Two Kids Books! #FBM17 #FraFra2017

One of the two kids books that really impressed me: Aprés by the incredible artist Laurent Moreau (in French language).

This will be the last part of my Frankfurt Book Fair follow-up. Let’s finish with two kids books that really fascinated me – one in French and one in English. But I think that kids would get the ideas of those books in any language.

Have a wonderful start into the new week!

Aprés (“After”) by  Laurent Moreau:

“After the rage, there comes the silence. After a long silence, I don’t know what to say.”

Artist Laurent Moreau captures the mindset of a kid in beautiful pictures. For me, this book was love at first sight and I really wish for an English (or even better) German edition of it!

“After winter, the spring brings back the colors.”

Book of Bones – 10 Record-Breaking Animals by Gabrielle Balkan and illustrated by Sam Brewster:

A wonderful book that really has a different way of explaining nature…

…by first showing pictures of animal skeletons, asking “Who am I?” …

… and finally showing the accompanying animal plus some interesting facts about it.

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Those Wonderful Cookbooks! #fbm17

One of my favorites: Feel Good Kitchen (Stirring Slowly) by Georgina Hayden. All pics by Franzi.

Every year when I am at the Frankfurt Book Fair I bring home a lot of new book wishes – and most of them are always cookbooks. Here are some of my favorites I found this year. Lucky me, X-Mas is not too soon now ;).

Have a wonderful (and tasty) week!

The cookbook that really convinced me on a second glance: Vietnamese Cuisine from Elizabeth Street Cafe.

Peek inside:The recipes are French-inspired and look really fancy and delicious!

The Great Dixter Cookbook – Recipes from an English Garden by Aaron Bertelsen features seasonal recipes.

Das Beste vom Wochenmarkt by Elisabeth Raether (available only in German: “The Best from the Farmers Market”) – A collection of the fresh and seasonal recipes regularly featured in the German ZEITmagazin.

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Pop-Up Books!

10 Chaises by Dominique Ehrhard. All pics by Franzi.

One thing that surprised me this year on the Frankfurt Book Fair was the impressing number of astonishing pop-up books. There were lots of them and pretty artistic ones. Not only for kids, but also for adults, depicting art pieces or furniture. But look for yourself :)…

Have a beautiful week!

10 Chaises by Dominique Ehrhard:

Le Livre des jouets de papier by Gérard Lo Monaco:

Das Apfelwunder (The Apple Miracle) by Hans-Christian Schmidt (author) and Andreas Nemet (illustrator):

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Frankfurt Book Fair 2017: New Novels & Authors Quotes! #FBM17

The best thing of the Frankfurt Book Fair? For me, it’s that you see and meet all those inspiring authors. I am always impressed by everything they have to say – about their books, life, society or politics. Here are some authors and their books I saw, plus some remarkable quotes.

I wish you an inspiring start into the new week!

Sasha Marianna Salzmann (left) talking about her first novel Außer Sich // Beside Yourself, which made it into the short-list of the German Book Prize. All pics by Franzi.

Summary:

Since the beginning there’s the two of them, twins Alissa and Anton: In the small two-bedroom apartment in Moscow during the post-Soviet years and later, in Western Germany, where they roam the hallways of the asylum home. When Alissa has already dropped out of university, Anton disappears without a trace. Eventually, a postcard arrives from Istanbul – no text, no return address. Alissa sets out on a search in the torn city by the Bosporus and within her own family history – looking for her missing brother, but most of all, searching for the feeling of belonging that isn’t connected to one’s native country, mother tongue, or gender.

Sasha Marianna Salzmann regarding the dealing with the “underground” topic of gender fluidity in her book:

“Ovid und Shakespeare sind keine Underground-Schriftsteller gewesen. Queer war auch damals schon Thema und kam in deren Werken vor.” // “Ovid and Shakespeare were no underground authors. Queer  was  a topic already back then and present in their works.”

Sven Regener talking about his latest book Wiener Straße (made it to the long-list of the German Book Prize).

