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Holland & Belgium in Spring

Reading and Travel Guide
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-EXNTH65

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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

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

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

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

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

Fodor's Amsterdam's 25 Best

NTH16
Fodor's
Fodor's
2014
96
0804143269
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This slim guide to essential highlights includes an excellent map of the city center and can easily be slipped in your pocket.
$13.99

A Bridge Too Far

WAR21
Cornelius Ryan
Touchstone
1995
670
0684803305
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
War historian Cornelius Ryan chronicles in detailed, readable prose the battle of Arnhem, one of the most important -- and bloodiest -- campaigns in World War II.
$19.99

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 personal
$17.00

An Island in Time, The Biography of a Village

NTH131
Geert Mak
Trafalgar Square
2010
288
0099546868
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
Mak returns to Jorwerd, the small Netherlands village of his childhood, to spend time with the villagers and learn both the pleasures and contemporary challenges of small town life.
$18.95

Brilliant Orange: The Neurotic Genius of Dutch Soccer

NTH56
David Winner
Overlook Press
2008
276
1590200551
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
A British journalist, Winner interviews football stars -- along with architects, political scientists and novelists -- in this insightful, humorous look at the transformation of Dutch society since the 1970s.
$15.95

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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