ABC’s Gift Ideas: Gardening, Graphic Novels/Comics, Health

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 you’ll find gift ideas for Gardening, Graphic Novels/Comics and Health as picked out by section buyers Ester, Sigrid, JeroenW and Agnes. 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.

Gardening

1001 Gardens You Must See before You Die – Cassell Illustrated

Garden lovers and discriminating travelers will relish this armchair tour of the most beautiful and interesting gardens around the world. Succinct descriptions with stunning color photos showcase the creations of the world’s outstanding landscape gardeners, architects, and garden designers. From Spain’s famous gardens of the Moorish Alhambra at Granada to San Diego’s Healing Garden, created for patients at the San Diego Children’s Hospital, this lavishly illustrated guide will delight both lovers of natural beauty and hands-on gardeners.

The Naturescaping Workbook: A Step-By-Step Guide for Bringing Nature to Your Backyard – Beth O. Young & Karen Bussolini

In The Naturescaping Workbook, author Beth O’Donnell Young sets forth an easy-to-follow, do-it-yourself plan for gardeners of all skill levels. Her step-by-step approach teaches gardeners to understand their own natural habitat and to nurture the native eco-systems that exist in their yard. And the payoff is huge. By simply becoming aware of the natural wonders in the backyard, anyone can gain a more beautiful garden and take a big step toward bringing nature home.

Gardening by Cuisine: An Organic-Food Lover’s Guide to Sustainable Living – Patti Moreno

Even urban dwellers, with little more than a balcony or tiny backyard or windowsill, can grow their own food, thanks to Patti Moreno’s groundbreaking gardening guide! Moreno, host of the most popular garden videos on the web, has devised a unique plan for creating low-maintenance organic “cuisine gardens”–including Italian Best-Ever Marinara Sauce Garden, Asian Stir Fry Garden, and Mediterranean Vegetable Garden–that produce the vegetables, fruits, and herbs people love and eat. She supplies dozens of easy plans, plus a generous collection of simple, delicious recipes and menus that will make the most of any garden’s bounty. Moreno’s colorful photographs, illustrations, and comprehensive instructions will encourage gardeners both new and experienced to embrace sustainable living with ease and enthusiasm.

The Flower Recipe Book – Alethea Harampolia & Jill Rizzo

Sigrid: A very beautiful book, modern and quite the bestseller!

Flower arranging has never been simpler or more enticing. The women behind Studio Choo have created a flower-arranging bible for today’s aesthetic, filled with an array of stunning, easy-to-find flowers and hundreds of step-by-step photos.

Graphic Novels/Comics

The Great War – Joe Sacco

JeroenW: Joe Sacco is best known as graphic journalist, visiting war zones and conflicted territories, interviewing the locals and drawing what he encounters. This time he’s made something different; a panorama of the first day of the Battle at the Somme during the First World War. A great gift for history buffs and graphic novel lovers alike.

Launched on July 1, 1916, the Battle of the Somme has come to epitomize the madness of the First World War. Almost 20,000 British soldiers were killed and another 40,000 were wounded that first day, and there were more than one million casualties by the time the offensive halted. In The Great War, acclaimed cartoon journalist Joe Sacco depicts the events of that day in an extraordinary, 24-foot- long panorama: from General Douglas Haig and the massive artillery positions behind the trench lines to the legions of soldiers going ‘over the top’ and getting cut down in no-man’s-land, to the tens of thousands of wounded soldiers retreating and the dead being buried en masse.

V for Vendetta with Mask – Alan Moore

JeroenW: Wear your fandom on your face! This edition of the classic V for Vendetta comes with V’s famous Guy Fawkes mask, notorious for its usage by underground movement Anonymous.

This collector set includes a trade paper edition of V for Vendetta that features subtly re-colored artwork and a plastic reproduction of the iconic ‘V’ mask. V for Vendetta is one of the most critically acclaimed graphic novels of all time by Alan Moore, the writer of Watchmen and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

Age of Ultron – Brian Michael Bendis

JeroenW: The next Avengers movie will feature long-time adversary Ultron. For those who want to familiarise with this villainn there’s the Age of Ultron, a collection of the limited series of the same name. In this series, Ultron rules the world. Will what’s left of the heroes of the Marvel Universe be able to beat him?

For years, the Marvel Universe has lived in fear that the artificial intelligence known as Ultron would one day evolve to fulfill its greatest desire: to wipe out all organic life and take over the Earth. That day has arrived! The impossible has happened and Ultron rules the planet! And as the few super hero survivors that remain try desperately to stay alive, Luke Cage learns the staggering secret of Ultron’s victory. As a near-broken Captain America leads a ragtag counterattack, Wolverine makes a controversial and desperate decision – that creates an all-new Marvel Universe! But can even this rash act defeat Ultron? The event of the year has arrived!

