Guus Bosman

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Here's a list of books that made a strong impression on me when I read them.

See also the full list of book that I read.

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White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class

Similar to the People's History of the United States -- but not as interesting. White Trash just wasn't written very well and could have been half it's size.

In particular all the detailed descriptions of films and novels do not add to the book. They seem to be fairly randomly selected.

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Nancy Isenberg
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Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

This was ultimately a disappointing book. The first chapters were interesting enough, and it good to see the timeline of human development, but after the initial good start there was very little new information in the book.

It rehashes stories and anecdotes from Guns Germs and Steel, 1491 and similar books, without adding much original content.

I had hoped that this would be a nice introduction to Homo Deus, Yuval Harari's new book, but now I'm not so sure that I want to read that.

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Yuval Harari
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Makkelijk leven

Entertaining read by the author of Het Diner. Both books share similarities, though this is just a short novelle. Interesting turn at the end.

Joost and Ankie gave us this book.

Herman Koch
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Hillbilly Elegy

I read in the New York Times about "6 books for the Trump era", and I thought it would be good to get a larger perspective on Trump's election win.

The first of these, Hillbilly Elegy, is a gripping memoir of a man who grew up in Kentucky and Ohio, in a dysfunctional family. He describes his live and that of the people around him, and how there is a feeling of despair, of "our choices don't matter" that holds people back from succeeding.

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J.D. Vance
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The Embarrassment of Riches

Simon Schama

I've had Simon Schama's masterpiece about the Dutch Golden Age on the bookshelf for a while now, it was a birthday gift.

Very interesting to read about everyday live in the 17th century, about children, households etc.

The last few chapters were the most interesting.

0-394-51075-5
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Tonio

This is a book written by a father after he lost his 21-year old son.

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A. F. Th. van der Heijden
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Pastorale 1943

I've never been disappointed by Vestdijk, and this was another great book. It's one of his best-known works; I had never read it. Loved the descriptions of rural Holland, as well as the trips to the city.

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Simon Vestdijk
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Голямото подземно бучене

Георги Марков

Голямото подземно бучене е разказ от книгата който Надя и Милан ми дадох. Това беше второто разказ четох от този том, първото беше Жените на Варшава.

Жефът в историята е ясно лошо манажер, а още по-лошо е че той има власт на държата зад него.

Хубаво е че тази книга е част на Българска литература и история. Сега може да разбирам заглавието на тази статията.

Беше много хубаво история, мисле че беше по-хубаво от Жените на Варшава даже.

978-954-28-0528-1
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Bulgarian
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Het wrede paradijs

Hylke Speerstra

This book is gorgeous. The author tells the stories of tens of immigrants from Friesland to America, Australia, Africa and combines interviews with them with visits to their hometowns in Friesland. The author is a gifted writer who in beautiful prose describes human tragedy and success.

This was a gift for my birthday from my parents.

978-9045024899
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Dutch
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The meaning of human existence

Interesting collection of essays on human evolution and related subjects.

I bought this book in a nice bookstore in Palo Alto while waiting for my coworkers for dinner.

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Edward O. Wilson
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