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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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Midnight in Siberia, A Journey into the Heart of Russia

Midnight in Siberia, A Journey into the Heart of Russia

by David Greene

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

In this eye-opening travelogue, the former NPR Moscow bureau chief takes a 6,000-mile ride on the Trans-Siberian Railroad, capturing the soul of contemporary Russia. (RUS518, $15.95)

Siberia, A History of the People

Siberia, A History of the People

by Janet M. Hartley

  • HISTORY
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 312 PAGES

Through personal narratives and case studies, Hartley humanizes the Siberian wilderness. She tells the tales of the refugees, prisoners and pioneers who have lived in the inhospitable place over the last four centuries. (SIB75, $38.00)

The Consolations of the Forest

The Consolations of the Forest

by Sylvain Tesson

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2013
  • HARD COVER
  • 243 PAGES

A Parisian journalist chucks it all to live alone for five months in an isolated hut on the shores of Lake Baikal in this reflective account that tackles not only chopping firewood and finding food but also questions like "how should a person live?" (SIB74, $24.95)

Trans-Siberian Handbook

Trans-Siberian Handbook

by Bryn Thomas

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 528 PAGES

This guide features maps, history and practical details for cities and sights from Moscow to Irkutsk and Vladivostok. (RUS73, $22.95)

Russia Map

Russia Map

by International Travel Maps

  • 2011
  • MAP

A double-sided map covering the full route of the Trans-Siberian railway at a scale of 1:6,000,000. (RUS264, $12.95)

 
Moscow Map

Moscow Map


by Borch Maps

  • 2014
  • MAP

A detailed, laminated city plan of Moscow at a scale of 1:15,000, with street index inset. Place names are in transliterated English. Two Sides. 20x26 inches. (RUS572, $9.95)

Bradt Guide Lake Baikal

Bradt Guide Lake Baikal


by Marc Di Duca

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 208 PAGES

Di Duca brings pluck and wit to this first-ever guide to Baikal and surroundings, which includes an overview of the five national parks in the immediate vicinity along with chapters on Irkutsk and both the Trans-Siberian and Trans-Mongolian railways. (SIB63, $25.99)

DK Eyewitness Top Ten Moscow

DK Eyewitness Top Ten Moscow


by Matthew Willis

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 128 PAGES

A compact, illustrated guide in the popular series, featuring favorite attractions. (RUS513, $14.00)

Lenin's Tomb

Lenin's Tomb


by David Remnick

  • HISTORY
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 588 PAGES
  • CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

A gripping eyewitness tale of the collapse of the Soviet Union. Remnick, the Washington Post reporter on the scene, combines fine historical scholarship with great storytelling. (RUS07, $18.00)

Modern Mongolia, Reclaiming Genghis Khan

Modern Mongolia, Reclaiming Genghis Khan


by Paula Sabloff

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 148 PAGES

This slim primer, richly illustrated with 120 color photographs, covers the sweep and excitement of 20th-century Mongolian history, the country's nomadic heritage and the legacy of Genghis Khan. (MGL37, $19.95)

Moving With The Seasons

Moving With The Seasons


by Liza Carter

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 189 PAGES

Writer and photographer Carter collaborated with a Mongolian family in making this book, an intimate season-by-season account of nomadic Mongolian life on the steppe. Carter's personable prose and excellent photography capture the people's daily lives, in many ways still untouched by modernity. (MGL80, $48.00)

Nicholas and Alexandra

Nicholas and Alexandra


by Robert Massie

  • HISTORY
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 613 PAGES

This entertaining and well-researched history traces the royal relationship and explores how a disease determined the destiny of rulers, the disintegration of the empire and the course of Russian history. (RUS69, $20.00)

Red Fortress, History and Illusion in the Kremlin

Red Fortress, History and Illusion in the Kremlin


by Catherine Merridale

  • HISTORY
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 528 PAGES

Drawing on the archives of the Kremlin itself, Merridale uses the great fortress, which dates from the 15th century, as a lens, covering the history of Russia from its obscure origins through the times of figures including Ivan the Terrible, Peter the Great, Lenin and Stalin. (RUS501, $25.00)

Siberia on Fire: Stories and Essays

Siberia on Fire: Stories and Essays


by Valentin Rasputin

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1990
  • PAPER
  • 252 PAGES

Born in Irkutsk, where he still lives, Rasputin combines great insight and supple prose with passion for his homeland in this collection of six stories and six essays. (SIB04, $20.00)

Siberia, A Cultural History

Siberia, A Cultural History


by Anthony Haywood

  • HISTORY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

Haywood traces the history of the region from early indigenous cultures through Stalin's reign to the present with aplomb. (SIB65, $16.95)

The Cold War

The Cold War


by Michael Hopkins

  • HISTORY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 144 PAGES

Michael Hopkins charts the story of the rise and fall of almost 50 years of global tension in this compact, illustrated history, made tangible with a packet of facsimile documents, including top-secret memos, propaganda and letters. (WAR157, $24.95)

The Conquest of a Continent

The Conquest of a Continent


by W. Bruce Lincoln

  • HISTORY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 528 PAGES

The marvelous Lincoln captures the ambition and avarice of fur trappers, Cossacks, military adventurers and the Soviets in this well-told, sweeping history. (SIB37, $29.95)

