ABC’s booksellers don’t just sell books: as well as being voracious readers, almost all ABC staff members are personally responsible for buying the books for one or more sections in the stores. That means you’ll always find someone who can put exactly the right book in your hands when you need it. We asked our buyers for their tips for the best gifts for the upcoming holiday season, and they came up with some great ones: new books, classic books, magazines, games, merchandise, and stationery.
Posts Tagged ‘Sports’
These November movies were adapted from books:
Argo is based on one of those “the truth is stranger than fiction” scenarios that was originally published in Wired magazine. The story, as told by Tony Mendez himself, is also out as a book (titled Argo) now.
Beyond the Hills (Dupa dealuri) is based on two non-fiction books by Tatiana Niculescu Bran: Deadly Confession (Spovedanie la Tanacu) and Judges’ Book (Cartea Judecatorilor). As far as I can tell, the books have not been translated into English (yet).
For me, the Summer Olympics have something magical about them. Probably because, at the impressionable age of 11ish, I stumbled upon 16 Days of Glory, a documentary about the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. It follows various Olympic hopefuls during their competitions, who and what inspired them to become athletes, and shows if they won a medal, competed to the best of their ability, or ended the day in heartbreak. I was mesmerized – I must have watched the whole documentary 10 times – and the Olympics have remained special to me ever since.
You can possibly imagine the excitement building in my house with the 2012 London Olympics mere weeks away. Granted, it hasn’t reached BBC levels, but, unfortunately for my family, I’m getting there.. My colleagues have come up with some great Olympian tips for you to read, and I hope they will entice you to watch the incredible sporting feats on offer a month away. Swifter, higher, stronger!
History, Facts & Lists
- The Victor’s Crown: Greek and Roman Sport from Homer to Byzantium – D. S. Potter
- How to Watch the Olympics: The Essential Guide to the Rules, Statistics, Heroes, and Zeroes of Every Sport – David Goldblatt and Johnny Acton
- Amazing & Extraordinary Facts – The Olympics – Stephen Halliday
- The Book of Olympic Lists – David Wallechinsky and David Loucky
- The Complete Book of the Olympics: 2012 Edition – David Wallechinsky and David Loucky
- There will also be a number of special Olympics editions of magazines coming out in the next month. Keep a watch on our magazines page for these, or else call the one of the stores near the time of the Opening Ceremony (July 27th) to find out what has come in.
Five Recently Arrived Titles from the Sports Section:
These favorites come from Ester, Jouke, and Tom – all ABC The Hague staff, as it would happen. Ester is the buyer for the Philosophy, Horror, and Manga/Graphic Novels sections, and of course our marvelous Calendar Girl to boot (assisted by Calendar Dog Tessi). Jouke is the Business and Mystery/Thriller books buyer, and a firm favorite with the daughters of blogmistresses. Tom buys the books for the Local Interest, Travel Guide, Languages, and Spanish section, and will generally astound you with his selection of store music, too.
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 email@example.com, 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!