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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)

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)

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)

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)

Lonely Planet Spanish Phrasebook

Lonely Planet Spanish Phrasebook

by Izaskun Arretxe

  • LANGUAGE & PHRASEBOOKS
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

This handy pocket phrasebook includes pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary. (SPN182, $8.99)

 
Barcelona Map

Barcelona Map


by Borch Maps

  • 2012
  • MAP

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

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)

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)

The Spanish Table, Traditional Recipes and Wine Pairings from Spain and Portugal


by Steve Winston

  • FOOD
  • 2009
  • HARD COVER
  • 224 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

Full of traditional recipes and wine pairings as well as helpful tips for using paella pans, cazuelas, cataplanas, ollas and other cookware unique to the region. (SPN415, $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)

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)

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 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 Noblest Invention, An Illustrated History of the Bicycle

The Noblest Invention, An Illustrated History of the Bicycle


by Bicycling Magazine | Lance Armstrong

  • SPORT
  • 2003
  • HARD COVER
  • 320 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

Celebrating the bicycle from the models from childhood to favorites high-tech mountain machines, beautifully illustrated in color photos. (BCY15, $27.95)

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)

Picasso, Master of the New Idea

Picasso, Master of the New Idea


by Paule du Bouchet | Marie-Laure Bernadac

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 1993
  • PAPER
  • 191 PAGES

A colorful pocket-size reference on the development of Picasso and his art. Includes hundreds of color and archival photographs, a useful chronology and long section of writing by and about Picasso. (SPN27, $12.95)

Barcelona, The Great Enchantress

Barcelona, The Great Enchantress


by Robert Hughes

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 192 PAGES

Written ten years after Hughes's book Barcelona, this is a personal exploration of the history, art and architecture of the city. (SPN227, $12.95)

Bicycle Diaries

Bicycle Diaries


by David Byrne

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

As he makes it clear in this exhilarating chronicle of encounters around the world, David Byrne is hooked on bicycles -- not just to get around New York, but as the preferred form of transportation in places like Buenos Aires, Istanbul, San Francisco, London, Berlin, Manila, Pittsburgh and Cleveland. (BCY14, $17.00)

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)

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)

Nada

Nada


by Carmen LaForet | Mario Vargas Llosa | Edith Grossman

  • LITERATURE
  • 2007
  • PAPER

A classic of the literature of post-civil war Barcelona in a strong new translation by Edith Grossman. (SPN346, $15.95)

Spain in Mind

Spain in Mind


by Alice Powers

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 372 PAGES

This literary A-to-Z includes selections by Auden, Hemingway, Michener, Twain, Orwell, Trollope, Wharton and other luminaries. (SPN290, $16.95)

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

The Man of My Life

The Man of My Life


by Manuel Vazquez Montalban

  • MYSTERY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

Back in Barcelona, Spain's most famous detective, Pepe Carvalho, is swiftly embroiled in a murderous scandal amid the murky politics of 21st-century Catalonia. (SPN396, $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)

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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