Popular German Literature Books

34+ [Hand Picked] Popular Books On German Literature

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4.6/5

Wunderland by Jennifer Cody Epstein

An intimate portrait of a friendship severed by history, and a sweeping saga of wartime, motherhood, and legacy by an award-winning novelist East Village, 1989 Things had never been easy between Ava Fisher and her estranged mother Ilse. Too many questions hovered between them: Who was Ava's father? Where had Ilse been during the war? Why had she left her only child in a G An intimate portrait of a friendship severed by history, and a sweeping saga of wartime, motherhood, and legacy by an award-winning novelist East Village, 1989 Things had never been easy between Ava Fisher and her estranged mother Ilse. Too many questions hovered between them: Who was Ava's father? Where had Ilse been during the war? Why had she left her only child in a German orphanage during the war's final months? But now Ilse's ashes have arrived from Germany, and with them, a trove of unsent letters addressed to someone else unknown to Ava: Renate Bauer, a childhood friend. As her mother's letters unfurl a dark past, Ava spirals deep into the shocking history of a woman she never truly knew. Berlin, 1933 As the Nazi party tightens its grip on the city, Ilse and Renate find their friendship under siege--and Ilse's increasing involvement in the Hitler Youth movement leaves them on opposing sides of the gathering storm. Then the Nuremburg Laws force Renate to confront a long-buried past, and a catastrophic betrayal is set in motion...An unflinching exploration of Nazi Germany and its legacy, Wunderland is a at once a powerful portrait of an unspeakable crime history and a page-turning contemplation of womanhood, wartime, and just how far we might go in order to belong.

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4.1/5

D-Day Girls: The Spies Who Armed the Resistance, Sabotaged the Nazis, and Helped Win World War II by Sarah Rose

The dramatic, untold true story of the extraordinary women recruited by Britain's elite spy agency to sabotage the Nazis and pave the way for Allied victory in World War II In 1942, the Allies were losing, Germany seemed unstoppable, and every able man in England was fighting. Churchill believed Britain was locked in an existential battle and created a secret agency, the Sp The dramatic, untold true story of the extraordinary women recruited by Britain's elite spy agency to sabotage the Nazis and pave the way for Allied victory in World War II In 1942, the Allies were losing, Germany seemed unstoppable, and every able man in England was fighting. Churchill believed Britain was locked in an existential battle and created a secret agency, the Special Operations Executive (SOE), whose spies were trained in everything from demolition to sharp-shooting. Their job, he declared, was "to set Europe ablaze!" But with most men on the frontlines, the SOE did something unprecedented: it recruited women. Thirty-nine women answered the call, leaving their lives and families to become saboteurs in France. Half were caught, and a third did not make it home alive. In D-Day Girls, Sarah Rose draws on recently declassified files, diaries, and oral histories to tell the story of three of these women. There's Odette Sansom, a young mother who feels suffocated by domestic life and sees the war as her ticket out; Lise de Baissac, an unflappable aristocrat with the mind of a natural leader; and AndrĂ©e Borrel, the streetwise organizer of the Paris Resistance. Together, they derailed trains, blew up weapons caches, destroyed power and phone lines, and gathered crucial intelligence—laying the groundwork for the D-Day invasion that proved to be the turning point in the war. Stylishly written and rigorously researched, this is an inspiring story for our own moment of resistance, in which women continue to play a vital role.

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4.5/5

A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II by Sonia Purnell

"An incredible story of under-appreciated heroism." - USA Today "A compelling biography of a masterful spy, and a reminder of what can be done with a few brave people -- and a little resistance." - NPR The never-before-told story of Virginia Hall, the American spy who changed the course of World War II, from the author of Clementine In 1942, the Gestapo sent out an urgent "An incredible story of under-appreciated heroism." - USA Today "A compelling biography of a masterful spy, and a reminder of what can be done with a few brave people -- and a little resistance." - NPR The never-before-told story of Virginia Hall, the American spy who changed the course of World War II, from the author of Clementine In 1942, the Gestapo sent out an urgent transmission: "She is the most dangerous of all Allied spies. We must find and destroy her." The target in their sights was Virginia Hall, a Baltimore socialite who talked her way into Special Operations Executive, the spy organization dubbed Winston Churchill's "Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare." She became the first Allied woman deployed behind enemy lines and--despite her prosthetic leg--helped to light the flame of the French Resistance, revolutionizing secret warfare as we know it. Virginia established vast spy networks throughout France, called weapons and explosives down from the skies, and became a linchpin for the Resistance. Even as her face covered wanted posters and a bounty was placed on her head, Virginia refused order after order to evacuate. She finally escaped through a death-defying hike over the Pyrenees into Spain, her cover blown. But she plunged back in, adamant that she had more lives to save, and led a victorious guerilla campaign, liberating swathes of France from the Nazis after D-Day. Based on new and extensive research, Sonia Purnell has for the first time uncovered the full secret life of Virginia Hall--an astounding and inspiring story of heroism, spycraft, resistance, and personal triumph over shocking adversity. A Woman of No Importance is the breathtaking story of how one woman's fierce persistence helped win the war.

