ABC’s Gift Ideas: Travel, True Crime, Young Adult Fiction

The gift-giving season is upon us – hooray!

The ABC Staff has rummaged through their sections and order lists, and come up with another year’s worth of wonderful gift ideas for you: from fiction to history to cookbooks to children’s books to travel to non-books and onwards.

In a series of blog posts and recommendation lists throughout the coming month, you will find what we think will make great gifts, whether you celebrate Sinterklaas, Christmas or just like giving books to people. And since we’re a bookstore, these posts will be alphabetical by subject. 🙂

Today we’ve reached the end of our alphabet and you’ll find gift ideas for Travel, True Crime and Young Adult Fiction as picked out by section buyers Tom, RonG and PeterL. Bear in mind that this is just the tip of the iceberg – come to either one of our stores to browse many, many more titles in any of these subjects.

We are ready as ever to be your personal shoppers again this year, and hope you will find our selections useful and inspiring!

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

Travel

Bradt South Sudan – Max Lovell-Hoare

Tom: A guidebook to the world’s newest state.

This is the first ever standalone travel guide to the world’s newest country. South Sudan has emerged from decades of inaccessibility as a vibrant and diverse destination. One of the world’s largest wetlands, tropical forests and the second-largest wildlife migration on earth draw nature lovers in pursuit of experiences far from the madding crowd, while tribal peoples such as the Dinka, Bari and Zande preserve unique cultures thousands of years in the making. With detailed maps and extensive coverage of security issues, the guide includes coverage of disputed and unstable areas for the benefit of aid workers and business travelers.

Dorling Kindersley Eyewitness Russia

Tom: The first edition of an Eyewitness Guide to the _whole_ of Russia.

The DK Eyewitness Russia Travel Guide is your indispensable guide to this beautiful part of the world. The fully updated guide includes unique cutaways, floorplans and reconstructions of the must-see sites, plus street-by-street maps of all the fascinating cities and towns. The new-look guide is also packed with photographs and illustrations leading you straight to the best attractions on offer.

Ebook available here.

CultureShock! Netherlands – Hunt Janin & Ria van Eil

Tom: The latest edition of this introduction to our country is due out at the end of November.

CultureShock! Netherlands contains all the essential information that will help you settle effortlessly into the land renowned for its tulips. Discover the importance of the country’s many windmills, canals, polders and dykes and understand how the amazing feats of hydraulic engineering have shaped the physical landscape. Learn more about the Dutch people, their Calvinist attitude to work and the concepts of ‘overleg’ and ‘gezelligheid’. Benefit from the practical advice on housing, transportation and education as well as the information about the many cultural activities the country has to offer.

Ebook available here.

True Crime

Hotel K : the Shocking inside Story of Bali’s Most Notorious Jail –  Kathryn Bonella

Hotel Kerobokan is the shocking inside story of the jail and its inmates – famous, infamous and unknown, written by an Australian with unprecedented access to the inside. Kathryn Bonella spent a year in Bali, entering the jail every day to co-write Schapelle Corby’s 2006 autobiography. Now she’s telling the incredible story of the jail itself. Backed up by interviews with prisoners past and present, the truth about Hotel Kerobokan explodes off the page. Simultaneously mesmerising and stomach-turning, Hotel Kerobokan paints a confronting picture. Everything you’ve heard is true. And there’s much, much more than you ever imagined there could be.

Ebook available here.

Orange is the New Black: My Time in a Women’s Prison – Piper Kerman

Now a popular TV series.

With her career, live-in boyfriend and loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the rebellious young woman who got mixed up with drug runners and delivered a suitcase of drug money to Europe over a decade ago. But when she least expects it, her reckless past catches up with her; convicted and sentenced to fifteen months at an infamous women’s prison in Connecticut, Piper becomes inmate #11187-424. From her first strip search to her final release, she learns to navigate this strange world with its arbitrary rules and codes, its unpredictable, even dangerous relationships. She meets women from all walks of life, who surprise her with tokens of generosity, hard truths and simple acts of acceptance.

Ebook available here.

Exposed: The Secret Life of Jodi Arias – Jane Velez-Mitchell

On June 9, 2008, the butchered body of Travis Alexander was found in his Mesa, Arizona home. The grisly nature of his death made instant headlines: with twenty-nine knife wounds, his throat slit, and a gunshot to the head, Travis was left to die. The prime suspect in the case was Alexander’s ex-girlfriend, the attractive and soft-spoken Jodi Arias. Though Arias initially said that she was nowhere near the scene of the crime, little about this case was as it seemed, and before long she had been caught lying to police. As the investigation progressed, her lies evolved multiple times before finally resting on an appalling claim: she had killed Travis in self-defense.

Complete with photos from the case and Jane Velez-Mitchell’s fresh insights on the crime, Exposed takes readers behind closed bedroom doors to uncover the truth behind the secret and sordid life of Jodi Arias.

