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|2017 ABC Reading Bingo|
|Our Favorite Reads 2016|
|Book Review: Lucifer, Book One - Mike Carey et al|
|Book Review: Remembrance - Meg Cabot|
|Book Review: After Alice - Gregory Maguire|
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January: Happy New Year!
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All of us at ABC would like to wish you the very best for this new year. We hope 2017 will be peaceful, healthy, happy, and filled with lots of good books.|
To help you with that last part we would like to invite you to play Reading Bingo with us this year.
What titles will you fill the chart with? Which ABC Favorite will you pick? Which ABC Staff Choice? Which Banned Book? Let us know as you fill in the chart this year, and we will keep you updated on our progress via our social media.
|WANTED YOU: marketing communications trainee|
We are looking for a marketing communications trainee/intern/student who will help us spread the word about our two stores and in particular our events to Expats and lovers of English books. A big part of this job will be sharing and distributing content and keeping track of ABC (event) information online on various platforms/websites/social media/search engines. |
You will work closely together with our marketing and social team.
We would like you to work 4 - 8 hrs a week in our Amsterdam store for at least 6 months. The hours are flexible, but we prefer a minimum of 2 hours x 3 days a week, divided over 7 days.
Email your motivation and CV to firstname.lastname@example.org before January 15th, 2017.
|Our Favorite Reads of 2016|
If you need some reading tips for that Reading Bingo chart, for a gift or jusr for your own pleasure, have a look at our Favorite Reads of 2016. |
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet – Becky Chambers
"This book has so many things I didn’t know I needed in my life: a multi-racial, multi-gendered cast of human and non-human mavericks, all the inclusivity and acceptance you could possibly hope for, interesting intergalactic destinations, some serious sci-fi action and most importantly, a collection of strong, well-defined characters who are AWESOME. So there." - Iris
Prisoners of Geography – Tim Marshall
"Doom and gloom for the future of humankind if the author of this book is to be believed… and believe him is what you do after reading this very informative book which reads like a newspaper article. Great book to reread a chapter of when a particular part of the planet is in the news. Especially eye-opening on the parts about China and the Arctic." - Marten
The Sandman: Overture – Neil Gaiman, J. H. Williams III and Dave Stewart
"I read the Sandman series years ago, and it’s one of the best graphic novel series I’ve encountered. But I never found out why the story started the way it did, until now. The Sandman: Overture tells the story of what happened to Morpheus before Preludes and Nocturnes. Gorgously illustrated in a colourful graphic narrative that goes beyond the usual graphic story telling. It’s like dreaming, only better." - Jitse
Lots more of our favorites can be found here.
|Book Launch: The Happiest Kids in the World|
In a recent UNICEF study of child well-being, Dutch children came out on top as the happiest all-round. Rina Mae Acosta and Michele Hutchison, both married to Dutchmen and bringing up their kids in the Netherlands, examine the unique environment that enables the Dutch to turn out such contented, well-adjusted and healthy babies, children and teens. |
They will launch their book The Happiest Kids in the World on 14 January at 15.30 at Spui25, opposite ABC Amsterdam. This will be our first event collaboration with Spui25 and we are just thrilled to have them as our new partner.
The authors will also present their book at ABC The Hague on 11 February.
Other upcoming events: The Last Poets Tribute with Christine Otten and Herman Koch, Terror-Organisation: ‘the Dawn of The True Islam’ and the real IRA , and Meet-up for Dutch primary schools teaching English + SWAP 20 .
To stay informed about all our events, sign up for our monthly Events Mailing, like our Facebook page, and check our Upcoming Events page.
|Quirk Books publisher to judge the Fantastic Story Competition|
We are happy to announce that Jason Rekulak will be one of the judges for the Fantastic Story Competition.|
Jason Rekulak is publisher of Quirk Books, an independent book publisher based in Philadelphia. He has edited several New York Times bestsellers including Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith, and the Edgar Award-winning The Last Policeman trilogy by Ben H. Winters. His debut novel The Impossible Fortress is published this February!
Together with the Stichting ter bevordering van het fantastische genre, we are organising the Fantastic Story Competition, with prizes including tickets to the 2017 Dutch Comic Con, publication in the Fantastic Story Competition book printed on our Espresso Book Machine, and € 75 worth of ABC gift vouchers.
The guidelines in short:
- Maximum 1,000 words per story
- Written in Dutch or English
- Story falls within the Fantasy, Science Fiction, Horror & related genres
- There will be no editing before publication
- File must be in Word or PDF
- Maximum 1 story per entrant
- Mail your story to email@example.com before 1 February 2017.
More information can be found on Dutch Comic Con's website (in Dutch).
|BetterWorldBooks book drive|
Are your shelves full? Do you have books in your bookcase or in a pile on the floor that you no longer want to keep but would make excellent reads for someone else? Put them in the BetterWorldBook boxes in our stores!|
BetterWorldBooks has raised millions of dollars for literacy, saved millions of books from landfills, created jobs for hundreds of people, and provided wonderful books to millions of readers worldwide. Please bring books that are still in good condition. They can be English, Dutch, German, French or Spanish.
