ABC’s Favorite Books of 2007 (pt. 4)


Staying in Amsterdam, here are three lists from the Gay Buyers: PeterL, Tjeerd, and Jilles.

Jonathan Strange and Mr. NorrellPeterL (ABC Amsterdam, Manga & Gay buyer)
Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke
Beautifully written, wonderfully long, a book to lose yourself in for weeks.

Glass Books of the Dream Eaters by Gordon Dahlquist
Well-written, very exciting Victorian thriller/Steam Punk. I can’t wait for part two!

De thuiskomst by Anna Enquist

Not yet translated into English, though most of her books are. This one is about the wife of James Cook and the loss of six children.

Sopratos: Pearls Before SwinePearls Before Swine: The Sopratos by Stephan Pastis
Pastis always makes me smile. Think Peanuts – Schultz did inspire Pastis – only a little bit more mean.

Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
A wonderfully written book that made me cry. Paints a realistic image of Spanish life under Franco.

Tjeerd (ABC Amsterdam, Crafts buyer & Gay back-up)
The Magic BarrelThe Magic Barrel by Bernard Malamud

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Hotel de Dream by Edmund White

They Came Like Swallows by William Maxwell

The Road of the DeadJilles Duindam (ABC Amsterdam Gay, Mystery, & Psychology buyer, who left us in October to be a big shot screenwriter!)
The Road of the Dead by Kevin Brook
Amazing young adult book written with such sensitivity and insight into the emotional workings of teenagers, plus a great, almost mythological story of death, and the relationship between two brothers.

Call Me By Your NameCall Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman
An almost too painful book, about a gay boy’s first love, set in the south of Italy. It catches the essence of how awful and amazing it really was. Beautiful.

The Messenger by Daniel Silva
The latest installment of in the series of thrillers about Israeli spy and art restorer Gabriel Allon. Arguably one of the best series of spy thrillers written today.

Sharp ObjectsSharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
This is not jus a crime story, but also a reflection of a town living in denial, on going back home and the pain unleashed for the woman reporter covering the murder of two small girls. The language cuts you to the bone, the characters shock and amaze. The book is a must for every crime-lover.

Zero Limits by Joe Vitale
This book about an ancient Hawaiian way of healing is about love, about the power of love, and how you can use love to transform your life. A very fast and inspiring read about the thing we forget the most in our lives: love.