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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
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 320 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, $14.95)

Eyewitness Guide Germany

Eyewitness Guide Germany

by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2016
  • PAPER
  • 584 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)

 
German, A Language Map

German, A Language Map


by Kristine K. Kershul

  • LANGUAGE & PHRASEBOOKS
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 8 PAGES

This durable, foldout card gives easy phonetic pronunciation for several hundred of the most commonly-needed words and phrases. (GER165, $9.95)

Oktoberfest Cookbook

Oktoberfest Cookbook


by Julia Skowronek

  • FOOD
  • 2015
  • HARD COVER
  • 144 PAGES

This Oktoberfest cookbook allows readers to pair their favorite brews with 60 authentic dishes for the full-fledged Bavarian experience. In between recipes, Skowronek adds bits of Oktoberfest history and culture. (GER361, $20.00)

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)

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, $22.00)

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, $20.00)

Nuremberg, Infamy on Trial

Nuremberg, Infamy on Trial


by Joseph E. Persico

  • HISTORY
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 544 PAGES

A narrative history of the Nazi war crime trials in Nuremberg. Persico poignantly portrays the numerous characters and events surrounding the proceedings. Well-informed and engrossing. (GER106, $17.00)

The Burgermeister's Daughter, Scandal in a Sixteenth-Century German Town

The Burgermeister's Daughter, Scandal in a Sixteenth-Century German Town


by Steven Ozment

  • HISTORY
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

Meticulously researched and absorbing, this narrative by a Harvard historian traces the legal battle of the daughter of a well-to-do family who was thrown out of her home and disinherited in 1525. (GER25, $15.99)

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 paradoxes of German identity in this masterful portrait of German life, past and present, with chapters on religion, money, Jews, women, literature and society, Berlin and language. (GER10, $18.00)

A Time of Gifts

A Time of Gifts


by Patrick Leigh Fermor

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

Fermor effortlessly interweaves anecdote, history and culture in this exuberant account of a walk from Holland, up the Rhine and down the Danube, through Germany, Prague and Austria in 1933. Written not in the moment, but 40 years later, the accumulation of time and experience gives the book particular poignancy. (CEU30, $16.95)

Stones from the River, A Novel

Stones from the River, A Novel


by Ursula Hegi

  • LITERATURE
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 525 PAGES

Rich in details of daily life in Germany in the first half of the 20th century, this ambitious novel illuminates the impact of Nazism and complicity of townsfolk through the eyes of Trudi Montag, librarian, storyteller and testimony to difference (she's a Zwerg or dwarf). (GER213, $16.99)

The Complete Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm

The Complete Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm


by Jack Zipes | Jacob Grimm

  • LITERATURE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 800 PAGES
  • FAMILY

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, $23.00)

The Reader

The Reader


by Stephen Daldry

  • FILM
  • 2013
  • DVD

Set in post-WWII Germany, this drama follows the life of a young man whose affair with an older woman (Kate Winslet) will haunt him for the rest of his life. During the war, the woman disappears and later resurfaces to stand trial for war crimes. Originally released in 2008, the film won Winslet an Oscar. (GER356, $6.95)

The Tin Drum

The Tin Drum


by Volker Schlondorff

  • FILM
  • 1979
  • DVD

The acclaimed adaptation of Gunter Grass' surreal novel about a mute dwarf named Oskar in Nazi Germany. The film won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1979. English subtitles. (GER354, $19.99)

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