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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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Essential Reading Package-EXNTH102

Item EXNTH102. Buy these 5 items as a set for $97 including shipping, 15% off the retail price. With free shipping on anything else you order.  Buy Package

Why the Dutch are Different

NTH177
Ben Coates
Nicholas Brealey
2016
304
185788633X
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
Mingling history with travelogue, Coates speaks to why the Netherlands is such a fascinating country. He explains their world-famous culture of tolerance, the significance of milk, beer and the color orange in the lives of the Dutch and much more.
$19.95

A Worldly Art

NTH46
Mariet Westermann
Yale University Press
2005
208
0300107234
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
This appreciative analysis of Dutch art in its Golden Age (1585-1718) features 100 exemplary illustrations by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Pieter de Hooch, Frans Hals and other Old Masters.
$26.50

Eyewitness Guide Brussels, Bruges, Ghent & Antwerp

BLG16
Rebecca Miles
DK Publishing
2015
200
1465425659
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This superbly illustrated guide features color photos and maps of city neighborhoods, with information on history, culture and sightseeing.
$20.00

Eyewitness Guide The Netherlands

NTH71
Eyewitness Guides
DK Publishing
2014
472
146541195X
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
Gorgeously illustrated and filled with excellent maps, this compact book covers Holland, its history, traditions, cultures and sights. With hundreds of color photographs and illustrations.
$26.00

Benelux Map

NTH03
Michelin Travel Publications
Michelin Travel Publications
2012
2
2067122983
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
Covering the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg at a scale of 1:400,000.
$12.95

DK Eyewitness Top Ten Amsterdam

NTH142
Eyewitness Guides
DK Publishing
2016
128
1465445757
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A compact, illustrated guide in the popular series, featuring favorite attractions and a pull-out map.
$14.00

Lonely Planet Dutch Phrasebook

NTH115
Lonely Planet
Lonely Planet Publications
2013
256
1741792746
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This handy pocket phrasebook includes pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary.
$8.99

Amsterdam, A History of the World's Most Liberal City

NTH143
Russell Shorto
Doubleday
2014
368
0307743756
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Russell Shorto opens this delightful ode to an adopted city with his daily journey, by bike of course, through his neighborhood to drop off his toddler son. He spins a tale of a diverse city wrestled from the sea, its coffee shops, canals and its personalities and politics, with panache.
$17.00

The Embarrassment of Riches

NTH04
Simon Schama
Vintage Books
1997
698
0679781242
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
An engaging cultural history and much more, this book is a study of the Dutch in the 17th century and their surprising challenge to Spanish rule.
$26.00

The Netherlands in a Nutshell

NTH174
Frits Van Oostrom
University of Chicago Press
2009
117
9089640398
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
With information on the Dutch East India Company, Huygens, Spinoza, Van Gogh, the Great Flood, the Dutch overseas colonies and much more, Van Oostrom's popular primer covers the essential highlights of Dutch history.
$25.00

The Undutchables

NTH12
Colin White
White Boucke Publishing
2010
308
188858047X
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
A laugh-out-loud, irreverent guide to Dutch character and habits, including how to drink coffee and why you shouldn't even think about haggling over prices.
$16.00

Tulipomania

NTH30
Mike Dash
Crown
2001
288
060980765X
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
The story of the world's most coveted flower and the extraordinary passion it aroused, this vivid history traces the tulip from its origins on the Turkish steppes to its status as an absurdly desired object in Europe and its key role in the financial follies of 17th-century Holland.
$13.95

Rembrandt, Substance and Shadow

NTH11
Pascal Bonafoux
Thames & Hudson UK
1992
176
0500300224
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
This small-format book is an accessible overview of the Dutch master's life and work and is filled with rich illustrations.
$11.00

Rembrandt's Eyes

NTH157
Simon Schama
Penguin Putnam
2015
768
0141979534
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
A masterful ode to the Dutch master. Simon Schama interweaves little-known facts about Rembrandt with history and explanations of his signature style. First among them: the "calming" effect of detailed eyes.
$35.00

