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Store Bits: Staff Choices

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Some more newly-added Staff Choices (not necessarily of new books, though :-) ).

I Didn’t Do My Homework Because… – Benjamin Chaud & Davide Cali
Recommended by Shirley

“I would have been happy if I had this book when I was a kid… A very funny excuse is: ‘I had to help my uncle build a high-tech do-my-homework-for-me machine, but when finally finished, it didn’t work.’”

Annihilation – Jeff VanderMeer (ebook)
Recommended by JeroenW

“This book is really spooky. A Lovecraftian tale for the modern age, unsettling and surreal.
Already one of my favorite reads of 2014!”

Battle Cry of Freedom – James McPherson (ebook)
Recommended by Jeroen

“More than 25 years after its first publication, still by far the best overview of th American Civil War.
Excellent analysis of its causes and well-written.”

The Savage Altar – Asa Larsson (ebook)
Recommended by Nicki

“I re-started this after getting distracted years ago. It has been ’staring’ at me ever since and I’m so pleased that I pulled it out of my book case again.
Her descriptions of the Kiruna countryside, the Swedish winter and the people have me wanting to book my next vacation there!”

The Conqueror’s Shadow – Ari Marmell (ebook)
Recommended by Jouke

“Slick magic, dry humor, and brutal action is what this book is about.
It’s a welcome change of pace from the myriad of generic, dime-a-dozen fantasy titles.”

ABC’s Gift Ideas: Childcare, Children’s Books, Consciousness, Controversial Knowledge

Friday, November 1st, 2013

The gift-giving season is upon us – hooray!

The ABC Staff has rummaged through their sections and order lists, and come up with another year’s worth of wonderful gift ideas for you: from fiction to history to cookbooks to children’s books to travel to non-books and onwards.

In a series of blog posts and recommendation lists throughout the coming month, you will find what we think will make great gifts, whether you celebrate Sinterklaas, Christmas or just like giving books to people. And since we’re a bookstore, these posts will be alphabetical by subject. :-)

Today you’ll find gift ideas for Childcare, Children’s Books, Consciousness and Controversial Knowledge as picked out by section buyers Sigrid, Shirley, Lília, Jilles, Nyjolene, Agnes and Maarten. Bear in mind that this is just the tip of the iceberg – come to either one of our stores to browse many, many more titles in any of these subjects.

We are ready as ever to be your personal shoppers again this year, and hope you will find our selections useful and inspiring!

You can find our gift ideas from previous years here (scroll down a bit pas 2013), and be sure to have a look at our ABC Favorites, too.


ABC’s Favorite Reads of 2012, part V

Friday, December 21st, 2012

Ready for a new entry in ABC’s Favorite Reads of 2012 series? There will be new titles, old titles, magazines, Dutch books, games, fiction, non fiction, anything and everything we read and liked in 2012. We are as diverse as our individual choices and that is what makes ABC unique!

Part V features Shirley, Simone and Aviva. Shirley is Amsterdam’s buyer for the Children’s Books section, and helps oversee the ABC Treehouse there.  Simone is one of ABC The Hague’s store managers, and buys the books for the Fiction, Cookbooks and stationery sections.  Aviva is Amsterdam’s buyer for the Travel, Erotica and Reference sections.

We would love to hear about your favorite reads of 2012, too. Please mail with your choices and a picture of yourself (optional). We will post your list at the beginning of the new year and send you an ABC Gift Certificate (so don’t forget to include your home address with your list!).


Event report: Jet Kat’s Foreign Language Experience

Monday, June 11th, 2012

Jet Kat’s Foreign Language Exhibition is really an experience!

On Wednesday May 16th Jet Kat’s Foreign Language Exhibition opened with a theatrical act on the Spui in front of The American Book Center in Amsterdam.

Professor Russolo brought us, in black and white, the letters of the Alphabet. He guided us by word and by gesture with black and white sand to the ABC Treehouse where the exhibition itself  was held from the May 16-26 2012.

What I personally found most interesting about Jet Kat’s Foreign Language Exhibition was that it enabled the observer to not only look at art, but also ‘feel’ and experience it: this was achieved via the media of video, and the music composed by Kat to accompany each of the pieces in the exhibition.

The interaction of visitors and Jet’s art will eventually result in a book, made on the Espresso Book Machine.  You can still contribute to this interactive art experience.  Share your inspiration on Facebook, on Jet Kat’s website, or via Twitter: @jetkatart .

ABC’s Favorite Reads of 2011, Part G

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

And yet another installment of our Favorite Reads of the Year! Here are Part A, Part B, Part C, Part D, Part E, and Part F.

These favorites come from Shirley, PeterL, and Renee.  Shirley left us many years ago, but has happily returned to the fold this year; she now works our administration and helps out around ABC Amsterdam, too.  PeterL is ABC Amsterdam’s Horror, Manga, and Gay & Lesbian buyer (and hopefully over his True Blood obsession by now).  Renee is ABC The Hague’s Poetry and Tattoo books buyer, and has read ALL of the Science Fiction & Fantasy section’s books.  Srsly.

We would love to hear about what YOUR favorite reads of 2011 were, too! They don’t have to be books published in 2011, just read in 2011. Please send your top 5 to, and be sure to include your mailing address so we can send you an ABC gift voucher as a thank you. We’ll be publishing your Top 5s at the beginning of 2012, so you have the rest of the month to hand them in. Thank you to those who have already mailed them in!

And now, without further ado… the lists!