ABC’s Favorite Books of 2007 (pt. 6)


One last trip back to Den Haag, where esteemed colleagues Tom, Ester, Simone, and Lilia present their favorites to you.

Tom (ABC Den Haag, Travel Books, Local Interest, and Language Buyer)
Phaic Tan Phaic Tan by Santo Cilauro
Great stuff for users of the Lonely Planet guides – and anyone else who likes a funny book!

My ‘Dam Life by Sean Condon
Humorous book about Holland by an Aussie who spent three years in this peculiar country.

Tagebuch aus Pommern 1945/46 (Diary from Pomerania 1945/46) by Kathe von Normann
Diary by a German lady in (what is now) Poland, detailing daily life during the Second World WarLe silence de la mer at the time of the Russian invasion. Not a bedtime read!

Le Diable et le Bon Dieu (The Devil and the Good Lord) by Jean-Paul Sartre
Philosophical and funny play about one of those timeless subjects: good and evil.

Le Silence de la Mer (The Silence of the Sea) by Vercors
A tale of self-deception and of the triumph of passive resistance over evil, published illegally during the Second World War.

Ester (ABC Den Haag, pool person)
Lunch at the Piccadilly Lunch at the Piccadilly by Clyde Edgerton
Edgerton is one of My Favorite Authors and he has not yet disappointed me.

Ten Sorry Tales by Mick Jackson
Jackson’s imagination is overwhelming.

The City of Falling Angels by John Berendt
He writes non-fiction as though it is fiction, giving a really good impression of the history, people and society of the cities he writes about.

Goodnight NobodyGoodnight Nobody by Jennifer Weiner
Made me laugh out loud. Not many books do that to me.

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Great Classic. Very powerful, especially when you consider a world where owning and reading books is a crime.

Simone (ABC Den Haag, Store Manager, Fiction and Cookbooks Buyer)
A Share of the World by Andrea Newman
Great atmospheric read set in the 1960’s. College life, and the social and legal boundaries of that period are central to the story.

Dead RunDead Run by P.J. Tracy
Second best thriller by Tracy (Want to Play? is first). Yet again, a fast paced storyline that makes you hold your breath until the end.

A Friend from England by Anita Brookner
Very interesting novel (1987) about an odd relationship between two young women (one is a bookseller!). The style is very original, and contains a lot of thoughts, not too much dialogue. Good story.

The Italian GirlThe Italian Girl by Iris Murdoch
Another very different style of writing, this one is written from the male perspective. Realistic human behavior in very odd settings and surroundings.

Surrender the Pink by Carrie Fisher
Very entertaining and hilarious book, by the famous and funny Carrie Fisher. Soap opera writer has trouble with men and relationships. Funny lines throughout!

Lilia (ABC Den Haag, Children’s, Erotica, Horror, and Tie-Ins Buyer)
The Interpretation of MurderThe Interpretation of Murder by Jed Rubenfeld
Very intellectual, but also a rather good murder mystery. And it has Freud as a character in it…

Psychologies Magazine
Puts a bit more depth into subjects that other magazines only mention superficially.

New Scientist Magazine
Scientific writing for the scientifically-challenged. If you’re not a scientist but science doesn’t scare you, it’s a very good magazine about many things.

An Assembly Such as ThisThe Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
Old knowledge put in a very nice way.

The Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman series (An Assembly Such as This, Duty and Desire, These Three Remain) by Pamela Aidan
Wonderful view of what could have been Mr. Darcy’s thoughts during the whole of Pride and Prejudice, and how he really changes after Elizabeth’s rejection.