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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.
As a way to escape his problematic life, twenty-something punkrocker and zine publisher Colin decides to eat a 'regular slice' at every Manhattan pizza place, and post his critiques on his blog. Over a two year period he visits close to 400 pizza joints, and during this time he falls in love, gets sober, and is the subject of news articles all over the world. This is his story. His passion for pizza is great. He included some of the reviews, including the worst and the best, and they are funny. Though most of the book is about his life, reading it leaves you with a craving for a great slice of regular pizza.
I love this book! As her father was an exiled ANC member, Sisonke Msimang grew up in various African countries and Canada, and studied in the USA, always pursuing her black African roots. After the end of Apartheid she returns 'home'. This is a beautiful, elegantly written, and at times moving story about belonging.
This is an adorable book. When passing her daughter on a major street in Amsterdam, Elizabeth tells her daughter that she has cancer. Coco, in an insecure relationship and living with her boyfriend, urgently feels that she needs to move back in with her mother and rebuild that relationship. Other well-described characters inlude the ex-husband/father and stepmother. The story is poignant, but also often funny. Really enjoyable to read.
I just loved this book - couldn't put it down. Epic, gorgeous tale of two brother dealing with family tragedy, justice, revenge, aborigiens and bloodshed, and guilt. Set in the late 1800's at the edge of the Australian Outback, where life and the environment are harsh, but so beautifully described in this book. This a a great read.
Beautiful stoty 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 rodeao culture and the US west.
Captivating story about the most powerful US spy during the Korean War era. He obtained North Korean plans, first ignored by US Army brass, and was very close to the South Korean president. He set up and oversaw a vast spy network. It is also an account of the massacres, carpet bombings, blunders,and cover-ups - all repeated during the Vietnam war, and it provides an insight to the North Korean attitude towards the USA. A trhilling true story and account of the Korean war.
Great thought proboking book about people and an event set in a country that is considwered to be tolerant. But are they? Over the course of a dinner family and personal values are discussed between two couples, whose sons were involved in a terrible event ? How far would you go to protect your family? Hard to put down till the very end.
A great book about trucking? You bet! Finn Murphy dropped out of college and has been driving a long haul truck for over 30 years, and wrote this great, rollicking story about it. He bring to life a seemingly mundane job of a moving truck driver crisscrossing the USA. Very entertaining.
Charming journal in which he describes day-to-day life in a retirement home in Amsterdam. He writes about other people - nice ones, cantankerous ones - about friendships, and support for each other. At times touching, but often funny, as when he writes about the rebellious "Old Bur Not yet Dead Club".