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Martha Magic

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

Confession: I have 37+ rolls of wrapping paper hidden away under my bed. Who’s to blame? Martha Stewart.

When Sinterklaas arrives in Holland, I get almost as excited as my four-year-old nephew. Not because I still have any hope for presents from the guy, but because it means it’ll be Christmas soon. And Christmas means one thing: Martha Stewart Living’s Christmas issue.

I know, I know, anticipating magazine issues is usually reserved for those interested in swimming apparel, but Martha never fails me. Have you ever come across someone bouncing in the magazine section on Thanksgiving? That’d be me, then.

The key to appreciating Martha is understanding one very important thing: Martha you guys, is srs bsns. Creating the right centerpiece for your casual holiday get together? Serious business. Avoiding last minute Christmas card embarrassment? Serious business. Martha Stewart Living is kind of like those morning workout programmes on TV that are best enjoyed from the couch. While she does have some really good ideas at times, she tends to go overboard just as often.

When I hear people grumble about the holidays, it’s usually because of the pressure to buy, buy, buy the perfect present for everyone. In that case: Martha is your new best friend. She encourages you to make your own presents and her gift ideas are more sophisticated than you’d think.

All joking aside: there’s one thing that I just love about Martha’s mindset. Her quest for perfection can be a bit intimidating, but really, her magazine is all about making the best of what you have, of making everyday things just a little better and showing the people around you you appreciate them. It’s all about the personal touch.

With that in mind, work some of that Martha Magic into your Christmas presents this year by spending some extra time on your giftwrap. I’m not saying you need 37+ rolls in a hideaway container, but get yourself some nice paper, ribbon and (my top tip!) double-sided tape and you’re good to go.

Merry Christmas!
PS: Don’t forget the fresh mistletoe, Martha buys hers on December 22nd.

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New Magazine Titles in The Hague!

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

When there are requests for interesting new magazine titles that we don’t stock yet, we adjust our selection of magazine titles accordingly, a few times a year.

Check out these great new food and cooking magazines that we have recently added to our selection in The Hague!

Jamie magazine € 8.99

Donna Hay magazine € 8.99

Food Arts magazine € 8.99

Imbibe – Liquid Culture magazine € 7.99

And a special mention of three of our very popular Food and Cooking magazines:

Good Food Magazine € 6.99

Everyday with Rachel Ray € 6.99

Olive magazine € 7.99

Brought to you by Simone.

This Just In: Magazines

Monday, June 8th, 2009

Five Brand-New Magazine Titles in Den Haag (freshly added to our collection):

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Read the book before you see: The Incredible Hulk

Wednesday, June 18th, 2008

The Incredible HulkThe Incredible Hulk, starring Edward Norton and Liv Tyler, is the latest adaptation of the Marvel comic (introduced in 1962) by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.  There are still monthly comics featuring the Hulk, and oodles of collections (just type “Hulk” in our search field, and you’ll get 160 matches)(which I haven’t yet found a way to properly link to)(I’m a mere mortal, after all).

Bonus movies-based-on-books today:  In Memoria Di Me, about a young man who decides to join the priesthood, is based on the out of print The Perfect Jesuit by Furio Monicelli, and The Trap, about a man forced to make a choice about the life or death of his child, is based on Klopka by Nenad Teofilovic (not yet translated from Serbian, as far as I can see).

San Yin’s Magzine spotlight

Monday, April 7th, 2008

Monocle

A briefing on global affairs, business, culture & design

Issue 12, volume 02, April 2008, € 8,95

monocle.jpgAt The American Book Center, we stock a good selection of magazines on global affairs, and on business. We also have magazines on culture and on design. But none of them combine these four subjects in a structured way. Monocle does. (more…)