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|A Happy New Year and a big thank YOU from us and BetterWorldBooks!|
Thank you for being our customer again this past year. You're what keeps us going strong, and all of us are very much looking forward to another year full of fantastic books, events and news to share with you.
We also want to thank you for being so generous: in November and December you donated over 5000(!) books to our book drive for BetterWorldBooks. We will be shipping them over to the BWB UK branch later this month. The bins will be in the stores until January 5th in case you still have a book or two to donate.
- The ABC Team
|Staff Favorites 2014|
If you are looking for some great books to read in 2015, check out the ABC Staff’s Favorite Reads of 2014 on our new blog. We think these books, magazines, games and more should be on everyone's must-read list. More of our favorites can be found on our personalised Staff Choice recommendations lists.|
Second Life – S. J. Watson
"Yes, being a bookseller does have its perks. We get free reading copies of books that will come out months from now! This second book of acclaimed author S. J. Watson (Before I Go To Sleep) will come out in February 2015 and is a wonderful page turner. Trilling and mysterious, this one has you on the edge of your seat. What if you lose everything in your life to solve a murder?"
Pleun, Amsterdam’s Cookbooks, Crafts, Crime and Romance buyer.
Hidden Food Allergies – Patrick Holford
"I am very interested in nutrition and luckily there are so many books on the subject these days that I will never have to get bored. Even though I have no allergies myself, except for the occasional sneezing after getting in contact with sawdust, I wanted to read this because I had heard about the link between gluten and brain fog. Having limited my consumption of bread a couple of years ago for a different reason, I felt much more clear-minded and wanted to read more about the link between the two. I initially thought it had to do with stabilizing my blood sugars, but there is more to the story. In this book Patrick Holford explains how allergies affect you, how they come about and how you can test if you have any."
Sigrid, Amsterdam’s Health & Nutrition, Childcare, Nature and Languages buyer.
Pretty Deadly Volume 1: The Shrike – Kelly Sue Deconnick, Emma Rios, Jordie Bellaire
"Pretty Deadly is, in my opinion, the best graphic novel that came out this year. It’s written and drawn by an all-female team of Eisner award-nominated artistis. A Western, and a Horror story, drawing heavily on aspects of folklore and mythology. The protagonist is Death’s daughter, she rides the wind on a horse made of smoke and her face bears the skull marks of her father. This is a tale of retribution as beautiful and lush as it is unflinchingly savage."
Jitse, Amsterdam’s Manga, Graphic Novels, Fantasy Art, Merchandise, Games, Animation and Holland buyer.
And a big THANK YOU to all of my colleagues who handed in their Top 5s, right in the middle of the busiest time of the year.
- Sophie, ABC's Blogmistress
|Customer Favorites 2014|
We asked for YOUR Favorite Reads of 2014 - and we got them! In spades! |
Over 30 of you took the time to put together a Top 5, and every single one of you also took the time to write a few lines about why these books were so amazing. THANK YOU.
French Parents Don’t Give in: Practical Tips for Raising Your Child the French Way – Pamela Druckerman
"Not the best book for young, not-so-experienced parents, definitely a NO NO in the world of serious parenting books, but Oh So Funny! And sometimes a laugh is very much needed when trying to survive all the contradictory info parents are bombarded with nowadays."
Dept. of Speculation – Jenny Offill
"One of the most beautiful books I have ever read. This novel doesn’t have a lot of words but all the words in it have depth."
Charlotte de Heer
The Paying Guests – Sarah Waters
"A new Sarah Waters novel is always a treat. This one is a pastiche of post Great War female authors, occupied with class, social standing, the dawn of a new world and keeping the stairwell looking spotless. Oh, and there’s a murder! And, of course, lesbians! Hurrah!"
Of Love and Other Demons – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
"In my opinion, we lost the world’s greatest author this year and this is one of his best (though less famous) books. The story is magical and sad and full of beautiful sentences in Marquez’s unique style."