To the Edge of the World, The Story of the Trans-Siberian Express

To the Edge of the World, The Story of the Trans-Siberian Express


by Christian Wolmar

  • HISTORY
  • 2016
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

Weaving together fascinating personality sketches, vivid travelogue and socio-economics, Christian Wolmar examines the success of the Trans-Siberian Railroad, the vital artery that stretches 6,000 miles across the impressive landscape of the expansive nation. (SIB76, $17.99)

Lake Baikal

Lake Baikal


by Jim Denevan

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2011
  • HARD COVER
  • 176 PAGES

In 2010 artist Jim Denevan traveled to Siberia's Lake Baikal to create a stunning, ephemeral artwork: he and his team inscribed the ice with a series of circles based on the Fibonacci sequence (where each number is the sum of the previous two). This gorgeous, oversize book (12 1/4 x 9 1/2 inches) documents the project in 90 full-color photographs by Jake Burghart and Peter Hinson and includes a documentary DVD. It's a splendid introduction to the region's harshness and beauty. (SIB72, $65.00)

Black Dragon River, A Journey Down the Amur River at the Borderlands of Empires

Black Dragon River, A Journey Down the Amur River at the Borderlands of Empires


by Dominic Ziegler

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2016
  • PAPER
  • 368 PAGES

In this superb travelogue, The Economist's Asia editor Dominic Ziegler travels down the Amur River, part of the border between Russia and China, while meditating on the two countries' relations, Genghis Khan, Russia's imperial dreams, Vladimir Putin and much more. (RUS568, $17.00)

In Siberia

In Siberia


by Colin Thubron

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Thubron captures the beauty, personality, contradictions and harsh nature of this huge land in this classic account of a 15,000-mile, cross-continental odyssey from the Yenisei to Baikal, Khabarovsk and Magadan. (SIB14, $14.99)

Reeling in Russia, An Angler's Paradise

Reeling in Russia, An Angler's Paradise


by Fen Montaigne

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 275 PAGES

A wonderfully written, entertaining and insightful portrait of modern Russia with a special focus on fishing in places like Baikal, Kamchatka and Kolyma. (RUS61, $18.95)

River of No Reprieve, Descending Siberia's Waterway of Exile, Death and Destiny

River of No Reprieve, Descending Siberia's Waterway of Exile, Death and Destiny


by Jeffrey Tayler

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 230 PAGES

In his fifth book and the first back in Russia since Siberian Dawn, Tayler rafts 2,400 miles down the Lena from near Lake Baikal to the Arctic Ocean. It's gifted, no-holds-barred portrait of the region, its beleaguered and eccentric inhabitants, and the difficulties of travel in the remotest regions. (SIB53, $16.95)

Sacred Sea, A Journey to Lake Baikal

Sacred Sea, A Journey to Lake Baikal


by Peter Thomson

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

Senior editor of National Public Radio's Living on Earth, Thomson blends personal tales with journalism, natural history and cultural insights in this lyrical account of a six-month journey. (SIB56, $29.95)

The New Tsar, The Rise and Reign of Vladimir Putin

The New Tsar, The Rise and Reign of Vladimir Putin


by Steven Lee Myers

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2016
  • PAPER
  • 592 PAGES

Complicated world leader, former KGB agent and man of enormous ambition, Myers' Putin has few scruples and quickly silences dissenters. A keen and insightful biography by the former New York Times Moscow bureau chief. (RUS567, $19.00)

The Other Side of Russia

The Other Side of Russia


by Sharon Hudgins

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 319 PAGES

A warm, insightful account of contemporary cultural and social life in Vladivostok, Irkutsk and other places in the Russian Far East, where the author lived in the 1990s. (SIB30, $22.95)

Travels in Siberia

Travels in Siberia


by Ian Frazier

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 529 PAGES

In this absorbing account, Frazier (Great Plains) turns his practiced eye and famous wit on contemporary Siberia's land, people, mind-boggling conservation issues and other challenges. (SIB64, $20.00)

Snow in May, Stories

Snow in May, Stories


by Kseniya Melnik

  • LITERATURE
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 288 PAGES

These nine slice-of-life stories follow the interrelated lives of a diverse cast of characters. Each tale is set in a different time, but the place remains the same: Magadan, a small Siberian port town in Russia's far east. (RUS516, $25.00)

The People's Act of Love

The People's Act of Love


by James Meek

  • LITERATURE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 391 PAGES

Meek draws on his experiences as a journalist in Russia to evoke the isolation and changing fate of Siberia in this novel set in an isolated village during the last days of the revolution. (SIB52, $14.95)

The Sun Maiden and the Crescent Moon, Siberian Folk Tales

The Sun Maiden and the Crescent Moon, Siberian Folk Tales


by James Riordan

  • LITERATURE
  • 1991
  • PAPER
  • 205 PAGES

A collection of tales from throughout Siberia, divided thematically, and with an excellent introduction by James Riordan. Many of the stories feature the harsh setting of the tundra and importance of the spirit. (SIB12, $11.95)

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