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|Meet the Buyers: Philosophy|
April is Philosophy Month, so there is no better reason to introduce you to the ladies and the gentleman who stock those shelves. Meet María (Western Philosophy buyer at ABC Amsterdam), Jilles (Eastern Philosophy buyer at ABC Amsterdam) and Ester (Philosophy buyer at ABC The Hague).|
How long have you been the Philosophy buyer?
María: Twenty-two years! It was my first section, I got it when I started working here and was still a Philosophy student at the time.
Jilles: Three years.
Ester: Since 2010, according to my order lists.
Which philosopher do you always keep in stock?
María: Foucault, Wittgenstein, Ayn Rand, Nietzsche, Plato.
Jilles: Pema Chödrön, Thich Nhat Hanh, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Sakyong Mipham, Krishnamurti, Osho, Shunryu Suzuki, Chögyam Trungpa.
Ester: Plato, Nietzsche, Aristotle, Hannah Arendt, Sun Tzu, Machiavelli, Slavoj Žižek.
What has been the best-selling title in Philosophy over the past years?
María: The History of Western Philosophy by Bertrand Russell.
Jilles: Wherever You Go, There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn, The Art of Happiness by the Dalai Lama, When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chödrön, Peace of Mind by Thich Nhat Hanh and the Tao Te Ching as translated by Stephen Mitchell. He is Byron Katie's husband, and a very kind and sweet man. He signed copies when he visited us last year.
Ester: Plato and a Platypus Walk Into a Bar, the DK Philosophy Book, Alain de Botton (his earlier books), The Art of War.
Is philosophy an integral part of life today, in general?
María: It should be! We should think about thinking because that slows the world down. Else we stay too much in the materialistic realm and life stays too superficial. The material world is ever-changing and you need to reflect on that, to take distance from it.
Jilles: It's not, but it should be. People aren't in touch with their own being enough; they think too much. And being and thinking are mutually exclusive. There's hope, though: more and more people are looking for books on mindfulness (a term coined by Jon Kabat-Zinn in the '70s). The gap between Consciousness and Eastern Philosophy is growing ever smaller. Also, Western science is discovering (scientifically proving) that all those Buddhists have been right for the past thousand years. And that's the problem in a nutshell here in the West: we must have proof before we trust a belief or an emotion. Buddhists start with trust.
Ester: Even though we might not realise it, philosophy is everywhere, in my opinion. Like with most things, it depends on your definition of philosophy ("What is literature?" is also such an unanswerable question because the definition itself is quite undefinable). What I define as philosophy I try to show that through my shelf of Popular Philosophy titles, that philosophy is for everyone and not just for serious, bearded scholars. That it's definitely not boring or difficult per definition. I also have a shelf of Philosophical Fiction now, that people buy from a lot, too. In the end, everything can be brought back to the questions How? What? and Why?
Which book or philosopher should everyone have read?
María: Wittgenstein. His Tractatus is about the imperfections of language. There is always distance between what can be said and what must be shown. It's difficult reading, though. In Philosophical Investigations he talks about various topics, including the myth of the machine, where the machine is perfect, in theory, but in practice the real world interferes. As EBM chief I can relate to that!
Jilles: When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chödrön, who became a Buddhist in her forties. She is a deeply profound woman whose writing can dissect your mind. For the non-Buddhists I recommend Wherever You Go, There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn. One hundred very short chapters about how you can meditate in everyday life (and already do, often without realising it). It's such a beautifully-made book, the writing so approachable, the message so loving.
Ester: Deleuze. In The Logic of Sense he gives many short explanations on a variety of subjects. His way of thinking is one I enjoy and can follow well, and I like his alternative way of looking at objects, language and literature. Also, Three Lives (or any other work) by Gertrude Stein. What she is capable of doing with language is ridiculously magnificent.
Ebooks available for The History of Western Philosophy, Wherever You Go, There You Are, The Art of Happiness, When Things Fall Apart, Peace of Mind, Tao Te Ching, DK Philosophy Book, The Consolations of Philosophy, The Art of War, Tractatus Logico-philosophicus, Philosophical Investigations, Wherever You Go, There You Are and Three Lives.
