March 17, 2013

The Reading Files - This doesn't look like fiction!

Why not kill two birds with a stone? In other words, keep up with reading non-fiction while at the same time finally touching some of those German books that have been gathering dust? All rounded off by some more Erma Bombeck ...

The Art of Travel (Alain de Botton) German Ed.

Thoughts. Contrary to his wonderful Heathrow adventure this book is about experiencing going abroad through the eyes of poets or painters and the likes. Interesting approach yet my inner traveler ended up rather bored courtesy to the author droning on endlessly and never actually "arriving" anywhere.

Verdict. Disappointing exploration of how to travel "artfully"!

Surviving the Angel of Death (Eva Mozes Kor and Lisa Rojany Buccieri) German Ed.

Thoughts. An amazing story about two twin girls surviving the experiments of Dr. Mengele all packed into a touching memoir. Despite the young target audience the book felt too much moderated in content thus lacking more depth. And sadly the writing itself was rather poor as well.

Verdict. A Holocaust survivors story suitable for young readers!

The Best of Bombeck (Erma Bombeck)

Thoughts. After last week's Best-Of by her, I couldn't resist revisiting some of Erma's older works. Maybe a bit dated, mostly set in the 60s and 70s, but still her candid depiction of the American household and family life hasn't lost any of its appeal and is both inspiring and laugh out loud funny.

Random quote. A little nagging is a healthy thing in a marriage. The way I figure it, you can either nag your way through fifty or sixty years or wear a gun to your wedding.
(p. 86)

Verdict. America's (and my) favorite humorist for a reason!


  1. Totally agree on The art of travel. It was disappointing and boring.

  2. Suriving the Angel of Death sounds like an amazing book!