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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.

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.

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.

The Twelfth Enchantment

Author: David Liss
Publisher: Ballantine Books
ISBN: 0345520181
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After the death of her beloved father, Lucy becomes the unwanted boarder of her tyrannical uncle, fending off marriage to a local mill owner. But just as she is resigned to a life of misery, the poet and notorious rake Lord Byron arrives at her house with a cryptic message for Lucy.

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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Returning to mid-eighteenth-century Lisbon to avenge the death of his father, Sebastian Foxx, the protégé of bounty hunter Benjamin Weaver, stealthily collects funds and identifies friends and allies among Inquisition spies.

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.

Criminal Slang

Author: Vincent Joseph Monteleone
Publisher: The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd.
ISBN: 1584773006
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Monteleone compiled this collection of words and phrases used by the gangster, tramp or hobo over the course of a career that spanned the 1920's, 30's and 40's. Both instructive and amusing, it contains hundreds of entries relating to criminal matters of the time, such as Academy (a Jail), Across the River (dead), Grease the Track (to fall under a moving train), Looseners (prunes), Sprinkle the Flowers (to distribute the bribes), Sue Bowel (A Chinese opium den), Write short Stories (to forge checks) and Zib (an easy victim). Also includes a table of hobo code symbols. A fascinating addition to any criminal law history library or collection, this book will likely be perused often.

The Master Of Bruges

Author: Terence Morgan
Publisher: Pan Macmillan Adult MM
ISBN: 9780230744134
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Master painter Hans Memling is without peer in the artistic world of fifteenth-century Bruges. But when he falls in love with the Princess Marie, daughter of his powerful patron, the Duke of Burgundy, his life begins to unravel. Made reckless by his passion for Marie, Hans accepts an invitation to visit old allies in London. But there he will find himself plunged into the final stages of the War of the Roses and embroiled in one of the greatest political mysteries of all time. At once a spellbinding historical thriller and a vivid examination of the artistic impulse, The Master of Bruges is an enthralling debut. 'A stunning debut . . . An intelligent and exciting new voice in historical fiction' Lancashire Evening Post