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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)

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)

The Alhambra

The Alhambra

by Robert Irwin

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 213 PAGES

Irwin's brief, indispensable guide introduces the stunning Moorish palace and fortress complex, revealing its mysteries, myths and significance with wit and insight. (SPN226, $16.00)

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)

Spain & Portugal Adventure Map

Spain & Portugal Adventure Map

by National Geographic

  • 2011
  • MAP

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

 
Andalucia Map 578

Andalucia Map 578


by Michelin Travel Publications

  • MAP

A travelers' map of Andalucia and the Costa del Sol at a scale of 1:400,000 with city plans of Seville, Malaga and Granada. (SPN107, $11.95)

Culture Smart! Spain

Culture Smart! Spain


by Marian Meaney

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 168 PAGES

This concise, no-nonsense guide to local customs, etiquette and culture provides a short overview of the land and people along with practical travel advice. (SPN342, $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)

Eyewitness Guide Seville and Andalusia

Eyewitness Guide Seville and Andalusia


by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

This wonderfully organized and visually rich guide features excellent maps and essays on the culture, history and geography of the region. With a pullout city map of Seville. (SPN15, $23.00)

Fodor's Madrid's 25 Best

Fodor's Madrid's 25 Best


by Fodor's

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 128 PAGES

This slim guide includes an excellent pull-out map of the center of Madrid and essential information on its highlights, including restaurant recommendations and sightseeing. (SPN172, $13.99)

Xenophobe's Guide to the Spanish

Xenophobe's Guide to the Spanish


by Drew Launey

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 92 PAGES

This irreverent pocket guide to cultural awareness is both insightful -- and entertaining. (SPN509, $7.95)

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)

Spain and the World Table


by Martha Rose Schulman | Culinary Institute of America

  • FOOD
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

For this superb new tribute to Spanish flavors, the Culinary Institue of America brought together a wide array of popular chefs from Spain and around the world, asking them for recipes that exemplify Spanish cuisine. Includes a map of culinary regions in Spain. (SPN496, $22.95)

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)

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)

South From Granada

South From Granada


by Gerald Brenan

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

A masterful interpreter of the culture and politics of Spain, Brenan writes beautifully of his time in Yegen, a small town in Andalucia's Sierra Nevada, in the years leading up to the Spanish Civil War in this beloved classic, originally publsihed in 1957. (SPN447, $19.95)

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 Arts of Intimacy, Christians, Jews, and Muslims in the Making of Castilian Culture

The Arts of Intimacy, Christians, Jews, and Muslims in the Making of Castilian Culture


by Maria Menocal | Jerilynn Dodds | Abigail Balbale

  • RELIGION
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 416 PAGES

Using the visual art and literature of medieval Spain, the authors illustrate the vibrant mix of three cultures that have become part of the Castilian identity. (SPN365, $24.00)

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 Ornament of the World, How Muslims, Jews, and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain

The Ornament of the World, How Muslims, Jews, and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain


by Maria Rosa Menocal | Harold Bloom

  • RELIGION
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

A lively, illuminating portrait of the Andalucian Kingdom, its cultural achievements and religious tolerance from the eighth century to 1492. (SPN185, $16.00)

The Story of Spain, The Dramatic History of Europe's Most Fascinating Country

The Story of Spain, The Dramatic History of Europe's Most Fascinating Country


by Mark R. Williams

  • HISTORY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

Williams brings Spain to life through the tales of El Cid, Columbus, King Philip II, Cervantes, St. Theresa, Goya, Picasso and others from ancient times through the Golden Age to today. (SPN429, $22.95)

The Story of the Moors in Spain

The Story of the Moors in Spain


by Stanley Lane-Poole

  • HISTORY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 285 PAGES

A wonderfully readable, sweeping tale of splendor and tragedy, first published in 1866. (SPN12, $18.95)

Antonio Gaudi, Master Architect

Antonio Gaudi, Master Architect


by Juan Bassegoda Nonell

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

This lavish little 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 Arts in Spain, From Prehistory to Modernism

The Arts in Spain, From Prehistory to Modernism


by John Moffit

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

From the cave painting at Altimira through the Golden Age, to the works of Picasso and Miro, this book documents the course of art in Spain, with 150 illustrations. (SPN102, $19.95)

The Most Beautiful Villages of Spain


by Hugh Palmer

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2003
  • HARD COVER
  • 208 PAGES

This full color book of photographs is a portrait of the Spanish landscape, culture and people. (SPN494, $40.00)

As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning

As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning


by Laurie Lee

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 192 PAGES

A new edition of Laurie Lee's gorgeous memoir of youthful adventures in Spain on the brink of civil war, second in his autobiographical trilogy. Arriving in Galicia July 1935, the British poet tramps from Vigo north through Valladolid and Segovia to Madrid, Toledo and Seville. supporting himself with not much more than his wits and a violin, he continues around the coast to Cadiz (which he did not much like) and Almunecar, the then-sleepy Andalusian village where he was holed up as the war broke out. (SPN454, $15.95)

Driving over Lemons, An Optimist in Andalucia

Driving over Lemons, An Optimist in Andalucia


by Chris Stewart

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

Stewart's memoir about moving with his wife to a farm in Alpujarras is charming and insightful. Unlike many expatriates, Stewart manages to ground himself far enough into the community to make lasting friends -- as well as a home for his young daughter. (SPN135, $14.95)

Grammar Lessons

Grammar Lessons


by Michele Morano

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2007
  • HARD COVER
  • 184 PAGES

Morano, who lived in Oviedo in the early 1990s, reflects on the humor and trials of living in a new language in these 13 essays on travel in Spain and search for self. (SPN345, $22.50)

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)

Spanish Recognitions, The Roads to the Present

Spanish Recognitions, The Roads to the Present


by Mary Lee Settle

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 358 PAGES

A magical, meditative account of Spanish history, art, archaeology and travels by the noted writer. Settle (Turkish Reflections) conjures Cervantes, El Cid, the Moors, Visgoths, Romans, Lorca and Balboa as she writes of a road trip from Castile in central Spain to the southern coast. (SPN205, $15.95)

Bracebridge Hall, Tales of a Traveller, the Alhambra

Bracebridge Hall, Tales of a Traveller, the Alhambra


by Washington Irving

  • LITERATURE
  • 1991
  • HARD COVER
  • 1104 PAGES

This collection of Irving's writing, published by the Library of America, is the only book in print that contains "The Alhambra," his romantic account of travels in Southern Spain. (SPN45, $40.00)

Don Quixote

Don Quixote


by Miguel de Cervantes | John Rutherford

  • LITERATURE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 1072 PAGES

The most famous work in Spanish literature, rendered in a lively, modern translation. It is the picaresque tale of a romantic, mad gentleman who imagines himself a knight errant. (SPN23, $16.00)

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)

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 form a “who's who” of contemporary Spanish literature, including writers from Galicia, Leon, the Basque Country, Madrid and Barcelona. (SPN173, $14.95)

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, $16.00)

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)

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