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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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Bury Me Standing

Bury Me Standing

by Isabel Fonseca

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 322 PAGES

This marvelous portrait of the Roma, also known as the Gypsies, offers insight into their music, foods, religions and folk traditions and also examines their influential but complex relationship with Eastern Europe. (EUR09, $16.00)

Bradt Guide Central and Eastern European Wildlife

Bradt Guide Central and Eastern European Wildlife

by Gerard Gorman

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 160 PAGES

An illustrated guide to the plants, mammals, birds and other wildlife of the region. (CEU36, $25.99)

Eyewitness Guide Eastern and Central Europe

Eyewitness Guide Eastern and Central Europe

by Jonathan Bousfield

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 672 PAGES

This heft, visually stunning guide covers 17 countries from Germany, Hungary and the Czech Republic to the Balkans (bot not Austria!) with style. (EUR385, $30.00)

Eastern Europe Map

Eastern Europe Map

by Freytag & Berndt

  • MAP

A detailed travel map of Eastern Europe and the Black Sea, at a scale of 1:2,000,000. (EUR36, $12.95)

 
Balkans & Southeast Europe Map

Balkans & Southeast Europe Map


by Freytag & Berndt

  • 2009
  • MAP

This nicely detailed European regional map (1:2,000,000) shows the route of the Danube from Budapest to the Black Sea. (EUR147, $14.95)

Krakow Map

Krakow Map


by ITMB

  • 2008
  • MAP

A folded city map of Krakow with an inset map of the city center at 1:10,000, along with a metropolitan area and regional map. (PLD42, $10.95)

Culture Smart! Slovakia

Culture Smart! Slovakia


by Brendan F. R., Ph.D. Edwards

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 150 PAGES

More than a quick reference on customs and manners, this pocket includes covers government and recent politics. (CEU45, $9.95)

Insight Guide Krakow


by Renata Rubnikowicz

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER

Written by a local export, this Step-by-Step guide includes 16 self-guided walks and pull-out map. (PLD87, $16.99)

Lonely Planet Central Europe

Lonely Planet Central Europe


by Lonely Planet

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 622 PAGES

With dozens of maps, color photographs and sections on history and culture, this practical guide introduces Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Poland and their neighbors. (EUR94, $29.99)

The Mountains of Romania

The Mountains of Romania


by James Roberts

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 250 PAGES

This practical guide, with 40 color maps and photographs, includes the Carpathians, Bucegi Massif and monasteries of Bucovina. (EUR274, $24.95)

A History of Slovakia, The Struggle for Survival

A History of Slovakia, The Struggle for Survival


by Stanislav K. Kirschbaum

  • HISTORY
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 350 PAGES

A historian from Bratislava traces his nation's roots from the first arrival on the Danubian Plain to Slovakia's declaration of independence in 1993. A particularly solid discussion of the Communist period and the nation's relationship with the Czechs and Hungary. (EUR93, $20.00)

Borderland, A Journey through the History of Ukraine

Borderland, A Journey through the History of Ukraine


by Anna Reid

  • HISTORY
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

Reid, the former Kiev correspondent for The Economist, combines first-person reports, interviews and history in this vivid portrait of the region and its people. With chapters on Kiev and Odessa (RUS84, $17.00)

Central Europe, Enemies, Neighbors, Friends

Central Europe, Enemies, Neighbors, Friends


by Lonnie Johnson

  • HISTORY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 382 PAGES

An academic survey of the social, political, and economic past of Central Europe and the conflicts that stir modern-day European politics. (EUR69, $49.95)

Return to Diversity: A Political History of East Central Europe Since World War II

Return to Diversity: A Political History of East Central Europe Since World War II


by Joseph Rothschild

  • HISTORY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 274 PAGES

An opinionated, well-written and clear political history of the region, including Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and the Balkans. (EUR31, $49.95)

The Moldovans: Romania, Russia and the Politics of Culture

The Moldovans: Romania, Russia and the Politics of Culture


by Charles King

  • HISTORY
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 294 PAGES

A scholarly political and cultural history of Moldova, focusing on issues of national identity in a post-Soviet world. (EUR97, $24.95)

