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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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Eyewitness Guide Egypt

Eyewitness Guide Egypt

by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

This visually rich guide to the history, culture and monuments of Egypt includes 1,000 color photographs, maps and 3-D site diagrams. (EGY90, $25.00)

The Search for Ancient Egypt

The Search for Ancient Egypt

by Jean Vercoutter

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 207 PAGES

This pocket encyclopedia, packed with illustrations, tells the tale of Greek travelers, buried treasure, international intrigue and scholarship as it delves into the world's long-standing fascination with Egypt's glorious heritage. (EGY02, $15.95)

Write Your Own Egyptian Hieroglyphs

Write Your Own Egyptian Hieroglyphs

by Angela McDonald

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 80 PAGES

Understand the language of the Pharaohs! McDonald's handy illustrated guide to reading, writing and understanding ancient Egyptian names, epithets, titles and phrases includes 50 color illustrations and 200 line drawings. (EGY25, $19.95)

Egypt Map

Egypt Map

by Nelles

  • 2011
  • MAP

This easy-fold map, featuring insets of Luxor, Valley of the Kings, Giza, the Nile River Valley, Cairo and other sites, also covers Petra, Jerusalem and most of Israel. (EGY03, $13.95)

 
Cairo Map

Cairo Map


by Cartographia

  • MAP

A colorful, folded map of Cairo on thick paper. Insets of Luxor, Alexandria and Heliopolis. Scale 1:13,000. (EGY163, $8.00)

Culture Smart! Egypt

Culture Smart! Egypt


by Jailan Zayan

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 168 PAGES

A handy pocket guide to understanding local customs and etiquette. (EGY196, $9.95)

Say It in Arabic (Egyptian)

Say It in Arabic (Egyptian)


by Farouk El-Baz

  • LANGUAGE & PHRASEBOOKS
  • 1968
  • PAPER
  • 185 PAGES

A guide to common words and phrases in the widely spoken Cairo dialect. (ARB54, $4.95)

A Traveller's History of Egypt

A Traveller's History of Egypt


by Harry Ades

  • HISTORY
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 452 PAGES

This effectively condensed chronological history takes in the full sweep from the earliest inhabitants to 21st century politics. (EGY180, $14.95)

Cairo, The City Victorious

Cairo, The City Victorious


by Max Rodenbeck

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 300 PAGES

Rodenbeck presents his hometown in all its chaotic, marvelous glory, combining a lively history of the 5,000-year-old metropolis with description, anecdote and political commentary. (EGY38, $15.95)

Chronicle of the Pharaohs, The Reign-by-Reign Record of the Rulers and Dynasties of Ancient Egypt

Chronicle of the Pharaohs, The Reign-by-Reign Record of the Rulers and Dynasties of Ancient Egypt


by Peter A. Clayton

  • HISTORY
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

This book will help you to sort out who's who in ancient Egypt, what they built, what they did and what they looked like. It contains 350 illustrations, many in color. (EGY32, $24.95)

The Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Egypt

The Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Egypt


by Bill Manley

  • HISTORY
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 144 PAGES

Ingenious color maps, site plans, photographs and accompanying essays trace Egyptian civilization from the founding of Memphis through the sacking of Thebes and the invasion by Alexander the Great in 332 BC. (EGY54, $21.00)

The White Nile

The White Nile


by Alan Moorehead

  • HISTORY
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 431 PAGES

This lively history of the Victorian search for the source of the Nile includes the extraordinary tales of Burton and Speke, not to mention the famous meeting of Livingstone and Stanley. The narrative includes vivid descriptions of Zanzibar, the last days of Khartoum and the building of the Suez Canal. (EGY79, $14.99)

The Art of Ancient Egypt

The Art of Ancient Egypt


by Gay Robins

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

Organized chronologically, this authoritative survey of the tombs, temples and sanctuaries of ancient Egypt features 300 illustrations. (EGY52, $33.00)

The Egyptians

The Egyptians


by Cyril Aldred

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

A volume in the "Ancient Peoples and Places" series, this classic book is an outstanding account of the history and culture of ancient Egypt. With hundreds of illustrations and maps. (EGY26, $18.95)

The Great Pyramids

The Great Pyramids


by Jean-Pierre Corteggiani

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 128 PAGES

The newest addition to the acclaimed Discoveries series, this lavishly illustrated pocket encyclopedia illuminates the archaeology, history and splendor of Giza, last of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. (EGY221, $12.95)

Apricots on the Nile, A Memoir with Recipes

Apricots on the Nile, A Memoir with Recipes


by Colette Rossant

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 160 PAGES

Rossant's zesty tale of waiting out WWII on the Nile in Cairo's Garden City with her father's extended Egyptian-Jewish family. With recipes. (EGY213, $12.00)

Down the Nile, Alone in a Fisherman's Skiff

Down the Nile, Alone in a Fisherman's Skiff


by Rosemary Mahoney

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 273 PAGES

Mahoney weaves the tale of her quest to row the Nile with deft portraits of the people she meets in this marvelously engaging chronicle. (EGY207, $14.99)

Out of Egypt, A Memoir

Out of Egypt, A Memoir


by Andre Aciman

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 339 PAGES

Aciman transports us to Alexandria and the richly imagined world of his eccentric, polyglot Jewish family in this dazzling memoir. (EGY19, $18.00)

The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit, A Jewish Family's Exodus from Old Cairo to the New World

The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit, A Jewish Family's Exodus from Old Cairo to the New World


by Lucette Lagnado

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 368 PAGES

Lagnado poignantly evokes the life of her marvelously social father (the "boulevardier of Cairo") and his milieu in this textured memoir. (EGY215, $14.99)

Death on the Nile

Death on the Nile


by Agatha Christie

  • MYSTERY
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 333 PAGES

How could we resist? Christie wrote Egypt's most famous murder mystery on the terrace of the Old Cataract Hotel in Aswan. (EGY09, $12.99)

Palace Walk

Palace Walk


by Naguib Mahfouz

  • LITERATURE
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 504 PAGES

The first volume in the monumental Cairo Trilogy, a family saga set in post-WWI Egypt. Nobel Prize-winning Mahfouz provides insight into life in Egypt and the revolution against the British. (EGY04, $16.00)

The Egyptologist, A Novel

The Egyptologist, A Novel


by Arthur Phillips

  • LITERATURE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 416 PAGES

A playful and clever novel convincingly set in the milieu of 1920s Egyptian archaeology. Phillips deftly combines historical personages and events with wild invention. (EGY128, $15.00)

The Yacoubian Building

The Yacoubian Building


by Alaa Al Aswany

  • LITERATURE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 255 PAGES

The politics, repressed desires, hopes and dreams of Cairo are reflected through the lives of the inhabitants of a once grand apartment house in this deft novel of contemporary Egypt. (EGY175, $13.99)

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