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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)

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)

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)

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)

Florida Map

Florida Map

by Hallwag

  • MAP

This regional map covers not just Florida but also the coast south from South Carolina. (USS218, $11.95)

 
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)

Confederate Charleston, An Illustrated History of the City and the People During the Civil War

Confederate Charleston, An Illustrated History of the City and the People During the Civil War


by Robert Rosen

  • HISTORY
  • 1994
  • HARD COVER
  • 181 PAGES

A lavishly illustrated history of Charleston during the civil war, this is an illuminating portrait of the times, the war and, of course, the great city. (USS11, $39.95)

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)

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)

Savannah Then and Now

Savannah Then and Now


by Ted Eldridge | Polly Cooper

  • HISTORY
  • 2010
  • HARD COVER
  • 144 PAGES

Side-by-side images of the past and present capture the beauty, history and southern charm of America's oldest planned city. (USS476, $19.95)

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)

The Jekyll Island Club: Southern Haven for America's Millionaires

The Jekyll Island Club: Southern Haven for America's Millionaires


by June Hall McCash | William Barton McCash

  • HISTORY
  • 1989
  • HARD COVER
  • 251 PAGES

A history of the legendary Jekyll Island Club, the group of powerful millionaires (including Vanderbilt, Rockefeller and Pulitzer) who vacationed on the small island off the coast of Georgia. (USS75, $41.95)

The National Parks, America's Best Idea

The National Parks, America's Best Idea


by Dayton Duncan | Ken Burns

  • HISTORY
  • 2013
  • DVD

The widescreen edition of Ken Burn's 6-part, 12-hour ode to the national parks, featuring hundreds of interviews, fascinating archival images and dazzling cinematography in High Definition. (USA394, $99.99)

Classic Savannah: History, Houses and Gardens

Classic Savannah: History, Houses and Gardens


by William Robert Mitchell | Van J. Martin

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 1991
  • HARD COVER
  • 144 PAGES

This quick tour of Savannah, focusing on its sumptuous architecture, tours the iconic homes and gardens of the Old South locale -- a beautiful testament to the vigor and variety of Southern design. (USS269, $35.00)

Mark Twain, An Illustrated Biography

Mark Twain, An Illustrated Biography


by Geoffrey C. Ward | Dayton Duncan | Ken Burns

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2001
  • HARD COVER
  • 269 PAGES

This illustrated companion to the PBS series follows the arc of Twain's celebrated career. (USA440, $40.00)

The Water is Wide

The Water is Wide


by Pat Conroy

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

One of his first books, this is an engrossing tale of Conroy's two-year stint as a Vista volunteer at a rural school on Yamacraw Island near Hilton Head. Conroy is a native of Beaufort, and South Carolina's low country features prominently in his many entertaining novels. (USS354, $15.00)

Blue Christmas

Blue Christmas


by Mary Kay Andrews

  • LITERATURE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 208 PAGES

As Christmas approaches in Savannah, antiques dealer Weezie Foley must figure out who is sabotaging her seasonal displays and crack her boyfriend's Scroogelike immunity to holiday cheer. (USS420, $14.95)

Lady Baltimore

Lady Baltimore


by Owen Wister

  • LITERATURE
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 406 PAGES

This novel is set in Charleston just after the Civil War, when the traditional values of the Old South were in great conflict with those of the victorious northerners. First published in 1906, it's a classic southern portrait. (USS22, $10.95)

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)

Literary Savannah

Literary Savannah


by Patrick Allen

  • LITERATURE
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 283 PAGES

An anthology of fiction and non-fiction set in Savannah, portraying the city, its people and culture. With contributions by Henry James, Margaret Mitchell, and Flannery O'Connor. (USS20, $16.95)

Mama Day

Mama Day


by Gloria Naylor

  • LITERATURE
  • 1989
  • PAPER
  • 312 PAGES

A glorious novel populated by the vibrant inhabitants, especially the women, of Willow Springs -- a fictional barrier island off the Atlantic coast between Georgia and South Carolina. (USS23, $15.95)

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)

Savannah Breeze


by Mary Kay Andrews

  • LITERATURE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 448 PAGES

After a charming con man leaves BeBe Loudermilk with only a run-down Southern motel to her name, she enlists the help of her antiques-dealing friend to turn the place into a success. A comic sequel to Savannah Blues (USS418). (USS419, $14.99)

The Jekyl Island Club, A Novel

The Jekyl Island Club, A Novel


by Brent Monahan

  • MYSTERY
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

A murder mystery firmly set in the haughtily exclusive club on Georgia's Jekyl Island in 1899. Monahan's detective goes up against the likes of J.P. Morgan and other real-life members of the club in this page-turner which interweaves actual events. (USS59, $18.99)

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 National Parks, America's Best Idea

The National Parks, America's Best Idea


by Ken Burns | Dayton Duncan

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES

Now in a paper edition, this lavishly illustrated tale by the dynamic PBS duo brings to life the conservationists, politicians, presidents and dreamers who created our national park system. (USA356, $32.50)

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