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3.7/5

Metropolis by Philip Kerr

Berlin, 1928, the dying days of the Weimar Republic shortly before Hitler and the Nazis came to power. It was a period of decadence and excess as Berliners - after the terrible slaughter of WWI and the hardships that followed - are enjoying their own version of Babylon. Bernie is a young detective working in Vice when he gets a summons from Bernard Weiss, Chief of Berlin's Berlin, 1928, the dying days of the Weimar Republic shortly before Hitler and the Nazis came to power. It was a period of decadence and excess as Berliners - after the terrible slaughter of WWI and the hardships that followed - are enjoying their own version of Babylon. Bernie is a young detective working in Vice when he gets a summons from Bernard Weiss, Chief of Berlin's Criminal Police. He invites Bernie to join KIA - Criminal Inspection A - the supervisory body for all homicide investigation in Kripo. Bernie's first task is to investigate the Silesian Station killings - four prostitutes murdered in as many weeks. All of them have been hit over the head with a hammer and then scalped with a sharp knife.Bernie hardly has time to acquaint himself with the case files before another prostitute is murdered. Until now, no one has shown much interest in these victims - there are plenty in Berlin who'd like the streets washed clean of such degenerates. But this time the girl's father runs Berlin's foremost criminal ring, and he's prepared to go to extreme lengths to find his daughter's killer.Then a second series of murders begins - of crippled wartime veterans who beg in the city's streets. It seems that someone is determined to clean up Berlin of anyone less than perfect. The voice of Nazism is becoming a roar that threatens to drown out all others. But not Bernie Gunther's ...

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3.3/5

Defying Hitler: The Germans Who Resisted Nazi Rule by Gordon Thomas , Greg Lewis

An enthralling work of popular history that vividly resurrects the web of everyday Germans who resisted Nazi rule Nazi Germany is remembered as a nation of willing fanatics. But beneath the surface, countless ordinary, everyday Germans actively resisted Hitler. Some passed industrial secrets to Allied spies. Some forged passports to help Jews escape the Reich. For others, r An enthralling work of popular history that vividly resurrects the web of everyday Germans who resisted Nazi rule Nazi Germany is remembered as a nation of willing fanatics. But beneath the surface, countless ordinary, everyday Germans actively resisted Hitler. Some passed industrial secrets to Allied spies. Some forged passports to help Jews escape the Reich. For others, resistance was as simple as writing a letter denouncing the rigidity of Nazi law. No matter how small the act, the danger was the same--any display of defiance was met with arrest, interrogation, torture, and even death. Defying Hitler follows the underground network of Germans who believed standing against the Fuhrer to be more important than their own survival. Their bravery is astonishing--a schoolgirl beheaded by the Gestapo for distributing anti-Nazi fliers; a German American teacher who smuggled military intel to Soviet agents, becoming the only American woman executed by the Nazis; a pacifist philosopher murdered for his role in a plot against Hitler; a young idealist who joined the SS to document their crimes, only to end up, to his horror, an accomplice to the Holocaust. This remarkable account illuminates their struggles, yielding an accessible narrative history with the pace and excitement of a thriller.

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5/5

GRM: Brainfuck by Sibylle Berg

"Vermutlich war der Einzelne schon immer unwichtig. Es fiel nur weniger auf." Die Brave New World findet in wenigen Jahren statt. Vielleicht hat sie auch schon begonnen. Jeden Tag wird ein anderes westliches Land autokratisch. Algorithmen, die den Menschen ersetzen, liegen als Drohung in der Luft. Großbritannien, wo der Kapitalismus einst erfunden wurde, hat ihn inzwischen "Vermutlich war der Einzelne schon immer unwichtig. Es fiel nur weniger auf." Die Brave New World findet in wenigen Jahren statt. Vielleicht hat sie auch schon begonnen. Jeden Tag wird ein anderes westliches Land autokratisch. Algorithmen, die den Menschen ersetzen, liegen als Drohung in der Luft. Großbritannien, wo der Kapitalismus einst erfunden wurde, hat ihn inzwischen perfektioniert. Aber vier Kinder spielen da nicht mit – sondern gegen die Regeln. Und das mit aller Konsequenz. Willkommen in der Welt von GRM. Sibylle Bergs neuer Roman beginnt in Rochdale, UK, wo der Neoliberalismus besonders grĂŒndliche Arbeit geleistet hat. Die Helden: vier Kinder, die nichts anderes kennen als die RealitĂ€t des gescheiterten Staates. Ihr Essen kommt von privaten Hilfswerken, ihre Eltern haben lĂ€ngst aufgegeben. Die Hoffnung, in die sie sich flĂŒchten, ist Grime, kurz GRM. Grime ist die grĂ¶ĂŸte musikalische Revolution seit dem Punk. Grime bringt jeden Tag neue YouTube-Stars hervor, Grime liefert immer neue Role-Models. Als die vier begreifen, dass es zu Hause keine Hoffnung fĂŒr sie gibt, brechen sie nach London auf. Hier scheint sich das Versprechen der Zukunft eingelöst zu haben. Jeder, der sich einen Registrierungschip einpflanzen lĂ€sst, erhĂ€lt ein wunderbares Grundeinkommen. Die Bevölkerung lebt in einer perfekten Überwachungsdiktatur. Auf der Straße bleibt nur der asoziale, vogelfreie Abschaum zurĂŒck. Die vier Kinder aber – die fast keine Kinder mehr sind –, versuchen außerhalb des Systems zu ĂŒberleben. Sie starten ihre eigene Art der Revolution.

