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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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Item EXALP111. Buy these 5 items as a set for $77 including shipping, 15% off the retail price. With free shipping on anything else you order.  Buy Package

La Place de la Concorde Suisse

SWZ14
John McPhee
Noonday Press
1994
150
0374519323
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
McPhee deploys his usual insight and wonderful prose on the phenomenon of the Swiss army, presenting an irreverent portrait of Switzerland and the Swiss mindset.
$16.00

Killing Dragons, The Conquest of the Alps

ALP16
Fergus Fleming
Grove Press
2001
398
0802138675
PAPER
Exploration
0
0
0
0
Fleming spins lively tales of man against nature in this entertaining history of the eccentrics, adventurers and publicity-hounds who sought to conquer the Alps, including Whymper and his first ascent of the Matterhorn 150 years ago.
$14.00

Culture Smart! Switzerland

SWZ58
Kendall Maycock
Kuperard
2016
168
1857338448
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A concise, no-nonsense guide to Switzerland's customs, etiquette and culture.
$11.99

Eyewitness Guide Switzerland

SWZ45
Eyewitness Guides
DK Publishing
2015
320
1465426817
FLEXI-BOUND
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A compact, thoroughly illustrated guide, featuring over 900 photographs, good maps, and plenty of information on hiking in the Swiss Alps, natural and tourist attractions and the history and arts of Switzerland.
$25.00

Alps Map

ALP07
Freytag & Berndt
Freytag & Berndt
2010
2
3850842274
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
This regional map (1:500,000), centered on the Alps, includes portions of Austria, Slovenia, Italy, Switzerland, Germany and France.
$14.95

Eyewitness Guide Austria

AST59
Eyewitness Guides
DK Publishing
2016
380
1465439609
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This superb guide to all of Austria features color photography, dozens of excellent local maps and a region-by-region synopsis of the country's attractions.
$25.00

Xenophobe's Guide to the Swiss

SWZ77
Paul Bilton
Trafalgar Square
2008
92
1906042500
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This irreverent pocket guide to cultural awareness is both insightful and entertaining.
$9.95

All Along the Rhine

GER111
Kay Shaw Nelson
Hippocrene Books
2003
211
0781810000
PAPER
Food
0
0
0
0
Subtitled "Recipes, Wine and Lore from Germany, France, Switzerland, Austria, Liechtenstein and Holland" this tribute to the Rhine Valley complements its history and culture with 130 recipes.
$14.95

Cuisines of the Alps

CEU38
Kay Shaw Nelson
Hippocrene Books
2004
197
0781810582
HARD COVER
Food
0
0
0
0
Subtitled "Recipes, Drinks, and Lore from France, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Italy, Germany, Austria, and Slovenia," this colorful tour of the region's rustic cuisine offers more than 140 recipes, a section on regional wines and historical information.
$24.95

Slow Train to Switzerland, One Tour, Two Trips, 150 Years -- and a World of Change Apart

SWZ80
Diccon Bewes
Perseus
2014
320
1857886259
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Bestselling author Diccon Bewes (Swiss Watching SWZ73) follows in the footsteps of an 1863 tour group who traveled from London to Lucerne, Switzerland. In his trademark breezy, intelligent prose, Bewes traces how tourism and time have caused a sea change in Switzerland.
$19.95

Swiss Watching, Inside Europe's Landlocked Island

SWZ73
Diccon Bewes
Nicholas Brealey
2012
324
1857885872
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
An international bestseller. Diccon Bewees, a neutral Brit, covers cheese, chocolate, William Tell, bureaucracy and banks, all with humor and thorough research. His cultural portrait of the one-of-a-kind nation includes tips on local customs, greetings and etiquette. Second edition.
$19.95

The Alps, A Cultural History

ALP30
Andrew Beattie
Oxford University Press
2006
256
0195309553
HARD COVER
History
0
0
0
0
Beattie explores the turbulent past and vibrant present of the Alps, where early pioneers of tourism, mountaineering and scientific research have each left their mark.
$38.95

The German Way

GER12
Hyde Flippo
McGraw-Hill
1997
138
0844225134
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
1
0
0
0
This clever A-to-Z guide to quirks, attitudes, behavior and customs is a terrific resource for travelers seeking insight into why the Germans, Austrians and Swiss do what they do.
$18.00

