Books of the Week #15

A Love Letter to Europe: An outpouring of love and sadness from our writers, thinkers and artists by Various

Writers, artists and thinkers in British life talk about what Europe means to them: an outpouring of love and sadness

As Britain pulls away from Europe great British writers come together to give voice to their innermost feelings. These writers include novelists, writers of books for children, of comic books, humourists, historians, biographers, nature writers, film writers, travel writers, writers young and old and from an extraordinary range of backgrounds. Most are famous perhaps because they have won the Booker or other literary prizes, written bestsellers, changed the face of popular culture or sold millions of records. Others are not yet household names but write with depth of insight and feeling.

There is some extraordinary writing in this book. Some of these pieces are expressions of love of particular places in Europe. Some are true stories, some nostalgic, some hopeful. Some are cries of pain. There are hilarious pieces. There are cries of pain and regret. Some pieces are quietly devastating. All are passionate.

Conceived as a love letter to Europe, this book may also help reawaken love for Britain. It shows the unique richness and diversity of British cultures, a multitude of voices in harmony.

Contributors include:Mary Beard, Jeffrey Boakye, Melvyn Bragg, Simon Callow, B. Catling, Shami Chakrabarti, Chris Cleave, Frank Cottrell Boyce, William Dalrymple, Lindsey Davis, Margaret Drabble, Tracey Emin, Michel Faber, Sebastian Faulks, Neil Gaiman, Evelyn Glennie, Alan Hollinghurst, Will Hutton, Holly Johnson, Ruth Jones, A.L. Kennedy, Hermione Lee, Prue Leith, Roger Lewis, Penelope Lively, Richard Mabey, Jonathan Meades, Andrew Miller, Deborah Moggach, Alan Moore, Paul Morley, Jackie Morris, Charles Nicholl, Irenosen Okojie, Onjali Q. Raúf , Chris Riddell, Tony Robinson, J.K. Rowling, Rhik Samadder, Isy Suttie, Sandi Toksvig, Pete Townshend, Kate Williams and Michael Wood.

https://books2read.com/u/47Ednj

The Year of Living Danishly: Uncovering the Secrets of the World’s Happiest Country by Helen Russell

When she was suddenly given the opportunity of a new life in rural Jutland, journalist and archetypal Londoner Helen Russell discovered a startling statistic: the happiest place on earth isn’t Disneyland, but Denmark, a land often thought of by foreigners as consisting entirely of long dark winters, cured herring, Lego and pastries.

What is the secret to their success? Are happy Danes born, or made?

Helen decides there is only one way to find out: she will give herself a year, trying to uncover the formula for Danish happiness.

From childcare, education, food and interior design (not to mention ‘hygge’) to SAD, taxes, sexism and an unfortunate predilection for burning witches, The Year of Living Danishly is a funny, poignant record of a journey that shows us where the Danes get it right, where they get it wrong, and how we might just benefit from living a little more Danishly ourselves.

https://books2read.com/u/mgG52D

The Man with No Borders by Richard C. Morais

It is a time of reckoning for José María Álvarez, an aristocratic Spanish banker living in a Swiss village with his American wife. Nearing the end of a long and tumultuous life, he’s overcome by hallucinatory memories of the past. Among his most cherished memories are those of his boyhood in 1950s Franco-era Spain and the bucolic afternoons he spent salmon fishing on the Sella River with his father, uncle, and much-loved younger brother.

But these fond reveries are soon eclipsed by something greater. José’s regrets and dark family secrets are flooding back, as is the devastating tragedy that drove José into exile and makes him bear the burden of a soul-deep guilt.

Now, as his three estranged sons return to their father’s side, José hopes to outpace death long enough to finally put his house in order and exorcise its demons. Only in his quest for redemption can José begin to understand the meaning of his life—and what his legacy has meant to others.

https://books2read.com/u/mVr20l


The European Cake Cookbook: Discover a New World of Decadence from the Celebrated Traditions of European Baking by Tatyana Nesteruk

The European Cake Cookbook takes readers on a delectable journey through Europe—via cake! With Tatyana Nesteruk as your guide, allow your imagination to transport you to a bakery in France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Russia, Great Britain, Norway and anywhere else your taste buds desire. Try new techniques with classic cakes such as the Strawberry Swiss Roll, or explore unique creations based on popular desserts such as the Crème Brûlée Cheesecake.

Since European cakes are less sweet than their American counterparts, you can enjoy a slice with your tea or coffee any time of day. And if you’ve never made French or Italian buttercream, you are in for a treat! Tatyana walks you through the steps using simple syrup and whipped eggs for a topping that’s light, creamy, mildly sweet and refreshing. A few of the 65 gorgeous creations inside are Raspberry Sachertorte, a rich chocolate cake from Austria; indulgent Amaretto Crème Cake, featuring Italy’s famous almond liqueur; Victorian Sponge Cake, sure to be found on the menu at any British tea house; showstopping Chocolate Kiev Cake, the prized dessert of Ukraine; and many more delights.

https://books2read.com/u/mZBpWe

A Study of Household Spirits of Eastern Europe (Spirits and Creatures Series Book 1) by Ronesa Aveela

GOLD medal winner! 2019 Readers’ Favorite Non-fiction Cultural

Eastern European mythology and folklore contain a rich, colorful blend of Christian and pagan tales, customs, and rituals. Many have lost their original significance, but others are still practiced—especially in remote, rural locations.

Household Spirits, the first in a series of books, will take you on a journey to discover nine fascinating house spirits you may never have heard of. Here are a few tidbits about what you can expect to find within the book’s pages:
· Unusual noises at night in your attic may be a Talasum or a hungry Stopan.
· Sacrificing a black hen and sprinkling its blood in the foundation of a new home keeps the building and occupants safe from evil spirits.
· Builders often measure passersby with string or “capture” their shadow in the mortar of a wall to make structures strong.
· Forgetting to wash your dishes at night and leaving your house messy anger a Kikimora, and she’ll get her revenge.
· Don’t kill a snake because it may be the spirit guardian of your home.
· Have you heard of the Bannik? Taking a steam bath will never be the same again after you learn about his habits.

That’s not all. You’ll learn historical facts, discover fascinating and horrifying stories, and enjoy beautiful illustrations to gain a complete experience of these elusive house spirits.

https://books2read.com/u/mgG5dv

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