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SMITHSONIAN JOURNEYS

Treasures of Catalonia, Roussillon, Languedoc & Provence

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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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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)

The Mediterranean in History

The Mediterranean in History

by David Abulafia

  • HISTORY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

A professor at Cambridge, Abulafia leads a team of eight historians in this engaging overview of the civilizations and societies affected by the great sea at the heart of Europe. Published in conjunction with the J. Paul Getty Museum, the book features 150 color and 150 black-and-white illustrations. (MED79, $29.95)

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)

Mediterranean Explorer Map

Mediterranean Explorer Map

by Ocean Explorer Maps

  • 2006
  • MAP

This handy color map of the Mediterranean from Spain to the Black Sea and the Levant puts ancient sites and historic ports into context. With notable people, a timeline and descriptions of dozens of places. (MED89, $11.95)

 
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)

Teach Yourself Catalan

Teach Yourself Catalan


by Alan Yates

  • LANGUAGE & PHRASEBOOKS
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 385 PAGES

A basic course in Catalan, in the Teach Yourself series, this book is divided into 30 lessons. Each incorporates key grammar, vocabulary and phrases. (SPN129, $32.00)

The Roman Provence Guide

The Roman Provence Guide


by Edwin Mullins

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

Mullin's succinct history and guide to the many monuments, arches and other antiquities of Provincia Nostra, the first Roman territory outside Italy, covers the must-see archaeological sites of Provence and neighboring Languedoc in detail. (FRA05, $20.00)

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 Most Holy War, The Albigensian Crusade and the Battle for Christendom

A Most Holy War, The Albigensian Crusade and the Battle for Christendom


by Mark Gregory Pegg

  • HISTORY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 253 PAGES

As talented a writer as he is a historian, Pegg never loses sight of the drama of grand expeditions, heroic sieges and the panoply of village insurgents, kings and crusaders in this rousing tale of the battle for Christendom. (FRN810, $15.95)

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)

Lords of the Sea

Lords of the Sea


by John R. Hale

  • HISTORY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 432 PAGES

A renowned archaeologist and historian presents the epic battles, indomitable ships, and the men of ancient Greece -- from extraordinary leaders to seductive rogues, taking readers on an illustrated tour of the far flung expeditions and legacy of the Athenians. (GRE366, $21.00)

Montaillou, The Promised Land of Error

Montaillou, The Promised Land of Error


by Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie | Barbara Bray

  • HISTORY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 383 PAGES

This absorbing, candid and marvelously detailed portrait of daily life in 13th-Century Languedoc was a French bestseller. It's based on the 600-year-old transcript of heretic interrogations by Bishop (later Pope Benedict XII) Jacques Fournier of Pamiers. 30th Anniversary Edition. (FRN304, $24.95)

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)

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
  • BEST SELLER

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)

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)

Cezanne

Cezanne


by Mary Tompkins Lewis

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

A well-illustrated introduction to Cezanne's life and works in the stimulating Art and Ideas series by Phaidon, featuring 193 color and 13 black and white illustrations. (FRN508, $29.95)

A Year in Provence

A Year in Provence


by Peter Mayle

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1991
  • PAPER
  • 207 PAGES

The original best-selling tale of settling down in Provence, told with warmth and a great deal of humor. It offers a wonderful inside look at the charms and quirks of the people and the countryside in the south of France. (FRN19, $14.95)

Death at the Chateau Bremont

Death at the Chateau Bremont


by M.L. Longworth

  • MYSTERY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 311 PAGES

When local nobleman Etienne de Bremont falls to his death from the family chateau, the town is abuzz with rumors. A lively whodunit steeped in the rich and romantic atmosphere of Aix-en-Provence. (FRN972, $15.00)

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 Catalans

The Catalans


by Patrick O'Brian

  • LITERATURE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

Patrick O'Brian's bitingly funny novel of Dr. Alain Roeg, returned home to a family in crisis, beautifully evokes Saint-Feliu, the town in Languedoc where O'Brian made his home. (FRN511, $18.95)

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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