The Habsburgs, Embodying Empire

AST11
Andrew Wheatcroft
Penguin Putnam
1995
384
0140236341
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
With skillful scholarship and engaging style, Wheatcroft reveals the history of this family of eccentric monarchs.
$18.00

Eiger Dreams, Ventures Among Men and Mountains

ALP10
Jon Krakauer
Lyons Press
2009
192
1599216108
PAPER
Exploration
0
0
0
0
A collection of some of Krakauer's (Into Thin Air) best journalism, these stories and essays focus on the mindset and determination of world-class mountaineers, including Alpine and Himalayan climbers.
$14.95

Scrambles Amongst the Alps: In the Years 1860-69

ALP02
Edward Whymper
National Geographic
2002
320
0792269233
PAPER
Exploration
0
0
0
0
Edward Wymper's classic account of Victorian-era mountaineering captures the geography, beauty and allure of the Alps.
$16.00

Coming Out Swiss, In Search of Heidi, Chocolate and My Other Life

SWZ82
Anne Herrmann
University of Wisconsin Press
2014
264
029929840X
HARD COVER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Part memoir, part history, part travelogue, Anne Hermann’s passionate celebration of what it means to be Swiss intertwines personal revelation with cultural fact.
$26.95

Ludwig II of Bavaria, The Swan King

GER27
Christopher McIntosh
St. Martins
2012
331
1848858477
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
This lively biography of King Ludwig II, builder of the wild castles of Bavaria, chronicles in fascinating detail Ludwig's rise to the throne at age 18, his devotion to music and architecture and his death under questionable circumstances at the age of 41.
$29.50

The Story of the Trapp Family Singers

AST47
Maria von Trapp
HarperCollins
2001
312
0060005777
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
1
0
The true story of the von Trapp family singers, as remembered by Maria von Trapp herself. Maria was indeed a novice nun, but there ends her resemblance to the Julie Andrews' character in the Sound of Music.
$15.99

A Farewell to Arms

ITL384
Ernest Hemingway
Scribner
2014
330
1476764522
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Set in snowy Switzerland and the rainy Italian Lake Country during WWI, this semi-autobiographical novel chronicles the romance between a British nurse and an American ambulance driver. This edition collects all of the alternate endings, along with early drafts of other essential passages
$17.00

Daisy Miller

SWZ09
Henry James
Penguin
2007
126
0141441348
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
A classic story of a young American woman's innocent flirtation and its misinterpretation by a sophisticated European man, set in Lac Leman and Chillon. This is James' first fictional work to gain mass popularity and one of his great American female portraits.
$8.00

Homestead

ALP11
Rosini Lippi
Lightning Source
1999
210
0395977711
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Set firmly in a small village in the Austrian Alps, these 12 interlinking stories are almost ethnographic in their rich detail of small town life. The stories range from the turn-of-the-century to the present, accurately charting change in the remote village.
$13.95

Hotel du Lac

SWZ05
Anita Brookner
Vintage Books
1995
184
0679759328
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Funny, stylish and spellbinding, Brookner's novel tracks the story of a romance novelist seeking evasive peace and quiet at the luxurious Hotel du Lac in Switzerland. Winner of the Man Booker Prize.
$15.95

The Walk

SWZ75
Robert Walser, Susan Bernofsky (Translator)
New Directions Publishing Corporation
2012
96
0811219925
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
In this classic novella by the Swiss modernist, freshly translated, Walser writes that "it is on walks that the lore of nature and the lore of the country are revealed, charming and graceful, to the sense and eyes of the observant walker."
$10.95

Birds of Europe

FG47
Lars Svensson
Princeton University Press
2010
416
0691143927
PAPER
Field Guide
0
1
0
0
Featuring 3,500 glorious paintings by Killian Mullarney and Dan Zetterstrom, the second edition of this exquisite guide features updated text and maps.
$29.95

Wild Flowers of Britain & Northern Europe

EUR371
Andrew Cleave
John Beaufoy Publishing
2015
160
1909612448
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
A colorful field guide featuring commonly encountered species of the fields and gardens of Europe.
$14.95

