Daily Life in Holland in the Year 1566
And the Story of My Ancestor's Treasure Chest
by Rien Poortvliet$27.97
The creator of Gnomes and Secrets of the Gnomes captures the essence of everyday life in turbulent 16th-century Holland with words and images that are rich in detail and coloration. Poortvliet was inspired to create this text after discovering a distant ancestor's armoire containing a treasure trove of insights into the world of his forebears. 208 full-color illustrations.

The Simple Guide to Customs and Etiquette: Holland
by Mark T. Hooker
Because all the Dutch speak English so well, it is easy in Holland to get the feeling that everything is just like it is at home. To a large extent things are much the same. It is the subtle little differences that perhaps neither you nor your Dutch acquaintances are fully aware of that can cause you the most trouble. That is what this book is about. It gives you a chance to learn from my mistakes. About the author: Mark T. Hooker served as a linguist and foreign area specialist with the US Armed Forces, and later as a Department of Defense civilian. He is currently a visiting scholar at Indiana University. His wife, Stella, was born and educated in The Hague. Their daughter Catherine attends school in Holland every summer.

The UnDutchables:
A Observation of the Netherlands;
Its Culture and Its Inhabitants $12.50
Nothing is more interesting than to see yourself through the eyes of an outsider. The UnDutchables is a very revealing treatise about us... This book in a very exact yet funny way discloses all the secrets about us that we really would have preferred to keep to ourselves. In other words, they hang out the dirty linen... The authors have clearly looked much farther than wooden shoes and tulips... Even the way we stir sugar in our coffee has not escaped their notice and not until you read this book from cover to cover do you understand how much our behavior, that we consider as completely normal ourselves, borders on insanity for a non-Netherlander. Everything in it is true, and only the humor with which it is written makes it at all palatable for us. A fine little work, then, that will be around for years.

Culture Shock!: Netherlands $10.36
You'll never feel intimidated and awkward about the customs and etiquette of another country again. With the insights provided in this CULTURE SHOCK! Guide, you'll learn to see beyond the stereotypes and misinformation that often precede a visit to a foreign land. Whether you plan to stay for a week or for a year, you'll benefit from such topics as understanding the rules of driving and monetary systems, religious practices and making friends. There are tips on political traditions, building business relationships, and the particular intricacies of setting up a home or office. Great for the business traveler, the foreign exchange student, or the tourist who makes a sincere attempt to cross the bridge into a new and exciting culture.

Holland: The Rough Guide $16.16
Authoritative and opinionated, this series can't be beat," extols the Chicago Tribune of the Rough Guide's lively collection of guidebooks, including their first-edition Holland manual. Looking beyond truckloads of tulips and wistful windmills, these three rough guiders--Dunford, Holland (he should know his stuff) and Lee--take you mucking through the mud to the Frisian Islands, biking to the Biesboschmuseum nature reserve, lurking around the fish houses of Urk, and gulping Gulpener beer in Gulpen. Along with essential coverage of places to eat, sleep, and meet, you'll learn a polder is an area of land reclaimed from the sea, a spoor is a train station platform, a VVV is a tourist information office, a gracht is a canal, beiaard are carillon chimes, and a fietspad is a bike path. The Rough Guide's penchant for using boldface type for words like meal, beer, bus, opening hours, payment, campsite, and the names of local towns and attractions is a useful way to help the traveler quickly glean the appropriate information from each chapter. In addition to a concise presentation of Dutch history, art, and literature, the authors provide useful reviews of the sites and charms of the larger towns like Amsterdam, Haarlem, Leiden, and Delft.

Windmills 2000 Calendar $11.99