Archive for the ‘Spotlight’ Category

This Just In: Books on Jewelry

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Five Recently-Arrived Titles from the Brand-New Jewelry Section at ABC Amsterdam (ground floor):

Please be sure to contact our stores for an exact stock check!

Spotlight on: Health and Wellness

Friday, July 5th, 2013

Dear customer,

We want to let you know about a new section we have in the White Room of our Amsterdam store: Healing of Body, Mind & Spirit.

Books from different disciplines and ways of thinking come together here to create a cross-section offering a holistic view on health and healing. It’s not just our bodies we need to heal with food and exercise, we also need to change our minds with new paradigms and different ways of thinking, to connect with our Source, our soul, through meditation, kundalini yoga or prayer. What we offer here are ‘books we think you should know about’ as we like to call them, books that have made an impact on our lives as buyers for the spirituality, health, nutrition, and body work sections.

But that is only half of what we want. We don’t just want to tell you about our books, we also want to hear about your books, about your experiences, so we can expand the section and make it even more comprehensive. Our society faces not only a health crisis but also a lack of spirituality, and we want to offer an alternative, a place where you can come to as a source of information about how to heal on all levels in life. We know, BIG intentions for such a small new section, but lives can be saved with just one book, happiness can be gained through just one chapter, and the purpose of a bookstore can be altered by just one section. When you visit us, have a look to see what we have to offer, or check out our monthly booktip on Facebook. And when you have something to share with us, write to us at

Wishing you health and happiness.

- Jilles, Marieke and Sigrid, ABC Amsterdam’s Holistic Health Buyers

Spotlight on: the Brain/Gut connection

Friday, June 7th, 2013

Our Sigrid at ABC Amsterdam noticed that a few new titles have come out recently about the brain/gut connection.

“The what?” I hear you think, much like I did when she mailed me about them.  I’ll let Michael Pollan enlighten you with his NY Times article on the subject, published last month.  Fascinating, right?  And slightly nauseating, too, perhaps.  ;-)

Sigrid has grouped the new titles on this subject together with the classics in the Health section at ABC Amsterdam.  At ABC The Hague you can  find them in the Health or Science section.  Please be sure to contact your ABC of choice for an exact stock check.


Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Hitchcock…

Saturday, May 25th, 2013

…but were afraid to ask.

By Jilles, Film Buyer at ABC Amsterdam

I was, am, and always will be, a great Hitchcock fan. His movies are like a visit from an old friend who always knows how to cheer you up with a story, be it a good day or a bad day. And it seems I am not the only one. Almost 33 years after his death, books are still published about him and his body of work. These last couple of weeks three new titles have been published to let us know that even beyond the grave, Hitch is still entertaining his audience.

The first one is The Making of Hitchcock’s The Birds by Tony Lee Moral and features new interviews with stars Rod Taylor, Tippi Hedren, and Veronica Cartwright, as well as sketches and storyboards from Hitchcock’s technical team, Robert Boyle, Albert Whitlock, and Harold Michelson. Using unpublished material from the Alfred Hitchcock Collection, Evan Hunter’s files, Peggy Robertson’s (Hitch’s assistant) papers, this is the ultimate guide to Hitchcock’s most ambitious film that celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

The second one is Alfred Hitchcock’s Moviemaking Master Class, coming out this month. In this Moviemaking Master Class, Hitchcock author and aficionado Tony Lee Moral takes you through the process of making a motion picture, Hitchcock-style. Hitchcock wasn’t only the “Master of Suspense,” he was also an innovator of storyboarding, directing, framing, editing, and marketing. This book tells it all.

The third title is Strangers on a Train: a Queer Classic by Jonathan Goldberg. This Hitchcock thriller based on the novel of the same name by Patricia Highsmith (author of The Talented Mr. Ripley) is about two men who meet on a train: one is a man of high social standing who wishes to divorce his unfaithful wife, and the other is an enigmatic bachelor with an overbearing father. Together they enter into a murder plot that binds them to one another, with fatal consequences. This book delves into the obvious homoerotic energy of the film and builds on the question of the sexuality the film puts on view to explore the queer relations between sexuality and murder and the strong antisocial impulses those relations represent.

Other books about Hitchcock we have in stock are Hitchcock by Francois Truffaut, Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho by Stephen Rebello, The Dark Side of Genius by Donald Spoto, Hitchcock’s Films Revisited by Robin Wood, and The Art of Alfred Hitchcock by Donald Spoto.

And after reading these books there’s no better idea than staying home one evening and watching some of his amazing classics again. Enjoy! You can find these titles on the first floor of our Film section in Amsterdam.

Spotlight On: Ellora’s Cave Romance

Friday, December 14th, 2012

Ellora’s Cave titles now printing at the American Book Center!

Need something steamy to get you through the cold months of winter, but inexplicably not in the mood for Fifty Shades? ABC delivers – and fast!

Through Espresso Book Machine magic, can get you can get any title that saucy romance publisher Ellora’s Cave has in print printed for you at the American Book Center. The titles can generally be picked up the same day you order or are delivered one or two days later to your home by mail.

(Same-day delivery is also an option, in case of romantic emergency! Mail us at or call us for more information.)