Summary:

This fourth “Frank Lehmann”-novel narrates what happened before the first three books: Kreuzberg, Berlin, early 1980s – a surreal world of artists, squatters, freaks, punks and newly arrived Berliners. Anyone could be a hero. Anything could become the next big thing. Frank Lehmann, slacker by nature, together with two artist friends has to move house because their landlord and flatmate, Erwin, wants them out of the way now that he is to become a father. Chaotic times… and things finally escalate completely when a rival artist collective decides to copying Erwin’s new business idea of  a “bar plus gallery”, sparking an art war that may lead to ruin for everyone.

Sven Regener on why he wrote again about Frank Lehman:

“Man muss Romane schreiben, wie sie einem einfallen. {…} Bei mir ging das mit dem Schreiben los, als mir eine Figur zugelaufen ist, nämlich dieser Frank.” // “Novels appear as an idea to you. {…} I started writing when a character appeared in my mind – and this character was Frank Lehmann.”

Richard David Precht in an interview about his book Erkenne Dich Selbst // Know Yourself (the second book of a trilogy about the history of philosophy).

Summary:

In the second volume of his three-part history of philosophy, Richard David Precht explores the development of Western thinking from the Renaissance to the end of the Age of Enlightenment.

Richard David Precht about Jean-Jacques Rousseau:

“Ein Arschloch deluxe. {…} Diese Schizophrenie, dass er Frauen ausnutzte und seine Kinder ins Findelheim steckte, aber die romantischsten Romane und einfühlsamsten Erziehungsromane seiner Zeit geschrieben hat.” // “An asshole deluxe. {…} This schizophrenia that he used women and sent his children into a foundling hospital, but wrote the most romantic novels and the most insightful Erziehungsromane (educational novels) of his time.”

Paula Hawkings (left) talking about her latest thriller Into the Water.

Summary:

In the last days before her death, Nel called her sister. Jules didn’t pick up the phone, ignoring her plea for help. Now Nel is dead. They say she jumped. And Jules has been dragged back to the one place she hoped she had escaped for good, to care for the teenage girl her sister left behind. But Jules is afraid. Of her long-buried memories, of the old Mill House, of knowing that Nel would never have jumped. And most of all she’s afraid of the water, and the place they call the Drowning Pool…

Paula Hawkings about reading while working on a new book project:

“I do love to read non-fiction. As a novel author, reading non-fiction is a relaxed way of reading – without the risk of adopting foreign ideas.”

Ulla Hahn (right) talking about her book Wir werden erwartet // They Are Expecting Us .

Summary:

This is the fourth (and last) novel of an autobiographic-inspired series by Ulla Hahn. It narrates the story of a young, gullible woman in the tumultuous years after 1968: Hilla Palm has the world at her feet. After a long search, the girl of humble origins has at last found where she belongs: to the world of literature and with Hugo, the man who accepts Hilla as she is, with all her bitter experiences. They discover love together and witness the 1968 upheavals, when everything seemed possible. But then fate puts a spoke in the wheel of her plans, and in desperation Hilla looks for support with people fighting for a more peaceful and fairer world. The philosophy of Marxism becomes her new spiritual home. She resolutely follows her convictions and in the end has to painfully realize that freedom without freedom of words is not possible.

Ulla Hahn about finally finishing her four-part series:

“Ich glaube mit dieser Erleichterung und Freude bin ich noch nie über eine Buchmesse gelaufen.” // “I believe I never walked along a book fair with this relief and happiness.”

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My Vacation (in) Books!

The six books I read during the last two vacation weeks. All pics by Franzi.

Our (late summer / early fall) vacations are already over. Those two weeks were incredible relaxing and fun. And finally there was time for reading :)! Here are the six books I indulged in.

Cooking for Picasso by Camille Aubray:

In spring 1936 seventeen-year-old Ondine cooks with her mother in the kitchen of their family owned “Café Paradis” in the small French village Juan-les-Pin. The already famous artist Pablo Picasso stays incognito in a nearby villa and makes a deal with the “Café Paradies” that they are responsible for his food. Thus, Ondine rides everyday with her bicycle to Picasso’s villa and cooks for him her extraordinary dishes.

Céline is a Hollywood makeup artist in New York of the present days. From her mother Julie, she learns that her Grandmother Ondine once cooked for Picasso and that she may once owned a Picasso painting. But where’s the painting got to?

