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Fall Foliage Voyage to the New England Islands & the Hudson River

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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 Enduring Shore: A History of Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket

The Enduring Shore: A History of Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket

by Paul Schneider

  • HISTORY
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 367 PAGES

The natural and human history of Cape Cod and its surrounding islands, as written by a resident of Martha's Vineyard. (USE66, $19.99)

Insight Guide New England

Insight Guide New England

by Insight Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 432 PAGES

For a good overview of the region, you can't go wrong with this guide, noted for its wonderful photography, superb production and outstanding color maps. (USE38, $24.99)

The Hudson, America's River

The Hudson, America's River

by Frances Dunwell

  • HISTORY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES

A richly illustrated, devotedly researched history of the great river from Dutch settlements to modern-day issues. (NYS68, $29.95)

The Hudson River Valley Reader

The Hudson River Valley Reader

by Edward Goodman

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 415 PAGES

With works by John Burroughs, Washington Irving, James Fennimore Cooper and others, this lively literate anthology is also a guide to the nature, history and legends of the Hudson River Valley. (NYS93, $19.95)

Hudson Valley Map

Hudson Valley Map

by JIMAPCO

  • 2008
  • MAP

A road map of the Hudson River Valley from Albany to New York City, at a scale of 1:270,000. With a detailed view of the Catskills and other areas of interest. (USE199, $4.95)

 

New York City Map


by Borch Maps

  • 2011
  • MAP

A convenient folded, laminated map of New York City. One side is a detailed map of Manhattan south of 96th St, and includes northern Brooklyn. On the other side is a full index, a larger-scale regional map, and a map of the subway. (NYC207, $8.95)

Eyewitness Guide New York City

Eyewitness Guide New York City


by Eleanor Berman

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 448 PAGES

There are hundreds of guides, of course, but we like this one the best -- and we see more visitors in our neighborhood carrying it around. (NYC02, $25.00)

Fodor's New York City's 25 Best

Fodor's New York City's 25 Best


by Fodor's

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 176 PAGES

A shirt-pocket guide to New York City, featuring a detailed, fold-out map centered on Midtown. With suggested itineraries, walks and top 25 sights. (USE36, $12.99)

Hudson Valley & Catskill Mountains, An Explorer's Guide, Includes Saratoga Springs & Albany

Hudson Valley & Catskill Mountains, An Explorer's Guide, Includes Saratoga Springs & Albany


by Joanne Michaels

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 432 PAGES

The quadricentennial edition of this popular, practical guide to the region, covering everything from historical points of interest and outdoor activities to restaurants and accommodations. (NYS56, $21.95)

Moon Handbook Hudson River Valley

Moon Handbook Hudson River Valley


by Nikki Goth Itoi

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 280 PAGES

Hudson River Valley native Nikki Goth Itoi offers an insider's view of this scenic New York City getaway, from touring the Rockefeller and Vanderbilt mansions to the Dutchess wine trail and fly-fishing in the Catskills. (NYC154, $16.99)

The Hudson Valley, A Cultural Guide

The Hudson Valley, A Cultural Guide


by Alliance for the Arts

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2009
  • HARD COVER
  • 288 PAGES

Featuring 500 performing-arts centers, museums, historic homes, parks, nature sanctuaries, fairs, and festivals. (NYS101, $29.95)

Duty, Honor, Country: A History of West Point

Duty, Honor, Country: A History of West Point


by Stephen Ambrose | Dwight D. Eisenhower | Andrew J. Goodpaster

  • HISTORY
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 377 PAGES

The renowned historian follows the history of the United States Military Academy at West Point, beginning with its formation during the Revolutionary War. First published in 1966, this updated edition brings the story of the academy into the present (USE71, $25.00)

Here is New York

Here is New York


by E.B. White

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1999
  • HARD COVER
  • 56 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Written in a hotel room over two hot days in the summer of 1948, White's timeless love letter (it's easily read in an hour) captures the spirit of New York. It's a swift, lyrical portrait of the city that moves from Broadway to Central Park and the Hudson River to favorite haunts on 3rd Avenue. (NYC28, $16.95)

In the Heart of the Sea, The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex

In the Heart of the Sea, The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex


by Nathaniel Philbrick

  • HISTORY
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 302 PAGES

A seafaring tale of fearsome whales, cannibalism and sturdy 19th-century Nantucketers. The story depicts true events which inspired Melville to write Moby Dick. A fascinating history of 19th-century society in Nantucket. (OCE47, $17.00)

The House the Rockefellers Built, A Tale of Money, Taste, and Power in Twentieth-Century America

The House the Rockefellers Built, A Tale of Money, Taste, and Power in Twentieth-Century America


by Robert F., Jr. Dalzell

  • HISTORY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 333 PAGES

A cultural history of Kykuit, the dynastic seat built high above the Hudson River, home to three generations of the Rockefeller family. (NYS75, $20.99)

The Hudson


by Carl Cramer | Edward J. McLaughlin

  • HISTORY
  • 1993
  • PAPER
  • 338 PAGES

First published in the 1939, this is a folk history of the Hudson River from a writer who lived along its banks for much of his life. (NYS22, $30.00)

