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Totality, Eclipses of the Sun

Totality, Eclipses of the Sun

by Mark Littman | Fred Espenek | Ken Wilcox

  • REFERENCE
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 360 PAGES

How, where -- and why -- to see an eclipse, strikingly illustrated and updated to cover upcoming eclipses. Featuring Espenek's spectacular photography. (GEN27, $21.95)

Africa, a Biography of the Continent

Africa, a Biography of the Continent

by John Reader

  • HISTORY
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 816 PAGES

With the ease of a practiced journalist, Reader weaves a masterful and lively tale of the continent, from ancient cultures to modern times. Both authoritative and informal, this is a splendid introduction to all of Africa. (AFR49, $20.00)

Journey Without Maps

Journey Without Maps

by Graham Greene

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

A classic account of a 1930s journey of discovery from Sierra Leone to the Liberian coast. No one captures local personalities and complicated morality better than Graham Greene, who had a particular interest in West Africa. (WAF15, $16.00)

Africa North and West Map

Africa North and West Map

by Michelin

  • 2011
  • MAP

A fine regional map covering Senegal, The Gambia, Ghana, Mali, Mauritania and their neighbors as well as all the Mediterranean-bordering countries (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Libya) at a scale of 1:4,000,000. (AFR34, $12.95)

 
Marrakesh & Northern Morocco Map

Marrakesh & Northern Morocco Map


by ITMB

  • 2009
  • MAP

Featuring a detailed walking map of the Medina and surrounding New Town on one side and a map of Northern Morocco at 1:740,000 on the reverse. With insets of Rabat and Tangier. (MRC105, $10.95)

Morocco Map

Morocco Map


by Michelin Travel Publications

  • 2012
  • MAP

A road map in the Michelin style, featuring city and town plans, as well as a full place name index. Tough cardboard cover. Scale 1:1,000,000. Two Sides. 28x36 inches. (MRC13, $12.95)

Cadogan Guide Marrakesh, Fez and Rabat

Cadogan Guide Marrakesh, Fez and Rabat


by Barnaby Rogerson

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

This personal, comprehensive handbook combines Rogerson's insightful cultural and historical background with his savvy practical information and recommendations on what to see and where to stay and eat. (MRC50, $21.95)

Culture Smart! Morocco

Culture Smart! Morocco


by Jillian York

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 168 PAGES

History, religion, daily life, food, health and safety are all covered in this accessible pocket guide to Moroccan customs, etiquette and culture, by an author who lives and teaches there. (MRC70, $9.95)

Eclipse! The What, Where, When, Why, and How Guide to Watching Solar and Lunar Eclipses

Eclipse! The What, Where, When, Why, and How Guide to Watching Solar and Lunar Eclipses


by Philip Harington

  • REFERENCE
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 280 PAGES

A guide to eclipse phenomena and general celestial mechanics, including how to best photograph and appreciate lunar and solar eclipses. With tables summarizing where lunar and solar eclipses will be visible from 1998-2017. (GEN30, $19.95)

Eyewitness Guide Morocco

Eyewitness Guide Morocco


by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 408 PAGES

Gorgeously illustrated and filled with excellent maps, this compact guide introduces Morocco's history, culture and attractions. (MRC58, $30.00)

Lonely Planet Fez Encounter

Lonely Planet Fez Encounter


by Virginia Maxwell

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 136 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

A lively shirt pocket guide to the imperial city. (MRC90, $11.99)

Lonely Planet Moroccan Arabic Phrasebook

Lonely Planet Moroccan Arabic Phrasebook


by Lonely Planet

  • LANGUAGE & PHRASEBOOKS
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

This handy phrasebook includes pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary. (MRC15, $8.99)

Lonely Planet West Africa

Lonely Planet West Africa


by Lonely Planet

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 518 PAGES

This is the book to carry for travels from Mauritania to Niger, with both a good overview of culture and history and the usual Lonely Planet attention to practical travel information. (WAF10, $36.99)

National Geographic Morocco

National Geographic Morocco


by Carole French

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

An abundantly illustrated guide to the country, with essays on history and culture and color maps. (MRC117, $25.95)

Total Solar Eclipse 2012 & 2013

Total Solar Eclipse 2012 & 2013


by Sheridan Williams

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 48 PAGES

Written by a council member of the British Astronomical Association, this compact guidebook in the Bradt series includes everything you need to chase eclipses in 2012 and 2013. Photography tips, maps, travel notes, scientific explanations -- it's all here! (SCI302, $8.99)

The Food of Morocco

The Food of Morocco


by Paula Wolfert

  • FOOD
  • 2011
  • HARD COVER
  • 517 PAGES

A Mediterranean cuisine icon brings a lifetime of experience and taste to this gorgeously illustrated cookbook and cultural guide. (MRC129, $45.00)

