Living in the Netherlands


The Undutchables by Colin White & Laurie Boucke
A funny and clever book that dissects every habit and trait of Dutch life for the expat, from beer to 'strippencops', the long-winded art of debate and much more.
www.theundutchables.com


My Dam Life by Sean Condon
This personal account of an Australian man's life in Amsterdam is not to be taken as a travel book that explains the ins and outs of this beautiful city, but as one man's fish out of water tale that expats may sympathise with.
www.seancondon.com


Xenophobe Guide to the Dutch by Rodney Bolt
The Dutch edition in the Xenophobe's Guide series gets under the skin of the Dutch with a tongue-in-cheek explanation of the quirks and traits of the Dutch peoples. It will brace first-time visitors to the country while reaffirming the beliefs of those in the know, all the while being a celebration of the culture.
www.ovalbooks.com


Here's Holland by Sheila Gazaleh Weevers
Part One of Here's Holland begins is a guide book with each town detailed within. Part Two focuses on living in Holland with advice and information on 'the system', culture, sports and yearly events.
www.heresholland.com


Holland Handbook
Written by over 20 contributors – all professionals in their field, the Holland Handbook acts as an aid for all expats and newcomers to The Netherlands. It is updated annually.
www.xpat.nl/holland_handbook


History of Amsterdam


Amsterdam: A Brief Life of the City by Geert Mak
Amsterdammer Geert Mak uncovers locals in history to tell the life of Amsterdam, from its rise out of the marsh into the world of trade, becoming a key figure in Europe, through World War II to present day.
www.geertmak.nl


Amsterdam: A history of the world's most liberal city by Russell Shorto
The acclaimed American author – who lived in Amsterdam for a number of years – tells the story of Amsterdam and its liberal evolution. There are highs and lows along the way, weaving a rich tale about the city.
www.russellshorto.com


Family friendly


Look What Came From the Netherlands by Kevin Davis
Davis explains to children what makes this country so special — at least to a child; not just tulips and windmills but donuts without holes, wooden shoes.
Website


Melanie Martin Goes Dutch by Carol Weston
Melanie Martin Goes Dutch: The Private Diary of My Almost Bummer Summer with Cecily, Matt the Brat, and Vincent Van Go Go Go. New York ten-year-old Melanie Martin, accompanied by her mum, brother and best friend fly to Amsterdam to discover everything from museum to topless beaches, as well as learning about Anne Frank and Van Gogh — fun and educational.
www.carolweston.com


The House of Windjammer by V.A Richardson
Set in the Netherlands' Golden Age, the 17th century, 15-year-old Adam must resurrect his family's sinking ship-building business after the death of his father and survive the rough ride that is the Amsterdam waterfront.
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Third Culture Kids by David Pollock & Ruth E van Reken
Third Culture Kids: The Experience of Growing Up Among Worlds examines both the psychological challenges and benefits of a child's upbringing without a definable homeland to call their own. Issues of identity, adaptability, cross cultural enrichment and more can weigh heavily on a child's development.
www.crossculturalkid.org