Blog posts of '2010' 'December'

Happy New Year
kiboHere's our Holiday schedule. Longitude will be closed Friday December 24, Monday December 27 and Tuesday December 28, back for a visit on Wednesday and Thursday, December 29-30, then closed on Friday December 31. On Monday January 3 we return to work, alas, from Arizona, Vermont, Massachusetts and Brooklyn. Wishing you peace and joy, along with good reading and travels, in the New Year!
It's official: winter is here -- heralded by a lunar eclipse on December 21st no less. For the naturalist in your life, we suggest Bernd Heinrich's Winter World or Peter Marchand's excellent introduction to winder ecology, Life in the Cold. The there's Winter Wheat, Mildred Walker's classic memoir of coming of age on a Montana farm in the 1940s. Or
Material World
Peter Menzel Bhutan FamilyIt's back! The excellent book that launched a series (Peter Menzel and Faith Faith D'Aluisio have continued their globe-trotting career with Women in the Material World, What the World Eats and, most recently, What I Eat, Around the World in 80 diets).  An inspired idea, Material World documents 30 families around the world, each with all their possessions artfully arrayed around them and accompanied by a six-to-eight page photo-essay.  The cumulative impact of the photographs, biographical and social detail is fascinating -- and an excellent lesson in social geography.
Mapped Out
London, Paris, Rome, Venice and Vienna too. Melissa Biggs Bradley and colleagues at the savvy travel web site Indagare (Melissa was previously the travel editor at Town & Country) have produced this series of mapguides, featuring "The Essential 3-Day Itinerary for Families.
The Way of Herodotus
A Penguin Classics edition of The Histories in hand, Justin Marozzi journeys from Herodotus' home town of Halicarnassus (now known as Bodrum), to Baghdad, Babylon, Egypt, Athens and the Peloponnese, weaving tales of his hero with erudite and entertaining modern travel. He even stops to have lunch (and a good deal of Retsina) with the British author Patrick Leigh Fermor ("one of the finest writers in the English language") at his home in Kardamyli.
Sulawesi, Indonesia

The Darwinian Tourist, Viewing the World through Evolutionary Eyes (SCI291, $34.95)

Lucky dog! Popular professor of ecology Chris Wills gets paid to do research in places like Sulawesi (see below), Madagascar's Ranomafana National Park and the rainforests in Borneo, all included in this illustrated account of ecological adventures and the richness of an evolutionary perspective. Sulawesi, Indonesia
Book Lust to Go
Recommended Reading for TravelersAmerica's favorite librarian Nancy Pearl takes on travel in this A-to-Z for what to read for 120 destinations. Her zeal for books, especially historical fiction, and mysteries of all sorts, is infectious. How else would we have stumbled across Sofi Oksanen's powerful first novel Purge (BLT43, $14.95), which recalls the 20th-century history of Estonia? Or Tarquin Hall's irresistible detective Vish Puri ìIndia's most Private Investigator," star of The Case of the Missing Servant (IDA606, $14.00) and The Case of the Man Who Died Laughing (IDA605, $24.00).