What We’re Reading: ABC Amsterdam August 2008

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Con Tumely : Fortress Besieged by Qian Zhongshu. “A beautiful, funny book about how marriage is like a fortress: if you’re not married you want to get in, and when you are married you want to get out! Set against the background of the second Chino-Japanese war, a man returns from years abroad at Oxford and other Western universities to his home province in rural China and faces all the problems love and marriage bring him.”

Ward : The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch: “A cool and original book. A breath of fresh air for the fantasy genre.”

Peter : The Crossing by Cormac McCarthy: “Part two of the Border Trilogy. Rugged and tender at the same time.”

Hayley: The Good Thief by Hannah Tinti. “Why do publishers always have to compare everything to something else? This is nothing at all like Dickens, or The Fingersmith, or Huck Finn, but it is very good in its own right. A macabre and wry but quite lovely orphan story. It’s not fantasy, but it does feel as though the world in it is slightly off kilter. One of those books that you don’t want to finish, but can’t stop reading.”

Look Me In The Eye by John Elder Robinson. “Augusten Burroughs’ quieter, less screwed up brother.  He has Asperger’s. He designed fire-breathing, rocket-blasting, exploding guitars for Kiss. An interesting man, whichever bit of his story you’re reading about.”

Femke: Money and the Law of Attraction by Esther & Jerry Hicks: “The latest Abraham-Hicks, focusing not only on Wealth, but on Abundance in the broadest sense.”

Kahuna Healing by Serge Kahili King: “A clearly written book about a Hawaiian spiritual tradition called Huna.”

I Can Make You Rich by Paul McKenna: “How to obtain an  ‘abundance mindset’ and attract opportunities into your life.”

The History of Love by Nicole Krauss:  “A deftly written and original book.”