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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 Spain

Eyewitness Guide Spain

by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 672 PAGES
  • BEST SELLER

This superb, colorful guide covering all of Spain features bright photography, dozens of maps and a region-by-region synopsis of the country's attractions. (SPN05, $30.00)

Homage to Catalonia

Homage to Catalonia

by George Orwell

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1987
  • PAPER
  • 234 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Orwell's portrait of the Barcelona uprising and the spirit of a city at war is a classic, an observant and heartfelt report from the streets. (SPN03, $14.95)

Travels with My Donkey

Travels with My Donkey

by Tim Moore

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 328 PAGES

In this wickedly comic account of grand adventures on the 500-mile pilgrimage to Santiago de Campostela with a French-speaking donkey, Moore salts his anecdotes of fellow travelers and grand adventures with an account of the history and culture of the medieval Way of St. James. (SPN242, $15.99)

 
Eyewitness Guide Madrid

Eyewitness Guide Madrid


by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 232 PAGES

This superb guide features bright color photography, dozens of excellent maps and a synopsis of the attractions in and around Madrid. (SPN122, $23.00)

Rick Steves' Spanish Phrase Book & Dictionary

Rick Steves' Spanish Phrase Book & Dictionary


by Rick Steves

  • LANGUAGE & PHRASEBOOKS
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

A compact phrase book for travelers, organized thematically and with a brief dictionary. (SPN178, $8.95)

Food and Wines of Spain

Food and Wines of Spain


by Penelope Casas

  • FOOD
  • 1982
  • HARD COVER
  • 457 PAGES

This classic collection of 400 recipes, interwoven with cultural commentary and culinary history, is a pleasure to read, but prepare to become hungry. (SPN100, $37.50)

A Traveller's History of Spain

A Traveller's History of Spain


by Juan Lalaguna

  • HISTORY
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

A swift survey from prehistory through the Romans, Goths and Moors to the present. (SPN06, $14.95)

Barcelona

Barcelona


by Robert Hughes

  • HISTORY
  • 1993
  • PAPER
  • 570 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

A Longitude favorite, this big, thoroughly enjoyable cultural history of the city touches on architecture, art, religion and literature from Roman outpost to today. (SPN01, $21.00)

Spain, The Root and the Flower

Spain, The Root and the Flower


by John A. Crow

  • HISTORY
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 455 PAGES

Take this book with you to Spain: it's an absorbing, well-written account of Spanish cultural history from prehistory to the Romans, Jews, Moors, Golden Age and on to Franco and his legacy in modern Spain. (SPN13, $29.95)

The Basque History of the World

The Basque History of the World


by Mark Kurlansky

  • HISTORY
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

Kurlansky's engaging portrait of the seven provinces of Basque lands takes in everything from language to culinary heritage, role in the Spanish Civil War and seafaring traditions. (SPN116, $16.00)

The Spanish Labyrinth, An Account of the Social and Political Background of the Spanish Civil War

The Spanish Labyrinth, An Account of the Social and Political Background of the Spanish Civil War


by Gerald Brenan

  • HISTORY
  • 1991
  • PAPER
  • 416 PAGES

A fine introduction to the issues driving the Spanish Civil War. Brenan was there, and he offers a vivid picture that loses nothing for being skewed slightly towards the left. (SPN74, $26.99)

Antoni Gaudi

Antoni Gaudi


by Ignasi de Sola Morales

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2003
  • HARD COVER
  • 143 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

A handsome, comprehensive portrait of Barcelona's great and eccentric architect, featuring 300 color illustrations. This magnificent book, originally published in 1992, helped to revive Gaudi's reputation. (SPN55, $35.00)

The Prado

The Prado


by Alfonso E. Perez Sanchez

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

Highlights of the Prado Museum in Madrid, featuring 320 illustrations of art collected by the kings and queens over centuries, including works by Goya, Rubens, Velazquez and El Greco. (SPN104, $35.00)

Iberia, Spanish Travels & Reflections

Iberia, Spanish Travels & Reflections


by James Michener

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1989
  • PAPER
  • 960 PAGES

In this best-selling travelogue, Michener presents a compulsively readable and well-observed account of his love affair with Spain and all things Spanish. It has achieved the status of a classic, rich in detail and insightful. (SPN16, $8.99)

The Road to Santiago

The Road to Santiago


by Kathryn Harrison

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2003
  • HARD COVER
  • 176 PAGES

The novelist's personal and meditative account of journeys along the Route of St. James, from St-Jean-Pied-de-Port in France to Santiago de Compostela. (SPN209, $20.00)

Don Quixote

Don Quixote


by Miguel de Cervantes | Edith Grossman

  • LITERATURE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 976 PAGES

Any Spaniard will acknowledge his pervasive the influence of Cervantes' masterpiece remains in Spanish culture. And any English reader of Edith Grossman's new translation of this classic will laugh all the way to Iberia! (SPN211, $16.99)

For Whom the Bell Tolls

For Whom the Bell Tolls


by Ernest Hemingway

  • LITERATURE
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 471 PAGES

Hemingway's great novel about the Spanish Civil War is a love story set during the four-day fight of anti-fascist units in the mountains. (SPN19, $17.00)

Spain in Mind

Spain in Mind


by Alice Powers

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 372 PAGES

This literary A-to-Z includes selections by Auden, Hemingway, Michener, Twain, Orwell, Trollope, Wharton and other luminaries. (SPN290, $16.95)

Spain, A Traveler's Literary Companion

Spain, A Traveler's Literary Companion


by Peter R. Bush

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 242 PAGES

This collection of 30 stories form a who's who of contemporary Spanish literature, including writers from Galicia, Leon, the Basque Country, Madrid and Barcelona. (SPN173, $14.95)

The Shadow of the Wind

The Shadow of the Wind


by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

  • LITERATURE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 512 PAGES

Set in the brooding atmosphere of post-WW II Barcelona, this gripping story-within-a-story has it all: murder, doomed love and a mysterious book which draws the young hero, Daniel Sempere, into the city's dangerous underworld. (SPN298, $16.00)

Travelers' Tales Spain

Travelers' Tales Spain


by Lucy McCauly

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 504 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

A collection of mostly contemporary writing on Spain by such diverse luminaries as Calvin Trillin, Robert Hughes, Jan Morris and Garcia Lorca. It's a delightful portrait of the country. (SPN09, $19.95)

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