This book drive starts on 3 January and lasts until Valentine's Day. You can also donate your books at our Winter Books Fair at De Hallen in Amsterdam on 5 February.
|Stores closed for inventory on Monday 30 January|
Both stores will be CLOSED on Monday 30 January for inventory.|
We are, of course, open online at abc.nl if you are in dire need of your daily ABC browsing fix.
|Kids Book Spotlight|
The Storm Whale by Benji Davies|
The Storm Whale is picked as Picture Book of the Year 2017 by Dutch libraries and will be highlighted during the Nationale Voorleesdagen (National Read-To-Your-Kid Days) from 25 January until 4 February. DO check out Benji Davies blog!
Noi and his father live in a house by the sea. His father works hard as a fisherman and Noi often has only their six cats for company. So when, one day, he finds a baby whale washed up on the beach after a storm, Noi is excited and takes it home to care for it. He tries to keep his new friend a secret, but there's only so long you can keep a whale in the bath without your dad finding out. Noi is eventually persuaded that the whale has to go back to the sea where it belongs. For Noi, even though he can't keep it, the arrival of the whale changes his life for the better.
Only €9,95 at ABC
|New & Notable Titles - Fiction|
4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster|
Pub date 31/01/2017
On March 3, 1947, in the maternity ward of Beth Israel Hospital in Newark, New Jersey, Archibald Isaac Ferguson, the one and only child of Rose and Stanley Ferguson, is born. From that single beginning, Ferguson's life will take four simultaneous and independent fictional paths...
Before You Go by Clare Swatman|
Some people stare love in the face for years before they find it. Zoe and Ed fumbled their way into adulthood, both on different paths - but always in the same direction. Years later, having navigated dead-end jobs and chaotic house shares, romance finally blossoms. Their future together looks set . . .
Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth|
A biggie! Pub date 17/01/2017
Fans of Star Wars and Divergent will revel in internationally bestselling author Veronica Roth’s stunning new science-fiction fantasy series.
On a planet where violence and vengeance rule, in a galaxy where some are favored by fate, everyone develops a currentgift, a unique power meant to shape the future. While most benefit from their currentgifts, Akos and Cyra do not—their gifts make them more
Death's Mistress by Terry Goodkind|
The first in a new series from multiple New York Times #1 bestselling author, Terry Goodkind, a new epic set in the world ruled by Richard Rahl, bearer of the Sword of Truth and following the new adventures of one-time Sister of the Dark, Nicci.
Different Class by Joanne Harris|
The new novel from the much-loved, bestselling author of CHOCOLAT will delight Joanne Harrisâ€™ many fans around the globe. After 30 years at St Oswaldâ€™s Grammar School, Latin master Roy Straitley has seen all kinds of boys come and go. Each class has its clowns, its rebels, its underdogs. But every so often thereâ€™s a boy who doesnâ€™t fit the mould. A troublemaker. A boy with hidden shadows more
Kill the Father by Sandrone Dazieri|
A brilliant, original and compelling debut thriller, a bestseller in Europe and now translated into English, for fans of Jo Nesbo
The Course of Love by Alain De Botton|
Modern love is never easy. Society is obsessed with stories of romance, but what comes after happily ever after? This brilliant new novel tells a love story with a difference. From dating to marriage, from having kids to having affairs, it follows the progress of a single ordinary relationship: tender, messy, hilarious, painful, and entirely un-Romantic.
The Girl Before by Jp Delaney|
A damaged young woman gets the unique opportunity to rent a one-of-a-kind house. When she falls in love with the sexy, enigmatic architect who designed it, she has no idea she is following in the footsteps of the girl who came before: the house's former tenant. The eerie parallels in the two girls' lives lay bare an enthralling story...and make this novel the must-read thriller of the season.
The Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyne|
Cyril Avery is not a real Avery or at least thatâ€™s what his adoptive parents tell him. But if he isnâ€™t a real Avery, then who is he? This is the story of Ireland from the 1940s to today through the eyes of one ordinary man. From the award-winning author of THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PYJAMAS, this is a novel to make you laugh and cry while reminding us of the redemptive power of the human spirit.
The Noise of Time by Julian Barnes|
May 1937. A man waits in a Leningrad apartment block to be taken away to the Big House. Any celebrity he has known is of no use to him now. And few who are taken to the Big House ever return. Art and Power collide in Julian Barnesâ€™s first novel since the Booker-winning THE SENSE OF AN ENDING.
The Nowhere Man by Gregg Hurwitz|
He was once called Orphan X. Evan Smoak was taken from a children's home, raised and trained as part of a secret government initiative. But he broke with the programme, choosing instead to use his skills to help those unable to protect themselves. One day, Evan's luck runs out. Ambushed, drugged, and spirited away, Evan wakes up in a locked room with no idea where he is or who has captured him...
