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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.

Essential Reading

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A Traveller's History of Canada

A Traveller's History of Canada

by Robert Bothwell

  • HISTORY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 220 PAGES

A readable and admirably concise march through Canadian history from prehistory to today, including a timeline. (CND82, $14.99)

Island, The Complete Stories

Island, The Complete Stories

by Alistair MacLeod

  • LITERATURE
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 448 PAGES

Raised in Cape Breton, Alistair MacLeod writes of family, the pull of old Gaelic traditions, love and the landscape and folkways of Nova Scotia in this collection of 16 stories. Winner of the Pen/Malamud Award. (CND73, $15.95)

Eyewitness Top Ten Montreal & Quebec City

Eyewitness Top Ten Montreal & Quebec City

by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 128 PAGES

A compact, illustrated guide in the popular series, featuring favorite attractions in Montreal and Quebec City. (CND205, $14.00)

Northeastern USA, Eastern Canada Map

Northeastern USA, Eastern Canada Map

by Michelin

  • 2012
  • MAP

This colorful, double-sided, folded map of Eastern Canada and the United States, at a scale of 1:2,400,000, covers the Great Lakes, south to Washington and Kansas City and north to Winnipeg and New Brunswick. (CND182, $6.95)

 
Eastern USA Map

Eastern USA Map


by Rand McNally Maps

  • 2008
  • MAP

A fold-up map of the Eastern United States, shown at a scale of 1:2,300,000. (USE127, $5.99)

Eyewitness Guide New England

Eyewitness Guide New England


by Eleanor Berman

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES

This superb guide to Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine features color photography, dozens of excellent local maps and a synopsis of the region's attractions. It also devotes a section to Boston. (USE294, $25.00)

Champlain's Dream

Champlain's Dream


by David Hackett Fischer

  • HISTORY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 834 PAGES

In this stunningly researched and engaging biography, Pulitzer Prize-winner David Hackett Fischer weaves together the epic story of soldier and explorer Samuel de Champlain, a colonizer of North America who spent 30 years bringing his vision of a New France to life. (CND404, $18.99)

Coastal Maine, A Maritime History

Coastal Maine, A Maritime History


by Roger Duncan

  • HISTORY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 576 PAGES

A four hundred year history of Maine, focusing on maritime traditions and seafaring, as well as coastal settlement and development. (USE247, $24.95)

The Last Fish Tale

The Last Fish Tale


by Mark Kurlansky

  • HISTORY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 269 PAGES

Kurlansky colorfully subtitles his wide-ranging and engrossing tale "The Fate of the Atlantic and Survival in Gloucester, America's Oldest Fishing Port and Most Original Town." (USE561, $16.00)

Why I Hate Canadians

Why I Hate Canadians


by Will Ferguson

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 305 PAGES

This is the tenth anniversary edition of Ferguson's wickedly astute cultural salvo, the collection of humorous essays that launched his career. As you might guess, the title is tongue-in-cheek. (CND154, $15.95)

One Man's Meat

One Man's Meat


by E.B. White

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 279 PAGES

By the author of "Charlotte's Web," a collection of observant and often humorous essays about daily life on a Maine saltwater farm. A wonderful portrait of coastal small-town life, originally published in 1938. (USE43, $16.95)

Reluctant Genius, Alexander Graham Bell and the Passion for Invention

Reluctant Genius, Alexander Graham Bell and the Passion for Invention


by Charlotte Gray

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 466 PAGES

Gray unearths the man behind the myth in this masterful reassessment of Alexander Graham Bell's long and wide-reaching career. More than just the inventor of the telephone, Gray reveals that Bell was an innovator in many fields including sound, ultra sound, electric heating and composting toilets (to name a few). (CND403, $14.95)

Someone Knows My Name

Someone Knows My Name


by Lawrence Hill

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 486 PAGES

In this harrowing tale of prejudice and hardship, Hill depicts the life of Aminata Diallo, a survivor of the Middle Passage and an abolitionist for the British Army during the Revolutionary War. This wrenching and captivating tale spans six decades and three continents, illuminating a particularly painful period of African American history. (CND405, $15.95)

Anne of Green Gables

Anne of Green Gables


by Lucy Maud Montgomery

  • LITERATURE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 464 PAGES

This Norton Critical Edition of the immensely popular 1908 novel includes excerpts from Montgomery's journals, letters and juvenilia, as well as selections by Sir Walter Scott, Lord Byron and Louisa May Alcott. (CND39, $19.95)

Burden of Desire

Burden of Desire


by Robert MacNeil

  • LITERATURE
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 482 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

An intricate, suspenseful novel of love and war set against the backdrop of the 1917 explosion that destroyed the north end of Halifax. (CND23, $25.95)

No Great Mischief

No Great Mischief


by Alistair MacLeod

  • LITERATURE
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

A novel covering 200 years in the history of a family of Scottish immigrants living in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. MacLeod creates a modern saga of the immigrant experience, familial bonds and life in coastal Canada. (CND48, $15.95)

Shadows on the Rock

Shadows on the Rock


by Willa Cather

  • LITERATURE
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 229 PAGES

Set at the end of the 17th century in rural Quebec, this beautifully realized novel highlights the struggles of the Parisian widower Auclair and his young daughter to adapt to their new land. (CND10, $14.00)

Varieties of Exile

Varieties of Exile


by Mavis Gallant | Russell Banks

  • LITERATURE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES

Wonderful stories set mostly in Gallant's native Montreal, a city starkly divided between working-class French Catholics and genteel English Protestants. (CND267, $15.95)

Writing New England, An Anthology from the Puritans to the Present

Writing New England, An Anthology from the Puritans to the Present


by Andrew Delbanco

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2001
  • HARD COVER
  • 517 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

An overflowing anthology of New England writings, from fiction and memoir to natural history and politics. (USE269, $29.95)

Reading the Forested Landscape, A Natural History of New England

Reading the Forested Landscape, A Natural History of New England


by Tom Wessels | Brian Cohen | Ann Zwinger

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 200 PAGES

In this entertaining, informative book, the history of the New England forest unfolds like a mystery novel. Wessels examines the character of the central New England forest through the clues left behind by fires, logging, storms and economic fads. (USE07, $21.95)

The Whale

The Whale


by Philip Hoare

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

A deeply engaging meditation on all things whale. Hoare saves his special love and attention for the sperm whale -- not only via a beautiful literary analysis of Moby Dick -- but also by indulging in a childhood fantasy and actually swimming with whales in the Azores. (BST144, $15.99)

A Field Guide to North Atlantic Wildlife

A Field Guide to North Atlantic Wildlife


by Noble S. Proctor | Patrick J. Lynch

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 221 PAGES

A comprehensive pocket guide to commonly encountered marine mammals, seabirds and other marine life of Northeastern North America, from North Carolina to Newfoundland and the Canadian Maritimes. (NAM24, $19.95)

National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America

National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America


by Jon Dunn

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 576 PAGES

This guide is the veteran's choice for birding anywhere in the United States. Practical to use in the field, it has maps, illustrations and descriptions of the birds on facing pages. (FG09, $27.95)

New England Wildlife

New England Wildlife


by Raymond Leung | James Kavanaugh

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2001
  • PLASTIC CARD

This laminated, fold-out, pocket-size guide features illustrations of almost 150 species of fish, birds, reptiles, amphibians and mammals. (USE234, $6.95)

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