The Eastern Philosophy titles mentioned by Jilles can be found in the Religion and Mindfulness sections at ABC The Hague.
|Typical Dutch merchandise|
A few months ago we introduced the first 8 Typical Dutch postcards. For some reason the ones with food on them and the very popular kaasschaaf sell the best so we decided to add another 4 postcards with Typical Dutch eatables:|
Our colleague Steven came up with the idea to use the images to make special notebooks on our Espresso Book Machine (EBM).
The notebooks will come with either lined or blank paper to scribble on, have 200 pages and will cost €4.99. Keep an eye out for them near the registers. If we happen to be out of your favorite cover combined with the kind of paper you need, just ask and the EBM operator can print one for you in-store, due to the magic of the Espresso Book Machine!
|Denim Days and more ABC in the Wild events|
From April 13th to April 18th, Amsterdam will turn indigo blue. The second edition of Amsterdam Denim Days will host a series of denim(-related) events for fashion aficionados at the Westergasfabriek. Professionals from the denim industry and denim enthusiasts will get together to celebrate all things indigo!|
We will be on hand at the Denim Days with a pop-up store. On Friday, April 17th, author Amy Leverton will be signing copies of her book Denim Dudes: Street Style, Vintage, Workwear, Obsession at our stand.
In fact, in April you will find us all over the place! Besides Denim Days, we will also pop-up our stores at the Verhalende Journalistiek Conference, at David Allen's Masterclass, The Next Web Conference, and Elfia (Elf Fantasy Fair).
If you would like to boost your event with books by your speakers or related to your theme, let us know. Please contact email@example.com for more information.
To stay informed about all our events, sign up for our monthly Events Mailing.
|Prize Draw Winners|
During the first quarter of the year we've had some great prize draws, culminating in the big four Dutch Comic Con giveaways on Facebook. Congratulations to all the winners, and thank you for all your thoughtful answers to our posed questions.|
Playing Big by Tara Mohr: Babette Dolfin, Anna Aalten, Laura Carmichael and Katie Miller
The Murder Bag by Tony Parsons: Marieke Beemsterboer
Signed Fifty Shades of Grey movie poster: Lieke Stuijt + Jamie Vermaesen
Thug Kitchen cookbook: Renée Korver-Michan
Dutch Comic Con: Too many to list here. Check our blog for the more than 50 names, and our Facebook page for pictures of them!
|Book Reviews by ABC Staff and Customers|
The Buried Giant - Kazuo Ishiguro|
"I like the book, but I don’t like it as much as I liked The Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go. In those books, the inner turmoil of the main characters felt like the centre around which the otherwise understated story was built, whereas in The Buried Giant the story takes centre stage. That being said, a less-than-stellar Ishiguro novel is still a good read, and I recommend it everyone, ogrephobic or not." - JeroenW, Science Fiction & Fantasy buyer at ABC The Hague
Darkmouth - Shane Hegarty
"It’s an easy story to get into and Shane Hegarty mixes tension with humor into a great and very funny story to read. I think that kids between 10 and 16 would love to read this book. I loved it and I’m a 21-year old girl. If you love humor, mystery, monsters and hunting, this will be a great book for you to read." - Tessa den Os
Touch - Claire North (ebook)
"I really loved this book. It’s like a rollercoaster you ride blindfolded. First it takes you up. You have no idea what to expect, how high it will go, you just let it take you. Then, the ride truly starts. ... It’s a story about love, loss, betrayal, fear and human nature. It’s well written, with a diverse set of characters. I would recommend it to anyone." - Marianne van der Wel
More book reviews can be found on our blog.
|Best of the Bits|
Which two local authors have been short- and longlisted for international prizes?|
Have you checked out our Jitse's imaginative recommendations lists on zombies, steampunk and comics that make you smarter?
Enjoy celebrating Earth Day this month, but leave a bit of bio-champagne for Shakespeare's birthday the next day!
Which graffiti artist live-painted ABC Amsterdam's windows to launch his new book?
Are you already counting the days to next year's Dutch Comic Con? Here are some pictures of everyone who visited our stand if you want to relive it.
And finally, we said a sad farewell to one of our most beloved authors in March: R.I.P. Sir Terry Pratchett. You will be missed. Thank you for your Discworld legacy, amongst many other things.
