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Italy: Sicily

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-EXITL396

Item EXITL396. Buy these 5 items as a set for $85 including shipping, 15% off the retail price. With free shipping on anything else you order.  Buy Package

On Persephone's Island

ITL03
Mary Taylor Simeti
Vintage Books
1986
352
0679764143
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Strong on the delights of rural life, Simeti's portrait of Sicily takes the form of a year-long journal, capturing the spirit of the people, daily life, traditions and the land.
$16.95

Midnight in Sicily, On Art, Food, History, Travel and La Cosa Nostra

ITL74
Peter Robb
Picador USA
2007
400
0312426844
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
1
0
0
Combining interviews, research and essays on Sicilian history and culture, this vivid report by journalist Robb is a superb introduction to Italy's glorious, corrupt and troubled south.
$21.00

The Leopard

ITL11
Giuseppe Di Lampedusa
Pantheon Books
2007
384
0375714790
PAPER
Literature
0
1
0
0
Evoking a lost world of privilege and tradition, Di Lampedusa's memorable tale, set on a rural Sicilian estate during the days of independence, follows the world-weary Don Fabrizio, Prince of Salina. A classic, now in a 50th anniversary edition.
$16.00

Eyewitness Guide Sicily

ITL468
Eyewitness Guides
DK Publishing
2017
252
1465459952
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This superb guide to Sicily features color photography, dozens of excellent local maps and a synopsis of the island's attractions. Handsome, convenient and up-to-date, this is the guide to carry.
$23.00

Sicily Map

ITL181
Touring Club Italiano
Touring Club Italiano
2017
2
8836502326
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A detailed map of Sicily (1:200,000). The detail is great if you don't mind folding it out to its full poster size.
$14.95

Blue Guide Sicily

ITL125
Ellen Grady
W. W. Norton & Company
2016
540
1905131747
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This in-depth guide to Sicily's ancient history and archaeology features detailed maps and site plans.
$26.95

Eat Smart in Sicily, How to Decipher the Menu, Know the Market Foods & Embark on a Tasting Adventure

ITL911
Joan Peterson
Ginkgo Press
2008
160
0977680118
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A slim pocket guide that focuses solely on the cuisine of the island and the influences that the Greeks, Norman French, Tunisians and Italians have had on its delectable dishes.
$13.95

Lonely Planet Italian Phrasebook

ITL531
Lonely Planet
Lonely Planet Publications
2017
272
1786574500
PAPER
Language & Phrasebooks
0
0
0
0
A handy, palm-sized guide to pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary for the traveler.
$9.99

Between Salt Water and Holy Water, A History of Southern Italy

ITL597
Tommaso Astarita
Lightning Source
2005
352
0393328678
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Astarita captures the fanfare, rivalry and changing fortunes of Sicily from antiquity through Norman, Spanish and Bourbon rule to unification and the 20th century.
$22.95

La Bella Figura, A Field Guide to the Italian Mind

ITL718
Beppe Severgnini
Broadway Books
2007
288
0767914406
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
1
0
0
0
Italians themselves love this guide to the Italian character, which addresses their never-ending passion for beauty, disorder and high emotion. The book opens with a snapshot of Malpensa Airport, then moves on to Tuscany, Rome, Naples and Sardinia.
$15.00

Seeking Sicily, A Cultural Journey Through Myth and Reality in the Heart of the Mediterranean

ITA274
John Keahey
St. Martins
2011
320
0312597053
HARD COVER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
Taken with Sicily, its culture and its literature, Keahey explores the food, history and pure pleasure of the place, using his heroes Giuseppe di Lampedusa, Leonardo Sciascia and other Sicilian literary greats as guides.
$29.99

Sicily, An Island at the Crossroads of History

ITA558
John Julius Norwich
Random House
2015
432
0812995171
HARD COVER
History
0
0
0
0
Norwich delivers a page-turning account of Sicily, from the Classical period through the Mafia, highlighting the crucial role the island has played in world politics.
$32.00