More Books

The Cathedral Builders of the Middle Ages

MED07
Alain Erlande-Brandenburg
Thames & Hudson UK
2010
175
0500300526
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
This pocket-size encyclopedia of the art, architecture and culture of the Middle Ages features hundreds of drawings, color illustrations and a chronology.
$15.95

Switzerland Map

SWZ11
Borch Maps
Borch Maps
2014
1
3866093381
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A folded, laminated, road map of Switzerland, showing all major and many minor roads, cities and towns, at a scale of 1:400,000.
$11.95

Neither Here Nor There, Travels in Europe

EUR25
Bill Bryson
HarperCollins
2001
254
0380713802
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Bryson deploys his famously cranky humor in this romp through European capitals. He's great fun to read and insightful on quirks of character.
$15.99

Insight Guide Switzerland

SWZ15
Insight Guides
Insight Guides
2009
368
9812586806
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
1
This handsome guide gives a profusely illustrated overview of Switzerland, featuring concise essays by well-regarded authors on history, politics and culture, as well as hundreds of photos and maps and other practical information.
$24.99

A Tramp Abroad

EUR78
Mark Twain, David Eggers (Introduction), Kerry Driscoll (Introduction)
Random House
2003
400
0812970039
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Written 11 years after Innocents Abroad, this is Twain's second foray into European travel. Filled with his characteristic wit and humorous observations, it documents his journeys through Germany, Switzerland, France and Italy. Now with an introduction by Dave Eggers.
$17.00

Switzerland Adventure Map

SWZ79
National Geographic Maps
National Geographic Maps
2013
1
1566956390
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A waterproof, tear-resistant map of Switzerland at a scale of 1:500,000. Includes detailed elevations and the locations of natural attractions.
$11.95

For Kids

William Tell: One Against an Empire, A Swiss Legend

SWZ20
Paul Storrie
Lerner Publishing Group
2009
32
1580138284
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
The classic tale of a Swiss hunter facing a terrible choice, as a graphic novel for ages 9-11.
$8.95

Count Karlstein

SWZ21
Philip Pullman
Random House
2000
256
0375803483
HARD COVER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
An entertaining gothic thriller set in a Swiss village in 1816.
$6.99

Banner in the Sky

SWZ23
James Ramsey Ullman
HarperCollins
1988
256
0064470482
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG ADULTS
A suspenseful tale of a young boy determined to keep his father's mountaineering dream alive.
$8.99

Asterix in Switzerland

SWZ30
Rene de Goscinny
Sterling Publishing Company
2004
0752866354
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
This entry in the Asterix series of comic books features excellent drawings of the Swiss Alpine landscape.
$12.99

Heidi

SWZ32
Johanna Spyri
Sterling Publishing Company
2006
263
0517189674
HARD COVER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
The beloved tale of a little girl who is sent to live with her curmudgeonly grandfather in a remote Alpine village. This handsome hardback edition retains the quaint prose and buoyant disposition of Johanna Spyri's 1880 original.
$9.95

The Juniper Tree and Other Tales from Grimm

GER144
Lore Segal (Translator), Maurice Sendak (Illustrator)
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
2003
368
0374339716
HARD COVER
Literature
0
0
0
0
FAMILY
A new edition of a revered classic (hard-bound with dust jacket and built-in bookmark), distinguished by the choice of tales, sharp translation and, of course, Sendak's haunting illustrations.
$28.00

Eyewitness Castle

EUR335
Christopher Gravett
DK Publishing
2008
72
0756637694
HARD COVER
History
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
Take a look behind the walls of these fascinating fortresses and learn how they were built to house hundreds of people and animals; how a young boy rose from lowly page to noble knight; and what life was like for the castle residents. With a CD of clip art and a poster.
$16.99

Europe, A True Book

EUR336
Sandra Newman
Children's Press
2009
48
0531218295
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
Part of the True Book series, this illustrated, readable volume geared toward ages 9 to 12 introduces children to the geography and diverse cultures of Europe.
$6.95

The Apple and the Arrow

SWZ69
Conrad Buff
Houghton Mifflin Company
2001
80
0618128093
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
Families will enjoy this spirited retelling of the famous legend of William Tell and his 12-year-old son, Walter, which won the 1952 Newbery Medal.
$8.95