Krijn

Krijn

Having travelled to many places places, Krijn enjoys reading fiction and nonfiction stories that take you to different settings, near and far. If you can’t always travel everywhere, at least you can always read about anywhere.

 

 


 

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Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty Cover Image
$32.50
ISBN: 9780385545686
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Published: Doubleday - April 13th, 2021

Engrossing tale of the Sackler family’s greed and their ruthless marketing of opioid painkillers, causing the opioid crisis.. Keefe chronicles the birth of the dynasty and how if morphed into a family empire that shamelessly made billion dollars while hiding in the background, all the while demanding recognition through philanthropy.  It is well researched and well written and reads like a real-life thriller.


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How to Kidnap the Rich: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780063028784
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Published: Harper Perennial - June 1st, 2021

A rollicking urban caper in which poor Ramesh Kumar takes and aces a test for a son of the rich, catapulting the latter to stardom. They both make a lot of money, get kidnapped, and kidnap others when turning the tables. It provides satirical view on the inequalities in contemporary Indian society. Hugely entertaining. You'll enjoy this.


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Basil's War: A WWII Spy Thriller Cover Image
$23.95
ISBN: 9781613162248
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Published: Mysterious Press - May 4th, 2021

Basil St. Florian is a swashbuckling secret agent who’d rather stay in bed with his lover than go on a mission. Nevertheless, because he’s so masterful in his trade, he’s chosen for a secret mission into France to retrieve information that will help decipher the German secret codes and win the war. A very British tale with their typical humor, with action, and with a great plot. A very entertaining spy thriller.


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Do Not Disturb: The Story of a Political Murder and an African Regime Gone Bad Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9781610398428
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Published: PublicAffairs - March 30th, 2021

The best nonfiction book I read in quite a while. Michela Wrong’s ‘Do Not Disturb’ is a powerful, sweeping review of Rwanda’s recent history and rise of the current regime of the once admired Paul Kagame. She uses the murder of Kagame’s former friend and co-leader Patrick Karegeya as background when telling the events that gave birth to the related rebel movements in Uganda and later in Rwanda, the return of displaced people to Rwanda, the Tutsi genocide (and Kagame’s probable role in starting it), the killings of Hutu’s, and the current ruthless persecution of anybody who does not agree with Kagame. The ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign was left on the door of the room where Karegeya was murdered, but it is a metaphor for the legitimacy of the current minority regime. Wrong’s book is gripping and eloquent, and I had a hard time putting it down until I finished it.


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The Thousand Crimes of Ming Tsu Cover Image
By Tom Lin
$28.00
ISBN: 9780316542159
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - June 1st, 2021

Ming Tsu is a ruthless Chinese American outlaw seeking revenge after enduring mistreatment, exploitation and racism. He travels with a prophet on his journey to kill the men who destroyed him and to find the wife he was taken away from. They hook up with a group of magic show characters on the way. There are grisly scenes, but also great descriptions of the desolate landscapes they're passing through. This is a well-written, captivating and thrilling western.


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The Committed Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780802157065
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Published: Grove Press - March 2nd, 2021

This is a literary masterpiece - the long-awaited follow-up to The Sympathizer. First off, don’t worry if you haven’t read The Sympathizer ((I haven't, yet). This book is great read on its own. The protagonist/narrator arrives as a refugee in Paris and gets involved in its criminal underworld in this gangster thriller that is interlaced with his discourses on colonialism, communism, and the American/Vietnam war and their ghosts, and occasional humor. Viet Thanh Nguyen is a fantastic author, and this story is spellbinding.


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The Last Taxi Driver Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781951142681
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Published: Tin House Books - April 6th, 2021

In this darkly comic story, Lou Bishoff chronicles a day of driving around an eccentric slew of characters in and around a college town in Mississippi in a beat up taxi. His live is disrupted and changing as his girlfriend is moving out, and Uber is moving in and an antagonistic dispatcher is reappearing. Still showing compassion to long time destitute customers, he has to decide how much he can take. This was very enjoyable to read.