This was a perfect vacation book – French Riviera atmosphere, excellent food descriptions, a gripping story and plot that combines the real facts wonderfully with imagination.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows

This is a historical letter novel that plays shortly after WWII and is about a young English author on the search for a topic for her new book and a bunch of people located on Guernsey who created the “Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” during the German occupation on Guernsey. The plot is hilarious and entertaining and sometimes sad. But then there’s also a romantic story-line ;)… A big must-read recommendation!

A Share in Death by Deborah Crombie

This is the first book of a crime series around the Scotland Yard Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and his young sergeant Gemma James:

Overworked Scotland Yard Superintendent Duncan Kincaid plans to make vacation at the time-share “Followdale House” in northern England. Some of his fellow guests have been to the time-share hotel before. Others are newcomers. Then someone dies…

I am a big fan of good-written crime series (I love the Elizabeth George series!) and this book was a good start into a new addiction :).

Becks letzter Sommer (Beck’s last summer) by Benedict Wells

A bored teacher in his 30s, his depressed and addicted black best friend and a 17-year-old Lithuanian, who’s a highly talented musician. Those three people are experiencing not only a summer together, but also a road trip to Istanbul full of adventures that have consequences for all of their futures.

A nice German book that’s well written, easy to read and has a clever plot.

Ein Kind für mich allein (A child all for myself) by Elfriede Brüning

This is a German 1950s classic about a woman who is trying to find her life’s purpose. Shortly after the war ended, she works as a nurse in a hospital in Berlin. She falls in love with a doctor of the same hospital who is not interested in a long-term relationship with her. Then she believes she’s pregnant…

At the moment, I am interested into German literature of the 1950s – especially if it is about the life of women during this time. The book illustrates a woman on her search of independence – which was a lot harder in the 1950s than it is now. But some of her thoughts are nevertheless up to date. Like: What is one’s purpose in life? Or: When is the right time to get a child and with whom?

Fiesta: The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

This novel from 1926 was one of the first successes of Hemingway. It describes not only the “lost generation” of the 1920s in Paris but plays also in Pamplona during the Fiesta of San Fermin where the protagonist Jake Barnes travels with a bunch of friends to visit the running of the bulls. He is in love with a typical 1920s girl named Brett. Unfortunately Jake was injured during the war and, as a consequence, is now impotent. Brett on the other side loves life and men – her fiancée Mike is with her in Pamplona – as is also her latest affair Robert Cohn.

The story is typical Hemingway – fast and with a passionate plot it narrates the story of Jake and Brett and the destiny of all those involved.

I wish you a wonderful week! Have an entertaining one :)!

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Letters to a Young Writer by Colum McCann

Pic by Franzi.

“The whole point of good literature is to make newness durable. You are creating alternative time. You are making vivid that which did not exist before.” Colum McCann, Letters to a Young Writer

Letters to a Young Writer by author Colum McCann comprises fifty-two short texts that give some practical and philosophical advice about various matters of authorship – like creating characters, developing a plot, the terror of the white page, the first line and many more.  For me, each of the small texts was highly motivating and full of inspirational lines, which I would like to write down on a BIG mood board and hang it up above my favorite place to write (so currently this would be above my sofa).

A big recommendation for everyone who is loving the written word but also fighting with it from time to time.

I wish you a wonderful week! Have a creative one :)!

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A Book About the Brain!

Pic by Franzi.

Today’s post is written under some time pressure: Thus the small picture and only a few lines…

Our last book in the literature club was Mein Hirn hat seinen eigenen Kopf (My brain has its own head) by Dong Seon Chang. It’s a book about the wonders of the mind – how our brain works and how it defines us and our relationships to the people around us.

An exciting read with lots of insights to discuss about!

I wish you a wonderful week! Enjoy the wonders of your mind :)!

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Those Books I’ve Read!

Pic by Franzi.

During the last four weeks I read one book that was famous in the 1970, one book as a follow-up of one I read the month before, one crime novel that waited a long time on my stack of unread books and finally I listened to an audio book I discovered on the Frankfurt Book Fair last October.

Carmen KornTöchter einer neuen Zeit (Daughters of a new Time)

I saw this book the first time on the Frankfurt Book Fair last October and wanted to read it ever since. It’s the first of three books about a bunch of women living at the beginning of the 20th century in Hamburg. Töchter einer neuen Zeit starts in the year 1919 and ends shortly after WWII. Now I finally listened to the audio book and was fascinated by the descriptions of the life in my hometown Hamburg 100 years ago. The women of the story are all very different from each other, but I liked every one of them and wanted to know what happens next in their lives! Now I can’t wait to read the follow-up Zeiten des Aufbruchs, which is planned to be released in June.

