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Isaac James Baker has worked as a freelance writer, editor, newspaper reporter and communications specialist. He is currently finishing up a master’s degree in fiction writing from Johns Hopkins University. His fiction, poetry and essays have appeared in a bunch of random places, including BloodLotus Journal, BlazeVOX and The Battered Suitcase. Isaac blogs about “Reading, Writing and Wine” and writes for the daily wine blog Terroirist. When he’s not writing or tasting wine, Isaac can be found chasing cold surf around the east and west coasts. Isaac's first novel, Broken Bones, is out now. It's based on his month-long stay in a psychiatric ward for people with eating disorders. Born and raised in Belmar, New Jersey, Isaac lives in Washington ...more

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Broken Bones

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Godforsaken Grapes by Jason Wilson
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Many wine nerds have likely heard a similar statistic: about 80% of the world’s wine comes from about 20 grapes. Meanwhile, planet Earth boasts some 1,400 grape varieties used in winemaking, which means there is a whole lot of “obscure” wine out ther ...more
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Catfish and Mandala by Andrew X. Pham
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Riot Days by Maria Alyokhina
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I followed the Pussy Riot shenanigans, and the subsequent insane overreaction by Russian authorities, as they unfolded. So, years later, it was fascinating to get the inside scoop about the whole ordeal. Alyokhina's prose is punchy and quirky and the ...more
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Tangled Vines by Frances Dinkelspiel
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If the title doesn’t make it clear, this is a great beach read. Author Frances Dinkelspiel digs deep into California wine history, her own past, and a series of wine-related misdoings to tell a tale that is fascinating, educational, and a whole lot o ...more
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Empire by Gore Vidal
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Tasting Pleasure by Jancis Robinson
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The combination of deep intellect, poetic sensitivity and a profound palate makes Jancis Robinson perhaps the greatest human to ever write sentences about wine. Thomas Jefferson and Ernest Hemingway have some great quotes, but their wine knowledge do ...more
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The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
The Handmaid's Tale
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What a phenomenal book. Atwood is a master. She sneaks this poetic turns of phrase into her story that make me stop and re-read them, they're that clever and beautiful.

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Tasting Pleasure by Jancis Robinson
"Witty, charming, full of fascinating anecdotes. I love this insider's glimpse of the wine world from a woman's perspective."
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Cancer Ward by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
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