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La Bella Figura, A Field Guide to the Italian Mind

La Bella Figura, A Field Guide to the Italian Mind

by Beppe Severgnini

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES
  • BEST SELLER

Italians themselves love this guide to the Italian character, which addresses their never-ending passion for beauty, disorder and high emotion. Severgnini opens the book with a snapshot of the hubbub at Malpensa Airport, then moves on to Tuscany, Rome, Naples and Sardinia. (ITL718, $15.00)

Solo Faces

Solo Faces

by James Salter

  • LITERATURE
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 218 PAGES

The story of an American climber who, dissatisfied with his everyday life, travels to the Alps of southern France to tackle mountain peaks. The prose is glorious and the mountain-climbing scenes are as vivid as they get. (ALP14, $15.00)

Michelin Green Guide French Alps

Michelin Green Guide French Alps

by Michelin Travel Publications

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 448 PAGES

A compact, practical guide to the region in the classic Michelin style. (FRN197, $21.99)

National Geographic Piedmont & Northwest Italy, With Turin, the Mountains, and Lakes

National Geographic Piedmont & Northwest Italy, With Turin, the Mountains, and Lakes

by Tim Jepson

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES

A practical guide to Piedmont, Northwestern Italy and Turin in the visually attractive National Geographic style, complete with photographs, illustrations, maps, and good cultural and historical information. (ITL657, $21.95)

Alps Map

Alps Map

by Freytag & Berndt

  • 2010
  • MAP

This regional map (1:500,000), centered on the Alps, includes portions of Austria, Slovenia, Italy, Switzerland, Germany and France. (ALP07, $14.95)

 
Provence Alps French Riviera Map 527

Provence Alps French Riviera Map 527


by Michelin Travel Publications

  • 2008
  • MAP

A colorful and detailed map of the region from Lyon to Marseille along the Rhone River, at a scale of 1:200,000. (FRN22, $12.95)

Explore Mont Blanc

Explore Mont Blanc


by Gareth McCormack

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 64 PAGES

A compact, practical guide in the "Rucksack Reader" series, this book features a route map, photographs and practical details for the classic 11-day Mont Blanc circuit though France, Italy and Switzerland. (ALP27, $17.95)

Tour of Mont Blanc, Complete Trekking Guide

Tour of Mont Blanc, Complete Trekking Guide


by Kev Reynolds

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 243 PAGES

A compact guide to the classic Mont Blanc circuit, which includes a detailed guide to each section of the tour, as well as the author's own personable, encouraging remarks. (ALP24, $24.95)

Walking in the Alps

Walking in the Alps


by Kev Reynolds

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 496 PAGES
  • CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

A nicely illustrated, authoritative guide to hiking throughout the Alps. Reynolds covers a range of activities from day hikes to the classic hut-to-hut mountain walks. (SWZ44, $22.95)

Autumn in Piemonte


by Simon Griffiths | Manuela Darling-Gansser

  • FOOD
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 208 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

A lavishly illustrated culinary portrait of Italy's most productive agricultural region, from countryside trattorias to opulent Turin cafes. (ITA50, $35.00)

Cuisines of the Alps

Cuisines of the Alps


by Kay Shaw Nelson

  • FOOD
  • 2004
  • HARD COVER
  • 197 PAGES

Subtitled "Recipes, Drinks, and Lore from France, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Italy, Germany, Austria, and Slovenia," this colorful tour of the region's rustic cuisine offers more than 140 recipes, a section on regional wines and historical information. (CEU38, $24.95)

The Alps, A Cultural History

The Alps, A Cultural History


by Andrew Beattie

  • HISTORY
  • 2006
  • HARD COVER
  • 256 PAGES

Beattie explores the turbulent past and vibrant present of the Alps, where early pioneers of tourism, mountaineering and scientific research have all left their mark. (ALP30, $36.95)

Eiger Dreams, Ventures Among Men and Mountains

Eiger Dreams, Ventures Among Men and Mountains


by Jon Krakauer

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 192 PAGES

A collection of some of Krakauer's (Into Thin Air) best journalism, these stories and essays focus on the mindset and determination of world-class mountaineers, including Alpine and Himalayan climbers. (ALP10, $14.95)

Iceman: Uncovering the Life and Times of a Prehistoric Man Found in an Alpine Glacier

Iceman: Uncovering the Life and Times of a Prehistoric Man Found in an Alpine Glacier


by Brenda Fowler

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 313 PAGES

The complete story of the discovery of and controversy surrounding the frozen corpse of a prehistoric man found in the Tyrolian Alps. (ALP20, $22.50)

Killing Dragons, The Conquest of the Alps

Killing Dragons, The Conquest of the Alps


by Fergus Fleming

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 398 PAGES

Fleming spins lively tales of man against nature in this entertaining history of the eccentrics, adventurers and publicity-hounds who sought to conquer the Alps, including Whymper and his first ascent of the Matterhorn (where four of the seven-man team perished). (ALP16, $14.00)

Mont Blanc, Discovery and Conquest of the Giant of the Alps

Mont Blanc, Discovery and Conquest of the Giant of the Alps


by Stefano Ardito

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2008
  • HARD COVER
  • 228 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

With color and archival photographs, historic paintings and illustrations, this handsome book celebrates the history of climbing at Mont Blanc. (ALP37, $19.99)

A Life of Her Own

A Life of Her Own


by Emilie Carles

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 271 PAGES

This memoir of life in the French Alps was a French bestseller when first published in 1977. (FRN468, $16.00)

A Tramp Abroad

A Tramp Abroad


by Mark Twain | David Eggers | Kerry Driscoll

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES

Written 11 years after Innocents Abroad, this is Twain's second foray into European travel. Filled with his characteristic wit and humorous observations, it documents his journeys through Germany, Switzerland, France and Italy. Now with an introduction by Dave Eggers. (EUR78, $14.95)

There & Then, Travel Writings of James Salter

There & Then, Travel Writings of James Salter


by James Salter

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 296 PAGES

These sketches and essays cover 20 years of novelist Salter's peripatetic life, particularly his extended time hiking and skiing in the Alps of Switzerland, Austria and France. (ALP28, $16.95)

Cham


by Jonathan Trigell

  • LITERATURE
  • 2009
  • PAPER

A young British author who lives in Chamonix, Trigell captures the beauty of the region, the allure of the slopes and the decadent vibe of the ski bum sub-culture in this edgy thriller. (ALP39, $16.95)

Glacier Ice

Glacier Ice


by Austin Post | Edward R. LaChapelle

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 145 PAGES

A classic book of extraordinary black-and-white aerial photographs of mountains and glaciers by two devoted men of ice. Ed LaChapelle's text is paired with Austin Post's stunning aerial photographs of glaciers from Alaska and Chile to Switzerland and the Himalayas. (SCI07, $35.00)

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 has been updated with revised text and maps. (FG47, $29.95)

Wildflowers of Britain and Europe

Wildflowers of Britain and Europe


by Margaret and Roland Spohn

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

Over 450 species of wild flower are covered, each beautifully illustrated with detailed paintings and clear photographs. (EUR46, $21.95)

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