ABC’s Favorite Books of 2007 (pt. 2)

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And we merrily continue the Top 5’s with three choice lists from Den Haag’s Barry, Melissa, Nyjolene.

Yiddish Policemen’s UnionBarry (ABC Den Haag, History buyer)
The Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon
Quirky. Elmore Leonard in the Tundra.

Previous Convictions: Assignments from Here and There by A. A. Gill
Acerbic, intelligent and humorous travel writing.

Angry IslandAngry Island: Hunting the English by A. A. Gill
Insightful and enlightening (and tongue-in-cheek) look at England and English Society from the Anglo-Scottish perspective. A.A. Gill rules – NOT Britannia

Stealing the Wave: The Epic Struggle Between Ken Bradshaw and Mark Foo by Andy Martin
A dispassionate and professional account of the rivalry and ultimate tragedy that resulted in Foo’s death at Maverick’s, one of the world’s most feared and awesome surf spots.

BlackwaterBlackwater: The Rise of The World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army by Jeremy Scahill
A brilliant piece of investigative journalism about the frightening aspects of the U.S. government’s relationship with, and reliance on, private armies in Iraq and other conflicts.

Melissa (ABC Den Haag, Nature & Reference buyer)
1. Atonement by Ian McEwan
Evil ending! Terribly unfair.

Book of General Ignorance2. Ideas by Peter Watson
Very interesting. A deluge of information!

3. The Book of General Ignorance by Stephen Fry
Spin-off of QI, a TV quiz about popular science. Humorous and informative book.

4. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
Master and Margarita
Very, very strange, and probably holds the record for most occurrences of the word ‘devil’, but a definite highlight.

5. The World According to Clarkson by Jeremy Clarkson
Hi-la-rious (And that goes for Top Gear as well). Dry, cutting, but very astute observations. I can heartily recommend it to anyone not too easily offended!

Nyjolene (ABC Den Haag, Computer & Business buyer)
1. Lucid Living by Timothy Freke

Lucid LivingIf you really realize that life is like a dream, you dare to believe that your influence to change the world is very great. It has inspired me greatly.

2. The Psychic Pathway by Sonia Choquette
If you are interested in these matters, but don’t know where to begin, or don’t know ‘the real from the phony’, she’s wonderful. She guides you to a more aware way of living, in a playful way. It’s all like a game, so you don’t need to take yourself, or her, seriously. She teaches you to open up for life, and everyone/thing around you.

3. The Bartimaeus Trilogy by Jonathan Stroud
Bartimaeus Trilogy
I didn’t read it this year, but I’d recommend this book to anyone. What Lord of the Rings is to many others, this book is to me. It is terrrific, but you’ve gotta love a little sarcasm.

4. Sextrology by Stella Starsky
Same story. I didn’t read it this year, but I recently bought it for a friend and it was the talk of the evening with everyone after that. It’s so good, and tells you so much more about yourself and your relation to others. It’s suprisingly accurate and insightful.

5. Anything non-fiction that reflects our life today and where it’s going
It’s important to me to know what people think, so I stay connected with them and life itself. It makes me less of an island, more like we’re all ‘in this boat together’.