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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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Grammar Lessons

Grammar Lessons

by Michele Morano

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2007
  • HARD COVER
  • 184 PAGES

Morano, who lived in Oviedo in the early 1990s, reflects on the humor and trials of living in a new language in these 13 essays on travel in Spain and search for self. (SPN345, $22.50)

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

Ghosts of Spain

Ghosts of Spain

by Giles Tremlett

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 396 PAGES

Tremlett captures the Spanish character, history and modern politics in this masterful portrait, interweaving the story of his love for the country (where he has lived for 20 years) with interviews, anecdotes and observation. (SPN323, $19.00)

Eyewitness Guide Northern Spain

Eyewitness Guide Northern Spain

by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 264 PAGES

A literate, visually rich guide to Northern Spain from Galicia across Asturbias and the Basque Country to La Rioja to the Pyrenees. (SPN315, $25.00)

Michelin Asturias, Catabria Map 572

by Michelin

  • 2003
  • MAP

This road map at a scale of 1:400,000 covers Asturias and Cantabria in the northwest of Spain. (SPN491, $8.95)

 

Trekking & Climbing in Northern Spain


by Jim Thompson | Ilja Schroeder

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 176 PAGES

A compact guide to favorite treks and climbs in the Pyrenees, Picos de Europa and Cantabrica. (SPN196, $19.95)

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)

Made in Spain, Spanish Dishes for the American Kitchen

Made in Spain, Spanish Dishes for the American Kitchen


by Jose Andres

  • FOOD
  • 2008
  • HARD COVER
  • 254 PAGES

Andres takes in the great diversity of Spain, its culinary traditions, regional specialties and modern innovations in this cookbook and culinary tour, featuring dozens of superbly illustrated recipes. Each section is introduced with an excerpt from the roving chef's journals. (SPN366, $35.00)

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)

Spain: A History

Spain: A History


by Raymond Carr

  • HISTORY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 335 PAGES

A clearly written, illustrated, concise overview of Spain, from prehistory through the Romans, Moorish Spain, imperial expansion, enlightenment, civil war and authoritarian rule, with contributions by leading scholars. (SPN235, $24.95)

The Complete Guide to Walking for Health, Weight Loss, and Fitness

The Complete Guide to Walking for Health, Weight Loss, and Fitness


by Mark Fenton

  • SPORT
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 356 PAGES

A practical, comprehensive and nicely-illustrated handbook by an editor at Walking magazine. Based on the author's popular 52-week program featured in the magazine, Fenton covers the basics of the value and practice of walking and better health. (WLK10, $24.95)

The Penguin Historical Atlas of the Medieval World

The Penguin Historical Atlas of the Medieval World


by Andrew Jotischky

  • HISTORY
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 144 PAGES

Richly decorated with photographs, illustrations and full-color maps, this compact atlas explores the empires, people, cultures and religions of the Middle Ages, providing an excellent introduction to European history. (EUR384, $22.00)

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)

Romanesque

Romanesque


by Norbert Wolf

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 95 PAGES

This slim volume introduces the Romanesque movement, the first universal style of the European Middle Ages dating to the 11th and 12th centuries, its artists and historical context. (ART105, $9.99)

Spanish Recognitions, The Roads to the Present

Spanish Recognitions, The Roads to the Present


by Mary Lee Settle

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 358 PAGES

A magical, meditative account of Spanish history, art, archaeology and travels by the noted writer. Settle (Turkish Reflections) conjures Cervantes, El Cid, the Moors, Visgoths, Romans, Lorca and Balboa as she writes of a road trip from Castile in central Spain to the southern coast. (SPN205, $15.95)

Everything but the Squeal

Everything but the Squeal


by John Barlow

  • LITERATURE
  • 2008
  • HARD COVER
  • 256 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

Barlow, his wife (from Galicia but a vegetarian) and young son gallavant from roadhouse to fine dining establishments, villages and cities in this endearingly offhand, loving account of travels in honor of pork. A delightful, witty guide to the traditions, culinary and otherwise, of the region. (SPN368, $25.00)

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)

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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