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Trans-Caucasus Adventure

READING AND TRAVEL GUIDE

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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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The Caucasus, An Introduction

The Caucasus, An Introduction

by Thomas De Waal

  • HISTORY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

A timely, readable portrait of the Caucasus by an experienced journalist working in the region. With historical background, insight into energy production and an analysis of struggles for independence. (CCS48, $18.95)

The Georgian Feast

The Georgian Feast

by Darra Goldstein

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 229 PAGES

Historian and food expert Goldstein explores the food, traditions and geography of Georgia, as beautiful as it is bountiful, in this savory cultural history. With illustrations by delightful 19th-century primitivist Niko Pisosmani. (CCS02, $26.95)

Lonely Planet Georgia, Armenia & Azerbaijan

Lonely Planet Georgia, Armenia & Azerbaijan

by John Noble

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 296 PAGES

An excellent practical guide to the Caucasus featuring a good overview of culture, history and nature, and much information on excursions and sightseeing. With 16 pages of color photographs, 40 maps and a language guide. (CCS05, $25.99)

Caucasus: Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan Map

Caucasus: Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan Map

by Freytag & Berndt

  • REFERENCE
  • 2011
  • MAP

A travel map of the Caucasus at a scale 1:1,000,000. (CCS01, $14.95)

 
Culture Smart! Armenia

Culture Smart! Armenia


by Susan Solomon

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 168 PAGES

A concise, well-illustrated and practical guide to local customs, etiquette and culture, equally of interest to the traveler and business person. (CCS41, $9.95)

Culture Smart! Azerbaijan

Culture Smart! Azerbaijan


by Nikki Kazimova

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 168 PAGES

A concise, well-illustrated and practical guide to local customs, etiquette and culture, equally of interest to the traveler and business person. (CCS49, $9.95)

Culinaria Russia: Ukraine, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan

Culinaria Russia: Ukraine, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan


by Marion Trutter

  • FOOD
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 371 PAGES

Profusely illustrated with spectacular photography and peppered with authentic recipes, these volumes are a treat for both the mind and the palate. (RUS426, $24.99)

Black Sea

Black Sea


by Neal Ascherson

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 306 PAGES

In this skillful regional portrait, Ascherson weaves his own travels and impressions with a fascinating account of the Black Sea's history. From ancient mythology to modern politics, he admirably never loses sight of the sea itself. (RUS46, $22.00)

Georgia, In the Mountains of Poetry

Georgia, In the Mountains of Poetry


by Peter Nasmyth

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 306 PAGES

A cultural portrait of the Republic of Georgia by a British journalist who has traveled extensively in the region. In its third edition, it's the best book on post-Soviet Georgia, with 170 black-and-white photographs and illustrations (CCS10, $58.95)

The Ghost of Freedom, A Modern History of the Caucasus

The Ghost of Freedom, A Modern History of the Caucasus


by Charles King

  • HISTORY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

A professor at Georgetown, King reveals the imperial ambitions, larger-than-life personalities and romance of this strategic region. (CCS39, $19.95)

The Ottoman Centuries

The Ottoman Centuries


by Lord Kinross

  • HISTORY
  • 1988
  • PAPER
  • 638 PAGES

A richly detailed, engrossing history of the Ottoman Empire from its dawn in 1300 up to the foundation of the modern republic in 1923, enhanced by maps and photos. (ITL54, $18.99)

Black Dog of Fate, A Memoir

Black Dog of Fate, A Memoir


by Peter Balakian

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

This powerful memoir combines Balakian's coming-of-age as an Armenian-American in New Jersey with his growing realization of the horrors suffered by his family in the Armenian genocide of 1915 in Ottoman Turkey. (CCS12, $16.95)

Caucasus, A Journey to the Land between Christianity and Islam

Caucasus, A Journey to the Land between Christianity and Islam


by Nicholas Griffin

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

An engaging account of travels in the Caucasus in the footsteps of Imam Shamil, a Muslim who resisted the Russians in the 19th century. The book is a portrait of the people, land and issues in the region. (CCS25, $20.00)

Highlanders, A Journey to the Caucasus in Quest of Memory

Highlanders, A Journey to the Caucasus in Quest of Memory


by Yo'av Karny

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 436 PAGES

In this astute portrait of a complex region in the wake of the Soviet Union dissolution, an Israeli journalist travels into the Caucasus to uncover what fuels the conflicts that divide the region's many ethnic and religious communities. (CCS20, $32.00)

My Brother's Road, An American's Fateful Journey to Armenia

My Brother's Road, An American's Fateful Journey to Armenia


by Markar Melkonian

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 330 PAGES

Melkonian spent seven years unraveling the mystery of his brother's journey, one so complex that it transformed his brother from a California kid into the leader of an army in Armenia. (CCS42, $22.00)

Passage to Ararat

Passage to Ararat


by Michael J. Arlen | Clark Blaise

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 293 PAGES

Arlen's National Book Award-winning memoir of his father and the rediscovery of his Armenian heritage. He interweaves stories of travel and family with an account of the troubled history of the country. (CCS11, $20.00)

Stories I Stole, A Journey to Georgia

Stories I Stole, A Journey to Georgia


by Wendell Steavenson

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 277 PAGES

Witty, engaging and attuned to the complexities of history and ethnicity, Steavenson, a veteran journalist, spins lyrical tales of the former Soviet Republic of Georgia as it crumbles around her in the late 1990s. (CCS22, $17.95)

The Orientalist, Solving the Mystery of a Strange and Dangerous Life

The Orientalist, Solving the Mystery of a Strange and Dangerous Life


by Tom Reiss

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 286 PAGES

A storyteller of the first order, Reiss weaves a wonderful tapestry of information about the cultures and religions in the Caucasus with this wonderful tale of the remarkable life of Lev Nussimbaum -- a fabulist, interpreter of cultures, novelist and rogue who reinvented himself as Kurban Said. (CCS27, $17.00)

A Hero of Our Time

A Hero of Our Time


by Mikhail Lermontov | Vladimir Nabokov | Dmitri Nabokov

  • LITERATURE
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 210 PAGES

The story of the bored and cynical antihero Pechorin. A masterpiece of Russian Romanticism originally published in 1840. (RUS316, $14.95)

Ali and Nino, A Love Story

Ali and Nino, A Love Story


by Kurban Said

  • LITERATURE
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES

The deeply sentimental tale, set in the years before WWI-era Baku, of an Azerbaijani Muslim boy in love with a Georgian Christian girl, originally published in 1937. (CCS26, $14.95)

Gentlemen of the Road

Gentlemen of the Road


by Michael Chabon

  • LITERATURE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

This medieval adventure by Pulitzer Prize-winner Chabon is set in the Caucasus Mountains, where two thieves for hire are responsible for the fate of the empire of the Khazars. (MDE125, $14.00)

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