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Small Memories

Small Memories

by Jose Saramago

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 192 PAGES

In this contemplative memoir, the Portuguese Nobel laureate recalls a childhood both dark and magical, split between the growing city of Lisbon and the tiny village of Azinhaga. (PGL82, $13.95)

Ghosts of Spain

Ghosts of Spain

by Giles Tremlett

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 396 PAGES

Tremlett captures the Spanish character, history and modern politics in this masterful portrait, interweaving the story of his love for the country (where he has lived for 20 years) with interviews, anecdotes and observation. (SPN323, $19.00)

Eyewitness Guide Northern Spain

Eyewitness Guide Northern Spain

by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 264 PAGES

A literate, visually rich guide to Northern Spain from Galicia across Asturbias and the Basque Country to La Rioja to the Pyrenees. (SPN315, $25.00)

Spain, A Traveler's Literary Companion

Spain, A Traveler's Literary Companion

by Peter R. Bush

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 242 PAGES

This collection of 30 stories from a who's who of contemporary Spanish literature, including writers from Galicia, Leon, the Basque Country, Madrid and Barcelona. (SPN173, $14.95)

Eyewitness Guide Lisbon

Eyewitness Guide Lisbon

by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 192 PAGES

A compact illustrated guide to the city featuring excellent neighborhood maps and hundreds of color photographs. It also includes chapters on the surrounding areas and Lisbon's coast. (PGL04, $20.00)

Spain & Portugal Adventure Map

Spain & Portugal Adventure Map

by National Geographic

  • 2011
  • MAP

A colorful, shaded relief map. (SPN22, $12.95)

 
Galicia Map 571

Galicia Map 571


by Michelin Travel Publications

  • MAP

A nicely detailed regional map of Galicia (1,400,000), east to Oviedo and south to Porto and Salamanca. (SPN53, $11.95)

Lisbon Map

Lisbon Map


by Streetwise Maps

  • MAP

A handy folded, laminated street map of Lisbon in full color at a scale of 1:8,000. (PGL54, $7.95)

Culture Smart! Portugal

Culture Smart! Portugal


by Sandy Guedes de Queiroz

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 168 PAGES

A concise, well-illustrated and practical guide to local customs, etiquette and culture. (PGL53, $9.95)

Eyewitness Guide Barcelona & Catalonia

Eyewitness Guide Barcelona & Catalonia


by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 208 PAGES

Handsome, convenient and up-to-date, this superbly illustrated guide features color photography, dozens of local maps and detailed information on the region's attractions. (SPN121, $20.00)

Lonely Planet Portuguese Phrasebook

Lonely Planet Portuguese Phrasebook


by Clara De MacEdo Vitorino

  • LANGUAGE & PHRASEBOOKS
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

A handy pocket phrasebook for Portuguese basics, covering pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary for the traveler. (PGL34, $8.99)

The Pilgrim's Guide to Santiago de Compostela

The Pilgrim's Guide to Santiago de Compostela


by William Melczer

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 1993
  • PAPER
  • 350 PAGES

This is the original guide used by 12th-century pilgrims along the sacred way, reprinted with an introduction by a professor of medieval studies, plus endnotes and a gazetteer. It's an excellent, hugely informative presentation of this curiosity. (SPN42, $25.00)

Made in Spain, Spanish Dishes for the American Kitchen

Made in Spain, Spanish Dishes for the American Kitchen


by Jose Andres

  • FOOD
  • 2008
  • HARD COVER
  • 254 PAGES

Andres takes in the great diversity of Spain, its culinary traditions, regional specialties and modern innovations in this cookbook and culinary tour, featuring dozens of superbly illustrated recipes. Each section is introduced with an excerpt from the roving chef's journals. (SPN366, $35.00)

A Traveller's History of Portugal

A Traveller's History of Portugal


by Ian Robertson

  • HISTORY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

A lively, admirably concise survey from prehistory to the present, great for travelers to Portugal who would like an overview of the country's history and culture. (PGL32, $14.95)

A Traveller's History of Spain

A Traveller's History of Spain


by Juan Lalaguna

  • HISTORY
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

A swift survey from prehistory through the Romans, Goths and Moors to the present. (SPN06, $14.95)

Oceans of Wine, Madeira and the Emergence of American Trade and Taste

Oceans of Wine, Madeira and the Emergence of American Trade and Taste


by David Hancock

  • HISTORY
  • 2009
  • HARD COVER
  • 632 PAGES

Hancock's unexpectedly engrossing book explores the culture of wine in Madeira and trade in 18th-century America. (PGL86, $55.00)

