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Homage to Catalonia

Homage to Catalonia

by George Orwell

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1987
  • PAPER
  • 234 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Orwell's portrait of the Barcelona uprising and the spirit of a city at war is a classic, an observant and heartfelt report from the streets. (SPN03, $14.95)

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)

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 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)

Eyewitness Guide Portugal

Eyewitness Guide Portugal

by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 480 PAGES

Featuring hundreds of photographs and drawings, an excellent overview of the culture and history and good information about where to go and what to do. (PGL05, $25.00)

Spain & Portugal Adventure Map

Spain & Portugal Adventure Map

by National Geographic

  • 2011
  • MAP

A double-sided full color map of Spain and Portugal at a scale of 1:1,000,000 with good shaded relief, topographic detail, roads and waterways. (SPN22, $12.95)

 
Barcelona Map

Barcelona Map


by Borch Maps

  • 2012
  • MAP

A detailed city map, laminated and folded for easy reference. (SPN105, $8.95)

Lisbon Map

Lisbon Map


by Streetwise Maps

  • 2010
  • MAP

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

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)

Eyewitness Guide Spain

Eyewitness Guide Spain


by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 672 PAGES

This superb, colorful guide covering all of Spain features bright photography, dozens of maps and a region-by-region synopsis of the country's attractions. (SPN05, $30.00)

Food and Wines of Spain

Food and Wines of Spain


by Penelope Casas

  • FOOD
  • 1982
  • HARD COVER
  • 457 PAGES

This classic collection of 400 recipes, interwoven with cultural commentary and culinary history, is a pleasure to read, but prepare to become hungry. (SPN100, $37.50)

My Portugal, Recipes and Stories

My Portugal, Recipes and Stories


by George Mendes

  • FOOD
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 256 PAGES

A showcase of 125 Portuguese recipes interwoven with tales and anecdotes by the author, a Michelin-starred chef. (PGL93, $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)

Barcelona

Barcelona


by Robert Hughes

  • HISTORY
  • 1993
  • PAPER
  • 570 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

A Longitude favorite, this big, thoroughly enjoyable cultural history of the city touches on architecture, art, religion and literature from Roman outpost to today. (SPN01, $21.00)

Lisbon, War in the Shadows of the City of Light, 1939-1945

Lisbon, War in the Shadows of the City of Light, 1939-1945


by Neill Lochery

  • HISTORY
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 306 PAGES

This well-researched chronicle of intrigue and espionage uncovers the backstage role Lisbon played in WWII as the conflict raged around neutral Portugal. (PGL98, $15.99)

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)

Antonio Gaudi, Master Architect

Antonio Gaudi, Master Architect


by Juan Bassegoda Nonell

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2001
  • HARD COVER
  • 285 PAGES

This pocket-sized collection of Gaudi's work captures the evolution, imagination and exuberance of one of the most influential architects of the 20th century. (SPN374, $11.95)

The Gothic Enterprise, A Guide to Understanding the Medieval Cathedral

The Gothic Enterprise, A Guide to Understanding the Medieval Cathedral


by Robert A. Scott

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 294 PAGES

An enthusiast, Scott delves into the history, design, architecture and wonder of Europe's medieval cathedrals and great Abbey churches. (EUR190, $26.95)

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)

Iberia, Spanish Travels & Reflections

Iberia, Spanish Travels & Reflections


by James Michener

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1989
  • PAPER
  • 960 PAGES

In this best-selling travelogue, Michener presents a compulsively readable and well-observed account of his love affair with Spain and all things Spanish. It has achieved the status of a classic, rich in detail and insightful. (SPN16, $8.99)

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)

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)

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)

Travels with My Donkey

Travels with My Donkey


by Tim Moore

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 328 PAGES

In this wickedly comic account of grand adventures on the 500-mile pilgrimage to Santiago de Campostela with a French-speaking donkey, Moore salts his anecdotes of fellow travelers and grand adventures with an account of the history and culture of the medieval Way of St. James. (SPN242, $15.99)

Day of Atonement

Day of Atonement


by David Liss

  • LITERATURE
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 384 PAGES

A young man returns to the streets of Lisbon under assumed name, falling in with a group of old friends who will aid his quest: to find the man who killed his father. A dramatic story of obsession, loss and redemption set against the backdrop of 18th-century Portugal and the 1755 Lisbon earthquake. (PGL100, $28.00)

For Whom the Bell Tolls

For Whom the Bell Tolls


by Ernest Hemingway

  • LITERATURE
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 471 PAGES

Hemingway's great novel about the Spanish Civil War is a love story set during the four-day fight of anti-fascist units in the mountains. (SPN19, $17.00)

Requiem: A Hallucination

Requiem: A Hallucination


by Antonio Tabucchi | Margaret Jull Costa

  • LITERATURE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 110 PAGES

Tabucchi's fever-dream tour of a vanishing Lisbon. The narrator, an "adopted Portuguese," returns after many years and visits cemeteries, brothels and gentlemen's clubs, in an ambiguous search for the ghosts of his past. (PGL09, $14.95)

The Maias

The Maias


by Jose Eca de Queiros

  • LITERATURE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 633 PAGES

This sprawling family epic is worthy of comparison to the greatest accomplishments of Proust and Tolstoy. It's the atmospheric story of the decline of an affluent 19th-century Lisbon family. (PGL07, $25.95)

The Shadow of the Wind

The Shadow of the Wind


by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

  • LITERATURE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 512 PAGES

Set in the brooding atmosphere of post-WW II Barcelona, this gripping story-within-a-story has it all: murder, doomed love and a mysterious book which draws the young hero, Daniel Sempere, into the city's dangerous underworld. (SPN298, $17.00)

The Stone Raft

The Stone Raft


by Jose Saramago

  • LITERATURE
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 300 PAGES

A geological fantasy from the Nobel Prize-winning author, in which the Iberian Peninsula becomes unmoored from France. (PGL46, $14.00)

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 features updated text and maps. (FG47, $29.95)

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