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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)

South Carolina Map

South Carolina Map

by Rand McNally Maps

  • MAP

A colorful road map of South Carolina and the northern coast of Georgia. (USS99, $5.99)

 
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)

Very Charleston, A Celebration of History, Culture, and Lowcountry Charm

Very Charleston, A Celebration of History, Culture, and Lowcountry Charm


by Diana Hollingsworth Gessler

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2003
  • HARD COVER
  • 168 PAGES

A quirky overview of the city and its attractions, this guide provides an original, entertaining and colorful paean to one of America's most historic and popular destinations. (USE402, $15.95)

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)

Charleston! Charleston! The History of a Southern City

Charleston! Charleston! The History of a Southern City


by Walter Fraser

  • HISTORY
  • 1991
  • PAPER
  • 542 PAGES

A definitive history of Charleston from its establishment in 1670 through the Civil War and the devastation and rebuilding after Hurricane Hugo in 1989. (USS367, $26.00)

Confederates in the Attic

Confederates in the Attic


by Tony Horwitz

  • HISTORY
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 406 PAGES

Subtitled "Dispatched from the Unfinished Civil War," this book reveals the strange world of the re-enactors, unreconstructed confederates and others whose ongoing interest and involvement in the War Between the States provide an intriguing cultural portrait of the southern and mid-Atlantic states. (USS35, $16.95)

Founding Gardeners

Founding Gardeners


by Andrea Wulf

  • HISTORY
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 368 PAGES

Andrea Wulf artfully examines the interplay of plants and politics in this earthy account, looking both at the roles of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and John Quincy Adam as noble farmers and at the American relationship with nature during the 18th century. (USE535, $18.95)

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)

Queen of The Turtle Derby and Other Southern Phenomena

Queen of The Turtle Derby and Other Southern Phenomena


by Julia Reed

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES

A Mississippian gone New Yorker, Reed offers a unique biregional perspective in this collection of essays on Southern culture, wandering from topics as varied as the Southern affinity for big hair to gun control. (USS395, $15.00)

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)

Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln


by Thomas Keneally

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 192 PAGES

An elegant, brief biography of the Kentucky-born political hero. (USA147, $14.00)

God, Dr. Buzzard, and the Bolito Man: A Saltwater Geechee Talks about Life on Sapelo Island

God, Dr. Buzzard, and the Bolito Man: A Saltwater Geechee Talks about Life on Sapelo Island


by Cornelia Walker Bailey

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 334 PAGES

An evocative memoir from a native of Sapelo Island, which gives a glimpse into the Geechee (or Gullah) heritage of the region. Cornelia Walker Bailey does more than tell her story, she tells the story of a nearly forgotten people. (USS77, $16.95)

A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories

A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories


by Flannery O'Connor

  • LITERATURE
  • 1977
  • PAPER
  • 264 PAGES

One of the very best voices in the American short story, O'Connor's darkly comic vision of life in the countryside surrounding Savannah is both richly colored and at times deeply unsettling. (USS393, $13.95)

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)

My Favorite Plant, Writers and Gardeners on the Plants They Love

My Favorite Plant, Writers and Gardeners on the Plants They Love


by Jamaica Kincaid

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 1998
  • HARD COVER
  • 329 PAGES

An anthology of essays on plants and gardening from contemporary authors as well as luminaries of the past. This handsome, little book features selections by (among many others) D.H. Lawrence and William Carlos Williams. (GEN126, $20.00)

Savannah Blues

Savannah Blues


by Mary Kay Andrews

  • LITERATURE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 512 PAGES

Living in a carriage house on the property of her ex-husband's Southern mansion, antique dealer Eloise "Weezie" Foley finds herself in a pickle after discovering the corpse of her ex's latest lover. This screwball comedy is enriched by quirky characters and a treasure trove of richly described Southern antiques and furnishings. (USS418, $14.99)

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)

Gardens of Historic Charleston

Gardens of Historic Charleston


by James R. Cothran

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1995
  • HARD COVER
  • 177 PAGES

A lavishly illustrated photographic tour of Charleston's most treasured gardens, as well as a history of gardening in the city since colonial times. (USS309, $39.95)

The Armchair Birder Goes Coastal, The Secret Lives of Birds of the Southeastern Shore

The Armchair Birder Goes Coastal, The Secret Lives of Birds of the Southeastern Shore


by John Yow

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2012
  • HARD COVER
  • 256 PAGES

Journeying from North Carolina's Outer Banks, down the Atlantic coast, and westward along the Gulf of Mexico, the "gentleman birder" is back in this anecdotal exploration of twenty-eight species, from ubiquitous beach birds like sanderlings and laughing gulls to wonders like roseate spoonbills and the American avocets. (BRD107, $26.00)

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