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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.

Essential Reading

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The Undutchables

The Undutchables

by Colin White

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 308 PAGES

A laugh-out-loud, irreverent guide to Dutch character and habits, including how to drink coffee and why you shouldn't even think about haggling over prices. (NTH12, $16.00)

Amsterdam, A Traveler's Literary Companion

Amsterdam, A Traveler's Literary Companion

by Manfred Wolf

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 238 PAGES

Organized by district, these 17 contemporary short stories by modern Dutch writers, including Cees Nooteboom and Geert Mak, are set amid the canals, cafes and neighborhoods of Amsterdam. (NTH33, $13.95)

Tulipomania

Tulipomania

by Mike Dash

  • HISTORY
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

The story of the world's most coveted flower and the extraordinary passion it aroused, this vivid history traces the tulip from its origins on the Turkish steppes to status as an absurdly desired object in Europe and its key role in the financial follies of 17th-century Holland. (NTH30, $13.95)

Eyewitness Guide The Netherlands

Eyewitness Guide The Netherlands

by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 472 PAGES

Gorgeously illustrated and filled with excellent maps, this compact book covers Holland, its history, traditions, cultures and sights. With hundreds of color photographs and illustrations. (NTH71, $26.00)

Netherlands Map

Netherlands Map

by Hallwag

  • MAP

A detailed map of the Netherlands at a very nice scale of 1:200,000. (NTH24, $15.95)

 
Red Map Amsterdam

Red Map Amsterdam


by Red Maps

  • 2015
  • MAP

An easy-to-use color map of the great Dutch city's center. The map locates attractions, sites and museums while the reverse includes copious indexes of sites, neighborhoods, shopping and hotels. Sheet size: 24 x 9 inches. (NTH158, $9.95)

Eyewitness Guide Amsterdam

Eyewitness Guide Amsterdam


by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 308 PAGES

A wonderful guide to Amsterdam, filled with detailed drawings, photographs and thumbnail sketches. (NTH01, $25.00)

Amsterdam, A History of the World's Most Liberal City

Amsterdam, A History of the World's Most Liberal City


by Russell Shorto

  • HISTORY
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 368 PAGES

Russell Shorto opens this delightful ode to an adopted city with his daily journey, by bike of course, through his neighborhood to drop off his toddler son. He spins a tale of a diverse city wrestled from the sea, its coffee shops, canals and its personalities and politics, with panache. (NTH143, $16.95)

The Autumn of the Middle Ages

The Autumn of the Middle Ages


by Johan Huizinga

  • HISTORY
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 467 PAGES

A pioneering work of social and cultural history, this well translated classic is a richly detailed portrait of life, thought and art in 14th- and 15th-century France and the Netherlands. (EUR17, $32.00)

The Embarrassment of Riches

The Embarrassment of Riches


by Simon Schama

  • HISTORY
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 698 PAGES

An engaging cultural history and much more, this book is a study of the Dutch in the 17th century and their surprising challenge to Spanish rule. (NTH04, $26.00)

Walking

Walking


by Henry David Thoreau

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 92 PAGES

Slip this pocket edition of Thoreau's meditations on the spiritual benefits of this most civilized form of travel in your daypack for inspiration. (WLK04, $9.99)

A Worldly Art

A Worldly Art


by Mariet Westermann

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 208 PAGES

This appreciative analysis of Dutch art in its Golden Age (1585-1718) features 100 exemplary illustrations by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Pieter de Hooch, Frans Hals and other Old Masters. (NTH46, $26.50)

Rembrandt's Eyes

Rembrandt's Eyes


by Simon Schama

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 768 PAGES

A masterful ode to the Dutch master. Simon Schama interweaves little-known facts about Rembrandt with history and explanations of his signature style. First among them: the "calming" effect of detailed eyes. (NTH157, $35.00)

Girl With a Pearl Earring

Girl With a Pearl Earring


by Tracy Chevalier

  • LITERATURE
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 233 PAGES

Chevalier's richly drawn novel imagines the story behind Vermeer's mysterious portrait of a turbaned girl with a pearl earring. (NTH25, $16.00)

Headlong, A Novel

Headlong, A Novel


by Michael Frayn

  • LITERATURE
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 344 PAGES

A Bruegel canvas claims a central role in Frayn's hilarious tale of an art heist gone awry. Frayn weaves detailed research about the Old Master with a philosopher's foiled plot to appropriate the valuable masterpiece from a boor he feels is unworthy of it. (NTH68, $17.00)

Murder in Amsterdam, Liberal Europe, Islam, and the Limits of Tolerance

Murder in Amsterdam, Liberal Europe, Islam, and the Limits of Tolerance


by Ian Buruma

  • MYSTERY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

Buruma, a Dutch expat who spent years in Japan, turns crime reporter as he travels back to Holland to examine the murder of filmmaker Theo Van Gogh by an Islamic extremist. (NTH91, $16.00)

The Anatomy Lesson

The Anatomy Lesson


by Nina Siegal

  • LITERATURE
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 271 PAGES

A fictionalized account of the events surrounding Rembrandt's first commissioned piece, the Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp. Well-researched and vivid with period details that transport the reader back to 1600s Amsterdam at the height of Dutch artistic vigor. (NTH153, $15.95)

The Twin

The Twin


by Gerbrand Bakker

  • LITERATURE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 344 PAGES

Bakker's spare, tender ode evokes life on a rural farm in the Dutch countryside. (NTH130, $16.00)

The Two Hearts of Kwasi Boachi


by Arthur Japin | Ina Rilke

  • LITERATURE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

An acclaimed debut novel by a young Dutch writer, concerning the tragic fortunes of two Dutch-educated West African princes circa 1830, whose schooling renders them neither Dutch nor Ashanti. (NTH45, $17.00)

Tulip Fever

Tulip Fever


by Deborah Moggach

  • LITERATURE
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 281 PAGES

In this surprise bestseller, set in 1630s Amsterdam, a man contracts the talented painter Jan Van Loos to paint a portrait of him and his beautiful wife, Sophia. A vivid drama unfolds as a mutual attraction develops between Van Loos and Sophia. (NTH31, $16.00)

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 features updated text and maps. (FG47, $29.95)

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