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The Coffee Trader

Author: David Liss
Publisher: Random House Digital, Inc.
ISBN: 0375760903
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In seventeenth-century Amsterdam, Miguel Lienzo, a Portuguese-Jewish trader desperate to recover his lost fortune, enters into a partnership with seductive Geertruid Damhuis to introduce coffee to the city, and confronts a ruthless adversary.

A Conspiracy Of Paper

Author: David Liss
Publisher: Random House Digital, Inc.
ISBN: 0804119120
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An outsider in eighteenth-century London, Jewish pugilist and hired thug Benjamin Weaver prowls the city's mean streets in the service of England's gentry tracking down debtors and thieves, until the "accidental" death of his wealthy estranged father draws him into a dark conspiracy controlled by powerful men in the world of British finance. Reader's Guide included. Reprint. 45,000 first printing.

The Light Of Amsterdam

Author: David Park
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 1608197581
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It is December; Christmas is approaching and the magic of one of Europe's most beautiful cities beckons. A father looks for himself in the past, struggling to deal with a recent divorce, his teenage son in tow. A single, selfless mother accompanies her only daughter and friends for a weekend-long bachelorette party. And a husband treats his wife to a birthday weekend away, somehow heightening her anxieties and insecurities about age, desire, and motherhood. As these people brush against one another in the squares, museums, and parks of Amsterdam, their lives are transfigured in the winter light, and they encounter the complexities of love in a city that challenges what has gone before. Tender and humane, elevating the ordinary to something timeless and important, The Light of Amsterdam is a novel of compassion and rare dignity.

On The Water

Author: H. M. van den Brink
Publisher: Grove Press
ISBN: 9780802138958
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On the eve of Holland's liberation from the Nazis, Anton, a young man from a lower-class family stands on the bank of an Amsterdam river and recalls the golden summer of 1939, which he spent with David, a self-assured, affluent teenager, as they train as oarsmen on the river under the tutelage of a German coach. Reprint.

Rembrandt S Whore

Author: Sylvie Matton
Publisher: Canongate Books
ISBN: 9781841953229
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In a serene, sensuous style of writing and through a compelling narrative of great psychological depth, Rembrandt's Whore does for the Dutch Master what Tracy Chevalier's Girl with a Pearl Earring did for Vermeer. Immortalised in many of his greatest works of portraiture, Hendrickje Stoffels was Rembrandt's common law wife – and it is through her eyes that we are plunged into the midst of both a passionate affair and a turbulent era of Dutch history. First a servant, then his lover and confidante, Hendrickje fills the void in Rembrandt's life after the death of his wife and two of their children. But whilst they celebrate beauty, truth and art, Hendrickje is fated to discover the hypocrisy and fickleness of Amsterdam society, which ostracises her and precipitates Rembrandt's final collapse.

Leo Africanus

Author: Amin Maalouf
Publisher: New Amsterdam Books
ISBN: 1461663318
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"I, Hasan the son of Muhammad the weigh-master, I, Jean-Leon de Medici, circumcised at the hand of a barber and baptized at the hand of a pope, I am now called the African, but I am not from Africa, nor from Europe, nor from Arabia. I am also called the Granadan, the Fassi, the Zayyati, but I come from no country, from no city, no tribe. I am the son of the road, my country is the caravan, my life the most unexpected of voyages." Thus wrote Leo Africanus, in his fortieth year, in this imaginary autobiography of the famous geographer, adventurer, and scholar Hasan al-Wazzan, who was born in Granada in 1488. His family fled the Inquisition and took him to the city of Fez, in North Africa. Hasan became an itinerant merchant, and made many journeys to the East, journeys rich in adventure and observation. He was captured by a Sicilian pirate and taken back to Rome as a gift to Pope Leo X, who baptized him Johannes Leo. While in Rome, he wrote the first trilingual dictionary (Latin, Arabic and Hebrew), as well as his celebrated Description of Africa, for which he is still remembered as Leo Africanus.

The Day Of Atonement

Author: David Liss
Publisher: Ballantine Books
ISBN: 034552019X
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In 1755 on a mission of revenge, and in the guise of English businessman Sebastian Foxx, exiled Sebastião Raposa returns to Lisbon, stalking the ruthless Inquisitor priest Pedro Azinheiro who imprisoned his parents ten years earlier. When a twist of fate turns his carefully laid plans to chaos, he will be forced to choose between surrendering to bloodlust or serving the cause of mercy.

The Good Thief S Guide To Amsterdam

Author: Chris Ewan
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1849830495
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Charlie Howard doesn't just write books about a career thief, he also happens to be one. In Amsterdam working on his latest novel, Charlie is approached by a mysterious American who asks him to steal two apparently worthless monkey figurines from two separate addresses on the same night. At first he says no. Then he changes his mind. Only later, kidnapped and bound to a chair, the American very dead and a spell in police custody behind him, does Charlie begin to realise how costly a mistake he might have made. The police think he killed the American. Others think he knows the whereabouts of the elusive third monkey. But for Charlie only three things matter: Can he clear his name? Can he get away with the haul of a lifetime? And, can he solve the briefcase-shaped plot-hole in his latest novel?

The Apothecary S House

Author: Adrian Mathews
Publisher: Government Printing Office
ISBN: 9780330441605
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When an old woman storms into the Rijks Museum demanding the return of her painting, archivist Ruth Braams delves into the history of the piece of looted Nazi art, and discovers a picture with a disturbing wartime provenance. Days later, Ruth begins to receive sinister anonymous threats, warning her to stay away from Lydia, and the painting.

The Wisdom Of Crowds

Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: 0385721706
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Looks at the theory that large groups have more collective intelligence than a smaller number of experts, drawing on a wide range of disciplines to offer insight into such topics as politics, business, and the environment.