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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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Paris to the Moon

Paris to the Moon

by Adam Gopnik

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 338 PAGES

Gopnik writes with candor and humor about Paris and Parisian ways in these charming reflections on adapting to life in glorious exile. (FRN208, $16.00)

The Story of England

The Story of England

by Christopher Hibbert

  • HISTORY
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES
  • CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE
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Beautifully illustrated with color pictures, chronological charts, royal genealogies and maps, this popular history of English politics, economics and culture from the Neolithic Age to the 1990s is an excellent travel companion. (GBR02, $19.95)

Eyewitness Guide London

Eyewitness Guide London

by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 448 PAGES

This superb guide to London features color photography, dozens of excellent neighborhood maps and a district-by-district synopsis of the city's attractions. Handsome, convenient and up-to-date, this is the guide to carry. (GBR34, $25.00)

Eyewitness Guide Paris

Eyewitness Guide Paris

by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 448 PAGES

Gorgeous, well-illustrated and filled with maps, this compact book provides an excellent overview of the French capital, its history, traditions and sights. (FRN02, $25.00)

Paris Map

Paris Map

by Borch Maps

  • 2011
  • MAP

A sturdy laminated map of the city center at a scale of 1:12,000 and all of Paris at a scale of 1:15,000. (FRN400, $8.95)

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)

 
The Most Beautiful Walk in the World, A Pedestrian in Paris

The Most Beautiful Walk in the World, A Pedestrian in Paris


by John Baxter

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 298 PAGES

Australian critic and writer Baxter draws on his second career as a literary tour guide in his adopted city for this witty memoir, laced with terrific tales. (FRN979, $14.99)

Time Out London Walks, 30 Walks by London Writers

Time Out London Walks, 30 Walks by London Writers


by Time Out

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

A personable guide to a wide variety of London excursions. The handy guide is chock full of color photographs, illustrations, practical information and good maps. (GBR595, $19.95)

Hungry For Paris, The Ultimate Guide to the City's 102 Best Restaurants

Hungry For Paris, The Ultimate Guide to the City's 102 Best Restaurants


by Alexander Lobrano

  • FOOD
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 512 PAGES

An American in Paris since 1986, European correspondent for Gourmet and editor of Zagat's Paris, Lobrano brings a journalist's savvy and a food lover's insight to this enchanting guide of 100 places to eat, enlivened by color photographs and charming essays on French food and dining. (FRN985, $18.00)

A Traveller's History of London

A Traveller's History of London


by Richard Tames

  • HISTORY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

The story of London, from the Romans to Tony Blair, tailored to the traveler. (GBR232, $14.95)

A Traveller's History of Paris

A Traveller's History of Paris


by Robert Coles

  • HISTORY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

A fast-moving, short survey of French history with a focus on Paris from its founding, through the heady days of revolution and up to modern times. (FRN426, $14.95)

Eiffel's Tower

Eiffel's Tower


by Jill Jonnes

  • HISTORY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 354 PAGES

Jones captures the thrill of the modern in this sprightly tale of the tower, the 1889 World's Fair that inspired it -- and the cast of characters who gathered in Paris for the occasion, including Buffalo Bill, Annie Oakley, and the artists Gauguin, Van Gogh and Whistler. (FRN987, $17.00)

Imagined London, A Tour of the World's Greatest Fictional City

Imagined London, A Tour of the World's Greatest Fictional City


by Anna Quindlen

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 192 PAGES

A unique exploration of London in the footsteps of its literary characters, from Dickens to Sherlock Holmes and beyond. (GBR482, $10.95)

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)

Sixty Million Frenchmen Can't Be Wrong

Sixty Million Frenchmen Can't Be Wrong


by Jean-Benoit Nadeau | Julie Barlow

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 351 PAGES

Two Canadian journalists tackle the contradictions and complexities of the French character, paying particular attention to the question of why the French resist globalization. (FRN755, $18.99)

The Lives of the Kings and Queens of England

The Lives of the Kings and Queens of England


by Antonia Fraser

  • HISTORY
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

Lady Fraser gathers eight British historians for this engaging, illustrated history of the monarchy from 1066 to the House of Windsor, brimming with personality, incident and scandal. (GBR160, $39.95)

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

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)

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)

The Judgment of Paris, The Revolutionary Decade that Gave the World Impressionism

The Judgment of Paris, The Revolutionary Decade that Gave the World Impressionism


by Ross King

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 464 PAGES

King's lovingly researched and lucid cultural history of French art and society in the 1860s places the Impressionists at the center of a revolution in philosophy and taste. (FRN575, $19.00)

Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey


by Richard Jenkyns | Mary Beard

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

In a highly original pocket book, classicist and cultural historian Richard Jenkyns looks afresh at the celebrated church complex -- national cathedral, coronation church, royal mausoleum, burial place of poets, resting place of the great and of the Unknown Warrior, former home of parliament, place of Princess Diana's funeral. (GBR810, $16.00)

A Moveable Feast

A Moveable Feast


by Ernest Hemingway

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 211 PAGES

A treasure for anyone interested in Parisian cafe society and its luminaries circa 1925. Hemingway includes sharp portraits of Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ford Maddox Ford and others who idled on their way to greatness. (FRN26, $15.00)

Three Men in a Boat and Three Men on the Bummel

Three Men in a Boat and Three Men on the Bummel


by Jerome Jerome | Jeremy Lewis

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 361 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Written in 1889, "Three Men in a Boat" (to say nothing of the dog!) is a laugh-out-loud account of a man-powered voyage along the River Thames, full of detail on life and lore. A Longitude favorite. (GBR28, $12.00)

Capital

Capital


by John Lanchester

  • LITERATURE
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 537 PAGES

Lanchester (Fragrant Harbor, Debt to Pleasure) sets this latest novel on a single street in London in 2008, at the height of the financial meltdown, interweaving the tales of longtime residents, recent immigrants and the newly rich. (GRB75, $15.95)

Murder in the Marais

Murder in the Marais


by Cara Black

  • MYSTERY
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 360 PAGES

Literate and thrilling, with a strong sense of the geography and flavor of Paris, the first in a series of mysteries starring Aimee Ledoc shows off the French-American detective's wit and wile. The series continues with Murder in Belleville (FRN562), Murder in the Sentier (FRN563) and many more. (FRN561, $14.00)

Paris in Mind

Paris in Mind


by Jennifer Lee

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

With selections spanning 300 years, this wonderful anthology reflects America's long connection to Paris and the French. The 30 American writers tapped include Benjamin Franklin, Ernest Hemingway and David Sedaris. (FRN412, $16.00)

The Ministry of Fear

The Ministry of Fear


by Graham Greene

  • LITERATURE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES

A thriller set in London during the Blitz by the master of atmosphere and ambiguity. (GBR571, $16.00)

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