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Le premier siècle après Béatrice, Amin Maalouf

Et si on sélectionnait les naissances pour n´avoir que des garçons? Une fable visionnaire superbement écrite.


Samarcande, Amin Maalouf

Vous l'avez compris, c'est un de nos écrivains favoris! Ce livre raconte l'histoire d'Omar Khayyam, un célèbre poète perse.


Ô Jérusalem, Dominique Lapierre & Larry Collins

L´histoire de la fondation d´Israël. Difficile de poser le livre, on est captivé par les milles et un rebondissements.


L´Evangile de Jimmy, Didier van Cauwelaert

Cloner Jésus ... certains savants y ont pensé. Ce livre imagine la suite, entre science-fiction et comédie.


L'homme et lui-même, Graham Green

Philosophique et bien écrit. A éviter les jours sombres ...


Voyage d'une Parisienne à Lhassa, Alexandra David-Neel

Cette exploratrice intrépide dépeint dans des tons surannés un véritable tour de force: atteindre Lhassa en traversant des régions interdites aux étrangers.


Sauve moi, Guillaume Musso

Haletant de la première à la dernière page. Aucun de nous deux n'a pu poser le livre une fois entamé!

 

Le passeur de lumière, Bernard Tirtiaux

La quête d’un verrier du Moyen-âge en Orient et en Occident à la recherche des plus belles couleurs pour les vitraux des cathédrales de France.

 

Les arcanes du chaos, Maxime Chattam

Pour les fans des théories de conspiration…


English

The memory keeper's daughter, Kim Edwards

A man gives away his daughter born with Down syndrome. But the nurse, instead of placing her in an institution, raises her up as her own child.


Constantinople, Philip Mansel

Yes, it does sound like a geek's book! Quite a heavy read but very interesting and the chapters can be read in any order (one is about religion, the other one about ambassadors etc.)


The kindness of strangers, Kate Adie

A witty and funny account of the author's life as a BBC reporter from the sixties to the nineties.


Coastliners, Joanne Harris

Just as delightful as all her other novels.


Love, again, Doris Lessing

A beautiful book on the complexities of life.


Rachel's holiday, Marian Keyes

A drug addict goes to rehab thinking she will meet plenty of movie stars ... the reality is somewhat different!


A passionate man, Joanna Trollope

About love and life in a small village. Great reading.


Rich dad, poor dad, Robert Kiyosaki

An eye opener.

 

If how-tos were enough, we would all be skinny, rich, and happy, Brian Klemmer

Sensible strategies and principles to become successful.


Who moved my cheese?, Spencer Johnson

A short parable on how to deal with change in your work and in your life.

 

Blink, Malcolm Gladwell

The author describes the main subject of his book as "thin-slicing": our ability to gauge what is really important from a very narrow period of experience. In other words, spontaneous decisions are often as good as—or even better than—carefully planned and considered ones.

 

The lovely bones, Alice Sebold

The story of a teenage girl who, after being brutally raped and murdered, watches from heaven as her family and friends go on with their lives, while she herself comes to terms with her own death. Beautifully written.


Malinche’s Conquest, Anna Lanyon

The quest of the author across Mexico for fragments of Malinche’s life, Cortes’ interpreter.

 

Across the wire, Life and hard times on the Mexican border, Luis Alberto Urrea

Life in the slums of Tijuana, less than 50 km from San Diego, California. Each chapter is written like a story about a person or a family that the author met.

 

Tales of the city, Armistead Maupin

Funny and witty account of the life in the 70’s in San Francisco.

 

Sophie’s choice, William Styron

A young American Southerner, aspiring writer befriends the Jewish Nathan Landau and his beautiful lover Sophie, a Polish (but non-Jewish) survivor of the concentration camps. The author alternates between life in Brooklyn in 1947 and Sophie’s time in Auschwitz to ultimately come to the tragic choice she had to make. Some say, one of the best books of the XXth century. 

 

The list wouldn't be complete without mentioning all the 'Ludlum' ('The Bourne supremacy' etc.) that Ben reads ... well, he deserves to chill out!

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