Health

Eat, Drink, Vote: An Illustrated Guide to Food Politics – Marion Nestle

In Eat, Drink, Vote, Nestle teams up with The Cartoonist Group syndicate to present more than 250 of her favorite cartoons on issues ranging from dietary advice to genetic engineering to childhood obesity. Using the cartoons as illustration and commentary, she engagingly summarizes some of today’s most pressing issues in food politics. While encouraging readers to vote with their forks for healthier diets, this book insists that it’s also necessary to vote with votes to make it easier for everyone to make healthier dietary choices.

What Doctors Eat: Tips, Recipes, and the Ultimate Eating Plan for Lasting Weight Loss and Perfect Health – Tasneem Bhatia & Editors of Prevention Magazine

A first-of-its-kind diet that will help everyone get their healthiest body ever — based on strategies from 100 of the country’s top doctors. One of the questions we all want to ask our doctors is how do you protect your health? For the top physicians and researchers in the country, the answer almost always is: it’s all about making smart food choices. What Doctors Eat is an inside peek at the easy, yet ingenious ways experts design their diets to lower their disease risk and keep their weight steady. It’s packed with advice the pros give their patients—and follow in their own lives.

Get Started: Pilates – Anya Hayes

Have you always wanted to learn Pilates, but don’t know how to get started? Get Started: Pilates is your perfect, patient teacher, taking you from complete beginner to being able to master 70 Pilates poses and nine sequences. Start simple with basic poses, breathing techniques, and routines; build on them with master rolls, swings, curls, and stretches; and take it a step further by increasing your reps for intense workouts and achieving total body control. Packed with advice, reminders, and help when things go wrong, Get Started: Pilates will soon have you hooked on this body-transforming exercise.

Herbal Antivirals & Herbal Antibiotics – Stephen Harrod Buhner

There has never been a greater need for comprehensive, well-researched information about herbs’ potential to fight infection. According to sources, pharmaceutical antibiotics will begin to fail at epidemic rates. There are, in fact, no new antibiotics currently in planning or development. Herbal Antibiotics deals with this topic.

In Herbal Antivirals, Stephen Harrod Buhner offers in-depth instructions on how to prepare and use herbal formulations to strengthen the immune system and treat viral infections such as SARS, influenza, and encephalitis.

Wheat Belly Journal: Track Your Path Back to Health – William Davis

Sigrid: Wheat Belly has recently been translated into Dutch (Broodbuik) and is very popular.  This journal is only available in English, coming in December, and a perfect gift for the adepts.

In his #1 New York Times best seller, Wheat Belly, Dr. William Davis shared his provocative revelation that wheat is the single biggest contributor to our nation’s obesity epidemic and a host of other medical concerns—and that eliminating wheat from our diets is key to ensuring our nation’s health now and in the future.

With the Wheat Belly Journal, readers now have the essential tool to help track their path to a wheat-free life and rid themselves of belly fat for good. Including wheat belly guidelines, a full week’s worth of menus, and tips to maintain a wheat-free life, this beautifully designed journal gives readers all the space they need to record their favorite Wheat Belly meals and their progress as they eliminate wheat from their diets.

Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar – Your Brain’s Silent Killers – David Perlmutter

Renowned neurologist David Perlmutter, MD, blows the lid off a topic that’s been buried in medical literature for far too long: carbs are destroying your brain. And not just unhealthy carbs, but even healthy ones like whole grains can cause dementia, ADHD, anxiety, chronic headaches, depression, and much more. Dr. Perlmutter explains what happens when the brain encounters common ingredients in your daily bread and fruit bowls, why your brain thrives on fat and cholesterol, and how you can spur the growth of new brain cells at any age. He offers an in-depth look at how we can take control of our ‘smart genes’ through specific dietary choices and lifestyle habits, demonstrating how to remedy our most feared maladies ‘without drugs.’ With a revolutionary 30-day plan, Grain Brain teaches us how we can reprogram our genetic destiny for the better.

The Life Plan: How Any Man Can Achieve Lasting Health, Great Sex, and a Stronger, Leaner Body – Jeffry S. Life

Back in 1998, Dr. Life was sixty years old and a stereotype of the aging man: he was overweight with a noticeable gut and little muscle tone. His low libido was ruining his self-esteem. He felt tired all the time, yet no amount of sleep made him feel well rested. It wasn’t until a cardiologist read him the riot act that he began to make the critical diet and lifestyle adjustments that led him to look and feel younger than ever. More important, he’s been able to maintain his physique and his health more than fourteen years later.

In this revolutionary book, Jeffry Life demonstrates how you too can enjoy an active, clear-headed, sexually satisfying, vigorous, and health-filled life, while avoiding late-onset diabetes, heart disease, and other common illnesses and complaints of aging. Any man can master The Life Plan, no matter what shape he may be in.