The One-in-a-million Boy by Monica Wood|
Monica Wood's unforgettable novel about a boy in a million - and the 104-year-old woman who saves his family. 'A bittersweet story about finding friendship in the most unlikely of places' Good Housekeeping
Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton|
Nearly a year has passed since Amani and the rebels won their epic battle at Fahali. Amani has come into both her powers and her reputation as the Blue-Eyed Bandit, and the Rebel Prince's message has spread across the desert. But when a surprise encounter turns into a brutal kidnapping, Amani finds herself betrayed in the cruelest manner possible.
Word for Love by Robins Emily|
It is said there are ninety-nine Arabic words for love. Bea, an American exchange student, has learned them all: she travels to a Middle Eastern country to find an original manuscript of an Arabic love story that is said to move its readers to tears. A mesmerizing debut set in Syria on the cusp of the unrest. The exquisitely told story of language, risk, war, and a startling understanding of love.
|New & Notable Titles - Non Fiction|
A Farewell to Ice: a Report from the Arctic by Peter (Scott Polar Research Institute Wadhams|
What is really happening in the Arctic regions of the world - some of the most mysterious, beautiful, and essential places on the planet? Peter Wadhams is Professor of Ocean Physics at Cambridge University and the world's leading expert on sea ice, having made forty-five journeys to polar regions during his professional life. This book examines the natural properties of sea ice, explaining how it more
A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled by Ruby Wax|
An inspiring, provocative and accessible guide to mindfulness from comedian and neuroscientist Ruby Wax. Smart and accessible, Ruby Wax shows ordinary people how to change for good. With practical exercises for your daily routine, and a six-week course based on her studies of Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy at Oxford University, this is the only guide you need for a healthier, happier life.
Cure: a Journey into the Science of Mind over Body by Jo Marchant|
A ground-breaking look at the new science behind the mind's surprising ability to heal the body, with advice and tips on how we can all use the latest research to improve our health and our lives
David Hockney: Current by Simon Maidment|
David Hockney is one of the most influential British artists of the past century. He has spent his life dedicated to drawing, oil painting, printmaking, set design and photocollage, and has extended his practice into watercolour, multi-camera video installation and digital drawing. This title explores the artist's output over the past decade.
Final Solution: the Fate of the Jews 1933-1949 by David Cesarani|
David Cesarani's Final Solution is an intelligent and thought-provoking short history of the Holocaust. Not only does David Cesarani draw together and engage with the latest scholarly research, making extensive use of previously untapped resources such as diaries and letters from within the ghettos and camps (many of them in Polish or Yiddish and therefore previously largely inaccessible to more
How to Have a Good Day: Harness the Power of Behavioural Science to Transform Your Working Life by Caroline Webb|
In How to Have a Good Day, economist and former McKinsey partner Caroline Webb shows readers how to use recent findings from behavioral economics, psychology, and neuroscience to transform our approach to everyday working life. Advances in these behavioral sciences are giving us ever better understanding of how our brains work, why we make the choices we do, and what it takes for us to be more
The fourth book in the visually stunning Infographics series, which showcases information and data in stunning graphic visualisations. Complex facts about technology are explained through stylish information graphics, which astonish, amuse and inform with each turn of the page. In the seven tabbed sections learn the history of computers from the abacus to the tablet, see inside a smartphone, more
Smarter Faster Better by Charles Duhigg|
Productivity isn't always about driving ourselves toward greater "efficiency." Rather, real productivity relies on managing how we think, identify goals, construct teams, and make decisions. The bestselling author of The Power of Habit explores the science of productivity, and why, in today's world, managing how you think -- rather than what you think about -- can transform your life.
The Confidence Game: the Psychology of the Con and why We Fall for It Every Time by Maria Konnikova|
An investigation into the minds, motives and methods of con artists by a New York Times bestselling psychologist
The Devil's Diary: Alfred Rosenberg and the Stolen Secrets of the Third Reich by Robert K. Wittman|
An unprecedented, page-turning narrative of the Nazi rise to power, the Holocaust, and Hitler's post-invasion plans for Russia told through the recently discovered lost diary of Alfred Rosenberg - Hitler's 'philosopher' and architect of Nazi ideology.
The Honeymoon Handbook by Lonely Planet|
Set your heart racing with real adventures, tailored to what you two love the most, whether that's wildlife-spotting in the Serengeti, cruising around Havana in a vintage American car or diving with turtles in Bali. Tips on choosing destinations and hotels, building a multi-stop honeymoon, planning a minimoon and more will help set your life together off to a magical start.
The Master Algorithm: How the Quest for the Ultimate Learning Machine Will Remake Our World by Pedro Domingos|
Algorithms run nearly every aspect of our lives, yet their workings are shrouded in mystery. Here trailblazing computer scientist Pedro Domingos opens the black box for the first time - and reveals the spellbinding quest to create the ultimate learning machine, capable of deriving all knowledge from data, including a cure for cancer.