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Ghosts of Spain

Ghosts of Spain

by Giles Tremlett

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 396 PAGES
  • BEST SELLER

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, $20.00)

D-Day June 6, 1944

D-Day June 6, 1944

by Stephen Ambrose

  • HISTORY
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 655 PAGES

Written by the best-selling historian Stephen Ambrose, this well-researched narrative draws together interviews and government documents to tell the gripping tale of D-Day. (FRN40, $19.99)

The Cathedral Builders of the Middle Ages

The Cathedral Builders of the Middle Ages

by Alain Erlande-Brandenburg

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 175 PAGES

This pocket-size encyclopedia of the art, architecture and culture of the Middle Ages features hundreds of drawings, color illustrations and a brief chronology. (MED07, $15.95)

Rough Guide Brittany & Normandy

Rough Guide Brittany & Normandy

by Greg Ward

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 432 PAGES

An informative, detailed guide to Brittany and Normandy with a good overview of history and culture, including sections on Monet, D-Day and Mont-St-Michel. (FRN238, $21.99)

Eyewitness Guide Northern Spain

Eyewitness Guide Northern Spain

by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 268 PAGES

A literate, visually rich guide to Northern Spain from Galicia across Asturbias and the Basque Country to La Rioja to the Pyrenees. (SPN315, $25.00)

Western Europe Map

Western Europe Map

by Freytag & Berndt

  • 2009
  • MAP

A colorful physical relief map of Western Europe, at a scale of 1:2,000,000. (EUR13, $14.95)

 
Battle of Normandy 1944 Map

Battle of Normandy 1944 Map


by Michelin Travel Publications

  • 2008
  • MAP

This historic reproduction shows battle dates, parachute drops and locations of Allied forces. (FRN264, $12.95)

London Map

London Map


by Borch Maps

  • 2016
  • MAP

A colorful and detailed laminated city map with a variety of useful inset maps. (GBR114, $9.95)

Streetwise Lisbon Map

Streetwise Lisbon Map


by Streetwise Maps

  • 2015
  • MAP
  • CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

A handy folded, laminated street map of Lisbon in full color at a scale of 1:8,000. (PGL54, $8.95)

The Basque Book, A Love Letter in Recipes from the Kitchen of Txikito

The Basque Book, A Love Letter in Recipes from the Kitchen of Txikito


by Eder Montero | Alexandra Raij

  • FOOD
  • 2016
  • HARD COVER
  • 296 PAGES

Taking aim at the saying "The only thing more difficult to translate than the Basque language is Basque cooking," this well-produced primer delves into the culinary tradition with 100 recipes. The authors' insightful text explores Basque history, ingredients, dishes and cooking techniques. (SPN609, $29.99)

The Food of France

The Food of France


by Waverly Root

  • FOOD
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 450 PAGES

An evocative and beautifully written survey of French food. First published in 1958 and revised in the mid-1970s, the book covers the important regions of French cuisine by dividing them into domains of Butter (northern France), Fat (Alsace) and Oil (the south). (FRN17, $18.00)

London, The Story of a Great City

London, The Story of a Great City


by Jerry White

  • HISTORY
  • 2016
  • HARD COVER
  • 160 PAGES

Charting the history of London from its origins to the present day, this overview covers the great rise of London while doing a roll-call of great Londoners from Shakespeare to Churchill. Includes plenty of artifacts, documents and photos. (GRB310, $29.95)

The Basque History of the World

The Basque History of the World


by Mark Kurlansky

  • HISTORY
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

Kurlansky's engaging portrait of the seven provinces of Basque lands takes in everything from language to culinary heritage, role in the Spanish Civil War and seafaring traditions. (SPN116, $17.00)

The Gothic Enterprise, A Guide to Understanding the Medieval Cathedral

The Gothic Enterprise, A Guide to Understanding the Medieval Cathedral


by Robert A. Scott

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 294 PAGES

An enthusiast, Scott delves into the history, design, architecture and wonder of Europe's medieval cathedrals and great Abbey churches. (EUR190, $26.95)

Journey to Portugal, In Pursuit of Portugal's History and Culture

Journey to Portugal, In Pursuit of Portugal's History and Culture


by Jose Saramago

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 464 PAGES

Jose Saramago's richly detailed account of his journey across Portugal in 1979. He combines his vivid impressions of the Portuguese landscape and people with a dose of history, fiction and meditation. (PGL23, $17.95)

The Oysters of Locmariaquer

The Oysters of Locmariaquer


by Eleanor Clark

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 203 PAGES

Winner of the 1965 National Book Award, this paper edition of Clark's pleasurable portrait of the hardy oystermen and byways of coastal Brittany is introduced by Mark Kurlansky. (FRN152, $13.99)

All the Light We Cannot See

All the Light We Cannot See


by Anthony Doerr

  • LITERATURE
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 544 PAGES

A heartwarmingly human story which vividly portrays WWII-era France and the French Resistance. Set in Saint-Malo. (WAR199, $27.00)

London Stories

London Stories


by Jerry White

  • LITERATURE
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 400 PAGES

This is a great way to experience what has been called "the city with the greatest literary tradition in the world" from the Baker Street residence of Sherlock Holmes to Charles Dickens's treacherous River Thames. (GRB144, $16.00)

The Maias

The Maias


by Jose Eca de Queiros

  • LITERATURE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 633 PAGES

This sprawling family epic is worthy of comparison to the greatest accomplishments of Proust and Tolstoy. It's the atmospheric story of the decline of an affluent 19th-century Lisbon family. (PGL07, $25.95)

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