Hunting Season: Immigration and Murder in an All-American Town – Mirta Ojito

n November 2008, Marcelo Lucero, a thirty-seven-year-old undocumented Ecuadorean immigrant, was attacked and murdered by a group of teenagers as he walked the streets of the Long Island village of Patchogue accompanied by a childhood friend. The attackers were out ‘hunting for beaners.’ Chasing, harassing, and assaulting defenseless ‘beaners’ – their slur for Latinos – was part of their weekly entertainment, some of the teenagers later confessed.

Drawing on firsthand interviews and on-the-ground reporting, journalist Mirta Ojito has crafted an unflinching portrait of one community struggling to reconcile the hate and fear underlying the idyllic veneer of their all-American town. With a strong commitment to telling all sides of the story, Ojito unravels the engrossing narrative with objectivity and insight, providing an invaluable look at one of America’s most pressing issues.

Young Adults

Be sure to check the most recent This Just In: Children’s Books & Young Adult Fiction for even more gift ideas!

The House of Hades – Rick Riordan

PeterL: Because it’s so in-demand at the moment.

The House of Hades is the fourth book in the bestselling Heroes of Olympus series, set in the action-packed world of Percy Jackson.

The stakes have never been higher. If Percy Jackson and Annabeth fail in their quest, there’ll be hell on Earth. Literally.  Wandering the deadly realm of Tartarus, every step leads them further into danger. And, if by some miracle they do make it to the Doors of Death, there’s a legion of bloodthirsty monsters waiting for them.

Meanwhile, Hazel and the crew of the Argo II have a choice: to stop a war or save their friends. Whichever road they take one thing is certain – in the Underworld, evil is inescapable.

Ebook available here.

The Land of Stories: The Enchantress Returns – Chris Colfer

PeterL: The sequel to The Wishing Spell.  A beautifully designed YA novel by an actor that many teens will know from Glee.

After decades of hiding, the evil Enchantress who cursed Sleeping Beauty is back with a vengeance.

Alex and Conner Bailey have not been back to the magical Land of Stories since their adventures in The Wishing Spell ended. But one night, they learn the famed Enchantress has kidnapped their mother! Against the will of their grandmother, the twins must find their own way into the Land of Stories to rescue their mother and save the fairy tale world from the greatest threat it’s ever faced.

Ebook available here.

House of Secrets – Chris Columbus & Ned Vizzini

PeterL: Another beautifully designed hardcover with a glowing J. K. Rowling quote on the back.  I keep catching myself reading it.

Siblings Brendan, Eleanor, and Cordelia Walker once had everything they could ever want. But everything changed when Dr. Walker lost his job. Now the family must relocate to an old Victorian house, formerly the home of occult novelist Denver Kristoff-a house that simultaneously feels creepy and too good to be true. By the time the Walkers realize that one of their neighbors has sinister plans for them, they’re banished to a primeval forest way off the grid.

Bloodthirsty medieval warriors patrol the woods around them, supernatural pirates roam the neighboring seas, and a power-hungry queen rules the land. To survive, the siblings will have to be braver than they ever thought possible-and to fight against their darkest impulses. The key may lie in their own connection to the secret Kristoff legacy. But as they unravel that legacy, they’ll discover that it’s not just their family that’s in danger . . . it’s the entire world.

Ebook available here.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Other Stories – Lewis Carroll

PeterL: A big, fat, pink jewel, with gold-colored pages and original drawings.  A beautifully made classic That Looks Sooo Good On Your Bookshelf, and that for only €34.99!

Everything that Lewis Carroll ever published in book form appears in this volume. In addition, at least ten of the shorter pieces have never appeared in print except in their original editions. Included are: ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ ‘Through the Looking-Glass’ ‘Sylvie and Bruno’ ‘Sylvie and Bruno Concluded’ ‘The Hunting of the Snark’ & all of the poetry, essays, phantasmagoria along with a substantial collection of the miscellaneous writings.

Ebooks available of (most of the) separate stories:  Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Through the Looking-Glass, Sylvie and Bruno, The Hunting of the Snark, etc.

The Infernal Devices boxed set: Clockwork Angel/Clockwork Prince/Clockwork Princess –  Cassandra Clare

PeterL: Three hardcovers in a pretty box: a gorgeous Sinterklaas/Christmas gift.  🙂

Step back in time with the Shadowhunters with this collectible hardcover boxed set of the New York Times bestselling Infernal Devices trilogy. Passion. Power. Secrets. Enchantment. The Shadowhunters of the Victorian Age delve into all of these—in addition to darkness and danger—in the Infernal Devices trilogy, handsomely packaged in a boxed set that includes Clockwork Angel, Clockwork Prince, and Clockwork Princess.

Ebook available of the first 2 parts: Clockwork Angel and Clockwork Prince.