Frank, Anne. Diary of a Young Girl. New York, Bantam Books, 1998.
One of the most famous of all books to come out of the Second World War, this is the diary of a teenaged Jewish girl in hiding with her family in Amsterdam, written with humour and intelligence. Anne Frank died at Bergen-Belsen in 1944.

 Poortvliet, Rien, translated by Karin Ford. Daily Life in Holland in the Year 1566 and the Story of My Ancestor's Treasure Chest. New York, Dutton, 1992.
A richly illustrated book about daily life in 16th century Holland, full of details and anecdotes, inspired by the author's discovery of a chest full of his ancestors' possessions.

 Rybczynski, Witold. Home: A Short History of an Idea, Penguin, 1987.
A fascinating book by a professor of architecture at McGill University. Chapter Three, "Domesticity," describes how people lived during the Golden Age of the Netherlands.

 Web sites

The Royal Netherlands Embassy website 
The Netherlands Board of Tourism website
The Netherlands' Ministry of Foreign Affairs