September 7, 2011 16 Comments
I went to the Dutch book exhibition, Manuscripta, on Sunday and I got some goodie bags with books. No ARCs but some slightly older books from the publishers’ back catalog. I’m well pleased with this haul.
This is what I got:
Notice especially the floppy disk at the bottom left. This contained a QR code which gave access to a free download of an ebook about Dutch women writers [Schrijvende vrouwen (Women Writers) by Jacqueline Bel and Thomas Vaessens (Ed.)] from Amsterdam University Press. What an original idea! (Do you remember the old floppy disk or was that before your time?). Non-fiction.
Other books I got (from top to bottom and left to right):
The River King by Alice Hoffman (Dutch translation: Onder Water). I got this in the form of a bookazine (a book in the shape of a magazine) from the women’s magazine Esta.
From the back cover: “Haddan School is a prestigious boarding school in the quiet state of Massachusetts, close to the farmer village Haddan. One day a body is found in the river. It is August Pierce, a quiet boy who had been bullied and threatened. The school management think it’s suicide but Inspector Grey refuses to believe this. […].” (My translation). Fiction.
My Year with Eleanor by Noelle Hancock (Dutch translation: Vrouw zoekt berg om tegen op te zien. This literally means “Woman looking for mountain to look up against” which means something like “woman looking for problems where there aren’t any”. I love the Dutch title!). I got this book from Lev. Publishers, a subsidiary of Bruna publishers.
From the back cover: “”Every day do one thing that you are afraid of (Eleanor Roosevelt)”. This quote makes Noelle realize that she has changed from an ambitious and enthusiastic woman into a timid, reluctant person. She decides to take Eleanor’s advice by doing something that she is afraid of every day for a year. Diving with sharks, karaoke, visiting her ex-boyfriends, acupuncture, climbing the Kilimanjaro: her funny and sometimes touching adventures teach her who she is and what she is capable of”. (My translation). Non-fiction.
Mr Rosenblum’s List by Natasha Solomons. I got this book (in Dutch: De lijst van meneer Rosenblum). I got this in a goodie bag from boekensalon.nl, a Dutch website a bit like Goodreads. Of course, I’ve already read it (see my review HERE), so it will make a nice present for someone else. Fiction.
Erebos by U. Poznanski. This book was from Lemniscaat children’s publishers. They offered the book for free to anyone who was willing to tweet about the book, which I did there and then after I interrogated the lady about the book. It seems perfect for my 12 and 14 year old sons!
I think this actually is a very new book! I can’t find a description on it, except in German (the original language). The inside cover says it’s about a computer game, Erebos, that is played by London high school children. They have an illegal version that is completely addictive. Everyone wants to play but you only have one chance: if you don’t play according to the rules you’re logged out and can never play again.
Nick is severely addicted to the game, until he gets the order to kill someone. When he doesn’t comply, he’s thrown out of the game. His friend becomes the victim of a nasty accident. Is Erebos only a game or does it have off-line consequences too? Fiction.
Away by Amy Bloom (Dutch: Op zoek). This book came in a goodie bag from Nieuw Amsterdam publishers. I’ve heard of the author, but never read anything by her.
From bol.com (Dutch online book sellers): “When her family is destroyed in a Russian pogrom, Lillian comes to America alone, determined to make her way in a new land. When word comes that her daughter, Sophie, might still be alive, Lillian embarks on an odyssey that takes her from the world of the Yiddish theater on New York’s Lower East Side, to Seattle’s Jazz District, and up to Alaska, along the fabled Telegraph Trail toward Siberia.” Fiction.
Op zee by Toine Heijmans (English: At Sea). This was the first book I got at the book exhibition and the one I am most excited about. It was already on my wishlist. When I filled out my email address on a sheet of paper to be added to the mailing list of LJ Veen publishers, they handed me this book, and I went “Oh!” and “Ah!”.
From bol.com (Dutch online book sellers): “A father takes his seven-year old daughter on a sailing trip to travel from Northern Denmark to the Netherlands in two days. Isolated from the rest of the world, they belong together more than ever. Until the daughter disappears and the father remains behind on the ship. Where did his daugher go? Why did he actually take a child on board with him? And what to tell his wife when he comes back without her?” (My translation). Fiction.
Have you read any of these books? Which of these would appeal to you?