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4.7/5

Der Stotterer by Charles Lewinsky

Weil er Stotterer ist, vertraut er ganz auf die Macht des geschriebenen Worts und setzt es rĂŒcksichtslos ein, zur Notwehr ebenso wie fĂŒr seine Karriere. Ein Betrug – er nennt es eine schriftstellerische UnsorgfĂ€ltigkeit – bringt ihn ins GefĂ€ngnis. Mit Briefen, Bekenntnissen und erfundenen Geschichten versucht er dort diejenigen Leute fĂŒr sich zu gewinnen, die ĂŒber sein Los Weil er Stotterer ist, vertraut er ganz auf die Macht des geschriebenen Worts und setzt es rĂŒcksichtslos ein, zur Notwehr ebenso wie fĂŒr seine Karriere. Ein Betrug – er nennt es eine schriftstellerische UnsorgfĂ€ltigkeit – bringt ihn ins GefĂ€ngnis. Mit Briefen, Bekenntnissen und erfundenen Geschichten versucht er dort diejenigen Leute fĂŒr sich zu gewinnen, die ĂŒber sein Los bestimmen: den GefĂ€ngnispfarrer, den Drogenboss, den Verleger.

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3.6/5

Metropolis by Philip Kerr

Berlin, 1928, the dying days of the Weimar Republic shortly before Hitler and the Nazis came to power. It was a period of decadence and excess as Berliners - after the terrible slaughter of WWI and the hardships that followed - are enjoying their own version of Babylon. Bernie is a young detective working in Vice when he gets a summons from Bernard Weiss, Chief of Berlin's Berlin, 1928, the dying days of the Weimar Republic shortly before Hitler and the Nazis came to power. It was a period of decadence and excess as Berliners - after the terrible slaughter of WWI and the hardships that followed - are enjoying their own version of Babylon. Bernie is a young detective working in Vice when he gets a summons from Bernard Weiss, Chief of Berlin's Criminal Police. He invites Bernie to join KIA - Criminal Inspection A - the supervisory body for all homicide investigation in Kripo. Bernie's first task is to investigate the Silesian Station killings - four prostitutes murdered in as many weeks. All of them have been hit over the head with a hammer and then scalped with a sharp knife.Bernie hardly has time to acquaint himself with the case files before another prostitute is murdered. Until now, no one has shown much interest in these victims - there are plenty in Berlin who'd like the streets washed clean of such degenerates. But this time the girl's father runs Berlin's foremost criminal ring, and he's prepared to go to extreme lengths to find his daughter's killer.Then a second series of murders begins - of crippled wartime veterans who beg in the city's streets. It seems that someone is determined to clean up Berlin of anyone less than perfect. The voice of Nazism is becoming a roar that threatens to drown out all others. But not Bernie Gunther's ...

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4.3/5

D DAY Through German Eyes - The Hidden Story of June 6th 1944 by Holger Eckhertz , Sprech Media (Editor)

This is the hidden side of D Day which has fascinated readers around the world. Almost all accounts of D Day are told from the Allied perspective, with the emphasis on how German resistance was overcome on June 6th 1944. But what was it like to be a German soldier in the bunkers and gun emplacements of the Normandy coast, facing the onslaught of the mightiest seaborne inva This is the hidden side of D Day which has fascinated readers around the world. Almost all accounts of D Day are told from the Allied perspective, with the emphasis on how German resistance was overcome on June 6th 1944. But what was it like to be a German soldier in the bunkers and gun emplacements of the Normandy coast, facing the onslaught of the mightiest seaborne invasion in history? What motivated the German defenders, what were their thought processes - and how did they fight from one strong point to another, among the dunes and fields, on that first cataclysmic day? What were their experiences on facing the tanks, the flamethrowers and the devastating air superiority of the Allies? This book sheds fascinating light on these questions, bringing together statements made by German survivors after the war, when time had allowed them to reflect on their state of mind, their actions and their choices of June 6th. We see a perspective of D Day which deserves to be added to the historical record, in which ordinary German troops struggled to make sense of the onslaught that was facing them, and emerged stunned at the weaponry and sheer determination of the Allied soldiers. We see, too, how the Germans fought in the great coastal bunkers, perceived as impregnable fortresses, but in reality often becoming tombs for their crews. Above all, we now have the unheard human voices of the individual German soldiers - the men who are so often portrayed as a faceless mass. Book 2 in this unique series is also now available in e-book form.

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4.2/5

The Lucky Ones by Mark Edwards

It was the happiest day of her life. Little did she know it was also the last. When a woman’s body is found in the grounds of a ruined priory, Detective Imogen Evans realises she is dealing with a serial killer—a killer whose victims appear to die in a state of bliss, eyes open, smiles forever frozen on their faces. A few miles away, single dad Ben Hofland believes his fortu It was the happiest day of her life. Little did she know it was also the last. When a woman’s body is found in the grounds of a ruined priory, Detective Imogen Evans realises she is dealing with a serial killer—a killer whose victims appear to die in a state of bliss, eyes open, smiles forever frozen on their faces. A few miles away, single dad Ben Hofland believes his fortunes are changing at last. Forced to move back to the sleepy village where he grew up following the breakdown of his marriage, Ben finally finds work. What’s more, the bullies who have been terrorising his son, Ollie, disappear. For the first time in months, Ben feels lucky. But he is unaware that someone is watching him and Ollie. Someone who wants nothing but happiness for Ben. Happiness
and death. The Lucky Ones is the terrifying new thriller from the #1 bestselling author of Follow You Home.

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3.3/5

Vom Ende der Einsamkeit by Benedict Wells , Beatriz GalĂĄn EchevarrĂ­a (Translator)

Jules und seine beiden Geschwister wachsen behĂŒtet auf, bis ihre Eltern bei einem Unfall ums Leben kommen. Als Erwachsene glauben sie, diesen Schicksalsschlag ĂŒberwunden zu haben. Doch dann holt sie die Vergangenheit wieder ein. Ein berĂŒhrender Roman ĂŒber das Überwinden von Verlust und Einsamkeit und ĂŒber die Frage, was in einem Menschen unverĂ€nderlich ist. Und vor allem: Jules und seine beiden Geschwister wachsen behĂŒtet auf, bis ihre Eltern bei einem Unfall ums Leben kommen. Als Erwachsene glauben sie, diesen Schicksalsschlag ĂŒberwunden zu haben. Doch dann holt sie die Vergangenheit wieder ein. Ein berĂŒhrender Roman ĂŒber das Überwinden von Verlust und Einsamkeit und ĂŒber die Frage, was in einem Menschen unverĂ€nderlich ist. Und vor allem: eine große Liebesgeschichte.

