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Sing, Unburied, Sing

The American South is irrevocably tied to its racial history, so much so that its reverberations still linger in politics and culture in the present. Jesmyn Ward’s latest novel, Sing, Unburied, Sing, exhumes the gothic and mythic presence of the South to create a sense of foreboding danger from the opening scene, where the young Jojo loses his innocence when his grandfather teaches him how to slaughter a lamb.

The Long Way Home, A Personal History of Nova Scotia

This book is about a small place—just over twenty thousand square miles in total, less than four hundred miles tip to tip—yet it is still hard to get everywhere here. My atlas of Nova Scotia is twenty-five years old, but since not much has changed in the past quarter century I see no reason to replace it. Lots of the nine thousand names on the maps aren’t really places at all in any traditional sense: they’re hillocks, brooks, gullies or ponds that people use to orient themselves to the landscape.

American Wolf

Shifting between politics, wolf pack drama, and Yellowstone magnificent and severe, American Wolf, A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West by Nate Blakeslee reads like a multi-generational novel. Blakeslee, writer-at-large for Texas Monthly, probes and chronicles years of trouble and strife among Yellowstone’s Lamar Creek Pack, as well as park politics – inevitably pressing the question of whether lupus lupus or homo sapiens plays the villain more.

A Mountaineer's Life

Known as “The Slim Fox” in climbing circles, Allen Steck has earned the title “living legend.” Now 91 years old, there are few mountaineers like him left, and his beautifully produced memoir A Mountaineer’s Life is a both a clear record of his career in the sport, and a call to those inspired to follow in his footsteps.

Ultimate Journeys For Two

They left for their honeymoon in January of 2012, and Mike and Anne Howard have been trotting the globe ever since. Across five years together, the pair from New Jersey have claimed the title “the World's Longest Honeymooners.” and National Geographic has put their journeys into print.

David Downie shares "A Taste of Paris"

Our favorite francophile/expat shares an excerpt from his latest A Taste of Paris: A History of the Parisian Love Affair with Food ©2017 by David Downie and reprinted by permission of St. Martin’s Press.

A Writer's Ireland
May 2002. My first trip to Ireland. Alone, I join a small group of strangers to hike the Beara peninsula, West Cork. I fall deeply in love with a land of impossible greens, of peaches-and-cream sunrises and salmon-flesh sunsets, of lashing rain and wind, always wind.
White Star Travel Journals

Newly released by White Star Publishers, the Travel Journal series focuses on four popular destinations: London, New York, Paris and Italy

Uniquely, the journals feature plenty of illustrations and quotes. Open the book to any page and on the left-hand side you’ll see a hand-drawn sketch.

The Sagrada Familia: The Astonishing Story of Gaudi's Unfinished Masterpiece
Towering over Barcelona, La Sagrada Familia has famously been under construction since 1882. Yet despite its unfinished state, the cathedral draws approximately 3 million tourists each year who revel in the wild masterpiece of devotional architecture. Gaudi’s vision combines Gothic and Art Nouveau, resulting one of the most original, memorable buildings in history.
Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, France

Kindly contributed by Katharine Soper, a good friend of Longitude, and the author of Steps Out of Time, a travel narrative alive with the many intangible gifts of the Camino de Santiago.

Tucked away in the foothills of the French Pyrenees is the charming Basque village of Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port. I first visited it with my French fiancé when I was twenty and living in Paris. This was my introduction to the French countryside—la France profonde—and it was love at first sight.