Up Front by Martin B. Deutsch for 2017
WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT MARTIN
Martin B. Deutsch created Frequent Flyer magazine in 1980 and was editor-in-chief and publisher for 15 years. He also wrote a column called "Up Front" for Frequent Flyer during those years. In a career that has spanned seven decades, he has published and edited dozens of other magazines, including Travel Management Daily and Travel Age. For many years, he also wrote columns for Argosy and Travel Agent magazines. After Joe Brancatelli created JoeSentMe.com in 2001, he called on Deutsch, his former boss at Frequent Flyer, to create its noncommercial format. He is based in New York.


June 29: A GRIPPING GRISHAM THRILLER
I quickly tire of authors who plow familiar grounds. But I was reintroduced to John Grisham thanks to a timely novel about a hot topic: the death penalty.

May 25: A LITTLE LOVE FOR THE ROAD
The Japanese Lover, a 2015 bestseller, is my first encounter with one of Chilean-American writer Isabel Allende's highly regarded works. I found it highly readable, intelligent and occasionally provocative. The perfect late-spring read, in fact.

May 4: A BRILLIANT HISTORICAL NOVEL OF TRUTH AND TRAVAIL
Winner of the 2016 National Book Award and 2017 Pulitzer Prize, The Underground Railroad is categorized as historical fiction. But you don't need historical accuracy to appreciate the heart-rending emotions that it both imagines and evokes.

April 6: LOVE AND DEATH BY WAY OF THE OUTER HEBRIDES
Need something to read now that they've taken away your laptop and tablet? Allow me to introduce you to Peter May and The Lewis Trilogy. It's like visiting Scotland.

March 16: THRILLERS IN THE SNOW
If it snows again in the next few days, two thrillers--one of espionage and one of familial relationships--will help pass the time at the airport.

March 2: RICHARD SANDOVAL'S GLOBAL MEXICAN EMPIRE
Richard Sandoval, a Mexican City-born entrepreneur and chef, builds a global dining empire from New York to the Middle East to Mexico itself. His restaurant on New York's Upper East Side is a surprising find in a city bereft of good Mexican options.

February 23: A PACKED ITALIAN IN MANHATTAN'S MEATPACKING DISTRICT
In a Manhattan neighborhood once known for meat packing, a coastal Italian restaurant designed by Renzo Piano is packing them in. Opened two years ago, a few steps from the oh-so-hip Standard Hotel, Santina has won critical raves and acquired a sizable following of New York foodies.

February 2: I AM AN IMMIGRANT
I am an immigrant. I was born and bred, and had my early schooling, in what was becoming Nazi Germany. This country has given me everything: an education, a family, children, a career--and my life. I have always felt as American as the next guy or gal. But having been born and raised in a dictatorship, I have an unwelcome feeling that my days as an immigrant could end in circumstances not different from my early years.

These columns originally appeared at JoeSentMe.com.

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