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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 Charleston, Savannah & Coastal Islands Book, A Complete Guide

The Charleston, Savannah & Coastal Islands Book, A Complete Guide

by Cecily McMillan | Wade Spees

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES

An excellent, locally produced travel guide mixing history, culture and anecdote with a shipload of up-to-date practical information. It does justice to this area's rich traditions and food. (USS13, $19.95)

A Short History of Charleston

A Short History of Charleston

by Robert Rosen

  • HISTORY
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 176 PAGES

A third-generation Charlestonian, Rosen traces the history of Good King Charles's City from its founding to the present with flair. (USS12, $16.95)

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

by John Berendt

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 386 PAGES

Part affectionate portrait of Savannah society, part murder mystery, Berendt's classic account of his stay in the decayed splendor of the Southern coastal city is one of those rare instances when a great writer finds himself caught at the center of a real-life crime story. (USS09, $16.00)

National Audubon Society Field Guide to the Southeastern States

National Audubon Society Field Guide to the Southeastern States

by Peter Alden

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1999
  • FLEXI-BOUND
  • 446 PAGES

A compact photographic guide to the nature of the Southeast states from Mississippi and Georgia to North Carolina, featuring 1,500 photographs, concise descriptions and an overview of the natural history of the area. (USS31, $22.00)

Florida Map

Florida Map

by Hallwag

  • MAP

This regional map covers not just Florida but also the coast south from South Carolina. (USS218, $11.95)

 
Charleston Map

Charleston Map


by Navigator Maps

  • MAP

A clear, easy-to-use souvenir map of Charleston, featuring the city center and well-marked places of interest. (USS312, $5.95)

Savannah Map

Savannah Map


by Navigator Maps

  • MAP

A neat, colorful map of Savannah's city center, featuring well-marked places of interest. (USS340, $7.95)

The National Trust Guide to Savannah

The National Trust Guide to Savannah


by Roulhac Toledano

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 234 PAGES

A guide to the architectural culture and history of Old Savannah. With 200 archival photographs and maps, it includes chapters on historic preservation, famous visitors and a comprehensive tour of architectural styles. (USS26, $34.95)

Africans in America, America's Journey through Slavery

Africans in America, America's Journey through Slavery


by Charles Johnson | Patricia Smith | WBGH Series Research Team

  • HISTORY
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 512 PAGES

A powerful collaborative effort that paints a vivid picture of the history of slavery in America and celebrates the brave Africans who managed to preserve their heritage as they endured so many hardships. (USS53, $38.95)

Confederate Charleston, An Illustrated History of the City and the People During the Civil War

Confederate Charleston, An Illustrated History of the City and the People During the Civil War


by Robert Rosen

  • HISTORY
  • 1994
  • HARD COVER
  • 181 PAGES

A lavishly illustrated history of Charleston during the Civil War, this is an illuminating portrait of the times, the war and, of course, the great city. (USS11, $39.95)

Georgia's Land of the Golden Isles

Georgia's Land of the Golden Isles


by Burnette Vanstory | Eugenia Price

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1981
  • PAPER
  • 226 PAGES

First published in 1956, this is a rich portrait of the sea islands off Georgia's coast. Each island gets its own chapter, detailing its history, with information on the native peoples, early settlements and slave plantations. (USS63, $21.00)

Savannah in the Old South

Savannah in the Old South


by Walter Fraser

  • HISTORY
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 423 PAGES

A comprehensive history of Savannah from its early days as an Indian trading center to the end of the Civil War. (USS366, $23.95)

The Civil War, An Illustrated History

The Civil War, An Illustrated History


by Geoffrey C. Ward | Ken Burns

  • HISTORY
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 448 PAGES

An illustrated, comprehensive social history of the Civil War by the now-famous team of Ward and Burns. With 500 photographs and maps, extensive text and original essays by contributing experts. (USS27, $29.95)

The Jekyll Island Club: Southern Haven for America's Millionaires

The Jekyll Island Club: Southern Haven for America's Millionaires


by June Hall McCash | William Barton McCash

  • HISTORY
  • 1989
  • HARD COVER
  • 251 PAGES

A history of the legendary Jekyll Island Club, the group of powerful millionaires (including Vanderbilt, Rockefeller and Pulitzer) who vacationed on the small island off the coast of Georgia. (USS75, $41.95)

The South and America Since World War II

The South and America Since World War II


by James C. Cobb

  • HISTORY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 374 PAGES

Written by a Distinguished Research Professor of History at the University of Georgia, this book offers a comprehensive history of the postwar South. (USS503, $25.95)

A Turn in the South

A Turn in the South


by V.S. Naipaul

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1990
  • PAPER
  • 307 PAGES

Naipaul's wandering travel narrative is a poetic but profoundly disturbing portrait of the American South. (USS65, $14.95)

Literary Charleston, A Lowcountry Reader

Literary Charleston, A Lowcountry Reader


by Curtis Worthington | Louis D. Rubin, Jr.

  • LITERATURE
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 382 PAGES

A lovingly edited anthology of writing about Charleston, arranged chronologically and including heavyweights such as Henry James and Edgar Allen Poe, as well as less known writers. (USS18, $16.95)

Mama Day

Mama Day


by Gloria Naylor

  • LITERATURE
  • 1989
  • PAPER
  • 312 PAGES

A glorious novel populated by the vibrant inhabitants, especially the women, of Willow Springs -- a fictional barrier island off the Atlantic coast between Georgia and South Carolina. (USS23, $15.95)

The Jekyl Island Club, A Novel

The Jekyl Island Club, A Novel


by Brent Monahan

  • MYSTERY
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

A murder mystery firmly set in the haughtily exclusive club on Georgia's Jekyl Island in 1899. Monahan's detective goes up against the likes of J.P. Morgan and other real-life members of the club in this page-turner which interweaves actual events. (USS59, $18.99)

The March

The March


by E. L. Doctorow

  • LITERATURE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 363 PAGES

In this powerful historical novel, Doctorow captures the drama and import of General William Tecumseh Sherman's devastating march through Georgia and the Carolinas during the final years of the Civil War. (USS373, $16.00)

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