Traditional Moroccan Cooking, Recipes from Fez

Traditional Moroccan Cooking, Recipes from Fez


by Claudia Roden | Madame Guinaudeau

  • FOOD
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 208 PAGES

First published in 1958, Madame Guinaudeau's charming guide to Moroccan cuisine explores the rich culinary traditions of Fez with anecdotes, recipes, drawings and chapters on everything from choosing spices and preserving lemons to the art of making and drinking tea. (MRC44, $14.95)

A Traveller's History of North Africa

A Traveller's History of North Africa


by Barnaby Rogerson

  • HISTORY
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 408 PAGES

Wide-ranging, accessible and effectively condensed, this brief history marches confidently through the centuries, covering key events and personalities in Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria to 1999. (NAF01, $15.95)

Islam, A Short History

Islam, A Short History


by Karen Armstrong

  • HISTORY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 230 PAGES

Armstrong brings authority and experience to this vivid, clear-headed survey of the history and impact of Islam, from the birth of Mohammad to present-day challenges. The best short introduction to the subject. (ISL15, $15.95)

Living in Morocco

Living in Morocco


by Stoeltie, Barbara and Rene

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2011
  • HARD COVER
  • 280 PAGES

From exquisite rugs and textiles to vibrant mosaics, courtyards and homes, this gorgeous photographic collection celebrates the beauty and allure of Morocco's architecture, with a particular focus on interiors. (MRC71, $29.99)

Morocco, The Islamist Awakening and Other Challenges

Morocco, The Islamist Awakening and Other Challenges


by Marvine Howe

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2005
  • HARD COVER
  • 428 PAGES

A penetrating look at political, social and cultural life in Morocco under King Mohammed V, by a former New York Times correspondent. (MRC75, $20.00)

The Slave Trade

The Slave Trade


by James Walvin

  • HISTORY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 144 PAGES

Photographs, paintings and contemporary maps give insight into the reality and global impact of the transatlantic slave trade in this lively entry in the History Files series. (ATL38, $24.95)

Morocco Courtyards and Gardens

Morocco Courtyards and Gardens


by Achva Benzinberg Stein

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2007
  • HARD COVER
  • 240 PAGES

Splendid color photographs and aerial views of the palaces, mosques and signature walled gardens of Fez, Marrakech and Rabat. (MRC94, $50.00)

A House in Fez

A House in Fez


by Suzanna Clarke

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 263 PAGES

Clarke's poignant, gorgeously illustrated, tale of restoring Riad Zany, a traditional courtyard house in the heart of the ancient city. (MRC116, $18.99)

A Year in Marrakesh

A Year in Marrakesh


by Peter Mayne

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 190 PAGES

This brilliantly entertaining, insightful classic account of Marrakesh captures the rhythm and spirit of life in the alleyways of the Medina in the 1950s. (MRC55, $35.00)

African Silences

African Silences


by Peter Matthiessen

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 225 PAGES

In this narrative of Equatorial Africa, Matthiessen recounts several trips to The Gambia, Senegal, Zaire and the Congo Basin in search of rhinos, elephants and other endangered wildlife. (WAF36, $14.95)

Dreams of Trespass, Tales of a Harem Girlhood

Dreams of Trespass, Tales of a Harem Girlhood


by Fatima Mernissi

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 242 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

This captivating memoir by one of Morocco's most outspoken women opens, "I was born in a harem in 1940 in Fez, a ninth-century Moroccan city." Mernissi captures not only the spirit of the place, but also the hierarchy and decorum of a Muslim family compound. (MRC10, $17.00)

In Arabian Nights, A Caravan of Moroccan Dreams

In Arabian Nights, A Caravan of Moroccan Dreams


by Tahir Shah

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES

Shah (The Caliph's House) weaves his own family tradition of storytelling with commentary on Moroccan spiritual traditions, culture and history in this account of his adopted home on the sea in Casablanca. (MRC80, $16.00)

In Morocco

In Morocco


by Edith Wharton

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 223 PAGES

Wharton's enjoyable account of her month-long journey through Morocco after WWI captures the landscapes, architecture and many aspects of Muslim culture and history, and especially the cities of Rabat, Fez and Marrakech. (MRC02, $10.95)

Lords of the Atlas

Lords of the Atlas


by Gavin Maxwell

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 316 PAGES
  • HARD TO FIND ELSEWHERE

A classic account of the tribal warlords of the Atlas Mountains -- and of life in French colonial Morocco. A rousing tale and excellent introduction to Marrakech. (MRC35, $34.95)

Race to Dakar


by Charley Boorman

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 306 PAGES

Boorman (By Any Means) recounts his adventures from Portugal through Morocco, Western Sahara, Mauritania, Mali, Guinea, and Senegal in the 28th annual Dakar Rally. (WAF146, $14.95)

Sahara Unveiled

Sahara Unveiled


by William Langewiesche

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 302 PAGES

Traveling across the Sahara from Algiers to Dakar, Langeweische has written an uncommonly good memoir of the desert, with meditations on its history, inhabitants and allure. (NAF05, $16.00)

