Recommendations by Chloe

Books and Other Items for Expats and Travelers

In our German Way Store you’ll find books, DVDs, travel items, and other products related to living, working or traveling in Germany, Austria and German Switzerland. Below are the personal recommendations from Chloë, one of our German Way Expat Bloggers.

Book Tips

Book: GERMANIA by Simon Winder

GERMANIA is one of Chloë’s non-fiction book tips. See below for details.

Buddenbrooks: The Decline of a Family by Thomas Mann (Paperback or Kindle)
Amazon: “A brilliant new translation of Thomas Mann’s first great novel, one of the two for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature in 1929. – Buddenbrooks, first published in Germany in 1900, when Mann was only 25, has become a classic of modem literature – the story of four generations of a wealthy bourgeois family in northern Germany.”

Man of Straw by Heinrich Mann (Paperback)
Amazon: “First published in 1918, “Man of Straw” is a sharp indictment of the Wilhelmine regime and a chilling warning against the joint elevation of militarism and commercial values. The “Man of Straw” is Diederich Hessling, embodiment of the corrupt society in which he moves; his brutish progression through life forms the central theme of the book.”

Germania: In Wayward Pursuit of the Germans and Their History by Simon Winder (Paperback or Kindle)
From a review of GERMANIA: “A very funny book on serious topics — how we are misled by history, how we twist history, and how sometimes it is best to know no history at all. It is a book full of curiosities: odd food, castles, mad princes, fairy tales, and horse-mating videos. It is about the limits of language, the meaning of culture, and the pleasure of townscape, and ‘a book you will return to time and again’ (The Florida Times-Union).”

Keeping Up With the Germans by Phillip Oltermann (Paperback or Kindle)
An enjoyable look at how the Germans and the British think, and what divides them – or only seems to.

A Woman in Berlin – Anonymous

Stasiland by Anna Funder (Paperback, Kindle, Audio)
Booklist: “During its 40-year history, the German Democratic Republic – East Germany – was, with Soviet assistance, the perfect police state. The organ of surveillance within the GDR (as well as foreign intelligence activities) was the Stasi, which, better than any other modern secret police, had organized a large army of citizen informers. Australian writer Funder thoroughly documents that culture of domestic spying and its effects on a cross-section of East German society. To call the stories that she relates as Orwellian is rather an understatement.”

More Books in our Store.

Film Tips
Films on DVD/Blu-ray
The Lives of Others Blu-ray
An Oscar-winning film about life in East Germany with the Stasi secret police. Directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck. In German with English/French/Spanish subtitles. Featuring Ulrich Mühe, Martina Gedeck, Sebastian Koch, Ulrich Tukur and Thomas Thieme.

Goodbye Lenin! DVD (Special Edition)
Amazon: “Winner of six prestigious European Film Awards, including Best Picture and 2004 Golden Globe nominee for Best Foreign Language Film, this coming-of-age adventure blends the fall of Communism with the salient emotions of a family’s love.”

More DVDs and Blu-ray in our Store.

Other Product Tips
Yorkshire Gold Tea 160-count tea bags
Authentic Yorkshire English tea with a unique and distinctive, full-bodied taste.

Calpol – Infant Sachets, Sugar-Free
Infant suspension for pain and fever relief for babies and infants ages three months to six years. Each sachet contains 120 mg of paracetamol (acetaminophen in the US).

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