The Amsterdam Canals

NTH173
Cris Toala Olivares
National Book Network
2015
352
9089895590
HARD COVER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
Published for the 400th birthday of Amsterdam’s world-famous canal system, this luxurious photographic portfolio highlights the characteristic places and everyday life of Amsterdam from the air, the ground and the water.
$100.00

A Tall Man in a Low Land

BLG19
Harry Pearson
Little Brown and Company
2000
246
0349112061
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Pearson, a British travel writer, journalist and comic, is an entertaining guide to Belgium and its traditions, culture, beer and chocolate.
$15.95

An Inland Voyage

NTH175
Robert Louis Stevenson
John Beaufoy Publishing
2015
128
190961257X
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
The debut work by Robert Louis Stevenson (Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (SCT74), Treasure Island (PAC25)) is a spirited travel narrative that follows the gifted writer down the Oise River from Belgium through France in 1876.
$11.65

Dear Theo, The Autobiography of Vincent Van Gogh

NTH88
Irving Stone (Editor)
Plume
1995
480
0452275040
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
This collection of letters from the troubled artist to his brother offers an illuminating gaze into Van Gogh’s passion for art while revealing his dramatic personal struggles.
$17.00

In the City of Bikes

NTH141
Pete Jordan
HarperCollins Publishers
2013
448
0061995207
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Pedaling around the city on a "lumbering and sluggish" single-speed bicycle named Brownie, American expat and bike nut Pete Jordan turns his love of Amsterdam -- and of bicycles -- into an acutely observed cultural history of the city.
$15.99

Master of Shadows, The Secret Diplomatic Career of the Painter Peter Paul Rubens

BLG44
Mark Lamster
Doubleday
2010
316
0307387356
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Ranging from his home in Antwerp to London, Madrid, Paris and Rome, Lamster uncovers the gripping tale behind one of the world’s most famous painters and his double life as a secret agent, diplomat and political operative in 17th century Europe.
$17.00

The Diary of a Young Girl, The Definitive Edition

NTH05
Anne Frank
Doubleday
1995
340
0385480334
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
The classic story of an adolescent Jewish girl's life and thoughts while in hiding with her family in Nazi-occupied Holland. A new edition with added material.
$13.95

Amsterdam, A Traveler's Literary Companion

NTH33
Manfred Wolf (Editor)
Whereabouts Press
2001
238
188351309x
PAPER
Anthology
0
0
0
0
Organized by district, these 17 contemporary short stories by modern Dutch writers, including Cees Nooteboom and Geert Mak, are set amid the canals, cafes and neighborhoods of Amsterdam.
$13.95

Girl in Hyacinth Blue

NTH23
Susan Vreeland
Penguin Putnam
2000
150
014029628x
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
This finely-crafted novel tells the story of the girl in an imagined, undiscovered portrait by Vermeer. Created in the 17th century, the painting passes through a number of people's hands, providing a series of tales that reflect the history and character of Holland and Europe through the years.
$15.00

Girl With a Pearl Earring

NTH25
Tracy Chevalier
Dutton Inc.
2001
233
0452282152
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Chevalier's richly drawn novel imagines the story behind Vermeer's mysterious portrait of a turbaned girl with a pearl earring.
$16.00

Niccolo Rising

BLG13
Dorothy Dunnett
Random House
1999
470
0375704779
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
From the reigning queen of historical fiction comes this fast-paced, thoroughly-researched novel of ambition and worldly goods in 15th-century Bruges. This is the first volume in her House of Niccolo series.
$15.95

The Anatomy Lesson

NTH153
Nina Siegal
Random House
2014
271
0804169233
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
A fictionalized account of the events surrounding Rembrandt’s first commissioned piece, the Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp. Well-researched and vivid with period details that transport the reader back to 1600s Amsterdam at the height of Dutch artistic vigor.
$15.95

The Professor

BLG27
Charlotte Bronte
Penguin
1989
316
0140433112
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Bronte's first novel, published posthumously, is based on her experiences with Emily as a language student in Brussels in 1842.
$12.00