The Caliph's House, A Year in Casablanca

The Caliph's House, A Year in Casablanca


by Tahir Shah

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 343 PAGES

A great storyteller, of Afghan descent and English-raised, Shah leads us through Moroccan society and culture with deft portraits of ordinary neighbors and craftsmen as he and his wife transform a crumbling palace in old Casablanca. (MRC66, $16.00)

Wind, Sand and Stars

Wind, Sand and Stars


by Antoine de Saint Exupery

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1967
  • PAPER
  • 229 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

St. Exupery's luminous account of flying early postal routes over South America, Europe and the deserts of North Africa in the 1930s includes the classic tale of his crash in the Libyan desert. (DES11, $13.95)

God's Bits of Wood

God's Bits of Wood


by Sembene Ousmane | Francis Price

  • LITERATURE
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 245 PAGES

A story of conflict between colonial powers and West African rail workers set in the late 1940s, written by Senegal's foremost novelist and filmmaker. (WAF22, $16.00)

Marrakesh, Through Writers' Eyes

Marrakesh, Through Writers' Eyes


by Barnaby Rogerson | Stephen Lavington

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 306 PAGES

A choice collection of travel writing on the Red City by 40 luminaries, including George Orwell, Winston Churchill, Gavin Maxwell and Peter Mayne. (MRC72, $34.95)

Morocco, The Traveller's Companion

Morocco, The Traveller's Companion


by Margar Bidwell

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 309 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

Pepys, Defoe, Twain, Orwell and Wharton, as well as famous Muslim travelers such as Leo Africanus and a host of others -- merchants, sailors, consuls and scholars-- are all included. (MRC113, $26.00)

The Heart of The Matter

The Heart of The Matter


by Graham Greene

  • LITERATURE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 255 PAGES

In Greene's masterpiece set in Sierra Leone, a good man is enmeshed in love, intrigue and evil. (WAF166, $16.00)

The Sheltering Sky

The Sheltering Sky


by Paul Bowles

  • LITERATURE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 313 PAGES

Bowles' most famous work, by turns stark and transcendent, is a tale of three people whose lives unravel in the desert of North Africa. Originally published in 1949. (NAF09, $14.99)

The Spider's House

The Spider's House


by Paul Bowles

  • LITERATURE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 406 PAGES

Set in Fez during a 1954 nationalist uprising, this richly descriptive novel may be the most evocative of Bowles' many works based in Morocco. Originally published in 1955. (MRC08, $14.99)

West African Folktales

West African Folktales


by Jack Berry | Richard Spears

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 1991
  • PAPER
  • 229 PAGES

These 123 unembellished tales reflect the rich oral tradition of cultures throughout West Africa, particularly Ghana and Nigeria, where the pioneering Berry did much of his field work. (WAF13, $24.95)

The Cosmos, Astronomy in the New Millennium


by Jay M. Pasachoff | Alex Filippenko

  • SCIENCE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 500 PAGES

This illustrated, scholarly textbook, co-written by our Guest Astronomer Alex Filippenko, offers a concise overview of modern astronomy, striking a balance between fundamental principle and topics at the forefront of recent research. (SCI198, $235.95)

Total Eclipses, Science, Observations, Myths, and Legends

Total Eclipses, Science, Observations, Myths, and Legends


by Pierre Guillermier

  • SCIENCE
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 270 PAGES

This book combines a detailed scientific analysis of solar eclipses with a survey of many myths and legends inspired by the rare event. (SCI197, $69.99)

Total Solar Eclipses and How to Observe Them

Total Solar Eclipses and How to Observe Them


by Martin Mobberley

  • SCIENCE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 202 PAGES

A complete guide to solar eclipses, including a wealth of viewing information, how and why they occur and practical travel information. (SCI192, $29.95)

A Field Guide to the Stars and Planets, revised 4th ed.

A Field Guide to the Stars and Planets, revised 4th ed.


by Jay M. Pasachoff

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 578 PAGES

The fourth edition of this best-selling field guide is now updated and revised, with new and valid information through 2017. A guided tour of the heavens in the Peterson series equally useful in Des Moines or Montevideo. With an atlas of the sky, detailed moon maps and an overview of the science of astronomy. (SCI01, $19.00)

Birds of Western and Central Africa, Princeton Illustrated Checklist

Birds of Western and Central Africa, Princeton Illustrated Checklist


by Ber Van Perlo

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

An admirably compact, comprehensive guide to 1,500 species throughout Western and Central Africa featuring 109 color plates. (WAF02, $30.95)

Field Guide to the Birds of the Atlantic Islands

Field Guide to the Birds of the Atlantic Islands


by Tony Clarke | Chris Orgill

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

A comprehensive field guide to 450 species of birds, both resident and migrant, of the Canary Islands, Madeira, Azores and Cape Verde. (ATL23, $60.00)

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