Spain, The Root and the Flower

Spain, The Root and the Flower


by John A. Crow

  • HISTORY
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 455 PAGES

Take this book with you to Spain: it's an absorbing, well-written account of Spanish cultural history from prehistory to the Romans, Jews, Moors, Golden Age and on to Franco and his legacy in modern Spain. (SPN13, $29.95)

The Basque History of the World

The Basque History of the World


by Mark Kurlansky

  • HISTORY
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

Kurlansky's engaging portrait of the seven provinces of Basque lands takes in everything from language to culinary heritage, role in the Spanish Civil War and seafaring traditions. (SPN116, $16.00)

The New Spaniards

The New Spaniards


by John Hooper

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 458 PAGES

This survey of the cultural, political and economic changes in Spain since the death of Franco offers an authoritative and compelling look the everyday life of Spaniards. (SPN08, $17.00)

The Taste of Conquest, The Rise and Fall of the Three Great Cities of Spice

The Taste of Conquest, The Rise and Fall of the Three Great Cities of Spice


by Michael Krondl

  • HISTORY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

Weaving travel and history, Michael Krondl writes of a world where pepper, cinnamon and cloves were as valuable as gold -- and Venice, Lisbon and Amsterdam jockeyed for global control of the spice trade. (EUR279, $16.00)

I'm Off Then, Losing and Finding Myself on the Camino de Santiago

I'm Off Then, Losing and Finding Myself on the Camino de Santiago


by Hape Kerkeling

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 333 PAGES

Overweight, overworked and unfit, Kerkeling turns an arduous trek across the French Pyrenees into a superb opportunity to deploy his self-deprecating humor and barbed wit in this laugh-out-loud account of an unlikely pilgrim. (SPN420, $17.00)

Journey to Portugal, In Pursuit of Portugal's History and Culture

Journey to Portugal, In Pursuit of Portugal's History and Culture


by Jose Saramago

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 464 PAGES

Jose Saramago's richly detailed account of his journey across Portugal in 1979. He combines his vivid impressions of the Portuguese landscape and people with a dose of history, fiction and meditation. (PGL23, $17.00)

Off the Road, A Modern-Day Walk Down the Pilgrim's Route Into Spain

Off the Road, A Modern-Day Walk Down the Pilgrim's Route Into Spain


by Jack Hitt

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2005
  • PAPER

An American abroad, popular NPR contributor Hitt unleashes his wit and wonder in this account of his trek, 500-miles across Spain to Santiago de Compostela. Naturally, he falls in with an odd assortment of fellow pilgrims, and adventures ensue. (SPN312, $17.99)

Prince Henry

Prince Henry "The Navigator," A Life


by Peter E. Russell

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 448 PAGES

A complicated yet rewarding portrait, and the first biography of this empire-minded Portuguese prince in more than a hundred years. (PGL25, $27.50)

The Road to Santiago

The Road to Santiago


by Kathryn Harrison

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2003
  • HARD COVER
  • 176 PAGES

The novelist's personal and meditative account of journeys along the Route of St. James, from St-Jean-Pied-de-Port in France to Santiago de Compostela. (SPN209, $20.00)

Alentejo Blue

Alentejo Blue


by Monica Ali

  • LITERATURE
  • 2007
  • PAPER

These short stories set in the Alentejo province of Portugal star a range of colorful expats and locals, including Teresa, a beautiful young girl from the village engaged to a suitable man who yearns to see the world and Vasco, a cafe owner losing business to the new Internet cafe down the road. (PGL58, $14.00)

Baltasar and Blimunda

Baltasar and Blimunda


by Jose Saramago

  • LITERATURE
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 343 PAGES

This tale of two unlikely lovers in Inquisition-era Portugal is arguably Saramago's masterwork: a philosophically charged, intellectually rigorous historical drama which is also a captivating read. (PGL26, $15.00)

The Sun Also Rises

The Sun Also Rises


by Ernest Hemingway

  • LITERATURE
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

Hemingway's great novel, which encapsulates the angst of the post-WWI "Lost Generation," is the story of unmoored American and British expats travelling from Paris to Pamplona. (SPN33, $15.00)

Birds of Europe

Birds of Europe


by Lars Svensson

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 416 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Featuring 3,500 glorious paintings by Killian Mullarney and Dan Zetterstrom, the second edition of this exquisite guide has been updated with revised text and maps. (FG47, $29.95)

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