Check our blog , Facebook page and Twitter feed regularly for more bookish facts and frivolities.
|What We're Reading|
Tom: "Xenophobe’s Guide to the French (ebook available here). On account of a recent trip there."|
Maarten: "I’m right in between books. Finished yesterday: Monsters: A Bestiary of the Bizarre by Christopher Dell. Starting tonight: Anatomical Anomalies (currently only available as ebook)."
Sophie: "Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie (ebook). The Radch Empire is vast, subtle, suspenseful, and thought-provoking, and I love main character Breq. Sword is a worthy sequel to Ancillary Justice, although I was a teeny bit disappointed that it zagged where I’d hoped it would zig. Still, can’t wait for the final part in the trilogy, out later this year. In the meantime I’ll have to content myself with two short stories set in the same universe, Night’s Slow Poison and She Commands Me and I Obey."
Our Tjeerd has also unveiled himself to be the King of Speed Reading at ABC: more than 10 titles in March alone! Check our blog to see who else is reading what, and our recommendation lists for more staff picks.
|Special Opening Hours in April|
Good Friday, April 3rd: 10.00 - 20.00 hrs
Easter Sunday, April 5th: 12.00 - 18.00 hrs
Easter Monday, April 6th: 12.00 - 18.00 hrs
Koningsdag, April 27th: closed
Good Friday, April 3rd: 10.00 - 19.00 hrs
Easter Sunday, April 5th: closed
Easter Monday, April 6th: 12.00 - 17.00 hrs
Koningsdag, April 27th: TBA
Please check our openings hours online on the day for the latest information.
|New & Notable Titles - Non Fiction|
Becoming Steve Jobs : the Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader by Brent Schlender|
Based on the explosive cover story about Steve Jobs in Fast Company in May 2012, this is the real story of how Steve Jobs became the most famous and forward-looking CEO on Earth. Veteran journalist Brent Schlender and veteran editor Rick Tetzeli take us behind the scenes, to friends, industry insiders, and the people who knew Jobs best -- but decided not to talk to Walter Isaacson. Schlender, who ...
Foragers, Farmers, and Fossil Fuels: How Human Values Evolve by Ian Morris|
Most people in the world today think democracy and gender equality are good, and that violence and wealth inequality are bad. But most people who lived during the 10,000 years before the nineteenth century thought just the opposite. Drawing on archaeology, anthropology, biology, and history, Ian Morris, author of the best-selling Why the West Rules—for Now, explains why. The result is a ...
Golden Rules of Blogging : ( & when to Break Them ) by Robin Houghton|
Designed for bloggers of all experience levels, The Golden Rules of Blogging takes a hard look at the blogosphere's golden rules and shows you when, why and how to break them. Illustrated with reallive blogger stories and examples, along with expert advice from those who've learned the hard way, this book offers a fresh perspective on blogging.
Heretic: Why Islam Needs a Reformation Now by Ayaan Hirsi Ali|
Continuing her very personal journey from a deeply religious Islamic upbringing to a post at Harvard, the brilliant, charismatic and controversial New York Times and Globe and Mail #1 bestselling author of Infidel and Nomad makes a powerful plea for an Islamic Reformation as the only way to end the horrors of terrorism and sectarian warfare and the repression of women and minorities.
Today, the ...
Isis: The State of Terror by Jessica Stern|
Drawing on their unprecedented access to intelligence sources and law enforcement, and on groundbreaking research, two of America's leading experts on violent extremism and terrorism explain the genesis, evolution, and implications of today's most barbaric jihadist army, Islamic State-and how we can fight it
In a world where terrorist groups have become a fixture of contemporary politics and ...
Motherless Child : the Definitive Biography of Eric Clapton by Paul Scott|
Timed for release around Clapton's 70th birthday, MOTHERLESS CHILD will be the ultimate celebration and definitive biography of one of the most influential musicians alive today.
From the 1960s graffiti proclaiming 'Clapton is God', to his seminal work in supergroup Cream and his phenomenally successful solo career, Eric Clapton has achieved the status of bona fide living legend and enduring ...
