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Educational Travel Conference
Last week Longitude attended the annual Educational Travel Conference in St. Louis. Besides meeting with our current valued travel partners we met a host of new travel companies and look forward to partnering with them in the coming year, all in the name of getting books into the hands of travelers. The Educational Travel Community was the privileged audience of several talented keynotes, including author and anthropologist Wade Davis.
The Road to Little Dribbling
Picking up a Bill Bryson book is akin to cooking a family favorite—the steps are familiar and the results always delicious. Bryson’s recipe is a combination of wit, self-deprecation and insightful criticism with a dash of crankiness. Equal parts entertaining anecdote and informative history, his latest release contains all the right ingredients. Published 20 years after Notes from a Small Island and a sequel of sorts,
Best Travel Books of 2015
Looking for some book recommendations for 2016? As you begin planning you travels for the New Year, don't miss the top ten travel books of 2015. Where the Dead Pause, and the Japanese Say Goodbye. When her American father passes away, Marie Mutsuki Mockett seeks consolation in her mother's home country of Japan. Her relatives own a Buddhist temple near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, and after the 2011 tsunami, radiation levels prohibit the burial of her grandfather.
The Conquerors
Early on in his new book The Conquerors, How Portugal Forged the First Global Empire, historian Richard Crowley describes a gorgeous work of cartography, housed in Lisbon’s Castle of St. George, depicting the topography of the known world from the perspective of fifteenth-century Europeans. The ten-foot map—commissioned by King Afonso and produced by Venetian cartographer Fra Mauro—is described by Crowley as “microscopically detailed and brilliant with gold leaf, wavy seas of vivid blue and the images of castellated cities.
A Quiet Refuge in the Heart of Rangoon
Kindly contributed by Rena Pederson, author of The Burma Spring, Aung San Suu Kyi and the Struggle for the Soul of a Nation. The award-winning journalist delivers an inspiring biography of the charismatic Aung San Suu Kyi, whose life and work served as inspiration for Burma's first steps toward democracy. Drawing on exclusive interviews with Suu Kyi since her release from a 15-year house arrest, Pederson sheds new light on the hardships Suu Kyi and her people endured in their ongoing struggle for liberty.
  Burma -- renamed Myanmar by military rulers -- is a beguiling corner of the world.
The Inland Sea
“It is to the Inland Sea that I am bound,” travel writer Donald Richie announces at the opening of his 1971 classic, The Inland Sea, recently republished by Stonebridge Press in a new edition. Richie, bemoaning the industrialization and commercialism threatening Japanese society, flees to the islands scattered across the Inland Sea, a body of water almost completely bound by three of Japan’s four major islands. In the relative isolation of fishing villages he searches out the essence of traditional Japanese culture.