Another book I read in its original version in German, unfortunately this one is not available in other languages so far.
It's the very interesting travel journal of a Swiss man crossing Australia from North (Darwin) to the South (Adelaide) by walking 3059 km with 'Mrs Molly, the shopping trolley'.
Detailed book review in GERMAN below.
I read this book in its original version in German* and grabbed it from my shelf just before going on holiday.
I thought this might be the perfect quick read to take on family vacation, and I was right.
I don't think you have to know Hape Kerkeling as a German TV star to like the book, as Hape being a star only appears now and then in the book, just as do his fans, and is not the highlight of the story.
The author describes his journey on the Campino de Santiago rather honestly and quite detailed and pictorially painted. Several anecdotes as well as funny and interesting encounters put it all into the right flair.
Spirituality or faith . . .everybody walks the same path.
* also available in English under the title "I'm off then - losing and finding myself on the Camino de Santiago"
Ich habe mich sehr auf dieses Buch gefreut um mehr über diese außergewöhnliche Freundschaft herauszufinden, nachdem ich vor einigen Monaten in den sozialen Medien eine Reportage von 2017 von Bernd und Christian im TV gesehen hatte.
Das Buch, welches von einem GhostWriter geschrieben wurde, ist gut geschrieben, leicht verständlich aber trotzdem fesselnd, und so habe ich das Buch an nur einem Tag gelesen.
Oh my gosh !
I started reading this book right after I had finished Philip Judge's memoir. As you might remember, I found Judge quite secretive about his life and even wondered at one point, why he even had bothered writing a memoir if he was not sharing any details or even names of people appearing in the book.
Well, Graham Norton's life as well as this book is another pair of shoes. Norton loves to share secrets, details and all about himself.
I had chosen this book because I recognised the author: Graham Norton, the presenter of The Graham Norton Show, but that was about all I knew about him.
What pleasant surprise thus when I learned about Graham Norton's passions which he was about to reveal in this book: dogs, booze, men, divas, Ireland, New York and work.
He concludes the introduction with the words: "In an ideal world you'd like dogs, booze, men, divas, Ireland, New York and work as much as I do but, most of all, I really hop you like this book." So, after only four pages, and assenting to six of the seven stated passions, I was excited to discover more.
,In sight of Yellow Mountain. A year in the Irish Countryside.' is kind of a 'memoir' by irish-born actor Philip Judge.
Judge, who had moved to England when he was 9, returned to the land of his fathers and mothers after 25 years, and finally swaps his life in Dublin for a quiet place in rural Wicklow.
The front cover of this book by Aidan Comerford actually says:
EXPECTATIONS, MEET REALITY . . .
CORNFLAKES FOR DINNER
A heartbreaking comedy about family life.
So when I saw these words, they made me grab the book immediately and when I found out that it was actually an Irish author, this made me wanna read the book even more.
I was curious to see how this family manages all hurdles and demands that parenting puts on them, how they cope when again and again reality strikes and expectations become suddenly completely insignificant.
While searching online for interesting biographies, I found this book, read the short back cover reviews and ordered it instantly.
Thus again a book I bought without having a clue about who or what the author is, in this case: Trevor Noah.
Only when the book arrived I realised this was the comedian from 'The daily show with Trevor Noah'.
Even though not everybody might like Trevor Noah as a comedian, nor his show, the story of his childhood and youth is certainly
worth being told and read.
'A life in parts' is definitely a good read!
Written by the actor, producer, screenwriter and director Bryan Cranston, the book gives an insight into his private life as well as into his career and of course his leading roles as actor in 'Malcom in the middle' and 'Breaking bad'.
Honestly this have been exactly the only two roles which I connected him to: Malcom's' goofy Dad, and Walter White aka Heisenberg.
The book was a real 'get to know' and I was amazed to learn that many details about his life an career.
'The girl from station X' is actually written by the main character's daughter, Elisa Segrave, and thus to be considered as non fiction or historical rather than a memoir.
It's actually two stories in one book: the story of the estranged relationship between mother and daughter and their lives, as well as the narrations of the mother's life as a young girl and young mother.
I started reading this book some months ago, and it took some time to finish. Partly, because at some moments I disliked the main character that much, that I didn't wanna go on reading, an secondly, because I had a heavy workload with the training and portfolio report to write for my new job.
I had a great week . . . not only that I had been on a short trip to Paris with my friend Yasmin, but I also spent my week in company of Patrick, Justin, Terry, Mike, Ted, Christie and many many other characters from the book 'I'll push you'.
The book is exactly as it promised to be . . . amazing and awesome, especially in combination with the inside you get by social media posts & pictures and the trailer of the documentary which I watched when starting to read the book.
