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New ABC Evergreens!

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

Many of you might be familiar with our ABC Evergreens. Five years ago, back when we were but a mere 35 years old, we chose 35 titles whose message and sales had showed no sign of stopping in all our years in business, lowered their prices, gave them all an Evergreen sticker, and – presto! – our selection of store classics was born.

Since then, we’ve kept adding titles as we rediscovered old classics or stunning new books bowled us over.   This year, we would like to introduce these new, and we think worthy, additions:

Fiction


The Melancholy Death of Oysterboy – Tim Burton

Women – Charles Bukowski

Mistborn – Brandon Sanderson

Old Man’s War – John Scalzi

Necronomicon – H. P. Lovecraft

Lord of the Flies – William Golding

Matterhorn – Karl Marlantes

Brave New World – Aldous Huxley

The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway

V for Vendetta – Alan Moore

Nonfiction

Speeches That Changed the World

Thinking, Fast and Slow – Daniel Kahneman

The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success – Deepak Chopra

Indie Publishing: How to Design and Produce Your Own Book – Ellen Lupton

Long Walk to Freedom – Nelson Mandela

I Love Your Style: How to Define and Refine Your Personal Style – Amanda Brooks

Just Kids – Patti Smith

Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945 – Tony Judt

The Gift: Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World – Lewis Hyde

Plenty – Yotam Ottolenghi

If you would like to see our complete selection of ABC Evergreens, just click here.

New Evergreens

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

altijdgroenIn 2007 ABC celebrated its 35th anniversary. To mark the occasion, we chose 35 outstanding books that had been an intrinsic part of ABC since we opened in 1972 : ABC Evergreens.

We think these books are so great that we want everyone to have a chance to read them, so we’ve lowered their price as much as we can, and we’ve made them easy to find in our stores by displaying them prominently and giving them all an Evergreen stamp. In our store in The Hague you’ll find all the current Evergreens stacked on one of our display tables as well as in a bookcase by the stairs, and plans are afoot to set up an Evergreens case in Amsterdam.

The Evergreens list has more than doubled in size since 2007, but the criteria remains the same: great reads at a great price! You can see all of the ABC Evergreens on abc.nl

This week we added five new titles to the Evergreens list:

The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century by Alex Ross

In this sweeping and dramatic narrative, Alex Ross, music critic for The New Yorker, weaves together the histories of the twentieth century and its music, from Vienna before the First World War to Paris in the twenties; from Hitler’s Germany and Stalin’s Russia to downtown New York in the sixties and seventies up to the present. Taking readers into the labyrinth of modern style, Ross draws revelatory connections between the century’s most influential composers and the wider culture. The Rest Is Noise is an astonishing history of the twentieth century as told through its music.

The Sartorialist by Scott Schuman

Scott Schuman just wanted to take photographs of people on the street who looked great. His now famous blog (‘the bellwether American site that turned photo blogging into an art form’ – New York Times ) was an attempt to showcase the wonderful and varied sartorial tastes of real people – not only those of the fashion industry. The book is a beautiful anthology of Scott’s favourite shots from around the world. They include photographs of well-known fashion figures as well as those shots of the anonymous passerby whose imagination and taste delight the viewer. From the streets of Rio to Bejing, Stockholm to Milan, these are the people that have inspired Scott and in turn, inspired designers and people of all ages, wages and nationalities with an interest in fashion.

Cesar’s Way: The Natural, Everyday Guide to Understanding and Correcting Common Dog Problems by Cesar Millan

Cesar Millan is America’s most sought-after dog-behavior expert. But Cesar is not a trainer in the traditional sense—his expertise lies in his unique ability to comprehend dog psychology. Tracing his own amazing journey from a clay-walled farm in Mexico to the celebrity palaces of Los Angeles, Cesar recounts how he learned what makes dogs tick. In Cesar’s Way, he shares this wisdom, laying the groundwork for you to have stronger, more satisfying relationships with your canine companions.

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

It’s 1962 and 22-year-old Skeeter Phelan is just home from college. Anxious to become a writer, she’s advised to write about what really disturbs her. The budding social activist begins to collect the stories of the black women working as maids in her friends’ households. She gets the help of Aibileen, a maid who’s raised 17 children, and Aibileen’s best friend Minny, who’s found herself unemployed many times after mouthing off to her white employers. The book Skeeter puts together based on their stories is shocking, but it brings pride and hope to the black community, while giving Skeeter the courage to break down her personal boundaries and pursue her dreams.

The Name of The Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

The riveting first-person narrative of a young man who grows to be the most notorious magician his world has ever seen. From his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, to years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-ridden city, to his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a legendary school of magic, The Name of the Wind is a masterpiece that transports readers into the body and mind of a wizard. It is a high-action novel written with a poet’s hand, a powerful coming-of-age story of a magically gifted young man, told through his eyes: to read this book is to be the hero.

New Evergreens

Friday, May 14th, 2010

2010 marks the start of a new decade, and what better way to celebrate that than with a new selection of ABC Evergreens, the books that the staff at ABC considers classics, and classics in the making?  And all of them for a great price, too!

The full list can be found here, but we want to especially highlight the newbies.  We hope you like them. :-)

(Category headers are, as usual, fairly arbitrary.)

Fiction, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy

Children’s Books & Juvenile Fiction

Hip, Hype, Photography & Art

 Sociology, Politics & Business

The Rest

Evergreens: ABC’s Best Ever Books

Saturday, January 9th, 2010

altijdgroenIn 2007 ABC celebrated its 35th anniversary. To mark the occasion, we chose 35 outstanding books that had been an intrinsic part of ABC since we opened in 1972 : ABC Evergreens.

 We think these books are so great that we want everyone to have a chance to read them, so we’ve lowered their price as much as we can, and we’ve made them easy to find in our stores by displaying them prominently and giving them all an Evergreen stamp. The list has more than doubled in size since 2007, but the criteria remains the same: great reads at a great price!

Fiction


atlas shrugged slaughterhouse five new york trilogy' pillars of the earthbook of longingthe wind up bird chronicle curious incident shantaramalchemist what is the what bourne identity catcher in the ryecatch 22 on the road the road extremely loud

Horror, Sci-Fi & Fantasy

1984vampire chroniclesgame thronesultimate hitchhikers guidesnow crashfoundationhouse of leavesmagician's appreticeassassins apprentivcewizards first rulegood omensblade runnercolour of magicduneneuromancerenders game

Psychology, Philosophy & Spirituality

awaken the giant withinartists wayplato platypusart of warzen motorcycletuesdays with morriepower of nowdefinitive book of body languagemen are from mars7 habits gettting things doneart of happiness dalai lamahow to walk in high heelshow to win friends and influence peoplewhat should i do with my life

Science

short history nearly everythinggodel escher bachgod delusionelegant universesurely youre joking mr feynman

History & Culture

Amsterdam geert mak undutchablesembarrassment of richesisland at the center of the worldguns germs steelfear and loathing

Sociology, Politics and Economics

black swanfreakonomicstipping pointliars pokerwealth of nationsrich dad poor dad

Comics & Graphic Novels

bunny suicidesCalvin and Hobbescomplete mauswatchmen

Children’s Fiction

Anne of green gablesoh the places you'll gowhere wild thingscomplete narnia

Everything Else

zombie survival guidepostsecretsas survival guidestory of oanne frankdirt motley crue

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.