Books to disappear into

Lockdown or not, a good book makes you forget the world around you for a while. Before you know it you are several chapters and hours further. Did you know that reading can lower your stress level with 68%? Reading for a few minutes lowers your heart rate and relieves muscle tension. The next five books will be published in March and are happy to contribute to your health.

The one who sees everything / Hans Aarsman / history & politics

You see a photo in the newspaper of a demonstration, a press conference, a flood. You read the headline, the caption, maybe the article. What there is to discover when you start from scratch, that's what the Aarsman Collection is about. You forget the article, including the caption, the subject. Just look, as fresh as possible. Every day Hans Aarsman scours thousands of news photos in search of a story. With infectious enthusiasm he describes what most of us overlooked. 'The one who sees everything' brings together the most exciting, most beautiful, most surprising pieces of the past six years.

The Prison Years / Erdal Balci / Autobiographical Novel

In the early eighties Erdal Balci's father brought his family from eastern Turkey to the Utrecht district of Lombok. "When I think back to that period, I can only remember that we were frisky children among the mountains of the Caucasus, that the wind blowing hard over the great plateau and that we all looked forward to migrating." Erdal grows up in the Netherlands, only to slowly discover that his new country is drawing prison walls around him, his loved ones and his friends. He plots escape plans, but escape from the jails of the politically correct jailers is difficult. Balci's description of 'the flight from Europe to become a European' is not only the extraordinary story of a migrant son, but also a unique look at today's most burning issues.

The Anatomy of Dreams / Chloe Benjamin / American Novel

When Sylvie Patterson, a California boarding school student, falls in love with Gabe, a lively but elusive classmate, she is drawn into an experiment that changes her life forever. The school principal, Dr. Adrian Keller, is a charismatic scientist who puts everything at risk for the research of lucid dreaming and its possible therapeutic effects. Over the next six years, Sylvie and Gabe are absorbed in this Keller's work, and they follow him across the country. When the investigation takes them to the Midwest, they become embroiled in a complex relationship with their mysterious neighbors, and Sylvie begins to question Keller's ethical intentions. As she examines the line between what's real and what isn't, she discovers she can't trust anyone—including herself.

Barbed Wire / David Eagleman / Popular & Scientific

Why do we dream at night, and what does that have to do with the Earth spinning? How can someone without arms become the world's best archer? What are the Similarities Between Withdrawal Symptoms and a Broken Heart? Why is your memory not ravaged by time, but by the memories themselves? How come a blind person can learn to see with their tongue, just as a deaf person can learn to listen with their skin?

The greatest piece of technology we've ever discovered is the less than two-pound organ that we all carry around in the darkness of our skulls. The magic of our brain is not found in the parts that make up it, but in the way in which the tissue is incessantly supplying itself with new connections. With Barbed Wire David Eagleman paints a revealing portrait of our excitable brain and its unimaginable adaptability.

The Story of My Father and My Mother / Edvard Hoem / Norwegian Family Novel

Norwegian writer Edvard Hoem carried the story of his parents with him for fifty years. It starts for him when he is six and his mother asks a simple yet difficult question: "Mom, do you love Daddy?" He has no idea that his question is about a family secret. She replies, “I didn't like Dad when I met him. But I fell in love with him because he was constant, constant and faithful. And that is just as important as love.” What were the parents like before they became parents? Edvard Hoem tells the moving story of his parents, a young traveling preacher who preaches God's word in the valleys of Norway, and a young woman who becomes pregnant in a relationship with a young German soldier and thus brings much bad luck. In addition to being a sharp and tender family portrait, The Story of My Father and My Mother is a moving novel about life in rural Norway.


Many more beautiful books will be published in March. you find them here.



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