Valerie is in her mid-50s; Luca is not yet 20. She is becoming increasingly bored by the trials and tribulations of love. For him, it is all happening for the first time. She wants less of everything whereas he just wants everything. Valerie is a journalist whose eloquent articles sometimes stretch the truth; Luca is a school drop-out, who prefers doing casual holiday work to flying to Mallorca. The world-weary cynic meets the impassioned idealist through Lucas’ father, who is Valerie’s best friend. And then a girl turns up in one of Valerie’s articles who suddenly becomes very present in Luca’s life.
“Simone Meier plays with words, sends thoughts on roller-coaster rides and creates an atmosphere as if with the finest sandpaper that sizzles terrifically from the very beginning.” Spiegel Online
“Simone Meier proves herself to be a close observer of the relationship rites of today’s metropolitans.” WDR 3
On the one hand, the invitation sounds perfect. Six days in a holiday cottage in France. A break from everyday routine, rounded off by applepicking in the orchard, and homemade apple juice to take back home. On the other hand, the parents of Laurent, Quentin and Denis only know each other from parents’ evenings. No wonder that behind the façade of this perfect holiday idyll, emotions quickly begin to seethe. Might the hosts Jean and Jacqueline have ulterior motives with their invitation? What about the strangely chilly mood between Bernhard and his wife, Veronika? Is Filipp as good a partner to his girlfriend Salome as his attractive appearance suggests? And what’s with all the weird goings-on that even the perfectionist Jean can no longer ignore?
Everything’s “chill” – or so you might think, according to the world of Instagram in its hip pastel colours. Am I, the writer wonders, the only one who almost misses deadlines by the skin of her teeth because she’s stayed up until five in the morning stuck down a rabbit-hole of useless online information? Don’t the other hyper-flexible millennials feel desperate when faced with the flood of data, climate change and gender pay-gap? And how do young people deal with the discrepancy between
their own First-World problems and the fairly existential crises that these issues can plunge you into?
In a clever and entertaining way, the journalist Nina Kunz deals with discomfort in the digital age and strikes the nerve of a generation in her incisive texts.
The subject of drugs is a highly controversial one in public discussions. Substances such as alcohol and nicotine are legal and socially accepted, whereas others are illegal, regardless of the real dangers they pose. Misinformation, mistakes and clichés steer discussions. Being High is a handbook for anyone who wants a more informed view of all kinds of drugs, intoxication and addiction, effects, side effects and risks. The authors are experts who complement each other perfectly: a journalist and ex-junkie who has overcome his addiction to heroin, and a scientist who has been involved in addiction prevention programmes for years.
”A book that teaches in the best sense. Being enlightened about drugs can be vital to living.” Der Spiegel.
“Compulsory reading for young people who do not want to head mindlessly into some adventure, as well as open-minded adults who want to understand their teenage children better.” n-tv.de
Nothing is more boring than the well-groomed, well-toned, pink-cheeked success-story of a person who lives her life using self-optimisation strategies, the kind we can read about in every journal. Her cupboards are de-cluttered, her days run like clockwork and even her love life is efficient. On the other hand, we all love the oddball who surrounds himself with stacks of untidy books, casts tidying guides to the wind, enjoys fresh air only in homoeopathic doses, and is a stranger to exercise but a diehard fan of old-fashioned values: long meals instead of intermittent fasting, napping, reading old newspapers, strolling instead of counting steps and guilt-free partying through the night. This almost obsolete creature, who goes by the name of ‘hedonist’ these days, has to be saved from extinction.