Recensie: Dearly


Auteur: Margaret Atwood
Titel: Dearly
Genre: Poëzie
Taal: Engels
Jaar: 2020
ISBN: 9780063032491
Aantal pagina’s: 124
Gelezen: November 2021

In Dearly, Margaret Atwood’s first collection of poetry in over a decade, Atwood addresses themes such as love, loss, the passage of time, the nature of nature and – zombies. Her new poetry is introspective and personal in tone, but wide-ranging in topic. In poem after poem, she casts her unique imagination and unyielding, observant eye over the landscape of a life carefully and intuitively lived.

While many are familiar with Margaret Atwood’s fiction—including her groundbreaking and bestselling novels The Handmaid’s TaleThe TestamentsOryx and Crake, among others—she has, from the beginning of her career, been one of our most significant contemporary poets. And she is one of the very few writers equally accomplished in fiction and poetry.  This collection is a stunning achievement that will be appreciated by fans of her novels and poetry readers alike.

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Recensie: The paris library


Auteur: Janet Skeslien Charles
Titel: The paris library
Genre: Historische fictie
Taal: Engels
Jaar: 2021
ISBN: 9781982134198
Aantal pagina’s: 351
Gelezen: Maart 2021

Based on the true World War II story of the heroic librarians at the American Library in Paris, this is an unforgettable story of romance, friendship, family, and the power of literature to bring us together, perfect for fans of The Lilac Girls and The Paris Wife.

Paris, 1939: Young and ambitious Odile Souchet has it all: her handsome police officer beau and a dream job at the American Library in Paris. When the Nazis march into Paris, Odile stands to lose everything she holds dear, including her beloved library. Together with her fellow librarians, Odile joins the Resistance with the best weapons she has: books. But when the war finally ends, instead of freedom, Odile tastes the bitter sting of unspeakable betrayal.

Montana, 1983: Lily is a lonely teenager looking for adventure in small-town Montana. Her interest is piqued by her solitary, elderly neighbor. As Lily uncovers more about her neighbor’s mysterious past, she finds that they share a love of language, the same longings, and the same intense jealousy, never suspecting that a dark secret from the past connects them.

A powerful novel that explores the consequences of our choices and the relationships that make us who we are—family, friends, and favorite authors—The Paris Library shows that extraordinary heroism can sometimes be found in the quietest of places.

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Recensie: Heidi


Auteur: Johanna Spyri
Titel: Heidi
Genre: Jeugdklassieker
Taal: Engels
Jaar: 1880
ISBN: 9780147514028
Aantal pagina’s: 295
Gelezen: Mei 2021

Orphaned Heidi lives with her gruff but caring grandfather on the side of Swiss mountain, where she befriends young Peter the goat-herd. She leads an idyllic life, until she is forced to leave the mountain she has always known to go and live with a sickly girl in the city. Will Heidi ever see her grandfather again? A classic tale of a young girl’s coming-of-age, of friendship, and familial love.

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Recensie: Paris by Starlight

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Auteur: Robert Dinsdale
Titel: Paris by Starlight
Genre: Magisch Realisme
Taal: Engels
Jaar: 2020
ISBN: 9781529100457
Aantal pagina’s: 480
Gelezen: November 2021


Every city has its own magic…

Every night on their long journey to Paris from their troubled homeland, Levon’s grandmother has read to them from a very special book. Called The Nocturne, it is a book full of fairy stories and the heroic adventures of their people who generations before chose to live by starlight.

And with every story that Levon’s grandmother tells them in their new home, the desire to live as their ancestors did grows. And that is when the magic begins…

Nobody can explain why nocturnal water dogs start appearing at the heels of every citizen of Paris-by-Starlight like the loyal retainers they once were. There are suddenly night finches in the skies and the city is transforming: the Eiffel Tower lit up by strange ethereal flowers that drink in the light of the moon.

But not everyone in Paris is won over by the spectacle of Paris-by-Starlight. There are always those that fear the other, the unexplained, the strangers in our midst. How long can the magic of night rub up against the ordinariness of day? How long can two worlds occupy the same streets and squares before there is an outright war?

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Recensie: How to be Orange


Auteur: Greg Shapiro
Titel: How to be orange
Genre: Humor, non-fictie
Taal: Engels
Jaar: 2013
ISBN: 9789055948000
Aantal pagina’s: 240
Gelezen: Mei 2021

If you’re looking for an official guide to Dutch culture, this is not it. If you’re looking for one man’s completely subjective and utterly biased impression of Dutch culture, this is for you.

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Recensie: Hersenschimmen


Auteur: J. Bernlef
Titel: Hersenschimmen
Genre: Literatuur, klassieker
Taal: Nederlands
Jaar: 1984
ISBN: 9789021451817
Aantal pagina’s: 160
Gelezen: Mei 2021

Maarten Klein verliest langzaam maar zeker zijn greep op de werkelijkheid. Hij kan heden en verleden niet meer onderscheiden, wil plotseling weer naar zijn werk en ziet zijn echtgenote voor een vreemde aan. ‘Achter me in de deuropening staat een vrouw. Haar bruine haar valt met een lok schuin naar rechts over haar voorhoofd. […] Ze houdt me in de gaten.’ Meer nog dan een verhaal over dementie is Hersenschimmen een liefdesgeschiedenis, met een overmijdelijk tragisch einde. 