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Apeirogon: A Novel Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780812981933
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Published: Random House Trade - February 2nd, 2021

 

Apeirogon - a shape with a countably infinite number of sides. In this extraordinary hybrid novel McCann craftfully weaves together the stories of an Israeli father and a Palestinian father, joined in grief after they both have lost a daughter in the enduring conflict. He shapes their loss into a breathtaking narrative, splendidly interspersed with incidental details. It is moving and almost impossible to put down.


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The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385348713
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Published: Crown - February 25th, 2020

Fantastic account of Churchill’s first year as PM, leading the Battle of Britain. In captivating detail Larson describes his quirks, his charisma, his emotions, his leadership, and his great oratory skills. Combined into this are the narratives of the family members and friends and staff that surround him, as well as his enemies. A terrific, spellbinding historical WWII novel.


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Norco '80: The True Story of the Most Spectacular Bank Robbery in American History Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781640093881
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - June 2nd, 2020

Gripping account of a bank robbery that went wrong. A group of friends amassed an arsenal of military-grade weapons to prepare themselves for armageddon. They tried to rob a bank, but all went wrong and a violent pursuit followed. This is part action thriller and part courtroom drama. It raises issues such as religious extremism, PTSD, and militarization of police forces that are still relevant today. An outstanding, suspenseful written story.


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Jennifer Juniper: A Journey Beyond the Muse Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781912666614
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Published: Urbane Publications - April 26th, 2020

For those of us that came of age in the late sixties and seventies, this is a fascinating and enjoyable tale by Jenny Boyd of her experiences and life that she shared with several (mostly) British rock ’n roll musicians, from when they were struggling until they were well established stars. She shared her life with o.a. Mick Fleetwood, George Harrison, Eric Clapton and Donovan, and had at least a bit of influence on their writings (including Donovan’s Jennifer Juniper). insightful and entertaining read!


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A Long Petal of the Sea: A Novel Cover Image
By Isabel Allende, Nick Caistor (Translated by), Amanda Hopkinson (Translated by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593157497
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Published: Ballantine Books - April 6th, 2021

Sweeping, epic story that follows Victor Dalmay and his wife Roser over a span of more than 50 years, starting during the Spanish civil war. They escape and end up in one of the refugee concentration camps in southern France. From there they are able to move to Chile, with the help of the great poet Pable Neruda, where later on they witness the overthrow of Salvador Allende (Isabele's godfather and cousin of her father) by Pinochet. They again need to leave their home, this time moving to Venezuela, at that time the most properous South American nation. Eventually they are able to move back to the country they consider their homeland. A historical, absorbing tale.


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Half Broke: A Memoir Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780393541540
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 9th, 2021

Real-life story by top-ranked horse trainer Gaffney. She helps out at an alternative prison in NM, a ranch entirely run by prisoners. Horses and residents arrive broken, some of the latter battling addictions. She writes about the successes, but also the setbacks and relapses, and blends in her own experiences. Beautiful narrative about a wonderful program.


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American Dirt (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250209764
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Published: Flatiron Books - January 21st, 2020

Lydia runs a bookstore and has a son, Luca, and journalist husband who writes about the drug cartels. He and the rest of their family are murdered, and Lydia and Luca flee from the cartel’s Jefe and downfallen Acapulco and join the migrants who sacrifice everything for a glimmer of hope in El Norte. They travel on La Bestia. This is a great story, full of misery and drama, but also humanity. A fantastic book for our times.


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The Nickel Boys: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780345804341
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Published: Anchor - June 30th, 2020

A young man who treasures MLK's words has big plans, but lives in the Jim Crow south. Elwood, and Turner, and many other boys, end up in a hellish reform school, where they intend to survive. Based on a true story, The Nickel Boys is heartbraking. The writing is phenomenal - plain but powerful. It stays with you for a long time.


