Suggested Reading List
A Tall Man in a Low Land
Author: Harry Pearson
Description: Pearson, a British travel writer, journalist and comic is an entertaining guide to Belgium and its traditions, culture, beer and chocolate.
A Worldly Art
Author: Mariet Westermann
Description: This appreciative analysis of Dutch art in its Golden Age (1585-1718) features 100 exemplary illustrations by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Pieter de Hooch, Frans Hals and other masters.
Amsterdam, A Traveler's Literary Companion
Author: Manfred Wolf (Editor)
Description: Organized by district, these 17 contemporary short stories by modern Dutch writers, including Cees Nooteboom and Geert Mak, are set among the canals, cafes and neighborhoods of Amsterdam.
Author: Michelin Travel Publications
Description: Covering the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg at a scale of 1:400,000.
Brilliant Orange: The Neurotic Genius of Dutch Soccer
Author: David Winner
Description: A British journalist, Winner interviews football stars -- along with architects, political scientists and novelists -- in this insightful, humorous look at the transformation of Dutch society since the 1970s.
Dutch, A Rough Guide Phrasebook
Author: Rough Guide
Description: An A-Z pocket dictionary, phrasebook and mini-guide to the Dutch language.
Eyewitness Guide Brussels, Bruges, Ghent & Antwerp
Author: Rebecca Miles
Description: This superbly illustrated guide features color photos and maps of city neighborhoods, with information on history, culture and sightseeing.
Fodor's Amsterdam & the Netherlands
Description: The up-to-date, full color Fodor's guide features invaluable recommendations on where to stay and eat and what to do throughout Holland. With side trips to Belgium, it's ideal for either a weekend trip or an extended visit.
Fodor's Amsterdam's 25 Best
Description: This slim guide to essential highlights includes an excellent map of the city center and can easily be slipped in your pocket.
Girl With a Pearl Earring
Author: Tracy Chevalier
Description: Chevalier's richly drawn novel imagines the story behind Vermeer's mysterious portrait of a turbaned girl with a pearl earring.
Good Beer Guide Belgium
Author: Tim Webb
Description: The sixth edition of Webb's invaluable guide to breweries, beers and bars.
Master of Shadows, The Secret Diplomatic Career of the Painter Peter Paul Rubens
Author: Mark Lamster
Description: Ranging from his home in Antwerp to London, Madrid, Paris and Rome, Lamster uncovers the gripping tale of the world’s most famous painter and his double life as a secret agent, diplomat and political operative in 17th century Europe.
Author: Dorothy Dunnett
Description: From the reigning queen of historical fiction comes this fast-paced, thoroughly-researched novel of ambition and worldly goods in 15th-century Bruges. This is the first volume in her House of Niccolo series.
Rembrandt, Master of the Portrait
Author: Pascal Bonafoux
Description: With over 200 illustrations, this pocket-size encyclopedia traces the life and career of Rembrandt. It offers insight into his influence on the art of the portrait -- an illuminating companion for any visit to Amsterdam and its museums.
The Diary of a Young Girl, The Definitive Edition
Author: Anne Frank
Description: The classic story of an adolescent Jewish girl's life and thoughts while in hiding with her family in Nazi-occupied Holland. A new edition with added material.
The Embarrassment of Riches
Author: Simon Schama
Description: An engaging cultural history and much more, this book is a study of the Dutch in the 17th century and their surprising challenge to Spanish rule.
Author: Colin White
Description: A laugh-out-loud, irreverent guide to Dutch character and habits, including how to drink coffee and why you shouldn't even think about haggling over prices.
Author: Deborah Moggach
Description: A surprise bestseller, set in 1630s Amsterdam; in this gripping novel, a man contracts the talented painter Jan Van Loos to paint a portrait of him and his beautiful wife, Sophia. A vivid drama unfolds as a mutual attraction develops between Van Loos and Sophia.
Author: Mike Dash
Description: The story of the world's most coveted flower and the extraordinary passion it aroused, this vivid history traces the story of the tulip from its origins on the Turkish steppes to an absurdly coveted object in Europe and its key role in the financial follies of 17th-century Holland.
Vincent Van Gogh, The Passionate Eye
Author: Pascal Bonafoux
Description: From Paris to Asnieres, Amsterdam and Provence, this jewel of a book traces the life and art of Vincent Van Gogh, the spirited, self-destructive painter who celebrated the south of France. Engaging, compact and illustrated with hundreds of photographs.