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In Siberia

In Siberia

by Colin Thubron

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Thubron captures the beauty, personality, contradictions and harsh nature of this huge land in this classic account of a 15,000-mile, cross-continental odyssey from the Yenisei to Baikal, Khabarovsk and Magadan. (SIB14, $14.99)

Dersu the Trapper

Dersu the Trapper

by V.K. Arseniev | Malcolm Burr

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 358 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Captain Arseniev's mesmerizing account of adventure, exploration and friendship in the Russian Far East, source for the Kurosowa film. (SIB24, $16.00)

Trans-Siberian Handbook

Trans-Siberian Handbook

by Bryn Thomas

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 528 PAGES

This guide features maps, history and practical details for cities and sights from Moscow to Irkutsk and Vladivostok. (RUS73, $22.95)

Russia Map

Russia Map

by International Travel Maps

  • 2011
  • MAP

A double-sided map covering the full route of the Trans-Siberian railway. (RUS264, $12.95)

 
Lonely Planet Trans-Siberian Railway

Lonely Planet Trans-Siberian Railway


by Simon Richmond

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

A guide to the railway and, especially, stops en route from Vladivostok to Moscow in hallmark Lonely Planet style. With 35 sketch maps covering routes and major cities, a section of color-photos and a brief language guide. (SIB26, $21.99)

Gulag, A History

Gulag, A History


by Anne Applebaum

  • HISTORY
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 677 PAGES

A massive, fascinating and thoroughly unsettling history of Russia's infamous Gulag. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, it's noteworthy for its expansive view, effortless prose and prodigious research. (SIB34, $18.95)

Restless Empire, A Historical Atlas of Russia

Restless Empire, A Historical Atlas of Russia


by Ian Barnes

  • HISTORY
  • 2015
  • HARD COVER
  • 256 PAGES

British historian Ian Barnes presents the epic sweep of Russian history, from the first Slavic migrations to the age of Putin, in this beautifully illustrated, full-color atlas. (RUS549, $35.00)

Russia of the Tsars

Russia of the Tsars


by Peter Waldron

  • HISTORY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 144 PAGES

Waldron recounts the exploits of Peter the Great, the Tsars and the splendor of their capital city, St. Petersburg, in this lively, well-illustrated and compact overview of the largest and most diverse empire of its day. (RUS462, $24.95)

Siberia on Fire: Stories and Essays

Siberia on Fire: Stories and Essays


by Valentin Rasputin

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1990
  • PAPER
  • 252 PAGES

Born in Irkutsk, where he still lives, Rasputin combines great insight and supple prose with passion for his homeland in this collection of six stories and six essays. (SIB04, $20.00)

Siberia, A Cultural History

Siberia, A Cultural History


by Anthony Haywood

  • HISTORY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

Haywood traces the history of the region from early indigenous cultures through Stalin's reign to the present with aplomb. (SIB65, $16.95)

Siberia, A History of the People

Siberia, A History of the People


by Janet M. Hartley

  • HISTORY
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 312 PAGES

Through personal narratives and case studies, Hartley humanizes the Siberian wilderness. She tells the tales of the refugees, prisoners and pioneers who have lived in the inhospitable place over the last four centuries. (SIB75, $38.00)

The Conquest of a Continent

The Conquest of a Continent


by W. Bruce Lincoln

  • HISTORY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 528 PAGES

The marvelous Lincoln captures the ambition and avarice of fur trappers, Cossacks, military adventurers and the Soviets in this well-told, sweeping history. (SIB37, $29.95)

The Museum at the End of the World, Encounters in the Russian Far East

The Museum at the End of the World, Encounters in the Russian Far East


by Alexia Bloch | Laurel Kendall

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 231 PAGES

In this astute book, two anthropologists recount their 1998 journey in the footsteps of Franz Boas and the ambitious Jesup North Pacific Expedition (1897-1902), interweaving their own travels with history and ethnography. With chapters on travels in Chukotka, Magadan, Anadyr, Khabarovsk, Petropavlovsk and Esso in Kamchatka's central volcanic range. (SIB39, $29.95)

To the Edge of the World, The Story of the Trans-Siberian Express

To the Edge of the World, The Story of the Trans-Siberian Express


by Christian Wolmar

  • HISTORY
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 320 PAGES

Weaving together fascinating personality sketches, vivid travelogue and socio-economics, Christian Wolmar examines the success of the Trans-Siberian Railroad, the vital artery that stretches 6,000 miles across the impressive landscape of the expansive nation. (SIB76, $27.99)

Train, Riding the Rails That Created the Modern World

Train, Riding the Rails That Created the Modern World


by Tom Zoellner

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 368 PAGES

An informative and entertaining history of railway travel around the world -- from the frigid Trans-Siberian Railroad to the antiquated Indian Railways to futuristic Mag-Lev trains. Zoellner examines mechanics and innovations in rails and engines, trains' impact on societies and even America's ambivalence toward mass transit. (WLD253, $16.00)

Siberia, Siberia

Siberia, Siberia


by Valentin Rasputin

  • EXPLORATION
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 443 PAGES
  • HARD TO FIND ELSEWHERE

A sweeping account of the exploration, conquest and colonization of Russia's "West," beginning with the crossing of the Ural Mountains by the Cossacks in 1580. (SIB01, $22.95)