The Hudson River, From Tear of the Clouds to Manhattan


by Jake Rajs | Joan K. Davidson

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2006
  • HARD COVER
  • 256 PAGES

This lush, visual celebration of the Hudson River Valley's historic towns, mansions and wilderness includes color photos paired with the writings of luminaries including Washington Irving, Charles Dickens and Robert Caro. (NYS44, $25.00)

The Hudson, A History

The Hudson, A History


by Tom Lewis

  • HISTORY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

This scholarly, illustrated history of the Hudson River traces its course through four centuries, recounting the stories of those who have been shaped by the river as well as those who helped shape it. (NYS46, $20.00)

The Island at the Center of the World

The Island at the Center of the World


by Russell Shorto

  • HISTORY
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 416 PAGES

Shorto's popular history of New Amsterdam tells in colorful detail how the short-lived Dutch colony established principles of tolerance, multiculturalism and modern capitalism in New York City and colonial America. (NYC153, $16.95)

Why Read Moby-Dick?

Why Read Moby-Dick?


by Nathaniel Philbrick

  • HISTORY
  • 2011
  • HARD COVER
  • 144 PAGES

Philbrook re-creates the world of Melville -- and the proud seaman's town of 19th-century Nantucket -- in this enthusiastic little book. (USE534, $25.00)

Ahab's Wife

Ahab's Wife


by Sena Jeter Naslund

  • LITERATURE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 704 PAGES

A first-rate example of historical fiction, this absorbing, lyrical and well-researched novel was inspired by Melville, Nantucket whaling and 19th-century America. (USE279, $15.95)

Moby Dick

Moby Dick


by Herman Melville

  • LITERATURE
  • 1992
  • HARD COVER
  • 864 PAGES

This sturdy Modern Library edition includes Rockwell Kent's original woodcuts. (OCE91, $23.00)

October, or Autumnal Tints

October, or Autumnal Tints


by Henry David Thoreau

  • LITERATURE
  • 2012
  • HARD COVER
  • 127 PAGES

Henry David Thoreau considers the red maple, elm, sugar maple and scarlet oak in turn in this classic ode to autumn -- not as the season of senescence but of ripeness, fullness, and maturity. Originally published in 1862, this handsome new edition is illustrated with Lincoln Perry's full-page watercolors and includes an introduction by Thoreau biographer Robert Richardson (Henry Thoreau: A Life of the Mind). (USE569, $17.95)

The Hudson River in Literature, An Anthology

The Hudson River in Literature, An Anthology


by Arthur G. Adams

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 338 PAGES

A collection of poems and excerpts from novels and essays about life, work and travel on and near the Hudson before the 20th century. With 65 period illustrations of sites and homes. (NYC20, $27.00)

The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket

The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket


by Edgar Allen Poe | Jeffrey Meyers

  • LITERATURE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

The richly imagined tale of an adventurous (and unfortunate) stowaway on a whaling ship. Inspired by a true life shipwreck, this story of an adventurous (and unfortunate) stowaway on a whaling ship famously includes poor Pym's ordeal in the Antarctic. (ANT173, $9.95)

Cape Cod Seashore Life, An Introduction to Familiar Plants and Animals

Cape Cod Seashore Life, An Introduction to Familiar Plants and Animals


by James Kavanagh

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2008
  • PLASTIC CARD

A handy foldup plastic card with color illustrations for easy identification. (USE439, $6.95)

Colors of Fall, A Celebration of New England's Foliage Season

Colors of Fall, A Celebration of New England's Foliage Season


by Jerry Monkman

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2007
  • HARD COVER

Capturing the spectacular fall display from the Berkshires of Massachusetts, the Green Mountains of Vermont, the White Mountains of New Hampshire, and the wilds of northern Maine in 75 color photos. (NYS92, $19.95)

New England Autumn

New England Autumn


by Ferenc Mate | Candace Mate

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2010
  • HARD COVER
  • 160 PAGES

Magnificent photographs of farmsteads, pastures, forests, wharves and villages from Maine to Connecticut are paired with the poetry and literature of Dickinson, Thoreau and Waldo Emerson in this pictorial celebration of season. With a 14-page section of maps and practical travel information. (USE337, $25.00)

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)

National Audubon Society Field Guide to the Mid-Atlantic States

National Audubon Society Field Guide to the Mid-Atlantic States


by Peter Alden | Brian Cassie

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 448 PAGES

A compact photographic guide to the wildflowers, trees, mosses, butterflies, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals of the Mid-Atlantic States. (USE73, $22.00)

New York State Wildlife, An Introduction to Familiar Species


by James Kavanagh

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2005
  • PLASTIC CARD

This handy plastic card illustrates commonly encountered birds, mammals, fish, amphibians and reptiles. (NYS95, $5.95)

The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North America

The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North America


by David Sibley

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 432 PAGES

A compact, geographically-specific version of the Sibley Guide with all-new range maps, the same glorious illustrations and expanded, extremely valuable descriptions of each bird with status, habitat, range, voice and identifying marks. (USE262, $19.95)

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