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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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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)

Life and Food in the Basque Country

Life and Food in the Basque Country

by Maria Jose Sevilla

  • FOOD
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 170 PAGES

A portrait of Basque life as seen through the people who practice its culinary traditions. Each chapter profiles the traditions and histories of the Basque butcher, fisherman, housewife, kaiku-maker (or society cook), with some traditional recipes. (SPN125, $14.95)

Cadogan Bilbao & the Basque Lands

Cadogan Bilbao & the Basque Lands

by Michael Pauls

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 312 PAGES

With good maps as well as introductory chapters on the history and culture of the Basques, this guide covers Bilbao, San Sebastian, Pamplona and Biarritz in detail. (SPN207, $21.95)

Basque Country, Navarra and La Rioja

Basque Country, Navarra and La Rioja

by Michelin Travel Publications

  • 2003
  • MAP

A regional map of Spain covering the Basque Country, Navarra and La Rioja at a scale of 1:250,000. (SPN204, $12.95)

 
A Traveller's Wine Guide to Spain

A Traveller's Wine Guide to Spain


by Desmond Begg

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 228 PAGES

A slim, very informative, lavishly illustrated guide to the wines and wine regions of Spain. (SPN101, $22.00)

Cadogan Guide Northern Spain

Cadogan Guide Northern Spain


by Dana Farcos

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 376 PAGES

A compact guide to northwest Spain from Santiago de Campostela across to Bilbao, San Sebastian, Zaragoza and Pamplona. With details on attractions along with a good overview of culture and history. (SPN113, $21.95)

The Basque Table, Passionate Home Cooking from One of Europe's Great Regional Cuisines

The Basque Table, Passionate Home Cooking from One of Europe's Great Regional Cuisines


by Teresa Barrenechea

  • FOOD
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 232 PAGES

A collection of 130 traditional recipes from the owner and chef of New York's Marichu. Barrenechea, who was raised in Bilbao, includes plenty of asides on Basque history, traditions and culture. (SPN218, $18.95)

Boundaries, The Making of France and Spain in the Pyrenees

Boundaries, The Making of France and Spain in the Pyrenees


by Peter Sahlins

  • HISTORY
  • 1991
  • PAPER
  • 351 PAGES

A study of national identity in Catalonia, Cerdanya and the border lands between France and Spain, with an overview of their demarcation and arbitrary division in 1659. (SPN154, $34.95)

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 Land of My Fathers, A Son's Return to the Basque Country

The Land of My Fathers, A Son's Return to the Basque Country


by Robert Laxalt | Joyce Laxalt

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1999
  • HARD COVER
  • 136 PAGES

A portrait of the Basque culture and people through the eyes of Robert Laxalt, who traveled through Basque country in the 60s. This book is based on Laxalt's journals and complemented by his wife's photographs. (FRN162, $21.00)

The Wine Region of Rioja

The Wine Region of Rioja


by Ana Fabiano

  • HISTORY
  • 2012
  • HARD COVER
  • 256 PAGES

Fabiano captures the history of the Rioja and its wine in this beautifully illustrated tribute to the land and its winemakers. With current bodegas, grape varieties, wines and producers. (SPN514, $35.00)

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)

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)

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)

Marks of Identity

Marks of Identity


by Juan Goytisolo | Gregory Rabassa

  • LITERATURE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

Banned under Franco, this is the story of a man struggling to get along without love for his country or himself. The author has written a number of novels concerning Spain on the periphery of the Western and Islamic worlds. (SPN25, $15.00)

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 Song of Roland

The Song of Roland


by Robert Harrison

  • LITERATURE
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 192 PAGES

The medieval French epic poem recalling the gory battle which took place in 778 (as Charlemagne's rear guard was ambushed by Saracens) this text offers important insights into Christian attitudes toward Muslims in medieval European history. Translated by Robert Harrison. (SPN271, $7.95)

The Sun Also Rises

The Sun Also Rises


by Ernest Hemingway

  • LITERATURE
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

Hemingway's great novel, which encapsulates the angst of the post-WWI "Lost Generation," is the story of unmoored American and British expats travelling from Paris to Pamplona. (SPN33, $15.00)

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