The Coffee Trader

Author: David Liss
Publisher: Random House Digital, Inc.
ISBN: 0375760903
Format: PDF, ePub
Download Now
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
Format: PDF, Mobi
Download Now
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
Format: PDF
Download Now
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
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
Download Now
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.

Tulip Fever

Author: Deborah Moggach
Publisher: Dial Press
ISBN: 9780307423412
Format: PDF, Docs
Download Now
A sensual tale of art, lust, and deception—now a major motion picture In 1630s Amsterdam, tulipomania has seized the populace. Everywhere men are seduced by the fantastic exotic flower. But for wealthy merchant Cornelis Sandvoort, it is his young and beautiful wife, Sophia, who stirs his soul. She is the prize he desires, the woman he hopes will bring him the joy that not even his considerable fortune can buy. Cornelis yearns for an heir, but so far he and Sophia have failed to produce one. In a bid for immortality, he commissions a portrait of them both by the talented young painter Jan van Loos. But as Van Loos begins to capture Sophia's likeness on canvas, a slow passion begins to burn between the beautiful young wife and the talented artist. As the portrait unfolds, so a slow dance is begun among the household’s inhabitants. Ambitions, desires, and dreams breed a grand deception—and as the lies multiply, events move toward a thrilling and tragic climax. In this richly imagined international bestseller, Deborah Moggach has created the rarest of novels—a lush, lyrical work of fiction that is also compulsively readable. Seldom has a novel so vividly evoked a time, a place, and a passion. Praise for Tulip Fever “Sumptuous prose . . . reads like a thriller.”—The New York Times Book Review “An artful novel in every sense of the word . . . deftly evokes seventeenth-century Amsterdam’s vibrant atmosphere.”—Los Angeles Times “Need a brief escape into a beautiful and faraway world? Deborah Moggach’s wonderful Tulip Fever can offer you that.”—New York Post “Taut with suspense and unexpected revelations.”—Entertainment Weekly “Elegantly absorbing.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer

A Spectacle of Corruption

Author: David Liss
Publisher: Ballantine Books
ISBN: 037576089X
Format: PDF, Kindle
Download Now
Realizing at the moment of his conviction for a crime he did not commit that someone is determined to see him dead and another to set him free, Benjamin Weaver works to expose a conspiracy with links to the upcoming election. By the author of A Conspiracy of Hope. Reader's Guide included. Reprint. 60,000 first printing.

Rembrandt s Whore

Author: Sylvie Matton
Publisher: Canongate Books
ISBN: 9781841953229
Format: PDF, Mobi
Download Now
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
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
Download Now
"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
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
Download Now
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
Format: PDF, ePub
Download Now
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?