Published: University of Chicago Press - April 15th, 2011

For the sake of his writing, Preib joins the Chicago Police Department, and these essays are the stunning result. City life at its rawest and ugliest, tempered by reflective insight and moving compassion toward our least powerful citizens. Preib has crafted a challenge to our hardened hearts and chilled souls, and a poignant meditation on the writer's craft and purpose in an age morally adrift.

Nice Guys Finish Last Cover Image
ISBN: 9780226173887
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Published: University of Chicago Press - September 8th, 2009

Re-issued 34 years after its initial publication, this remains THE greatest baseball book of all time, by (arguably) the most colorful personality the game has ever known, Babe Ruth notwithstanding. This guy seemed to be everywhere interesting during the golden era, and the stories tumble one after the other, hilariously. From the 1927 Yankees to "The Shot Heard 'Round the World" to the heartbreak of the '69 Cubs, a happy retrospective from the scrappiest player/manager ever.

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk Cover Image
ISBN: 9780060885618
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Published: Ecco Press - November 27th, 2012

Spec Lynn and his squadmates stumble into a firefight, and by dumb luck, fame. A great read and a ruthlessly sardonic (and hilarious) skeewering of the pretense and bullshit that typifies so much of American public life. Also a perceptive reflection on our collective priorities, the Walk will have you wondering how and why ... to paraphrase David Byrne, "well, how did we get here!?!"

Hellhound on His Trail: The Electrifying Account of the Largest Manhunt in American History Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307387431
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Published: Anchor Books - March 22nd, 2011

The greatest manhunt in modern American history, during one of the wildest years in world history, when the country seemed about to shatter. A riveting and deeply moving slice of true crime history, and a disturbing slice of our past.

Razor-Wire Dharma: A Buddhist Life in Prison Cover Image
By Calvin Malone, Steven C. Rockefeller (Foreword by), Sunyana Graef (Editor)
ISBN: 9780861715633
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Published: Wisdom Publications (MA) - September 1st, 2008

Think you got it bad? Malone's proofs of real compassion, insight, loving-kindness, and mindfulness in the face of the most extreme torments and challenges may give you pause and perspective. A warm, humorous, whole and inspiring work, and a kind of miracle.

Zen Baggage: A Pilgrimage to China Cover Image
ISBN: 9781582435404
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - January 13th, 2010

The inimitable Red Pine on the trail of the first patriarchs of Zen. FULL ON CHINA at its best and Porter at his best: relaxed, avuncular, full of trenchant insights on the human condition and the Void. Warm and rich with droll, understated humor. Not everyone gets to wake up the Master-at-arms of the Shaolin Temple at the crack of dawn, demanding answers ... one of Porter's many adventures.

Fly Fishing Through the Midlife Crisis Cover Image
ISBN: 9780060834647
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Published: Harper Perennial - January 3rd, 2006

The troubles Howell Raines had as Executive Editor of the New York Times are as may be. All I know for sure is that over ten years ago he crafted a terrific meditation on fly fishing and its place in one man's life. Recently re-issued by Harper, this book reads (cliché or not) much like a flowing river as it passes through the landscapes and the seasons, and the eddies make it the more interesting. Contemplative and wonderful.

The Golden Spruce: A True Story of Myth, Madness, and Greed Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393328646
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 17th, 2006

Like D.B. Cooper, poet-logger Wobblies, potlatches, and the geoduck, The Golden Spruce is the kind of story Cascadia produces best: mystical, misty, mystifying, and just a little bit larger than life. A great read, engaging without pandering or condesencion, this story is part whodunit, part song-of-place, and part sorrowful cautionary parable. A must for all readers who love the rainy old Northwest; land, sea, forest and (sometimes) cranky, contrarian inhabitants.

All Souls' Rising: A Novel of Haiti (1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781400076536
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Published: Vintage - November 9th, 2004

One of my all time favorite novels, and the best historical novel I've ever read. The great Haitian revolution (to date the only successful slave rebellion of the modern era) amid the ferment of the Enlightenment and Napoleonic era reaction. This is a violent story, make no mistake. And it could be said that many "deserving" people get it in the neck. But... it is the instances of love and compassion, the humanity that makes this splendid. "A serious historical novel that reads like a dream."