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4.1/5

The Olive Tree by Lucinda Riley

It is said that anyone who comes to stay at 'Pandora' for the first time will fall in love . . . It has been twenty-four years since a young Helena spent a magical holiday in Cyprus, where she fell in love for the first time. When the now crumbling house, 'Pandora', is left to her by her godfather, she returns to spend the summer there with her family. Yet Helena knows th It is said that anyone who comes to stay at 'Pandora' for the first time will fall in love . . . It has been twenty-four years since a young Helena spent a magical holiday in Cyprus, where she fell in love for the first time. When the now crumbling house, 'Pandora', is left to her by her godfather, she returns to spend the summer there with her family. Yet Helena knows that the idyllic beauty of Pandora masks a web of secrets she has kept from William, her husband, and Alex, her son. At the difficult age of thirteen, Alex is torn between protecting his beloved mother, and growing up. And equally, he is desperate to learn the truth about his real father . . . When Helena meets her childhood sweetheart by chance, a chain of events is set in motion that threatens to make her past and present collide. Both Helena and Alex know that life will never be the same, once Pandora's secrets have been revealed.The number one international bestseller

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4/5

Der Club by Takis WĂŒrger

Eine raffinierte Kombination aus berĂŒhrender Liebesgeschichte, Entwicklungsroman und spannungsreicher Ermittlung eines Verbrechens in einem hermetisch geschlossenen Kreis. Hans Stichler stammt aus einfachen VerhĂ€ltnissen. Als ihm seine einzige Verwandte ein Stipendium fĂŒr die UniversitĂ€t in Cambridge vermittelt und er als Gegenleistung dort ein Verbrechen aufklĂ€ren soll, we Eine raffinierte Kombination aus berĂŒhrender Liebesgeschichte, Entwicklungsroman und spannungsreicher Ermittlung eines Verbrechens in einem hermetisch geschlossenen Kreis. Hans Stichler stammt aus einfachen VerhĂ€ltnissen. Als ihm seine einzige Verwandte ein Stipendium fĂŒr die UniversitĂ€t in Cambridge vermittelt und er als Gegenleistung dort ein Verbrechen aufklĂ€ren soll, weiß er noch nicht, worauf er sich einlĂ€sst. Er schafft es, Mitglied im elitĂ€ren Pitt Club zu werden, und verliebt sich in Charlotte, die ihn in die BrĂ€uche der Snobs einweiht. Schon bald muss er feststellen: Vor der Kulisse alter Chesterfield-Sessel, kristallener Kronleuchter, Intarsienmöbel und TiertrophĂ€en ereignen sich Dinge, ĂŒber die keiner spricht. Und auch Charlotte scheint etwas zu verbergen. Hinter den schweren TĂŒren des legendĂ€ren Pitt Clubs wird Hans vor die Wahl gestellt, ob er das Falsche tun soll, um das Richtige zu erreichen.

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3.9/5

The Shadow Sister by Lucinda Riley

Travel through the lush English countryside and explore the magnificent estates of the British aristocracy in this next spellbinding love story in The Seven Sisters series by #1 internationally bestselling author Lucinda Riley. Star D’Apliùse is at a crossroads in her life after the sudden death of her beloved father—the elusive billionaire, affectionately called Pa Salt by Travel through the lush English countryside and explore the magnificent estates of the British aristocracy in this next spellbinding love story in The Seven Sisters series by #1 internationally bestselling author Lucinda Riley. Star D’Apliùse is at a crossroads in her life after the sudden death of her beloved father—the elusive billionaire, affectionately called Pa Salt by his six daughters, all adopted from across the four corners of the world. He has left each of them a clue to her true heritage, and Star nervously decides to follow hers, which leads her to an antiquarian bookshop in London, and the start of a whole new world. A hundred years earlier, headstrong and independent Flora MacNichol vows she will never marry. She is happy and secure in her home in England’s picturesque Lake District—just a stone’s throw away from the residence of her childhood idol, Beatrix Potter—when machinations lead her to London, and the home of one of Edwardian society’s most notorious society hostesses, Alice Keppel. Flora is torn between passionate love and her duty to her family, but finds herself a pawn in a larger game. That is, until a meeting with a mysterious gentleman unveils the answers that Flora has been searching for her whole life... As Star learns more of Flora’s incredible journey, she too goes on a voyage of discovery, finally stepping out of the shadow of her sister and opening herself up to the possibility of love. The Shadow Sister is the third in the sweeping Seven Sisters series, “soaked in glamour and romance” (Daily Mail) and perfect for fans of Downton Abbey and the novels of Kate Morton.