My New Roots: Inspired Plant-Based Recipes for Every Season by Sarah Britton|
At long last, Sarah Britton, called the "queen bee of the health blogs" by "Bon Appetit, "reveals 100 gorgeous, all-new plant-based recipes in her debut cookbook, inspired by her wildly popular blog.
Every month, half a million readers--vegetarians, vegans, paleo followers, and gluten-free gourmets alike--flock to Sarah's adaptable and accessible recipes that make powerfully healthy ingredients ...
One of Us : the Story of Anders Breivik and the Massacre in Norway by Asne Seierstad|
On 22 July 2011 Anders Behring Breivik killed 77 of his fellow Norwegians in a terrorist atrocity that shocked the world. Many were teenagers, just beginning their adult lives. In the devastating aftermath, the inevitable questions began. How could this happen? Why did it happen? And who was Anders Breivik?
Åsne Seierstad was uniquely placed to explore these questions. An award-winning foreign ...
|New & Notable Titles - Fiction|
Aquarium by David Vann|
David Vann's dazzling debut "Legend of a Suicide" was reviewed in over a 150 major global publications, won 11 prizes worldwide, was on 40 "best books of the year" lists, and established its author as a literary master. Since then, Vann has delivered an exceptional body of work, receiving, among others, best foreign novel in France and Spain (France's Prix Medicis Etranger, Spain's Premi ...
Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum|
Anna Benz, an American in her late thirties, lives with her Swiss husband, Bruno—a banker—and their three young children in a postcard-perfect suburb of Zürich. Though she leads a comfortable, well-appointed life, Anna is falling apart inside. Adrift and increasingly unable to connect with the emotionally unavailable Bruno or even with her own thoughts and feelings, Anna tries to rouse herself ...
Nine Lives to Die: A Mrs. Murphy Mystery by Rita Mae Brown|
Winter has come to Crozet, Virginia, bringing with it a fresh blanket of snow. Harry and her husband, Fair, are hip deep in their usual end-of-the-year activities: distributing food to needy residents, and shopping for outfits for the Silver Linings youth organization’s annual fundraising gala. But buried beneath the white stuff are dark secrets from Crozet’s past—and Harry and her posse of pet ...
Severed Souls : a Richard and Kahlan Novel by Terry Goodkind|
From the far reaches of the D'Haran Empire, Bishop Hannis Arc and the ancient Emperor Sulachan lead a vast horde of Shun-Tuk and other depraved ‘half-people’ into the Empire's heart, raising an army of the dead in order to threaten the world of the living.
Meanwhile, far from home, Richard Rahl and Kahlan Amnell must defend themselves and their followers from a series of terrifying threats, ...
Shattered: The Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne|
For nearly two thousand years, only one Druid has walked the Earth—Atticus O’Sullivan, the Iron Druid, whose sharp wit and sharp sword have kept him alive as he’s been pursued by a pantheon of hostile deities. Now he’s got company.
Atticus’s apprentice Granuaile is at last a full Druid herself. What’s more, Atticus has defrosted an archdruid long ago frozen in time, a father figure (of sorts) ...
The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison|
The youngest, half-goblin son of the Emperor has lived his entire life in exile, distant from the Imperial Court and the deadly intrigue that suffuses it. But when his father and three sons in line for the throne are killed in an "accident," he has no choice but to take his place as the only surviving rightful heir.Entirely unschooled in the art of court politics, he has no friends, no advisors, ...
The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan|
Winner of the 2014 Man Booker Prize.
Forever after, there were for them only two sorts of men: the men who were on the Line, and the rest of humanity, who were not.
In the despair of a Japanese POW camp on the Burma Death Railway, surgeon Dorrigo Evans is haunted by his love affair with his uncle’s young wife two years earlier. Struggling to save the men under his command from starvation, from ...
Viper Wine by Hermione Eyre|
Famed beauty Venetia Stanley is so extravagantly dazzling she has inspired Ben Jonson to poetry and Van Dyck to painting, provoking adoration and emulation from the masses. Stampedes follow her arrival in town. But as she approaches middle age, the attention turns to scrutiny. Her adoring husband Sir Kenelm Digby – philosopher, alchemist and time-traveller – wishes she would age naturally, but ...