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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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Atlantic

Atlantic

by Simon Winchester

  • HISTORY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 475 PAGES

The subtitle tells it all -- Winchester squeezes "Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms, and a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories" into the covers of this latest entertaining and digressive tale. (OCE156, $15.99)

Londoners, The Days and Nights of London Now As Told by Those Who Love It, Hate It, Live It, Have Left It, and Long for It

Londoners, The Days and Nights of London Now As Told by Those Who Love It, Hate It, Live It, Have Left It, and Long for It

by Craig Taylor

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 413 PAGES

Drawing on the unforgettable stories of nearly 100 Londoners, Taylor provides a rich and vivid kaleidoscopic view of modern-day London through the diverse voices of the city's citizens who, regardless of whether they love or hate it, capture the heart and soul of one of the world's greatest cities. (GRB69, $16.99)

Theatre of Fish, Travels Through Newfoundland and Labrador

Theatre of Fish, Travels Through Newfoundland and Labrador

by John Gimlette

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 356 PAGES

A rollicking account of Gimlette's adventures in Newfoundland and Labrador on the trail of a great-great grandfather. It's a witty tale, soaked in fishy history, myth, lore and incident. (CND234, $16.95)

A Traveller's History of Ireland

A Traveller's History of Ireland

by Peter Neville

  • HISTORY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

From the Celts to the Norman invasions to modern-day Ireland, this short history is highly recommended for those who would like a brief overview of the Emerald Isle through the centuries. (GBR39, $14.95)

Wildlife of the North Atlantic, A Cruising Guide

Wildlife of the North Atlantic, A Cruising Guide

by Tony Soper | Dan Powell

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 176 PAGES

This compact, illustrated guide covers the many petrels, ducks, gulls, terns and other seabirds, as well as the rich abundance of life existing under the waves, that populate the vast Atlantic region from the British Isles to Newfoundland. (ATL26, $25.99)

 
London Map

London Map


by Borch Maps

  • 2009
  • MAP

A colorful and detailed laminated city map with a variety of useful inset maps. (GBR114, $9.95)

Eyewitness Top Ten London

Eyewitness Top Ten London


by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 192 PAGES

A handy pocket guide, featuring favorite attractions, events, restaurants, shops and excursions. (GRB97, $14.00)

Fodor's New York City's 25 Best

Fodor's New York City's 25 Best


by Fodor's

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 96 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, $13.99)

Lonely Planet Nova Scotia, New Brunswick & Prince Edward Island

Lonely Planet Nova Scotia, New Brunswick & Prince Edward Island


by Karla Zimmerman

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

This handy, compact guide to Atlantic Canada covers Nova Scotia, New Brunswick & Prince Edward Island in detail, and includes a chapter on Newfoundland and Labrador. With maps, travel information and short essays on culture, attractions and nature. (CND291, $19.99)

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)

Ireland Unhinged, Encounters With a Wildly Changing Country

Ireland Unhinged, Encounters With a Wildly Changing Country


by David Monagan

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 300 PAGES

Seeking the essence of Irish identity, American transplant David Monagan travels the length and width of the Eire to explain, among much else, the people's mirth, soulfulness and eccentricities that endure despite the country's recent economic collapse. (IRE334, $17.95)

Ireland, In Word and Image

Ireland, In Word and Image


by Jay Adlersberg

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2013
  • HARD COVER
  • 276 PAGES

Jay Adlersberg's visual celebration is accompanied by literary excerpts and poetry from Oscar Wilde, W.B. Yeats, James Joyce, Samuel Beckett and many others. With 75 gorgeous color photographs. (IRE319, $60.00)

This Marvellous Terrible Place, Images of Newfoundland and Labrador

This Marvellous Terrible Place, Images of Newfoundland and Labrador


by Yva Momatiuk | John Eastcott

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 176 PAGES

This portrait of Newfoundland, compiled by two accomplished photojournalists, combines color photographs and oral histories of the area. (NFL07, $24.95)

Watching the English

Watching the English


by Kate Fox

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 424 PAGES

Fox's clever guide to the conversation, behavior, quirks, habits and foibles of the English is wildly popular back home in Britain. (GBR927, $18.95)

Waterfront, A Journey Around Manhattan

Waterfront, A Journey Around Manhattan


by Philip Lopate

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 421 PAGES

Essayist and consummate New Yorker, Philip Lopate pulls in history, ecology, archaeology, literature and urban planning in this delightful, discursive account of his rambles along the water's edge of Manhattan. (NYC113, $15.95)

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)

McCarthy's Bar, A Journey of Discovery in Ireland

McCarthy's Bar, A Journey of Discovery in Ireland


by Pete McCarthy

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

A droll account of McCarthy's encounters on a bar-hopping jaunt from Cork along the west coast to Donegal. His motto, assiduously followed, was never to pass up a bar with his name on it! (IRE168, $17.99)

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)

The Sea

The Sea


by John Banville

  • LITERATURE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 195 PAGES

Recently widowed Max Morden, a middle-aged Irishman, returns to the seaside of his youth in this exquisite novel of love and the power of memory. Banville's 18th novel and winner of the 2005 Booker Prize. (IRE295, $14.95)

The Shipping News

The Shipping News


by E. Annie Proulx

  • LITERATURE
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 337 PAGES

An international bestseller that put Newfoundland on the world stage, this lyrical novel conjures the tough life of a recently divorced journalist struggling to get through the day in a remote fishing town. (NFL03, $16.00)

Wild Decembers

Wild Decembers


by Edna O'Brien

  • LITERATURE
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

A haunting novel of clan enmities and forbidden love in rural Ireland. Few writers have as sure a sense of place as Edna O'Brien, whose lyrical prose builds inevitably toward final tragedy. (IRE94, $13.95)

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)

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