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3.7/5

La Tresse by Laetitia Colombani

Smita, Julia, Sarah. Trois femmes, trois vies, trois continents. Trois chemins que rien ne destine Ă  se croiser. Trois histoires pourtant liĂ©es. Inde. Smita est une intouchable. MariĂ©e Ă  un chasseur de rats, elle nettoie a mains nues les latrines de son village, comme le faisait sa mĂšre. Son rĂȘve: voir sa fille Ă©chapper Ă  la tradition et apprendre Ă  lire. Lorsque cet espoir Smita, Julia, Sarah. Trois femmes, trois vies, trois continents. Trois chemins que rien ne destine Ă  se croiser. Trois histoires pourtant liĂ©es. Inde. Smita est une intouchable. MariĂ©e Ă  un chasseur de rats, elle nettoie a mains nues les latrines de son village, comme le faisait sa mĂšre. Son rĂȘve: voir sa fille Ă©chapper Ă  la tradition et apprendre Ă  lire. Lorsque cet espoir est anĂ©anti, elle dĂ©cide de fuir avec l'enfant, malgrĂ© les mises en garde de son mari. Sicile. Julia est ouvriĂšre dans l'atelier de traitement de cheveux de son pĂšre, le dernier du genre a Palerme. Elle trie, lave, dĂ©colore et teint des mĂšches fournies par les coiffeurs de la ville. Lorsque son pĂšre est victime d'un grave accident, elle dĂ©couvre que l'atelier familial est ruinĂ©. Canada. Sarah est une avocate rĂ©putĂ©e. MĂšre de trois enfants, deux fois divorcĂ©e, elle enchaine les dossiers Ă  un rythme effrĂ©nĂ©. En passe d'ĂȘtre promue associĂ©e, elle apprend qu'elle est atteinte d'un cancer du sein. Sa vie en apparence parfaite commence Ă  se fissurer. On dit parfois que la vie ne tient qu'Ă  un fil... Et si la leur tenait Ă  leur chevelure ? Trois destins de femmes que tout Ă©loigne sauf l'essentiel: leur exigence de libertĂ©.

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3.4/5

The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate – Discoveries from a Secret World by Peter Wohlleben , Tim Flannery (Foreword) , Jane Billinghurst (Translator) , Suzanne Simard

In The Hidden Life of Trees, Peter Wohlleben shares his deep love of woods and forests and explains the amazing processes of life, death, and regeneration he has observed in the woodland and the amazing scientific processes behind the wonders of which we are blissfully unaware. Much like human families, tree parents live together with their children, communicate with them, In The Hidden Life of Trees, Peter Wohlleben shares his deep love of woods and forests and explains the amazing processes of life, death, and regeneration he has observed in the woodland and the amazing scientific processes behind the wonders of which we are blissfully unaware. Much like human families, tree parents live together with their children, communicate with them, and support them as they grow, sharing nutrients with those who are sick or struggling and creating an ecosystem that mitigates the impact of extremes of heat and cold for the whole group. As a result of such interactions, trees in a family or community are protected and can live to be very old. In contrast, solitary trees, like street kids, have a tough time of it and in most cases die much earlier than those in a group. Drawing on groundbreaking new discoveries, Wohlleben presents the science behind the secret and previously unknown life of trees and their communication abilities; he describes how these discoveries have informed his own practices in the forest around him. As he says, a happy forest is a healthy forest, and he believes that eco-friendly practices not only are economically sustainable but also benefit the health of our planet and the mental and physical health of all who live on Earth.

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4.1/5

Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body’s Most Underrated Organ by Giulia Enders , Jill Enders (Illustrator)

A cheeky up-close and personal guide to the secrets and science of our digestive system. For too long, the gut has been the body’s most ignored and least appreciated organ, but it turns out that it’s responsible for more than just dirty work: our gut is at the core of who we are. Gut: The Inside Story of our Body's Most Underrated Organ gives the alimentary canal its long- A cheeky up-close and personal guide to the secrets and science of our digestive system. For too long, the gut has been the body’s most ignored and least appreciated organ, but it turns out that it’s responsible for more than just dirty work: our gut is at the core of who we are. Gut: The Inside Story of our Body's Most Underrated Organ gives the alimentary canal its long-overdue moment in the spotlight. With quirky charm, rising science star Giulia Enders explains the gut’s magic, answering questions like: Why does acid reflux happen? What’s really up with gluten and lactose intolerance? How does the gut affect obesity and mood? Communication between the gut and the brain is one of the fastest-growing areas of medical research—on par with stem-cell research. Our gut reactions, we learn, are intimately connected with our physical and mental well-being. Aided with cheerful illustrations by Enders’s sister Jill, this beguiling manifesto will make you finally listen to those butterflies in your stomach: they’re trying to tell you something important.

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3.8/5

Le Livre des Baltimore by Joël Dicker

Jusqu’au jour du Drame, il y avait deux familles Goldman. Les Goldman-de-Baltimore et les Goldman-de-Montclair. Les Goldman-de-Montclair, dont est issu Marcus Goldman, l’auteur de La VĂ©ritĂ© sur l’Affaire Harry Quebert, sont une famille de la classe moyenne, habitant une petite maison Ă  Montclair, dans le New Jersey. Les Goldman-de-Baltimore sont une famille prospĂšre Ă  qui t Jusqu’au jour du Drame, il y avait deux familles Goldman. Les Goldman-de-Baltimore et les Goldman-de-Montclair. Les Goldman-de-Montclair, dont est issu Marcus Goldman, l’auteur de La VĂ©ritĂ© sur l’Affaire Harry Quebert, sont une famille de la classe moyenne, habitant une petite maison Ă  Montclair, dans le New Jersey. Les Goldman-de-Baltimore sont une famille prospĂšre Ă  qui tout sourit, vivant dans une luxueuse maison d’une banlieue riche de Baltimore, Ă  qui Marcus vouait une admiration sans borne. Huit ans aprĂšs le Drame, c’est l’histoire de sa famille que Marcus Goldman dĂ©cide cette fois de raconter, lorsqu’en fĂ©vrier 2012, il quitte l’hiver new-yorkais pour la chaleur tropicale de Boca Raton, en Floride, oĂč il vient s’atteler Ă  son prochain roman. Au grĂ© des souvenirs de sa jeunesse, Marcus revient sur la vie et le destin des Goldman-de-Baltimore et la fascination qu’il Ă©prouva jadis pour cette famille de l’AmĂ©rique huppĂ©e, entre les vacances Ă  Miami, la maison de vacances dans les Hamptons et les frasques dans les Ă©coles privĂ©es. Mais les annĂ©es passent et le vernis des Baltimore s’effrite Ă  mesure que le Drame se profile. Jusqu’au jour oĂč tout bascule. Et cette question qui hante Marcus depuis : qu’est-il vraiment arrivĂ© aux Goldman-de-Baltimore ?

