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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)

The Road from the Past, Traveling through History in France

The Road from the Past, Traveling through History in France

by Ina Caro

  • HISTORY
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 339 PAGES

Time travel through France by way of its finest castles, chateaux, cathedrals and monasteries. This unusual travelogue is an invaluable companion for traveling in Paris, southern France, the Dordogne and the Loire Valley, combining personal observation with large doses of well-presented history. (FRN03, $17.00)

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 France

Eyewitness Guide France

by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 672 PAGES

This superb guide to all of France features color photography, dozens of excellent local maps and a region-by-region synopsis of the country's attractions. Handsome, convenient and up-to-date, this is the guide to carry. (FRN01, $30.00)

France Map

France Map

by Michelin

  • MAP

A colorful, accurate and up-to-date map of France at a scale of 1:1,000,000. (FRN07, $12.95)

 
Barcelona Map

Barcelona Map


by Borch Maps

  • 2012
  • MAP

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

Northeast Spain Map, Aragon Cataluna, Andorra

Northeast Spain Map, Aragon Cataluna, Andorra


by Michelin

  • MAP

This regional map (1:400,000) covers from Pamplona and Perpignan to Barcelona and the Mediterranean, south to Valencia. (SPN112, $11.95)

Paris Map

Paris Map


by Borch Maps

  • 2011
  • MAP

A sturdy laminated map of the city center at a scale of 1:12,000 and all of Paris at a scale of 1:15,000. (FRN400, $8.95)

Fodor's Paris' 25 Best

Fodor's Paris' 25 Best


by Fodor's

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 96 PAGES

This shirt-pocket map and guide includes essential information on the city's history, highlights and sightseeing, ideal for a short visit to the City of Light. (FRN41, $13.99)

Insight Guide Southwest France

Insight Guide Southwest France


by Insight Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 378 PAGES

An illustrated guide to Southwest France from Bordeaux to the Pyrenees, Dordogne and Mediterranean coast. (FRN340, $23.99)

Lonely Planet French Phrasebook

Lonely Planet French Phrasebook


by Marie-Helene Girard | Anny Monet

  • LANGUAGE & PHRASEBOOKS
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

This handy phrasebook focuses on pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary for the traveler. (FRN120, $8.99)

Made in France, A Shopper's Guide

Made in France, A Shopper's Guide


by Laura Morelli

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 208 PAGES

Both a fascinating history of France's artisanal legacy and an insider's shopping guide, the book includes illustrations, maps, a primer on French shopping culture and craft festivals. (FRN706, $24.95)

Life and Food in the Basque Country

Life and Food in the Basque Country


by Maria Jose Sevilla

  • FOOD
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 170 PAGES

A portrait of Basque life as seen through the people who practice its culinary traditions. Each chapter profiles the traditions and histories of the Basque butcher, fisherman, housewife, kaiku-maker (or society cook), with some traditional recipes. (SPN125, $14.95)

The Table Comes First: Family, France, and the Meaning of Food

The Table Comes First: Family, France, and the Meaning of Food


by Adam Gopnik

  • FOOD
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

Gopnik's delectable social history traces America's "table ancestry" to 18th-century France, birthplace of modern taste and the restaurant. He also urges us not to forget the deeper value of what goes on around the table. (FRN968, $15.95)

A Traveller's History of France

A Traveller's History of France


by Robert Cole

  • HISTORY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

This fast-moving survey covers the conquests of ancient Gaul through the heady days of revolution to modern times. (FRN08, $14.95)

Boundaries, The Making of France and Spain in the Pyrenees

Boundaries, The Making of France and Spain in the Pyrenees


by Peter Sahlins

  • HISTORY
  • 1991
  • PAPER
  • 351 PAGES

A study of national identity in Catalonia, Cerdanya and the border lands between France and Spain, with an overview of their demarcation and arbitrary division in 1659. (SPN154, $34.95)

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)

Sixty Million Frenchmen Can't Be Wrong

Sixty Million Frenchmen Can't Be Wrong


by Jean-Benoit Nadeau | Julie Barlow

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 351 PAGES

Two Canadian journalists tackle the contradictions and complexities of the French character, paying particular attention to the question of why the French resist globalization. (FRN755, $18.99)

