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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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Ghosts of Spain

Ghosts of Spain

by Giles Tremlett

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 396 PAGES

Tremlett captures the Spanish character, history and modern politics in this masterful portrait, interweaving the story of his love for the country (where he has lived for 20 years) with interviews, anecdotes and observation. (SPN323, $19.00)

Goya, Painter of Terrible Splendor

Goya, Painter of Terrible Splendor

by Jeanine Baticle

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 175 PAGES

A pocket-size encyclopedia, this slim book is an illustrated overview of the life and times of Goya. It's an illuminating portrait of 18th-century Madrid. (SPN35, $12.95)

Eyewitness Guide Seville and Andalusia

Eyewitness Guide Seville and Andalusia

by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

This wonderfully organized and visually rich guide features excellent maps and essays on the culture, history and geography of the region. With a pullout city map of Seville. (SPN15, $23.00)

Eyewitness Top Ten Madrid

Eyewitness Top Ten Madrid

by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 144 PAGES

A compact, illustrated guide in the popular series, featuring favorite attractions. (SPN522, $14.00)

Seville Map

Seville Map

by Streetwise Maps

  • MAP
  • FAVORITE

A laminated, folded walking map of Seville. (SPN221, $7.95)

Madrid Map

Madrid Map

by Borch Maps

  • 2007
  • MAP
  • 2007 PAGES

A detailed map of Madrid at a scale of 1:10,000, laminated and folded for easy reference. (SPN106, $7.95)

 
Culture Smart! Spain

Culture Smart! Spain


by Marian Meaney

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 168 PAGES

This concise, no-nonsense guide to local customs, etiquette and culture provides a short overview of the land and people along with practical travel advice. (SPN342, $9.95)

Food and Wines of Spain

Food and Wines of Spain


by Penelope Casas

  • FOOD
  • 1982
  • HARD COVER
  • 457 PAGES

This classic collection of 400 recipes, interwoven with cultural commentary and culinary history, is a pleasure to read, but prepare to become hungry. (SPN100, $37.50)

Death and the Sun, A Matador's Season in the Heart of Spain

Death and the Sun, A Matador's Season in the Heart of Spain


by Edward Lewine

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

A glimpse into Spanish culture by way of the celebrated art of bullfighting. Lewine spent a year with one of Spain's most celebrated matadors, and writes with a visible reverence for the exciting tradition in this cultural portrait. (SPN256, $23.95)

Speak the Culture Spain

Speak the Culture Spain


by Andrew Whittaker

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 343 PAGES

This helpful guide with a sense of humor provides an overview of historic and contemporary Spanish culture, including theater, philosophy, architecture and food. (SPN391, $24.95)

Iberia, Spanish Travels & Reflections

Iberia, Spanish Travels & Reflections


by James Michener

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1989
  • PAPER
  • 960 PAGES

In this best-selling travelogue, Michener presents a compulsively readable and well-observed account of his love affair with Spain and all things Spanish. It has achieved the status of a classic, rich in detail and insightful. (SPN16, $8.99)

Captain Alatriste

Captain Alatriste


by Arturo Perez-Reverte | Margaret Sayers Peden

  • LITERATURE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

The first book of the swashbuckling series, memorably set in 17th-century Spain. (SPN280, $16.00)

Death in the Afternoon

Death in the Afternoon


by Ernest Hemingway

  • LITERATURE
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 496 PAGES

Hemingway's ode to the sport of bullfighting, considered one of the best on the sport. (SPN225, $18.00)

Don Quixote

Don Quixote


by Miguel de Cervantes | John Rutherford

  • LITERATURE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 1072 PAGES

The most famous work in Spanish literature, rendered in a lively, modern translation. It is the picaresque tale of a romantic, mad gentleman who imagines himself a knight errant. (SPN23, $16.00)

Off Side

Off Side


by Manuel Vazquez Montalban

  • MYSTERY
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

This fifth novel in the hugely successful Pepe Carvalho series revolves around a favorite Spanish pastime: soccer. Jack Mortimer, European Soccer Star of the Year, brought in the revive the sagging fortunes of Barcelona soccer club, is receiving death threats. (SPN403, $14.95)

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 form a “who's who” of contemporary Spanish literature, including writers from Galicia, Leon, the Basque Country, Madrid and Barcelona. (SPN173, $14.95)

The Fencing Master

The Fencing Master


by Arturo Perez-Reverte

  • MYSTERY
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 244 PAGES

Thrills, romance and swordplay in 1860s Madrid. (SPN180, $14.95)

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