The Lies of Locke Lamora – Scott Lynch
"The Lies of Locke Lamora is one great glorious bastard of a novel. It’s intricately plotted, has dialogue that pops off the page, and – most importantly – it might just be the greatest thing ever to have been set down on paper. It could be described as Ocean’s Eleven set in a fantasy version of Renaissance Venice. But that wouldn’t do it justice. It’s grand. And quite possibly the most fun you can have with your clothes on."
Limonov – Emmanuel Carrère
"In for meeting a bizarre person? Meet Limonov, provocateur pur sang. This is the real story of a avant-garde writer and enfant terrible that fled from communist Russia to capitalist USA and returns home via Paris and the Yugoslav war. Emmanuel Carrere follows the lovely French habit of placing the writer in the book, combining reality and fiction."
Parable of the Sower – Octavia E. Butler
"This is the first Octavia E. Butler book I ever read and it just blew me away! Butler is just as good as everyone always says she is, if not better. A beautiful and heart-wrenching dystopia about survival and hope and destiny and many other massive themes, this book was so impressive that I wasn’t even finished with it when I already had to go and buy the sequel."
You can find these, and all the other 150 favorite reads, in one gargantuan post on our blog.
|Book presentation: The Hormone Factory by Saskia Goldschmidt|
Join us for a book presentation by author Saskia Goldschmidt, who will talk about and read from her latest book The Hormone Factory. |
Saskia will be at the ABC Treehut in The Hague on January 8th and at the ABC Treehouse in Amsterdam on January 15th.
Whilst writing her successful debut Verplicht Gelukkig, Saskia Goldschmidt encountered a storyline that tickled her imagination. In the 1920s a distant family member set out to extract hormones like testosterone from the offal of a meat factory. With this idea he became the founder of an international pharmaceutical company.
Love and envy between brothers, conflicting interests between commerce and science, factory girls stuffed with estrus hormones, and testosterone-driven guys... The Hormone Factory is a chilling story, inspired by historical facts in which the views on good and evil are clouded by the lust for progress.
Please check our Upcoming Events list for all the events in January.
|Philosophy, History and Mystery on the EBM|
A Dutchman gets lost in a Brazilian forest, during the time of the Kennedy assassination. Decades later, the repercussions still echo in this fascinating biography I Have Loved by Alex Hijmans.|
Meanwhile, in another book - fiction this time - a Dream-Time tale plays out in the Wyrde Woods with Wendy Twyner in Escape From Neverland by Nils Visser.
If you're looking for something more grounded, or rather seabound, check out this book: Design and Construction of Dutch Sailing Ships in the 17th Century (English/Dutch edition) by A.J. den Hond.
And if that turns out to be too grounded for you we advise you to read this book about the Eastern philosophy of Wuwei: Wuwei, Doen of Niet Doen? by Meindert van den Heuvel.
Try to read something off the beaten track in 2015! We upload and print new titles to our Espresso Book Machines all the time, so the list of EBM titles keeps growing!
|Sale and Inventory|
Both stores will be closed on Monday, February 2nd, as we take inventory that day. You can still order books online at abc.nl, of course, and we will try to answer your emails and urgent phone calls while we count every single item in our stores and warehouse, eat "broodjes" together and count some more...
Clearing out old stock: January SALE
Before we start counting in February we will be clearing out our old stock in January. Every ABC buyer goes through their section(s) and prices down books that haven't sold well. A percentage of these books will be returned to the publishers but most of them will end up as sale items in the various sale sections in both stores, so be sure to stop by and browse our sale sections this month.
Sale By Weight
We will also be clearing out our big warehouse before inventory taking. We will be offering you these leftover sale books from previous years in our famous Sale By Weight. On January 10th and 11th in the ABC Treehouse in Amsterdam and on January 16th and 17th in the ABC Treehut in The Hague you can load up your suitcase again with lots of fantastic reads! Just select the books you want, walk up to the scale and pay €5 a kilo!