Tent Life in Siberia

Tent Life in Siberia


by George Kennan | Larry McMurtry

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 425 PAGES

Kennan's spirited account of his adventures among the people, little-known cultures and snow-capped volcanoes of Kamchatka and the Russian Far East, originally published in 1871. (RUS142, $17.95)

White Fever, A Journey to the Frozen Heart of Siberia

White Fever, A Journey to the Frozen Heart of Siberia


by Jacek Hugo-Bader

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2012
  • PAPER

Hugo-Bader writes with verve in this high spirited account of a winter trek by Russian jeep across Siberia from Moscow to Vladivostok (SIB73, $16.95)

Midnight in Siberia, A Journey into the Heart of Russia

Midnight in Siberia, A Journey into the Heart of Russia


by David Greene

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 320 PAGES

In this eye-opening travelogue, NPR Moscow bureau chief David Greene takes a 6,000-mile ride on the Trans-Siberian Railroad, capturing the soul of contemporary Russia. (RUS518, $26.95)

Sacred Sea, A Journey to Lake Baikal

Sacred Sea, A Journey to Lake Baikal


by Peter Thomson

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

Senior editor of National Public Radio's Living on Earth, Thomson blends personal tales with journalism, natural history and cultural insights in this lyrical account of a six-month journey. (SIB56, $29.95)

Silverland, A Winter Journey Beyond the Urals

Silverland, A Winter Journey Beyond the Urals


by Dervla Murphy

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

Our favorite gallivanting Irish grandmother packs her woolies and heads off on a midwinter jaunt across Siberia on a typically adventurous outing, this time by train -- and with a suitcase. (SIB55, $17.95)

The Great Railway Bazaar

The Great Railway Bazaar


by Paul Theroux

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

Theroux's account of his journeys across Asia by train display the writer's inimitable talent for portraiture, ego and the dismissive aside. He takes every two-bit train he can find from London across Europe, Turkey and the Middle East, India, Japan and China, returning home via the Trans-Siberian Express. (ASA40, $15.95)

The Long Walk, The True Story of a Trek to Freedom

The Long Walk, The True Story of a Trek to Freedom


by Slavomir Rawicz

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 245 PAGES

This remarkable tale follows the odyssey of cavalry officer Rawicz and six fellow prisoners from their capture in Moscow under Stalin to a prison camp in Yakutsk and escape across Siberia and the Gobi to Tibet and over the Himalayas to India. Originally published in 1956. (SIB13, $16.95)

The Other Side of Russia

The Other Side of Russia


by Sharon Hudgins

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 319 PAGES

A warm, insightful account of contemporary cultural and social life in Vladivostok, Irkutsk and other places in the Russian Far East, where the author lived in the 1990s. (SIB30, $22.95)

Travels in Siberia

Travels in Siberia


by Ian Frazier

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 529 PAGES

Practically bursting with affection for Russia, steeped in its literature -- and fresh from language lessons in Brighton Beach, Frazier journeys from Nome to Chukotka, Moscow to Novosibirsk, pays homage to Arseniev in Kamchatka and camps along the shores of Lake Baikal in this wide-eyed tale of the people, land and history of Siberia. He keeps his wit and humor intact through the bureaucracy, mangled arrangements and other challenges of modern Russia. (SIB64, $20.00)

Nights at the Circus

Nights at the Circus


by Angela Carter

  • LITERATURE
  • 1984
  • PAPER
  • 294 PAGES

This wildly inventive, bawdy tale follows an enchanted circus and its six-foot-two winged star from turn-of-the-century London to St. Petersburg and Siberia. Ever since reading this novel, we've wanted to take the Trans-Siberian. (RUS189, $16.00)

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich


by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

  • LITERATURE
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 181 PAGES

An overnight classic, Solzhenitsyn's powerful story of an inmate struggling to maintain his dignity in a Siberian labor camp was only authorized to be published after Stalin's death. Solzhenitsyn served as a Russian artillery captain but was sentenced to eight years in a Siberian labor camp. (RUS26, $14.00)

The Gulag Archipelago, 1918-1956: Vol. II

The Gulag Archipelago, 1918-1956: Vol. II


by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn | Thomas Whitney

  • LITERATURE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 712 PAGES

The second (and by some considered the best) in "The Gulag Archipelago" trilogy, this novel documents the horrors of Russia's prison system under communism, based on the author's first-hand experiences. (RUS74, $21.99)

The Sun Maiden and the Crescent Moon, Siberian Folk Tales

The Sun Maiden and the Crescent Moon, Siberian Folk Tales


by James Riordan

  • LITERATURE
  • 1991
  • PAPER
  • 205 PAGES

A collection of tales from throughout Siberia, divided thematically, and with an excellent introduction by James Riordan. Many of the stories feature the harsh setting of the tundra and importance of the spirit. (SIB12, $11.95)

Birds of Europe, Russia, China, and Japan: Passerines: Tyrant Flycatchers to Buntings

Birds of Europe, Russia, China, and Japan: Passerines: Tyrant Flycatchers to Buntings


by Norman Arlott

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES

This Princeton Illustrated Checklist, spanning all of the Russian Arctic, Europe, China, Mongolia, North Korea, South Korea, Japan and the Middle East, features 80 color plates with range maps and succinct descriptions. (EUR276, $29.95)

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