I'll cheat and copy my list from an older thread cos my all time favourites haven't changed much
Some great novels from this side of the pond:
-*The Mussel Feast* by Birgit Vanderbeke; some hate it due to the breathless style of writing. I was deeply touched by that one. The author is using the lack of punctuation get you caught up in the emotional spiral of one evening of that family. Brilliant.
-*Brother Sleep* by Robert Schneider; read that one on a storm day locked in in the alpine cabin not daring to light a fire with the Foehn storm wind howling with 120km/h around the 200y old icy cold cabin, which gave kind of the perfect atmosphere for this novel settled in the Austrian Alps.
-*City of Thieves* by David Benioff; again Russia, this time fiction, but I dare to think, it's not that fictional... a page turner
-*All Quiet on the Western Front* by E. M. Remarque – Germany, WW1. A classic.
-*The Reader* by Bernhard Schlink – Germany, after WW2
-*Angela's Ashes* by Frank McCourt; humorous insights into a childhood in poor Ireland
-*Kolyma Tales* by Varlam Shalamov; my favourite. beautifully written snippets of a wittnes of a dark part of history: forced-labour camps in Siberia. If you feel your life sucks at the moment, you'll feel glad to live that life.
-*Survival in the Killing Fields* by Haing Ngor; well.. another dark part of history… a must read if you're visiting Cambodia, if you’re not, it’s still worth to read.
-*A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier* by Ishmael Beah; gosh, another dark part…
- *Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies* by Jared Diamond. WOW! Such an awesome book. Why is it what the Caucasian "rule" the world today? I got more insights after reading this book than after all my university lessons.
- *Rare Earth* by Peter D. Ward and Donald Brownlee; a palaeontologist and an astronomer discussing the prerequisites for complex life; you’ll feel pretty unique afterwards
-*The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat* by Oliver Sacks; you wouldn’t imagine what weird neurological disorders exist… entertaining and informative.
-*A Short History of Nearly Everything* by Bill Bryson; a lighthearted journey thru the history of science and with some hilarious scientists portrays and fails. Read it several times.
-*Plague, Pox and Pestilence: Disease in History* by Kenneth F. Kiple; I’ve read about every existing book on pestilence history, many of them giving interesting facts but boringly written. That one is great.