**** (out of five)

Ernest HemingwayA Movable Feast

After reading Paula McLain’s novel The Paris Wife about the first marriage of Ernest Hemingway, narrated by his first wife Hadley, I was curious about his view on this time of his life in the early 1920s in Paris. Luckily, he wrote the memoir A Movable Feast. Written during the last years of his life, the book looks back at his younger self at the beginning of his career as a writer, his life with Hadley in Paris and also at the other famous writers he met in those years – Gertrude Stein, Scott Fitzgerald, James Joys…. It’s a read full of insights, which showed me once more that I am a big fan of Hemingway’s style. I will definitely read more from him in the future!

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Val McDermidThe Retribution

The Retribution is a follow-up of Scottish crime writer Val McDermid’s most famous novel The Wire in The Blood. After more that 12 years in prison serial killer Jacko Vance escapes. And he has one big goal: Revenge. On top of his list are Detective Chief Inspector Carol Jordan and the clinical psychologist and police profiler Tony Hill who once caught him. I couldn’t put down this book – it’s a real gem of a crime novel. If you loved The Wire in The Blood, you have to read The Retribution! Val McDermid at her best :).

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Erica JongFear of Flying

Fear of Flying is a book that was extremely famous during the 1970s – mostly because of its description of female sexuality.

The main character Isadora Zelda White Stollerman Wing is a 29-year-old poet who accompanies her second husband on a psychology conference in Vienna. There she decides to try out her sexual fantasies with another man, also a psychologist. The story is about a young married woman who is struggling to find her place in the world and defining who she is and how relationships/marriages are influencing this.

I can totally see the point of why this book caused this much controversy back in the 1970s. Nevertheless, it’s a brave book, that dares to question the old ways of living and with it the institution of marriage in itself. I am sure that this book helped a lot of women to understand that they are not alone with their struggles and their desires.

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I wish you a wonderful week! Have an inspiring one :)!

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Two More Books I found on the Frankfurt Book Fair! #fbm16

book1Die Männer meines Lebens // Dear Mr. You by Marie-Louise Parker. The famous American actress and writer writes a letter to all the important men in her life: Her belated father, her son, her friends and affairs… Pics made by Franzi on the #fbm16.

Here are the last two books I would like to present you that I found on the Frankfurt book fair 2016: Die Männer meines Lebens (Dear Mr. You) by Mary-Louise Parker – something like a memoir in letters to all the men that had an impact on her – and Töchter einer neuen Zeit (Daughters of a New Age, only in German available) by Carmen Korn, a book about German History and the lives of four different women starting 1919 their midwive training in Hamburg (!).

I wish you a wonderful weekend! Have a comfy one :)!

book2Töchter einer neuen Zeit (Daughter of a New Age) by Carmen Korn: Four women start their midwife training in 1919 in Germany. A book about German history and the impact on four different lives.

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Children’s Books! #fbm16

book4A look inside Von einem mutigen Hasen, der heimlich auszog, die Welt zu entdecken und das Fürchten zu lernen (From a brave rabbit, who secretly went away to discover the world and to learn what fear is). I already presented you the book on Wednesday. Pics made by Franzi on the #fbm16.

Of course I looked out for children’s books on the Frankfurt book fair (like every year 🙂 ). Here are the six most entertaining, colorful, artsy and fun books I found…

I wish you a wonderful weekend! Have a fantastic one :)!

book3bMy second children’s book favorite: Luftigruß (A boy and a house) by Maja Kastelic

book3a…a look inside the book.

book5Afternoon Tea at Raffles Hotel by Fleur Vella-Chang: The colorful book is very famous among Singapore-based kids!

book6A BIG book about bees: Bienen by Piotr Socha!

book2Extremely cute: Keiner gruselt sich vor Gustav (Nobody is afraid of Gustav) by Guido van Genechten.

book1For little Scientists: Fliege, Falter, Honigbiene (Fly, moth, honeybee) by Virginie Aladjidi and Emmanuelle Tchoukriel.

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