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3.6/5

Ein ganzes Leben by Robert Seethaler

Als Andreas Egger in das Tal kommt, in dem er sein Leben verbringen wird, ist er vier Jahre alt, ungefĂ€hr – so genau weiß das keiner. Er wĂ€chst zu einem gestandenen Hilfsknecht heran und schließt sich als junger Mann einem Arbeitstrupp an, der eine der ersten Bergbahnen baut und mit der ElektrizitĂ€t auch das Licht und den LĂ€rm in das Tal bringt. Dann kommt der Tag, an dem Als Andreas Egger in das Tal kommt, in dem er sein Leben verbringen wird, ist er vier Jahre alt, ungefĂ€hr – so genau weiß das keiner. Er wĂ€chst zu einem gestandenen Hilfsknecht heran und schließt sich als junger Mann einem Arbeitstrupp an, der eine der ersten Bergbahnen baut und mit der ElektrizitĂ€t auch das Licht und den LĂ€rm in das Tal bringt. Dann kommt der Tag, an dem Egger zum ersten Mal vor Marie steht, der Liebe seines Lebens, die er jedoch wieder verlieren wird. Erst viele Jahre spĂ€ter, als Egger seinen letzten Weg antritt, ist sie noch einmal bei ihm. Und er, ĂŒber den die Zeit lĂ€ngst hinweggegangen ist, blickt mit Staunen auf die Jahre, die hinter ihm liegen.

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3.7/5

Save Me by Mona Kasten

Geld, Glamour, Luxus, Macht – all das könnte Ruby Bell nicht weniger interessieren. Das Einzige, was sie sich wĂŒnscht, ist ein erfolgreicher Abschluss vom Maxton Hall College, eine der teuersten Privatschulen Englands. Vor allem mit James Beaufort, dem heimlichen AnfĂŒhrer des College, will sie nichts zu tun haben. Er ist zu arrogant, zu attraktiv und zu reich. Doch schon b Geld, Glamour, Luxus, Macht – all das könnte Ruby Bell nicht weniger interessieren. Das Einzige, was sie sich wĂŒnscht, ist ein erfolgreicher Abschluss vom Maxton Hall College, eine der teuersten Privatschulen Englands. Vor allem mit James Beaufort, dem heimlichen AnfĂŒhrer des College, will sie nichts zu tun haben. Er ist zu arrogant, zu attraktiv und zu reich. Doch schon bald bleibt ihr keine andere Wahl 


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4.1/5

Die Tuchvilla by Anne Jacobs

Ein Herrenhaus. Eine mĂ€chtige Familie. Ein dunkles Geheimnis 
 Augsburg, 1913. Die junge Marie tritt eine Anstellung als KĂŒchenmagd in der imposanten Tuchvilla an, dem Wohnsitz der Industriellenfamilie Melzer. WĂ€hrend das MĂ€dchen aus dem Waisenhaus seinen Platz unter den Dienstboten sucht, sehnt die Herrschaft die winterliche Ballsaison herbei, in der Katharina, die hĂŒbsche Ein Herrenhaus. Eine mĂ€chtige Familie. Ein dunkles Geheimnis 
 Augsburg, 1913. Die junge Marie tritt eine Anstellung als KĂŒchenmagd in der imposanten Tuchvilla an, dem Wohnsitz der Industriellenfamilie Melzer. WĂ€hrend das MĂ€dchen aus dem Waisenhaus seinen Platz unter den Dienstboten sucht, sehnt die Herrschaft die winterliche Ballsaison herbei, in der Katharina, die hĂŒbsche, jĂŒngste Tochter der Melzers, in die Gesellschaft eingefĂŒhrt wird. Nur Paul, der Erbe der Familie, hĂ€lt sich dem Trubel fern und zieht sein MĂŒnchner Studentenleben vor – bis er Marie begegnet 


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4/5

Gehen, ging, gegangen by Jenny Erpenbeck

Entdeckungsreise zu einer Welt, die zum Schweigen verurteilt, aber mitten unter uns ist Wie ertrĂ€gt man das Vergehen der Zeit, wenn man zur UntĂ€tigkeit gezwungen ist? Wie geht man um mit dem Verlust derer, die man geliebt hat? Wer trĂ€gt das Erbe weiter? Richard, emeritierter Professor, kommt durch die zufĂ€llige Begegnung mit den Asylsuchenden auf dem Oranienplatz auf die Id Entdeckungsreise zu einer Welt, die zum Schweigen verurteilt, aber mitten unter uns ist Wie ertrĂ€gt man das Vergehen der Zeit, wenn man zur UntĂ€tigkeit gezwungen ist? Wie geht man um mit dem Verlust derer, die man geliebt hat? Wer trĂ€gt das Erbe weiter? Richard, emeritierter Professor, kommt durch die zufĂ€llige Begegnung mit den Asylsuchenden auf dem Oranienplatz auf die Idee, die Antworten auf seine Fragen dort zu suchen, wo sonst niemand sie sucht: bei jenen jungen FlĂŒchtlingen aus Afrika, die in Berlin gestrandet und seit Jahren zum Warten verurteilt sind. Und plötzlich schaut diese Welt ihn an, den Bewohner des alten Europas, und weiß womöglich besser als er selbst, wer er eigentlich ist. Jenny Erpenbeck erzĂ€hlt auf ihre unnachahmliche Weise eine Geschichte vom Wegsehen und Hinsehen, von Tod und Krieg, vom ewigen Warten und von all dem, was unter der OberflĂ€che verborgen liegt.

