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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.

Essential Reading

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Empire's Crossroads, A History of the Caribbean from Columbus to the Present Day

Empire's Crossroads, A History of the Caribbean from Columbus to the Present Day

by Carrie Gibson

  • HISTORY
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 480 PAGES

A scholarly, readable history of the entire Caribbean from Cuba to Haiti, Jamaica to Trinidad. Gibson begins in 1492 and ends in the 20th century, covering five centuries with panache. (CRB321, $20.00)

The Traveller's Tree

The Traveller's Tree

by Patrick Leigh Fermor

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES

Patrick Leigh Fermor's first book, "still the best piece of travel writing on the Caribbean" (The Guardian), takes him to Guadeloupe, Martinique, Dominica, Barbados, Trinidad and Haiti, among other islands. (CRB04, $19.95)

Insight Guide Caribbean: The Lesser Antilles

Insight Guide Caribbean: The Lesser Antilles

by Sarah Cameron | Insight Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2016
  • PAPER
  • 268 PAGES

This handsome guide gives a profusely illustrated over-view of the region, featuring essays on natural history, politics and culture, hundreds of photos and maps, as well as useful travel notes. (CRB02, $24.99)

Martinique Map

Martinique Map

by Michelin Maps

  • 2016
  • MAP

A map of the Caribbean island of Martinique, featuring major roadways at a scale of 1:80,000. (CRB110, $12.95)

 
The Spice Necklace, My Adventures in Caribbean Cooking, Eating, and Island Life

The Spice Necklace, My Adventures in Caribbean Cooking, Eating, and Island Life


by Ann Vanderhoof

  • FOOD
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 448 PAGES

Vanderhoof (An Embarrassment of Mangoes) is back aboard her sailboat in the Caribbean in these latest encounters with the characters and cuisine of the islands. She pairs lively accounts with 71 recipes she learned along the way. (CRB260, $14.95)

A Small Place

A Small Place


by Jamaica Kincaid

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 81 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Antigua-born Kincaid meditates on the politics, history and culture of the islands in these remarkable short essays. A useful antidote to the usual fun-in-the-sun approach of the local tourist office, the book shines a light on the poverty, corruption and startling beauty of the Caribbean. (CRB03, $13.00)

The Sugar Barons

The Sugar Barons


by Matthew Parker

  • HISTORY
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

Parker interweaves the histories of the Caribbean, the Industrial Revolution and the British Empire with the human stories of visitors and slaves, overseers and soldiers and families whose fortunes rose and fell on the sugar of the West Indies. (CRB277, $20.00)

Caribbean Houses

Caribbean Houses


by Michael Connors

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2009
  • HARD COVER
  • 272 PAGES

West Indian decorative arts authority Connors presents a colorful look at Caribbean architecture and interior design arranged by heritage: Dutch Virgin Islands, French Lesser Antilles, Spanish Antilles, Dutch Leewards and the English Islands. (CRB304, $60.00)

The Island

The Island


by John Edgar Wideman

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2003
  • HARD COVER
  • 192 PAGES

Novelist Wideman explores the Creole experience and heritage in the Caribbean in this slim travelogue, which sends him to Martinique. (CRB158, $20.00)

The Middle Passage, The Caribbean Revisited

The Middle Passage, The Caribbean Revisited


by V.S. Naipaul

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 232 PAGES

Novelist and travel writer Naipaul tackles the history of the Caribbean and northern South America in this incisive portrait. With chapters on Trinidad, British Guiana (Guyana), Suriname, Martinique and Jamaica. (CRB11, $16.00)

Caribbean

Caribbean


by James Michener

  • LITERATURE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 688 PAGES

The sweeping, compulsively readable saga of the Caribbean, chock-full of historical detail. (CRB82, $16.00)

Return to My Native Land

Return to My Native Land


by John Berger | Anna Bostock | Aime Cesaire

  • LITERATURE
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 220 PAGES

A long poem that became an anthem for the African diaspora and the Negritude movement. A lifelong resident of Martinique, Cesaire was one of the founders of the negritude movement in Francophone literature. (CRB320, $16.00)

A Photographic Guide to Birds of the West Indies

A Photographic Guide to Birds of the West Indies


by Allan Sander | G. Michael Flieg

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 144 PAGES

A compact shirt-pocket guide. With a map of the islands and 300 color photographs. (CRB127, $15.95)

Fishwatcher's Field Guide Caribbean

Fishwatcher's Field Guide Caribbean


by Idaz Greenberg

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2000
  • PLASTIC CARD

A convenient double-sided plastic card showing 75 reef fish of the Caribbean. (DIV11, $7.50)

Wildlife of the Caribbean

Wildlife of the Caribbean


by Herbert A. Raffaele

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

This truly comprehensive guide to Caribbean (including Cuba!) wildlife includes 600 vivid color images of 451 species of plants, birds, mammals, fish and seashells. (CRB315, $19.95)

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