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Enrich your travels with reading! Here's a hand-picked list prepared for your journey in conjunction with the book experts at Longitude.

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Lonely Planet Crete

Lonely Planet Crete

by Lonely Planet

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 252 PAGES

This comprehensive practical guide in the hallmark Lonely Planet style includes local and regional color maps, a section of photographs, and chapters on history, culture and attractions. (GRE403, $19.99)

Crete

Crete

by Barry Unsworth

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 192 PAGES

A travel memoir from the Booker prize-winning novelist, richly detailed and seeped in the millennia-old traditions, myths, literature and history of the island. (GRE303, $10.95)

Crete Adventure Map

Crete Adventure Map

by National Geographic Society

  • 2012
  • MAP

A detailed, double-sided map at a 1:150,000, printed on handy tear- and water-resistant paper. (GRE07, $12.95)

 
Crete

Crete


by John Freely

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

The definitive guide to the island of Crete and its archaeology, loosely organized as a leisurely visit. Freely interweaves travel information with a great deal about myths, legends and the history of the island in his narrative. (GRE03, $17.00)

Eyewitness Top Ten Crete

Eyewitness Top Ten Crete


by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • FLEXI-BOUND
  • 144 PAGES

A compact, illustrated guide in the popular series, featuring favorite attractions in Crete. (GRE367, $14.00)

The Foods of the Greek Islands, Cooking and Culture at the Crossroads of the Mediterranean

The Foods of the Greek Islands, Cooking and Culture at the Crossroads of the Mediterranean


by Aglaia Kremezi

  • FOOD
  • 2000
  • HARD COVER
  • 320 PAGES

Kremezi spent eight years collecting the recipes in this cookbook. Filled with lively histories of the islands, cultural asides and stunning photographs, the book is perfect for anyone interested in Greek island life. (GRE120, $40.00)

The Complete World of Greek Mythology

The Complete World of Greek Mythology


by Richard Buxton

  • HISTORY
  • 2004
  • HARD COVER
  • 240 PAGES

With hundreds of color illustrations, site plans, genealogies and maps, this handsome, encyclopedic reference illuminates the world of the Greek gods. (GRE377, $39.95)

Aegean Art and Architecture

Aegean Art and Architecture


by Donald Preziosi | Louise Hitchcock

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 275 PAGES

An illustrated survey of Minoan and Mycenean art from the Neolithic to the extraordinary Bronze Age palaces of Knossos, Gournia and Phaistos. Great for any archaeology-minded traveler. (GRE113, $27.95)

Ancient Greece: Art, Architecture, and History

Ancient Greece: Art, Architecture, and History


by Marina Belozerskaya | Kenneth Lapatin

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 144 PAGES

This lively illustrated guide covers the architecture, painting and sculpture of Ancient Greece from the third millennium to the end of the Hellenistic period. With 282 color and 28 black-and-white illustrations. (GRE194, $19.95)

Knossos, Unearthing a Legend

Knossos, Unearthing a Legend


by Alexandre Farnoux | David J. Baker

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 158 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

An insightful look at the work of the English archaeologist Arthur Evans and how he pieced together myth and evidence to recreate the world of Knossos. (GRE02, $15.95)

The Bull of Minos, The Great Discoveries of Ancient Greece

The Bull of Minos, The Great Discoveries of Ancient Greece


by Leonard Cottrell

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 232 PAGES

Cottrell spins the intriguing tale of great archaeological discoveries in Crete and Greece by Heinrich Schliemann and Sir Arthur Evans, who brought to light the ruins of Troy, the Palace and treasure-filled tombs of the Mycenaean Kings, and the vast Palace of Sea Kings at Knossos. (GRE402, $18.00)

Dinner with Persephone

Dinner with Persephone


by Patricia Storace

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 398 PAGES

The pleasures and complexities of contemporary Greece, marvelously described by an American poet spending a year there. Storace intertwines her own perceptions with the history of the country and the influence of pop culture on the classical landscape. (GRE28, $18.00)

The Colossus of Maroussi

The Colossus of Maroussi


by Henry Miller

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 223 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Miller captures the spirit and warmth of the resilient Greek people in this inspired tale of a wartime journey from Athens to Crete, Corfu and Delphi with his friend Lawrence Durrell. (GRE05, $14.95)

A Literary Companion to Travel in Greece

A Literary Companion to Travel in Greece


by Richard Stoneman

  • LITERATURE
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 347 PAGES

Poetry, prose and literature over the ages, arranged geographically with an excellent introduction and commentary. Stoneman artfully weaves together hundreds of short excerpts. (GRE06, $19.95)

Classic Myths to Read Aloud

Classic Myths to Read Aloud


by William F. Russell

  • LITERATURE
  • 1989
  • PAPER
  • 264 PAGES
  • FAMILY

Short, suspenseful and recast in vivid, crystal-clear language for kids, these essential Greek and Roman myths can be read in a few minutes each. (GRE19, $14.99)

Greece, A Traveler's Literary Companion

Greece, A Traveler's Literary Companion


by Artemis Leontis

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

In this terrific anthology, 24 modern Greek writers offer a flavor of their nation, its culture and people, beautiful landscapes and rich history. (GRE190, $14.95)

The King Must Die

The King Must Die


by Mary Renault

  • LITERATURE
  • 1988
  • PAPER
  • 330 PAGES

The first in Mary Renault's trilogy of well-researched page-turners features the tale of Theseus, slayer of the Minotaur and the king of Athens. Known for her exhaustive research, Renault is an acknowledged master of historical fiction. (GRE23, $15.95)

The Odyssey

The Odyssey


by Homer | Robert Fagles

  • LITERATURE
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 541 PAGES

The blind bard's epic in a translation celebrated for its clarity and expressiveness. Take it along for a voyage in Homeric lands and waters. (GRE45, $18.00)

Zorba the Greek

Zorba the Greek


by Nikos Kazantzakis

  • LITERATURE
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 311 PAGES

A modern classic. Set in rural Crete in the early 20th-century, this is the most accessible of Kazantzakis' novels. It's a tale of adventure and philosophy that captures the exuberance of the Greek people. (GRE22, $16.00)

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