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The German Way

The German Way

by Hyde Flippo

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 138 PAGES

This clever A-to-Z guide to quirks, attitudes, behavior and customs is a terrific resource for travelers seeking insight into why the Germans, Austrians and Swiss do what they do. (GER12, $18.00)

The Blue Flower

The Blue Flower

by Penelope Fitzgerald

  • LITERATURE
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 225 PAGES

Set in the Age of Goethe, this exquisitely written short novel is a fictional account of the life of the Romantic poet Novalis. It paints a vivid picture of German intellectual and mercantile life in the late 1700s. (GER21, $13.95)

Eyewitness Guide Germany

Eyewitness Guide Germany

by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 608 PAGES

Featuring color photography, excellent local maps and a region-by-region synopsis of the country's attractions. (GER133, $30.00)

Germany Adventure Map

Germany Adventure Map

by National Geographic

  • 2012
  • MAP

A double-sided full color map of Germany at a scale of 1:825,000. Printed on waterproof, tear-resistant paper. (GER07, $11.95)

 

Frankfurt Map


by Borch Maps

  • 2006
  • MAP

A handy laminated, folded walking map of Frankfurt at a scale of 1:12,000. (GER181, $9.95)

German, A Language Map

German, A Language Map


by Kristine K. Kershul

  • LANGUAGE & PHRASEBOOKS
  • 1999
  • PLASTIC CARD

This durable, foldout card, featuring 1,000 words and phrases, works as a quick reference for travelers. (GER165, $7.95)

Prost! The Story of German Beer

Prost! The Story of German Beer


by Horst D. Dornbusch

  • FOOD
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 160 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

The Munich-based aficionado weaves history and culture with the marvels and mysteries of German beer in this brief, authoritative guide. (GER99, $14.95)

Christmas in Germany, A Cultural History

Christmas in Germany, A Cultural History


by Joe Perry

  • HISTORY
  • 2010
  • HARD COVER
  • 416 PAGES

Beautifully illustrated, this serious-minded study explores the history, myth and meaning of Christmas in Germany over the ages. (GER299, $55.00)

Germania, In Wayward Pursuit of the Germans and Their History

Germania, In Wayward Pursuit of the Germans and Their History


by Simon Winder

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 480 PAGES

Winder's witty, entertaining and opinionated portrait of German culture is both an illuminating history and a wonderfully digressive exploration of the powerful and often confounding nation. (GER270, $20.00)

Inventing the Christmas Tree

Inventing the Christmas Tree


by Bernd Brunner

  • HISTORY
  • 2012
  • HARD COVER
  • 99 PAGES

From its German origins to world-wide phenomenon, Brunner explores the origins, myth and meaning of the familiar holiday tree in this wide-ranging, brisk short history. (EUR427, $18.00)

The German Empire, A Short History

The German Empire, A Short History


by Michael Sturmer

  • HISTORY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 192 PAGES

A lively short history in the excellent Modern Library Chronicles series, matching writers and subjects. (GER189, $12.95)

The Germans

The Germans


by Gordon A. Craig

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1991
  • PAPER
  • 361 PAGES

A gifted historian, Craig explores the complex paradoxes of German identity in this masterly portrait of German life, past and present, with chapters on religion, money, Jews, women, literature and society, Berlin and language. (GER10, $18.00)

Dream Palaces, The Last Royal Courts of Europe

Dream Palaces, The Last Royal Courts of Europe


by Jerome Coignard | Marc Walter

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2004
  • HARD COVER
  • 288 PAGES

This beautifully illustrated portrait of 11 extravagant European follies includes Neuschwanstein, Alexandra Cottage, Stolzenfels castle, Miramare castle, Peles castle, and Achilleion villa. (EUR187, $65.00)

The Complete Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm


by Jack Zipes | Jacob Grimm

  • LITERATURE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 800 PAGES

The most comprehensive translation to date, this new edition recaptures the fairy tales as the Brothers Grimm intended them to be: rich, stark, spiced with humor and violence, resonant with folklore and song. (GER245, $22.00)

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