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3.7/5

Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse , Hilda Rosner (Translator)

Herman Hesse's classic novel has delighted, inspired, and influenced generations of readers, writers, and thinkers. In this story of a wealthy Indian Brahmin who casts off a life of privilege to seek spiritual fulfillment. Hesse synthesizes disparate philosophies--Eastern religions, Jungian archetypes, Western individualism--into a unique vision of life as expressed throug Herman Hesse's classic novel has delighted, inspired, and influenced generations of readers, writers, and thinkers. In this story of a wealthy Indian Brahmin who casts off a life of privilege to seek spiritual fulfillment. Hesse synthesizes disparate philosophies--Eastern religions, Jungian archetypes, Western individualism--into a unique vision of life as expressed through one man's search for true meaning.

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4.5/5

The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka , Stanley Corngold (Translator) , Mircea Ivănescu (Translator)

Alternate cover edition of ISBN 0553213695 / 9780553213690 "As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect. He was laying on his hard, as it were armor-plated, back and when he lifted his head a little he could see his domelike brown belly divided into stiff arched segments on top of which the bed quilt co Alternate cover edition of ISBN 0553213695 / 9780553213690 "As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect. He was laying on his hard, as it were armor-plated, back and when he lifted his head a little he could see his domelike brown belly divided into stiff arched segments on top of which the bed quilt could hardly keep in position and was about to slide off completely. His numerous legs, which were pitifully thin compared to the rest of his bulk, waved helplessly before his eyes." With it's startling, bizarre, yet surprisingly funny first opening, Kafka begins his masterpiece, The Metamorphosis. It is the story of a young man who, transformed overnight into a giant beetle-like insect, becomes an object of disgrace to his family, an outsider in his own home, a quintessentially alienated man. A harrowing—though absurdly comic—meditation on human feelings of inadequacy, guilt, and isolation, The Metamorphosis has taken its place as one of the most widely read and influential works of twentieth-century fiction. As W.H. Auden wrote, "Kafka is important to us because his predicament is the predicament of modern man."

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3.1/5

The Sorrows of Young Werther by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe , Burton Pike (Translator) , Edla Valdna (Translator)

This is Goethe's first novel, published in 1774. Written in diary form, it tells the tale of an unhappy, passionate young man hopelessly in love with Charlotte, the wife of a friend - a man who he alternately admires and detests. 'The Sorrows of Young Werther' became an important part of the 'Sturm und Drang movement, and greatly influenced later 'Romanticism'. The work is This is Goethe's first novel, published in 1774. Written in diary form, it tells the tale of an unhappy, passionate young man hopelessly in love with Charlotte, the wife of a friend - a man who he alternately admires and detests. 'The Sorrows of Young Werther' became an important part of the 'Sturm und Drang movement, and greatly influenced later 'Romanticism'. The work is semi-autobiographical - in 1772, two years before the novel was published, Goethe had passed through a similar tempestuous period, when he lost his heart to Charlotte Buff, who was at that time engaged to his friend Johann Christian Kestner.

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4.3/5

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick SĂŒskind , John E. Woods (Translator)

An acclaimed bestseller and international sensation, Patrick Suskind's classic novel provokes a terrifying examination of what happens when one man's indulgence in his greatest passion—his sense of smell—leads to murder. In the slums of eighteenth-century France, the infant Jean-Baptiste Grenouille is born with one sublime gift—an absolute sense of smell. As a boy, he lives An acclaimed bestseller and international sensation, Patrick Suskind's classic novel provokes a terrifying examination of what happens when one man's indulgence in his greatest passion—his sense of smell—leads to murder. In the slums of eighteenth-century France, the infant Jean-Baptiste Grenouille is born with one sublime gift—an absolute sense of smell. As a boy, he lives to decipher the odors of Paris, and apprentices himself to a prominent perfumer who teaches him the ancient art of mixing precious oils and herbs. But Grenouille's genius is such that he is not satisfied to stop there, and he becomes obsessed with capturing the smells of objects such as brass doorknobs and fresh-cut wood. Then one day he catches a hint of a scent that will drive him on an ever-more-terrifying quest to create the "ultimate perfume"—the scent of a beautiful young virgin. Told with dazzling narrative brilliance, Perfume is a hauntingly powerful tale of murder and sensual depravity.

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4.1/5

The Trial by Franz Kafka , Willa Muir (Translator) , Edwin Muir (Translator) , Max Brod (Afterword)

Written in 1914 but not published until 1925, a year after Kafka’s death, The Trial is the terrifying tale of Josef K., a respectable bank officer who is suddenly and inexplicably arrested and must defend himself against a charge about which he can get no information. Whether read as an existential tale, a parable, or a prophecy of the excesses of modern bureaucracy wedded Written in 1914 but not published until 1925, a year after Kafka’s death, The Trial is the terrifying tale of Josef K., a respectable bank officer who is suddenly and inexplicably arrested and must defend himself against a charge about which he can get no information. Whether read as an existential tale, a parable, or a prophecy of the excesses of modern bureaucracy wedded to the madness of totalitarianism, The Trial has resonated with chilling truth for generations of readers.