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Recensie: Drawing Lessons


Auteur: Patricia Sands
Titel: Drawing Lessons
Genre: Contemporary fictie
Taal: Engels
Jaar: 2017
ISBN: 9781542045872
Aantal pagina’s: 352
Gelezen: Juni 2021

Sixty-two-year-old Arianna arrives in the South of France for a two-week artists’ workshop full of anticipation but burdened by guilt. Back home in Toronto, she has been living with the devastating diagnosis of her husband’s dementia and the heartbreak of watching the man she has loved for decades slip away before her eyes. What does her future hold without Ben? Before her is a blank canvas.

Encouraged by her family to take some time for herself, she has traveled to Arles to set up her easel in the same fields of poppies and sunflowers that inspired Van Gogh. Gradually, she rediscovers the inner artist she abandoned long ago. Drawing strength from the warm companionship and gentle wisdom of her fellow artists at the retreat—as well as the vitality of guest lecturer Jacques de Villeneuve, an artist and a cowboy—Arianna searches her heart for permission to embrace the life in front of her and, like the sunflowers, once again face the light.

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Recensie: The adventures of Alexander von Humboldt (graphic novel)


Auteur: Andrea Wulf & Lillian Melcher
Titel: The adventures of Alexander von Humboldt
Genre: Graphic Novel, non-fictie, biografie
Taal: Engels
Jaar: 2019
ISBN: 9781524747374
Aantal pagina’s: 272
Gelezen: Februari 2021

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Invention of Nature , comes a breathtakingly illustrated and brilliantly evocative recounting of Alexander Von Humboldt’s five year expedition in South America.

Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) was an intrepid explorer and the most famous scientist of his age. His restless life was packed with adventure and discovery, but his most revolutionary idea was a radical vision of nature as a complex and interconnected global force that does not exist for the use of humankind alone. His theories and ideas were profoundly influenced by a five-year exploration of South America. Now Andrea Wulf partners with artist Lillian Melcher to bring this daring expedition to life, complete with excerpts from Humboldt’s own diaries, atlases, and publications. She gives us an intimate portrait of the man who predicted human-induced climate change, fashioned poetic narrative out of scientific observation, and influenced iconic figures such as Simón Bolívar, Thomas Jefferson, Charles Darwin, and John Muir. This gorgeous account of the expedition not only shows how Humboldt honed his groundbreaking understanding of the natural world but also illuminates the man and his passions.

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Recensie: Love & Luck

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Auteur: Jenna Evans Welch
Titel: Love & Luck
Serie: Love & Gelato #2, maar standalone
Genre: Young Adult, contemporary, romance, travel
Taal: Engels
Jaar: 2018
ISBN: 9781534401013
Aantal pagina’s: 304
Gelezen: Mei 2021

Addie is visiting Ireland for her aunt’s over-the-top destination wedding and hoping she can stop thinking about the one thing she did that left her miserable and heartbroken—and threatens her future. But her brother, Ian, isn’t about to let her forget, and his constant needling leads to arguments and even a fistfight between the two once inseparable siblings. Miserable, Addie can’t wait to visit her friend in Italy and leave her brother—and her problems—behind.

So when Addie discovers an unusual guidebook, Ireland for the Heartbroken, hidden in the dusty shelves of the hotel library, she’s able to finally escape her anxious mind and Ian’s criticism.

And then their travel plans change. Suddenly Addie finds herself on a whirlwind tour of the Emerald Isle, trapped in the world’s smallest vehicle with Ian and his admittedly cute, Irish-accented friend Rowan. As the trio journeys over breathtaking green hills, past countless castles, and through a number of fairy-tale forests, Addie hopes her guidebook will heal not only her broken heart, but also her shattered relationship with her brother.

That is if they don’t get completely lost along the way.

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Recensie: Wij zijn licht


Auteur: Gerda Blees
Titel: Wij zijn licht
Genre: Nederlandse literatuur, contemporary
Taal: Nederlands
Jaar: 2020
ISBN: 9789057590009
Aantal pagina’s: 224
Gelezen: April 2021

Midden in een zomernacht sterft Elisabeth, de oudste bewoonster van de spirituele woongroep Klank en Liefde.

Haar drie huisgenoten worden aangehouden: het streven van de groep om te stoppen met eten en van licht, lucht en liefde te gaan leven, lijkt Elisabeth fataal te zijn geworden. Van wereldvreemde idealisten aan de rand van de maatschappij zijn de drie plotseling landelijk nieuws geworden.

Door de ogen van de nacht, de buren, de twijfel, de vader van een van de huisgenoten, een sinaasappelgeur en vele andere personages en entiteiten zien we hoe elk van de betrokkenen een ander antwoord geeft op de vraag hoe Elisabeth kon overlijden, wie er schuldig is, en of woongroep nog toekomst heeft.

Een beklemmende en tegelijkertijd hoogst vermakelijke roman over kleine mensen in een grote wereld, en hun verbindende maar ook vernietigende verlangen om in verheven idealen te geloven.

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