Krijn

Krijn

The mystique of foreign places draws Krijn, and he enjoys reading stories that take you to different settings, near and far. If you can’t travel always and everywhere, at least you can always read, about anywhere. 

 

 


 

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The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz Cover Image
$32.00
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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A Long Petal of the Sea: A Novel Cover Image
By Isabel Allende, Nick Caistor (Translated by), Amanda Hopkinson (Translated by)
$28.00
ISBN: 9781984820150
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Published: Ballantine Books - January 21st, 2020

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
$25.95
ISBN: 9781324003076
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 4th, 2020

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
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ISBN: 9781250209764
Availability: Backordered - Not currently available to order
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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Norco '80: The True Story of the Most Spectacular Bank Robbery in American History Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781640092129
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - June 11th, 2019

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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Heineken in Africa: A Multinational Unleashed Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781849049023
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Published: Hurst & Co. - September 1st, 2019

Meticulous, critical account of how this multi-national does business in Africa. It involves working with dictators, sexual abuse, human rights violations, dictators, etc. This all because of seeking ad much profit as possible in this developing continent. An unmissable exposé.


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The Nickel Boys: A Novel Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780385537070
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Published: Doubleday - July 16th, 2019

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.


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 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
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ISBN: 9781476790541
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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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Craving Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781642860023
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Published: World Editions - October 2nd, 2018

Adorable story! When passing on a major street in Amsterdam, Elizabeth tells her daughter that she has cancer. Coco, in an insecure relationship, feels she need ot move back in with her mother. Well described characters include the ex-husband/father and stepmother. Poignant, but often funny. Really enjoyable to read.


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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
$17.00
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
$16.95
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!


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The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen Cover Image
By Hendrik Groen, Hester Velmans (Translated by)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781455542154
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - April 3rd, 2018

Charming journal in which he describes day-to-day life in a retirement home in Amsterdam. He writes about other people, nice ones and cantankerous ones, about friendships, and support for each other. At times touching, but often funny, as when he writes about the rebellious "Old But Not Yet Dead Club".