The Friar of Carcassonne

The Friar of Carcassonne


by Stephen O'Shea

  • HISTORY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 280 PAGES

O'Shea (The Perfect Heresy) turns the tale of Friar Bernard Delicieux and a city that stood against Pope Boniface VIII, Machiavellian French King Philip the Fair and grand inquisitor Bernard Gui into a thrilling tale of resistance in Medieval Languedoc. (FRN991, $22.25)

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)

Dali

Dali


by Dawn Ades

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 216 PAGES

A compelling, thoroughly illustrated overview of Dali's art by a leading Dali scholar, this book is a fine companion for a trip to the Dali Museum in Figueres. (SPN59, $18.95)

A Moveable Feast

A Moveable Feast


by Ernest Hemingway

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 211 PAGES

A treasure for anyone interested in Parisian cafe society and its luminaries circa 1925. Hemingway includes sharp portraits of Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ford Maddox Ford and others who idled on their way to greatness. (FRN26, $15.00)

Adventures on the Wine Route, A Wine Buyer's Tour of France

Adventures on the Wine Route, A Wine Buyer's Tour of France


by Kermit Lynch

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1990
  • PAPER
  • 271 PAGES

A delightful and warmly anecdotal book highly recommended for anyone touring the wine regions of France. Lynch brings the domains and appellations of French wine to full-blown life and his portraits of the grand personalities who make the wine are priceless. (FRN72, $19.00)

Between Meals, An Appetite for Paris

Between Meals, An Appetite for Paris


by A.J. Liebling

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 182 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Liebling captures with stylish prose his coming-of-age in Paris in this elegant memoir, which is also a tribute to French cuisine. (FRN32, $15.00)

Chagall, A Biography

Chagall, A Biography


by Jackie Wullschlager

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2008
  • HARD COVER
  • 608 PAGES

This insightful portrait of the Russian-born modernist artist describes his stunning studies of the lost world of Eastern European Jewry in his paintings of the shtetl life of his childhood, his pioneering role in twentieth-century art, his colorful personal life and his lasting artistic legacy. Includes more than 40 reproductions of his paintings. (FRN797, $40.00)

French Lessons, Adventures with Knife, Fork and Corkscrew

French Lessons, Adventures with Knife, Fork and Corkscrew


by Peter Mayle

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES

Mayle sets out to experience gastronomic pleasures, food festivals and celebrations throughout France in this savory travelogue. (FRN474, $15.00)

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)

My Life in France

My Life in France


by Julia Child

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 317 PAGES

Child's characteristically ebullient record of Paris and Provence, her many friends, family and memorable meals, in the years after WWII, turned into a movie starring Meryl Streep and Stanley Tucci (as husband Paul). (FRN596, $16.00)

Paris to the Pyrenees

Paris to the Pyrenees


by David Downie

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 372 PAGES

David Downie's spirited book is haunted by the Gallo-Roman forebears of modern France. On ancient trails through the forests of the rugged Morvan, they continued across the celebrated wine country of Burgundy and the centuries-old Via Podiensis on the Way of Saint James. (FRA41, $16.95)

Talk to the Snail, Ten Commandments to Understanding the French

Talk to the Snail, Ten Commandments to Understanding the French


by Stephen Clarke

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 258 PAGES

Clarke's essays on France and the French, as witty as they are useful, combine a guide to cultural understanding with some perfectly rendered, entertaining and tongue-in-cheek notes on how to speak proper French. (FRN643, $15.95)

The Secret Life of the Seine

The Secret Life of the Seine


by Mort Rosenblum

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 290 PAGES

After losing his Paris apartment, Rosenblum, a born storyteller, takes to a houseboat moored on the Seine. The result is this entertaining tour of the places and people he encounters during his explorations along the river. (FRN48, $17.50)

French Feast, A Traveler's Literary Companion

French Feast, A Traveler's Literary Companion


by William Rodarmor

  • LITERATURE
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 248 PAGES

A wide-ranging selection of 30 short stories by French authors, each of which evokes food in its own way. A fascinating, kaleidoscopic portrait of France and French culture. (FRN970, $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, $17.00)

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