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Gift Ideas for Nature Lovers

Saturday, November 1st, 2014

Ready or not, the gift-giving season is upon us! Whether you celebrate Sinterklaas, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah or any other opportunity to give presents during the dark days of the winter solstice, we’ve got ideas aplenty. As in previous years, the ABC Staff has looked through their sections and hand-picked various choice literary jewels for your gift-giving pleasure.

We will present these titles in a series of blog posts and recommendation lists throughout the coming month. We hope you will find some inspiration in them, but please remember that these titles only represent a tiny fraction of the books on offer in our stores. Be sure to stop by to see what else there is in the area of your interest!

Today we present gift ideas from our Animals, Nature & Gardening and Ecology sections for those among your friends and family who prefer trees, plants and animals to the company of people (but really, don’t we all, from time to time?).

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

Animals

“Dr. Pol has his own hit TV show on the National Geographic World channel and now has his own book as well, full of funny stories about his work with all kinds of animals in rural Michigan.” - ABC The Hague’s Animals buyer Ester on Never Turn Your Back on an Angus Cow.

“After his highly popular Underwater Dogs, this time Casteel has captured cute-as-a-button puppies.” - Ester on Underwater Puppies.

“Select a cat for every occasion.” - Ester on 100 Cats in a Box.

Nature & Gardening

Ebook available for The Adventures of Henry Thoreau and Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life.

“Beautifully illustrated book by plant experts Helen & William Bynum, detailing not only the history of 80 plants but also today’s uses in industry, fashion, the kitchen – you name it.” - ABC Amsterdam’s Nature & Gardening buyer Sigrid on Remarkable Plants That Shape Our World.

“Holly Becker, from the popular decor8blog.com, has made a book on how to incorporate flowers in your house. Loaded with easy and more elaborate projects, this book is a great gift for the nature-loving tinker.” – Sigrid on Decorate with Flowers.

“The UN have declared that 2015 will be the International Year of the Soil. If it sounds somewhat insignificant to put so much effort in such a basic thing, this book by Kristin Ohlson entertainingly tells the story of agriculture in the 21st century. And of the farmers, ranchers and scientists who are busy righting the wrongs of 20th century industrial agriculture. Helped by the vast body of research now available on microbes, these people are tackling the problems caused by climate change that challenge regular food production.” – Sigrid on The Soil Will Save Us.

Ecology

Ebook available for The Human Age and Feral.

Gift Ideas for the Littlest Ones

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Ready or not, the gift-giving season is upon us! Whether you celebrate Sinterklaas, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah or any other opportunity to give presents during the dark days of the winter solstice, we’ve got ideas aplenty. As in previous years, the ABC Staff has looked through their sections and hand-picked various choice literary jewels for your gift-giving pleasure.

We will present these titles in a series of blog posts and recommendation lists throughout the coming month. We hope you will find some inspiration in them, but please remember that these titles only represent a tiny fraction of the books on offer in our stores. Be sure to stop by to see what else there is in the area of your interest!

In this post we have some books for those who enjoy receiving gifts the most, from our Children’s Books and Childcare sections.
Have you met our Children’s Books buyers, by the way?  They have even more tips for you!

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

Children’s Books: Fairy Tales

Ebook available of Aesop’s Illustrated Fables.

“Not only a beautiful book, it’s also a very informative one if you like to know your fairy tales and where they came from.” - ABC The Hague’s Children’s Books buyer Lília on The Annotated Classic Fairy Tales.

“I always loved Aesop’s fables, so I really love this book: beautiful illustrations, gilded edges… a real treat.” - Lília on Aesop’s Illustrated Fables.

“Nice hardcover with Andersen’s wonderful tales. It’s a not-so expensive option for people wanting to give something well-written with good value.” – Lília on Best-Loved Fairy Tales.

Children’s Books: Picture Books

“Please do me a favor: click on the picture of The Book With No Pictures above, and check out the video you’ll find there of author B. J. Novak holding his teeny tiny audience spellbound and in stitches during a reading.  Can’t you just imagine yourself snuggled up on the couch with your kid, having a giggly, loud and wonderful time together? It’s sure making me wish my own kid wasn’t all grown up already!” - ABC’s Blogmistress Sophie on The Book With No Pictures.

Children’s Books: Arts & Crafts

Childcare

Ebook available for The Myth of the Spoiled Child and Made for Baby.