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3.4/5

Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse , Basil Creighton (translator)

Steppenwolf is a poetical self-portrait of a man who felt himself to be half-human and half-wolf. This Faust-like and magical story is evidence of Hesse's searching philosophy and extraordinary sense of humanity as he tells of the humanization of a middle-aged misanthrope. Yet his novel can also be seen as a plea for rigorous self-examination and an indictment of the intel Steppenwolf is a poetical self-portrait of a man who felt himself to be half-human and half-wolf. This Faust-like and magical story is evidence of Hesse's searching philosophy and extraordinary sense of humanity as he tells of the humanization of a middle-aged misanthrope. Yet his novel can also be seen as a plea for rigorous self-examination and an indictment of the intellectual hypocrisy of the period. As Hesse himself remarked, "Of all my books Steppenwolf is the one that was more often and more violently misunderstood than any of the others".

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3/5

All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque , A.W. Wheen (Translator)

This is the testament of Paul BĂ€umer, who enlists with his classmates in the German army of World War I. These young men become enthusiastic soldiers, but their world of duty, culture, and progress breaks into pieces under the first bombardment in the trenches. Through years of vivid horror, Paul holds fast to a single vow: to fight against the hatred that meaninglessly pi This is the testament of Paul BĂ€umer, who enlists with his classmates in the German army of World War I. These young men become enthusiastic soldiers, but their world of duty, culture, and progress breaks into pieces under the first bombardment in the trenches. Through years of vivid horror, Paul holds fast to a single vow: to fight against the hatred that meaninglessly pits young men of the same generation but different uniforms against one another – if only he can come out of the war alive.

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4.8/5

The Reader by Bernhard Schlink , Carol Brown Janeway (Translator)

Sie ist reizbar, rÀtselhaft und viel Àlter als er... und sie wird seine erste Leidenschaft. Eines Tages ist sie spurlos verschwunden. Erst Jahre spÀter sieht er sie wieder - als Angeklagte im Gerichtssaal. Die fast kriminalistische Erforschung einer sonderbaren Liebe und bedrÀngenden Vergangenheit.

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3.5/5

Faust, First Part by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe , Peter Salm (Translator)

Goethe’s masterpiece and perhaps the greatest work in German literature, Faust has made the legendary German alchemist one of the central myths of the Western world. Here indeed is a monumental Faust, an audacious man boldly wagering with the devil, Mephistopheles, that no magic, sensuality, experience, or knowledge can lead him to a moment he would wish to last forever. H Goethe’s masterpiece and perhaps the greatest work in German literature, Faust has made the legendary German alchemist one of the central myths of the Western world. Here indeed is a monumental Faust, an audacious man boldly wagering with the devil, Mephistopheles, that no magic, sensuality, experience, or knowledge can lead him to a moment he would wish to last forever. Here, in Faust, Part I, the tremendous versatility of Goethe’s genius creates some of the most beautiful passages in literature. Here too we experience Goethe’s characteristic humor, the excitement and eroticism of the witches’ Walpurgis Night, and the moving emotion of Gretchen’s tragic fate. This authoritative edition, which offers Peter Salm’s wonderfully readable translation as well as the original German on facing pages, brings us Faust in a vital, rhythmic American idiom that carefully preserves the grandeur, integrity, and poetic immediacy of Goethe’s words.

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4.5/5

The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann , John E. Woods (Translator)

In this dizzyingly rich novel of ideas, Mann uses a sanatorium in the Swiss Alps, a community devoted exclusively to sickness, as a microcosm for Europe, which in the years before 1914 was already exhibiting the first symptoms of its own terminal irrationality. The Magic Mountain is a monumental work of erudition and irony, sexual tension and intellectual ferment, a book t In this dizzyingly rich novel of ideas, Mann uses a sanatorium in the Swiss Alps, a community devoted exclusively to sickness, as a microcosm for Europe, which in the years before 1914 was already exhibiting the first symptoms of its own terminal irrationality. The Magic Mountain is a monumental work of erudition and irony, sexual tension and intellectual ferment, a book that pulses with life in the midst of death.

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4.3/5

The Tin Drum by GĂŒnter Grass

On his third birthday Oskar decides to stop growing. Haunted by the deaths of his parents and wielding his tin drum Oskar recounts the events of his extraordinary life; from the long nightmare of the Nazi era to his anarchic adventures in post-war Germany.

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3.5/5

Death in Venice by Thomas Mann , Michael Cunningham (Introduction) , Michael Henry Heim (Translator)

The world-famous masterpiece by Nobel laureate Thomas Mann -- here in a new translation by Michael Henry Heim. Published on the eve of World War I, a decade after Buddenbrooks had established Thomas Mann as a literary celebrity, Death in Venice tells the story of Gustav von Aschenbach, a successful but aging writer who follows his wanderlust to Venice in search of spiritual The world-famous masterpiece by Nobel laureate Thomas Mann -- here in a new translation by Michael Henry Heim. Published on the eve of World War I, a decade after Buddenbrooks had established Thomas Mann as a literary celebrity, Death in Venice tells the story of Gustav von Aschenbach, a successful but aging writer who follows his wanderlust to Venice in search of spiritual fulfillment that instead leads to his erotic doom. In the decaying city, besieged by an unnamed epidemic, he becomes obsessed with an exquisite Polish boy, Tadzio. "It is a story of the voluptuousness of doom," Mann wrote. "But the problem I had especially in mind was that of the artist's dignity."

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