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Ventoux Cover Image
By Bert Wagendorp, Paul Vincent (Translator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781642860177
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Published: World Editions - May 19th, 2019

 

Great story about old and renewed friendships, and observations about life and growing up. Cycling is a central theme, including two climbs up Mont Ventoux ,famous from the Tour de France, in their youth and later as they get together again. A feel-good, pleasant summer read.


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The World's Fastest Man: The Extraordinary Life of Cyclist Major Taylor, America's First Black Sports Hero Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781501192593
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Published: Scribner - May 7th, 2019

Fascinating story about Major Taylor, the first black person to become a world champion in sports. Biking was then the most popular sport in America. The extraordinary Taylor was a heroic athlete who broke racial barriers, battling Jim Crow laws and attitudes, even those of his colleagues. Inspiring and riveting.


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The Last Thing You Surrender: A Novel of World War II Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781572842458
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Published: Agate Bolden - February 5th, 2019

Beautiful, epic tale of World War II and race relations, following 3 characters. The war in the Pacific, Japanese prison camp, black tank battalion in Europe, and work at a shipyard in Mobile Alabama, are part of the story lines, set against a backdrop of race relations. This is a wonderful historical novel.


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Solitary: A Biography (National Book Award Finalist; Pulitzer Prize Finalist) Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780802148308
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Published: Grove Press - December 3rd, 2019

Extremely powerful saga! "Fox" grew up in an environment that led to petty crime, just to survive. While locked up he's convicted of murder, but is innocent, and spends 40 years in solitary confinement. This is a story about institutionalized racism and inhumane conditions, but also about hope, and his unbreakable spirit and remaining sane, about friendship and inspiring and helping others. A superb memoir!


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Only Killers and Thieves: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062690982
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Published: Harper Perennial - December 4th, 2018

I just loved this - couldn't put it down. Epic, gorgeous tale of two brothers dealing with family tragedy, justice, revenge, aborigines and bloodshed, and guilt. Set in the 1800's at the edge of the Australian Outback, where life and the environment are harsh, but so beautifully described. Great Read!


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Slice Harvester: A Memoir in Pizza Cover Image
$15.99
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ISBN: 9781476790541
Published: Simon & Schuster - November 8th, 2016

20-something Colin - punkrocker and zine publisher - decides to eat a 'slice of regular' at every Manhattan pizza place. He visits over 400 places, falls in love, gets sober, and gets attention all over the world. Included are some of the reviews - and they are funny. This is about his life, but leaves you craving for a great slice.


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Always Another Country Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781642860009
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Published: World Editions - September 4th, 2018

I love this book! As her father was an exiled ANC member, she grew up in various African countries, and Canada and the USA, where she studied. Always pursuing her black African roots. After the end of Apartheid she returns "home". This is a beautitul, elegantly written, and at times moving story about belonging.


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The Last Cowboys: A Pioneer Family in the New West Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393356991
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 4th, 2019

Beautiful story of the American west, set against the backdrop of the glorious Utah landscape. Fascinating portrait of the Wright family - several generations raised cattle, and they are arguably the most successful rodeo family in US history. Great tribute to rodeo culture and the US west. This story is certain to please you.


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King of Spies: The Dark Reign of an American Spymaster Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143128861
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Published: Penguin Books - October 2nd, 2018

Captivating story about the most powerful US spy during the Korean war era. He set up his own spy network in Norht Korea, and was also very close to the South Korean president. A thrilling, true tale and account of the Korean war.


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The Dinner Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780385346856
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Published: Hogarth - October 29th, 2013

Great thought provoking book about people and an event set in a country where people are considered to be so tolerant. But are  they? How far would you go to protect your family? Hard to put down till the very end.

 


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The Long Haul: A Trucker's Tales of Life on the Road Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393355871
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 5th, 2018

He dropped out of college and has been driving a long haul truck for over 30 years, and wrote this great book about it. Could not put it down. He brings to life a seemingly mundane job in this rollicking story. Very entertaining!