Tulip Fever

NTH31
Deborah Moggach
Bantam Doubleday
2001
281
0385334923
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
In this surprise bestseller, set in 1630s Amsterdam, a man contracts the talented painter Jan Van Loos to paint a portrait of him and his beautiful wife, Sophia. A vivid drama unfolds as a mutual attraction develops between Van Loos and Sophia.
$17.00

More Books

Eyewitness Guide Amsterdam

NTH01
Eyewitness Guides
DK Publishing
2016
308
1465439471
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A wonderful guide to Amsterdam, filled with detailed drawings, photographs and thumbnail sketches.
$25.00

The Autumn of the Middle Ages

EUR17
Johan Huizinga
University of Chicago Press
1997
467
0226359948
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A pioneering work of social and cultural history, this well-translated classic of 1924 is a richly detailed portrait of life, thought and art in 14th- and 15th-century France and the Netherlands.
$32.00

Daily Life in Rembrandt's Holland

NTH19
Paul Zumthor
Stanford University Press
1994
353
0804722013
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
First published in 1959, this richly detailed portrait of Dutch society during the golden age looks at material life of the average citizen including food, housing, holidays, industry, relations between the sexes -- and even toilet habits.
$28.95

Amsterdam Map

NTH36
Borch Maps
Borch Maps
2016
2
3866095775
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A laminated, folded map of the city center, at a scale of 1:11,000.
$9.95

Rough Guide The Netherlands

NTH39
Martin Dunford
Rough Guides
2016
368
024120447X
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This comprehensive guide includes practical details and recommendations for planning a trip.
$24.99

Bruegel

NTH41
Walter S. Gibson
Thames & Hudson
1985
216
0500201560
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
A volume in the excellent "World of Art" series, Gibson's book dispels the myth of Bruegel the simpleton artist and replaces it with a portrait of a man who understood the needs of his patrons. With many black-and-white and color reproductions of the paintings.
$14.95

Rubens

NTH42
Kristin Lohse Belkin
Phaidon Press
1998
352
0714834122
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
Belkin chronicles the 17th century artist Peter Paul Rubens from his early family life to his influential interactions with the Italian Renaissance masters and finally to Antwerp, where he rose to fame as a renowned painter and diplomat to the royal courts of Europe.
$29.95

Dutch Painting 1600-1800

NTH48
Seymour Slive, Jakob Rosenberg
Yale University Press
1998
392
0300074514
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
A generously illustrated, scholarly history of 200 years of Dutch art.
$45.00

Lonely Planet Netherlands

NTH50
Lonely Planet, C. Le Nevez
Lonely Planet Publications
2016
320
1743215525
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A practical, comprehensive travel guide.
$24.99

The Letters of Vincent Van Gogh

NTH52
Vincent Van Gogh, Ronald De Leeuw (Editor), Arnold Pomerans (Translator)
Penguin
1998
560
0140446745
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
There are many versions of Van Gogh's letters, but this Penguin Classic edition is a very thorough selection of the artist's writing and highlights Van Gogh's love for both his art and his family.
$18.00

National Geographic Amsterdam

NTH53
National Geographic
National Geographic
2014
271
1426211856
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This compact guide featuring National Geographic's usual attention to maps and color photography also includes excellent coverage of history, culture and art. Second edition.
$22.95

The Botany of Desire

NAT56
Michael Pollan
Random House
2002
271
0375760393
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
Four marvelous essays on four plants, all with the common theme of how well each has manipulated humans for its benefit. The plants are: the apple, the tulip, the potato, and marijuana. Pollan's writing is beautiful, and the apple essay alone -- you'll never think of Johnny Appleseed in the same way! -- is as satisfying an essay as we've read in a long time.
$17.00

The Corpse on the Dike

NTH66
Janwillem van de Wettering
Soho Press
1995
232
1569470499
PAPER
Mystery
0
0
0
0
A volume in the long-running and immensely popular "Amsterdam Cops" series, this book focuses on two police detectives' investigations of the seamy side of Amsterdam.
$13.00

