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Rick Steves Amsterdam 2004 by Rick Steves
Rick Steves gives no-nonsense advice on the things you really need to see. He's a little more enthusiastic than warranted when it comes to Brussels (blecch!), but his other recommendations are spot on. We used this book so often on our Low Countries trip that we started referring to it as "the Bible." One caveat: expect to see other Rick Steves-toting tourists wherever you go.
A Life's Work: On Becoming a Mother by Rachel Cusk
Rachel Cusk certainly doesn't make motherhood sound appealing, and I thank her for that. I've always sensed parents don't tell the whole truth about having children, but Cusk seems to be an exception. She blows the lid of what she calls the "Darwinian" conspiracy of silence concerning just how difficult it can be. Sure, it's solipsistic, but it's not intended as a childcare manual. It's a fascinating study of how becoming a mother dramatically changes a woman's identity.
Sisters: The Saga of the Mitford Family by Mary S. Lovell
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating but flawed, March 8 2002
The Mitford family is of course a compelling topic, and as a result Lovell's book grabs the reader from Page One. The author does a commendable good job of sorting out fact from fiction. But why on earth has she let Diana and Oswald Mosley and Unity Mitford off so easily? She accepts the Mosleys' excuses for their horrific beliefs -- "We weren't really anti-Semitic and racist; we were just looking out for England's best interest." And Unity -- well, the poor dear was prone to obsession, and Hitler was just another of her hobbies. Yet Decca and Esmond take a beating for the heinous crime of... eloping? What gives?