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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.

An Interview with Midge Raymond

authorIn her book My Last Continent, novelist Midge Raymond shares a love story about penguin researchers who find themselves at the heart of a maritime disaster in the Southern Ocean. We've asked her questions about her novel, her research, and her interest in penguins.

1) What inspired you to write about Antarctica? Did you visit the continent before or during writing this novel?

I visited the Antarctic peninsula in 2004, on a small ship much like the Cormorant. Right after returning, I wrote a short story, “The Ecstatic Cry,” which was inspired by a moment in which I saw a passenger fall on the ice near a penguin colony. He was fine, fortunately, but seeing this reinforced the notion that, at the bottom of the world, you are at the mercy of the conditions and of the few people who are with you...

An Interview with Mark Kurlansky
authorIn his new book Havana, A Subtropical Delirium, Longtime Caribbean correspondent and award-winning author Mark Kurlansky mixes history, travelogue, recipes and hand-drawn illustrations for a unique, insider's view of Havana. He takes us to the city’s colorful streets and mojito swilling bars in this interview.
  Longitude. You describe change as one of Havana’s fundamental characteristics and predict more transformation to come. What are some specific changes you have witnessed in the city over the past few years? Kurlansky. Contrary to what most Americans imagine there have not been huge changes in the last few years.