Headlong, A Novel

NTH68
Michael Frayn
Picador USA
2000
344
0312267460
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
A Bruegel canvas claims a central role in Frayn's hilarious tale of an art heist gone awry. Frayn weaves detailed research about the Old Master with a philosopher's foiled plot to appropriate the valuable masterpiece from a boor he feels is unworthy of it.
$20.00

The Gothic Enterprise, A Guide to Understanding the Medieval Cathedral

EUR190
Robert A. Scott
University of California Press
2005
294
0520246802
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
An enthusiast, Scott delves into the history, design, architecture and wonder of Europe's medieval cathedrals and great Abbey churches.
$26.95

A Time of Gifts

CEU30
Patrick Leigh Fermor
NYRB
2005
384
1590171659
PAPER
Travel Narrative
1
0
0
0
Fermor effortlessly interweaves anecdote, history and culture in this exuberant account of a walk from Holland, up the Rhine and down the Danube, through Germany, Prague and Austria in 1933. Written not in the moment, but 40 years later, the accumulation of time and experience gives the book particular poignancy.
$16.95

The Lady and The Unicorn

BLG24
Tracy Chevalier
Plume
2005
250
0452285453
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
In this rich historical novel, Chevalier (Girl With A Pearl Earring) imagines the wealthy patrons, social milieu, intrigue and incident behind the 15th-century tapestries now hanging in the Cluny in Paris.
$16.00

Lonely Planet Amsterdam

NTH106
Karla Zimmerman
Lonely Planet Publications
2016
328
1743218575
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A practical guide in the popular series.
$21.99

The Black Tulip

NTH84
Alexandre Dumas
Penguin
2003
246
0140448926
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
A gripping classic about love and adventure and tulips. In 17th-century Holland, Cornelius von Baerle is falsely accused and jailed. He fights for his freedom with the aid of his jailer's beautiful daughter.
$15.00

Amsterdam, Made by Hand

NTH118
Pia Jane Bijkerk
Little Bookroom
2010
216
1892145847
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A celebration of the back streets, boutiques, woodworkers, florists, dressmakers, jewelry designers and other artisans of chic Amsterdam.
$19.95

Rubens and His Legacy

BLG56
Tim Barringer
Harry N. Abrams
2014
352
190753377X
HARD COVER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
A critical survey of the Flemish painter's work, connecting his art with that of his forerunners and heirs.
$75.00

Rick Steves Belgium, Bruges, Brussels, Antwerp & Ghent

BLG60
Rick Steves
Avalon Travel Publishing
2017
364
1631216090
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
In his comprehensive guide to Belgium's four major cities, tour guru Rick Steves profiles the best sights, strolls, accommodations and cuisine of each. Illustrated with black-and-white maps and photographs.
$19.99

Fodor's 25 Best Brussels & Bruges

BLG61
Fodor's
Fodor's
2015
128
1101879432
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This shirt-pocket guide to Brussels and Bruges, with an excellent map, includes a choice selection of attractions, shops and restaurants, ideal for a short visit.
$17.99

Amsterdam Pocket Map

NTH183
Freytag & Berndt
Freytag & Berndt
2015
1
3707909190
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
This durable, laminated map features Amsterdam at an intimate scale of 1:10,000, with insets of the greater area and the subway. Ideal for slipping into a back pocket and exploring. Multi-lingual, with English.
$9.95

For Kids

Hans Brinker or The Silver Skates

NTH40
Mary Mapes Dodge
Aladdin Books
2002
256
0689849095
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
The beloved 1865 children's book, exhaustive in its detail of daily life in 19th-century Holland. The impoverished Brinker children yearn for a pair of silver skates, but they must make do with skates of wood -- unless Hans can win the annual skating competition.
$17.95

Chasing Vermeer

ART66
Blue Balliett
Scholastic Inc.
2005
0439372976
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
Two 11-year-olds from Chicago team up to solve the mystery of the heist of a Vermeer in this novel for ages 8 to 11.
$7.99