The Palgrave Concise Historical Atlas of Eastern Europe

The Palgrave Concise Historical Atlas of Eastern Europe


by Dennis Hupchick | Harold Cox

  • HISTORY
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 130 PAGES

The changing borders and complex history of Eastern Europe as told through 52 maps and accompanying essays, organized chronologically. An excellent reference, the book shows the rise of Poland, changing borders of the Ottoman Empire, Hapsburgs and fate of Yugoslavia in admirable clarity. (EUR138, $21.95)

Balkan Ghosts, A Journey through History

Balkan Ghosts, A Journey through History


by Robert D. Kaplan

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 307 PAGES

Kaplan interweaves history, art and culture with his travels through Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Romania and Greece in this regional portrait. (BLK02, $18.00)

Between the Woods and the Water

Between the Woods and the Water


by Patrick Leigh Fermor

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

Fermor continues with youthful adventures in Hungary and Romania, culminating with his arrival at the Iron Gates on the Danube. (CEU31, $15.95)

Fado


by Andrzej Stasiuk

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 176 PAGES

A tribute to the culturally rich landscapes, literature and history of Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, Poland and Albania by the Polish writer, poet, essayist and literary critic. (EUR350, $13.95)

On the Road to Babadag

On the Road to Babadag


by Andrzej Stasiuk

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2011
  • HARD COVER
  • 272 PAGES

Subtitled "Travel in the Other Europe," these swift essays take the intrepid Stasiuk from Poland, his home, east through Hungary, Romania and the Ukraine to the Black Sea. (EUR402, $23.00)

Return to Ukraine

Return to Ukraine


by Ania Savage

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2000
  • HARD COVER
  • 272 PAGES

An engaging account of a return journey to Ukraine by a journalist who fled the country with her family in 1944. Savage interweaves history, modern travelogue and personal anecdote. (RUS126, $29.95)

Transylvania and Beyond

Transylvania and Beyond


by Dervla Murphy

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1995
  • HARD COVER
  • 239 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

Murphy spent eight months among the people of Transylvania, soaking up their stories and their thoughts on life in modern Romania. (EUR98, $21.95)

Dracula

Dracula


by Bram Stoker

  • LITERATURE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 520 PAGES

The vampire novel that started it all, based on the legend of "Vlad the Impaler." The gothic shocker is set within the dank castles and misty forests of Transylvania and the foggy streets and staid country houses of Victorian England. (EUR125, $11.00)

Everything is Illuminated

Everything is Illuminated


by Jonathan Safran Foer

  • LITERATURE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 276 PAGES

The very modern (and very funny) tale of a young man and the search for his Ukrainian heritage. Foer plumbs the humor and tragedy of the American protagonist on a journey back to Ukraine. (RUS168, $19.95)

The Invisible Bridge

The Invisible Bridge


by Julie Orringer

  • LITERATURE
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 684 PAGES

Set during the rise of fascism and cataclysms of World War II, Oringer's grand love story follows the fate of three Jewish Hungarian brothers against the backdrop of Budapest, Paris, Hungary and the Carpathian mountains. (EUR378, $15.95)

Monster of God, The Man Eating Predator in the Jungles of History and the Mind

Monster of God, The Man Eating Predator in the Jungles of History and the Mind


by David Quammen

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

In search of lions in India's Gir forest, Australia's formidable saltwater crocodiles, Romania's brown bears and tigers in the Russian Far East. (BST84, $18.95)

Birds of Europe

Birds of Europe


by Lars Svensson

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 416 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Featuring 3,500 glorious paintings by Killian Mullarney and Dan Zetterstrom, the second edition of this exquisite guide has been updated with revised text and maps. (FG47, $29.95)

Mammals of Europe

Mammals of Europe


by Priscilla Barrett | David W. MacDonald

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

Published by Princeton, this is a field guide to land and marine mammals throughout Europe, both endemic and introduced. With more than 600 color illustrations of over 200 mammals. (FG61, $45.00)

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