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Thursday, March 25th, 2010



ABC’s Favorite Books of 2009, part A

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

BookstackAh yes, it’s December, the time of looking over the past year and deciding what was great, what was so-so, and what could be done better next year.  In what is now very much a tradition, the ABC staff has been rootling through the books they read over the past year to decide what were the proper gems and what were the baubles.  Over the next few days and weeks Hayley and I will be posting their favorites.  Which reminds me: we would love to know what your 5 favorite reads of the past year were (they don’t have to be books published in 2009).  Please send them to, and please include your mailing address so we can send you an ABC gift voucher as our thank you.

To start us off I present the choices of Hester, Nyjolene and Karin.  Who reveals their past as a textile teacher in their choice of favorites?  Who didn’t finish their books this year?  And who is drowning in oracle cards?

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We Love Books!

Saturday, December 13th, 2008

Recommendations from your ABC bookseller: Hester

The Quilter’s Kitchen by Jennifer Chiaverini

Continuing in the tradition of Chiaverini’s bestselling holiday offerings, The Christmas Quilt and The New Year’s Quilt, this work tells the story of how Chef Anna, one of the newest members of the circle of quilters, comes to write the official cookbook for Elm Creek Quilts. Give this to a warm, funny, creative homemaking friend and I promise they will want to read all the Elm Creek Quilts novels afterward

width=The Book of Longing by Leonard Cohen

For your brother, your sister or your mother, I can’t think of anyone who won’t love to have this as a gift. Poems written and illustrated by the great thinker himself. (He’s coming to Holland soon again, I’ve heard- don’t miss it!)

Agatha Christie by Laura Thompson

Agatha Christie is the world’s best-selling crime writer. But behind the public persona of the cosy ‘Queen of Crime’ was a remarkable and complex woman. Her life-story is told here by a most remarkable, emphatic and compassionate biographer.

ABC’s Favorite Books of 2008 (H – J)

Friday, November 7th, 2008

(My NaNo wordcount: still 14104)

Another post chock-full of this year’s favorites, right here!

This post has recommendations from Hester (Biography, Fiction, Poetry and Yoga buyer, Tante, Amsterdam), Jasper (Art, Animation, Fantasy Art, and Film & Television Buyer, Amsterdam), and Jesse (Fashion Buyer, Amsterdam) – after the jump, of course.

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Books With Bite: perfect titles for your students

Monday, July 21st, 2008

At this time of year, teachers often ask us to find ‘good’ books for their students. Something with a little ‘bite’.

Books with ‘bite’ – vampire stories  – are hugely popular now, and books from autuhors like Stephenie Meyer and Darren Shan are fantastic fun for teens. But if you’re looking for books with literary bite, substantial titles to engage your more able or older students, it can be hard to find the right ones. You need stories that students will enjoy, with quality writing and accessible language. We asked Hester, one of our Amsterdam Fiction buyers,  put together a list of some her favorites. If you’re having trouble coming up with texts for your classes, give her a call!