It took quite some time to finish this book and though it's highly praised by the reviews on the book cover, I would not call it the most compelling story I ever read.
At least that's what I thought . . .
I even had trouble getting past the first pages of introduction, and struggled to keep on reading for the complete first part of the book.
It's the story of childhood, teenage years and becoming a man. A memoir recounting the life of Roger Garfitt from 1944 to 1968.
Obviously this was a great week, because it only took me six days to finish the book, which is not obvious with husband and kids, daily household chores and other obligations, a dog and two horses and much more.
Must have been a good book too though !
Amazing and yet touching memoirs by Charles Willeford giving an insight into his early years and youth in America of the 1920's and 1930's.
Never heard of Charles Willeford before, this was again one of the books I grabbed at Waterstones.
There was one moment of abhorrence when reaching page 9 and reading ''this privilege work was reserved for boys sixteen an older, and was much sought after because they . . . and fuck the calves'. Nevertheless I still continued reading and finished the book. The above mentioned sentence was the only awkward passage in the book though.
I heard or rather read about Josh Sundquist a few years ago, after his memoirs 'just don't fall' were published.
Though I didn't write a review on this book, as back then my blog was not existing yet, it's a great inspiring story about a young boy loosing a leg due to cancer, battling cancer and going on with his life.
In early 2016 Josh Sundquist's second book was published as paperback 'we should hang out sometime' (I believe the hardcover version already dates Dec.2014).
So what is this book about?
After realizing at age 25 that he never had a girlfriend, though there had been some attempts, Josh decides to track down all the girls he tried to date, to analyse what had happened and why it didn't work out.
A true story of painful hope, family, loss and grief, that's the story of Cathy and her family having to cope with life after Cathy's brother was hit by a car on a summer's night at age sixteen.
These memoirs are resuming months and years of hope and pain, followed by estrangement and struggling with their life which had to go on.
I read this book a few years ago, in 2000, and it came back to my mind when my husband grabbed it from my bookshelf a few days ago to read it himself.
That's why I want to present to you now the memoirs written by Neile Adams,
wife of Steve McQueen
from 1957 to 1972.
I always liked Steve Mc Queen, though I only knew little about him. I knew about him being an great actor, being an awesome race driver and a womanizer.
Another one of the books I grabbed at Waterstones without knowing the author or anything about her.
Denise Welch obviously is an English actor and tv presenter writing about her life, marriage and marriage failure and her career with a bit of motherhood and sex escapes.
I had bought this book during one of our family trips to London as I really liked the synopsis : starting all over again, horses, moving to the countryside - these statements were really appealing to me, though I din't know the author at all.
I started reading the book this summer but I was tempted on putting it away several times (wich only occurred two more books till now).
I finally finished it after all in August when we where on our Summer holiday.
Instead of reading about a career woman managing her life on her own, it became clear that it's the biography of a desperate lonely ageing woman, who hates men, woman, mothers, pregnant women, neighbours, the countryside, children, babies......and many more.
A great book every mother should read - already in pregnancy.
Alison Walsh is pointing things out and I really thought several times 'oh my gosh I wish I had read this book years ago, before my first son was born'.
Since reading 'Angela's ashes' by Frank McCourt many many years ago, I discovered my preference for memoirs and biographies and below stairs fits perfectly into my favorite category.
I love reading memoirs and here are some of my favorites: Frank McCourt, Jennifer Worth, John Mc Gahern, Elizabeth Gilbert, Cheryl Strayed, Julia Child, . . .
I love reading books that let you immerse yourself into another world.
Books that let you see the world through different eyes.
Good books take you on a journey...and while being stuck at I place, I love taking these escapes from everyday business.
Ok, you could also say so with fiction and fantasy books, but memoirs are special always knowing that places, people and facts are all real. I mean, memoirs are a part of our history.
ABOUT THIS BOOK:
So below stairs, is Margaret Powell's story of growing up in a poor family, leaving school to become a house maid and later cook, and eventually a wife and mother.
After years in domestic services she still managed to change her life and achieve more....but I won't spoil the story.
Jan. 11 2016
I bought this book @Waterstones in London on our NYE trip with the kids.
As a little treat I bought myself some new books...nine to be exact (I love books!), and this one was the first one I grabbed as it was displayed on a neat little table close to the staircase.
in her mid-twenties and a few years after her mother's death and a recent divorce, Cheryl Strayed leaves everything behind to hike the PCT (Pacific Crest Trail) all alone.
great book - great story an definitely a great journey!
it's an inspiring story showing the depth of life and the getting on the height again.
understandable and easy to read even if English is not your mother tongue