“Alfie Kohn has a unique approach to parenting based on building trust in the relationship and avoiding punishment/reward which is very common in parenting.  In this book he looks at different parenting styles and the conventional wisdom that comes with them and looks at what the science of today teaches us about the different views.” - ABC Amsterdam’s Childcare buyer Sigrid on The Myth of the Spoiled Child.

“Fun and handy for busy parents of young children. Write down all the quirky and unexpected things kids say on these illustrated cards. You can either put them in a scrapbook/photo album or photograph your son/daughter holding the card.” – Sigrid on Milestone Mini Cards.

“An updated edition of this classic by an expert in both alternative and allopathic medicine. A classic handbook for women seeking a safe, organic, eco-friendly and natural pregnancy, featuring an integrated approach with new medical, herbal, and nutritional information, and also with information on the emotional and physical changes that childbearing brings. A comprehensive guide to a safe, healthy pregnancy, as nature intended it.” - Sigrid on The Natural Pregnancy Book.

Gift Ideas for Chefs

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Ready or not, the gift-giving season is upon us! Whether you celebrate Sinterklaas, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah or any other opportunity to give presents during the dark days of the winter solstice, we’ve got ideas aplenty. As in previous years, the ABC Staff has looked through their sections and hand-picked various choice literary jewels for your gift-giving pleasure.

We will present these titles in a series of blog posts and recommendation lists throughout the coming month. We hope you will find some inspiration in them, but please remember that these titles only represent a tiny fraction of the books on offer in our stores. Be sure to stop by to see what else there is in the area of your interest!

In this post you will find some delicious gift ideas for the food nut in your family or group of friends with books from our Cooking and Nutrition sections.

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

Cooking

Ebook available for Plenty More, Huckleberry and Crazy Sexy Kitchen.

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Gift Ideas for the Socially Aware

Sunday, October 26th, 2014

Ready or not, the gift-giving season is upon us! Whether you celebrate Sinterklaas, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah or any other opportunity to give presents during the dark days of the winter solstice, we’ve got ideas aplenty. As in previous years, the ABC Staff has looked through their sections and hand-picked various choice literary jewels for your gift-giving pleasure.

We will present these titles in a series of blog posts and recommendation lists throughout the coming month. We hope you will find some inspiration in them, but please remember that these titles only represent a tiny fraction of the books on offer in our stores. Be sure to stop by to see what else there is in the area of your interest!

Today we have some gift ideas for those active and engaged members of society that you know, from our Social Science, Political Science, and Gay sections.

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

Social Science

Ebook available for This Changes Everything and Exodus.

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Store Bits: Staff Choices

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

A new round of Staff Choices of both new and old books.  Enjoy!

A History of Future Cities -Daniel Brook
Recommended by Sigrid

“A pioneering exploration of four cities where East meets West and past becomes future: St. Petersburg, Shanghai, Mumbai, and Dubai. The cities share an important characteristic: they were planned as cities of the future. The premise of the city of tomorrow is a fascinating one, and this book is a wealth of information.”

Redeployment – Phil Klay (ebook here)
Recommended by Renate & Reinoud

“Honest and brutal and moving stories about war and coming home and
life as you knew it”

The Gone-Away World – Nick Harkaway (ebook)
Recommended by Sophie

“What a debut!
A post-apocalyptic world gone mad, featuring Heroes, mimes, kung-fu, Stuff, and a massive plot twist that throws the entire story on its head.
I loved it.”

The Goblin Emperor – Katherine Addison
Recommended by Tiemen

“Warning, do not read this book. You will read it in one go and then curse the author because you do not want the story to end.
This is one of those stories where everything just works. A well thought out world: elves, goblins, airships and a incredibly detailed and intriguing Byzantine-like imperial court. An very likeable protagonist who you can’t help but root for. And a smart story about politics, doing the right thing and deadly court intrigue.
All I hope is that Katherine Addison will write a second novel soon.
In the meantime I’ll be rereading The Goblin Emperor again.”

Hyperion – Dan Simmons (ebook)
Recommended by JeroenW

“Don’t let the cover fool you into thinking this is a fantasy novel. In fact, it’s a love letter to science fiction. It’s a frame story about six travellers who are going to meet the The Shrike, a supernatural being covered in razorsharp blades.
During their travels the companions each tell their reason for doing so, and each of their stories is representative of a science fiction sub-genre (military SF, cyberpunk etc.).
A great introduction to SF, and a great read.”