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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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Odyssey Guide Mongolia

Odyssey Guide Mongolia

by Carl Robinson

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 536 PAGES

For this comprehensive illustrated guide, Robinson includes contributions from friends and colleagues, including American Museum of Natural History paleontologist Mark Norrell and Smithsonian ethnographer William Fitzhugh. (MGL31, $29.95)

Modern Mongolia, Reclaiming Genghis Khan

Modern Mongolia, Reclaiming Genghis Khan

by Paula Sabloff

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 148 PAGES

This slim primer, richly illustrated with 120 color photographs, covers the sweep and excitement of 20th-century Mongolian history, the country's nomadic heritage and the legacy of Genghis Khan. (MGL37, $24.95)

In Siberia

In Siberia

by Colin Thubron

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Thubron captures the beauty, personality, contradictions and harsh nature of this huge land in this classic account of a 15,000-mile, cross-continental odyssey from the Yenisei to Baikal, Khabarovsk and Magadan. (SIB14, $14.99)

Mongolia Map

Mongolia Map

by Gizi Map

  • 2011
  • MAP

This attractive map (1:2,500,000) includes a small street plan of Ulaanbaatar. (MGL03, $14.95)

 
Bradt Guide Lake Baikal

Bradt Guide Lake Baikal


by Marc Di Duca

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 208 PAGES

Di Duca brings pluck and wit to this first-ever guide to Baikal and surroundings, which includes an overview of the five national parks in the immediate vicinity along with chapters on Irkutsk and both the Trans-Siberian and Tran-Mongolian railways. (SIB63, $25.99)

Lonely Planet Mongolian Phrasebook

Lonely Planet Mongolian Phrasebook


by J. Bat-Ireediu

  • LANGUAGE & PHRASEBOOKS
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 212 PAGES

A handy pocket guide to Khalkh Mongolian, the language spoken in Mongolia and surrounding parts of Russia and China. (MGL19, $9.99)

Genghis Khan, His Life and Legacy

Genghis Khan, His Life and Legacy


by Paul Ratchnevsky | Thomas Nivison Haining

  • HISTORY
  • 1993
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

This scholarly biography of the 12th-century conqueror, ably translated from the German, offers great insight into life on the steppes of Central Asia and expansion of the Mongol empire. With illustrations, maps, chronology and dynastic tables and a new introduction. (MGL24, $40.95)

Moving With The Seasons

Moving With The Seasons


by Liza Carter

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 189 PAGES

Writer and photographer Liza Carter collaborated with a Mongolian family in making this book, an intimate season-by-season account of nomadic Mongolian life on the steppe. Carter's personable prose and excellent photography capture the people's daily lives, in many ways still untouched by modernity. (MGL80, $48.00)

Siberia on Fire: Stories and Essays

Siberia on Fire: Stories and Essays


by Valentin Rasputin

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1990
  • PAPER
  • 252 PAGES

Born in Irkutsk, where he still lives, Rasputin combines great insight and supple prose with passion for his homeland in this collection of six stories and six essays. (SIB04, $20.00)

Women of Mongolia

Women of Mongolia


by Martha Avery

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 187 PAGES

An astoundingly diverse sample of contemporary Mongolian women from every segment of the country. Each woman is profiled with a photograph and a brief first-person description of her life. (MGL07, $19.95)

Lake Baikal


by Jim Denevan

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2011
  • HARD COVER
  • 176 PAGES

In 2010 artist Jim Denevan traveled to Siberia's Lake Baikal to create a stunning, ephemeral artwork: he and his team inscribed the ice with a series of circles based on the Fibonacci sequence (where each number is the sum of the previous two). This gorgeous, oversize book (12 1/4 x 9 1/2 inches) documents the project in 90 full-color photographs by Jake Burghart and Peter Hinson and includes a documentary DVD. It's a splendid introduction to the region's harshness and beauty. (SIB72, $65.00)

Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World


by Jack Weatherford

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

Weatherford, who has lived and studied in Mongolia, interweaves his own travels and field work on the Central Asian steppes, much of it on horseback, with a lively portrait of Genghis Khan and the world of the medieval Mongols. The Mongols introduced not only mayhem, but also paper, printing, gunpowder, the compass and trousers to their far-flung empire. (CAS106, $15.00)

In the Empire of Genghis Khan, A Journey Among Nomads

In the Empire of Genghis Khan, A Journey Among Nomads


by Stanley Stewart

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 266 PAGES

Mixing anecdote and history, Stewart captures the warmth and spirit of people he encountered in this spirited tale of an epic journey across Eurasia, much of it on horseback, to Mongolia. (MGL40, $14.95)

Sacred Sea, A Journey to Lake Baikal

Sacred Sea, A Journey to Lake Baikal


by Peter Thomson

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

Senior editor of National Public Radio's Living on Earth, Thomson blends personal tales with journalism, natural history and cultural insights in this lyrical account of a six-month journey. (SIB56, $29.95)

Travels in Siberia

Travels in Siberia


by Ian Frazier

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 529 PAGES

Practically bursting with affection for Russia, steeped in its literature -- and fresh from language lessons in Brighton Beach, Frazier journeys from Nome to Chukotka, Moscow to Novosibirsk, pays homage to Arseniev in Kamchatka and camps along the shores of Lake Baikal in this wide-eyed tale of the people, land and history of Siberia. He keeps his wit and humor intact through the bureaucracy, mangled arrangements and other challenges of modern Russia. (SIB64, $20.00)

Walking the Gobi

Walking the Gobi


by Helen Thayer

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

Thayer weaves her experiences on a camel trek with a portrait of the region's nomadic cultures and natural history. (MGL56, $16.95)

Mongolian Folktales

Mongolian Folktales


by Hilary Roe Metternich

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 131 PAGES

A well-chosen collection of stories with dramatic paper-cut illustrations by Norovsambuugiin Baatartsog. (MGL06, $19.95)

Birds of Europe, Russia, China, and Japan: Passerines: Tyrant Flycatchers to Buntings

Birds of Europe, Russia, China, and Japan: Passerines: Tyrant Flycatchers to Buntings


by Norman Arlott

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES

This Princeton Illustrated Checklist, spanning all of the Russian Arctic, Europe, China, Mongolia, North Korea, South Korea, Japan and the Middle East, features 80 color plates with range maps and succinct descriptions. (EUR276, $29.95)

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