Walking

WLK04
Henry David Thoreau
HarperCollins
1994
92
0062511130
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
Slip this pocket edition of Thoreau's meditations on the spiritual benefits of this most civilized form of travel in your daypack for inspiration.
$9.99

Women of Sicily, Saints, Queens and Rebels

ITA539
Jacqueline Alio
Aa Balkema
2015
224
0991588606
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
This landmark history places 17 biographies of notable Sicilian women against a broad chronology, showing how maidens, queens, mothers and women of all kinds left their mark on the world's most conquered island.
$32.00

Ancient Sicily, Monuments Past & Present

ITL733
G. Messineo, E. Borgia
Getty Trust Publications
2006
72
8881621479
PAPER
Archaeology
0
0
0
0
In this illuminating overview, ingenious overlays depict 17 important sites as they appear today and how they may have appeared in the past.
$29.95

Palmento, A Sicilian Wine Odyssey

ITA205
Robert V. Camuto
University of Nebraska Press
2012
312
0803239955
PAPER
Travel Narrative
9/1/2010
0
0
0
0
An American journalist living in France, Robert Camuto roams the vineyards and visits with vintners from Palermo to Marsala and the volcanic slopes of Mount Etna in this year-long celebration of the culture and spirit of Sicily, Italy's largest and oldest wine region.
$18.95

Places of My Infancy

ITA334
Giuseppe Tomasi Di Lampedusa
New Directions Publishing Corporation
2012
76
0811220389
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
This brief memoir, source material for a remarkable novel, chronicles the lost paradise of Lampedusa's childhood on his family's estate in Sicily at the start of the 20th century. Lampedusa grew up as the only child in an aristocratic Italian family and did not begin his writing career until his fifties, just two years before his death.
$10.95

Sicilian Carousel

ITL08
Lawrence Durrell
National Book Network
2009
291
1604190159
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Durrell writes with warmth and grace of his journey around the island in the 1950s.
$12.00

Sicily, A Literary Guide for Travellers

ITA436
Andrew Edwards
St. Martins
2014
256
1780767943
HARD COVER
Literature
0
0
0
0
From local authors to classic writers like Cicero and Shakespeare and 20th-century greats Lawrence and Capote, this literary survey reveals Sicily’s multifaceted personality through literature.
$25.00

Sicily, Through Writers' Eyes

ITL780
Horatio Claire (Editor)
Sickle Moon
2006
306
0907871941
PAPER
Anthology
0
0
0
0
Homer, Herodotus, D.H. Lawrence, Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, Elio Vittorini and Peter Robb are represented in this magnificent tour of Sicily, its history, culture and allure.
$33.95

The Four Corners of Palermo

ITA508
Giuseppe Di Piazza
Other Press
2014
240
1590516656
PAPER
Mystery
0
0
0
0
In DiPiazza’s slim crime novel, set in 1980s Palermo, you can practically smell the gunpowder. In four great mafia vignettes, we are introduced to the worst of mafia gang warfare.
$15.95

The Ruby in Her Navel, A Novel of Love and Intrigue in the 12th Century

ITL760
Barry Unsworth
W. W. Norton & Company
2007
416
0393330826
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Unsworth transports the reader to the 12th century in this richly imagined novel of love and intrigue set in Norman Sicily, where Christian knights, Anatolian belly dancers, Jews and Arabs mix and mingle.
$23.95

The Shape of Water

ITL528
Andrea Camilleri
Penguin Putnam
2005
224
0142004715
PAPER
Mystery
0
0
0
0
The first of Camilleri's wildly popular Inspector Montalbano mysteries, nicely translated and shot through (pun intended) with not just memorable characters but also with Sicilian lore and politics. If you like the series, it continues in 19 more installments -- and counting.
$15.00

The Wine-Dark Sea

ITL408
Leonardo Sciascia, Avril Bardoni (Translator), Alberto Mobilio (Introduction)
NYRB
2000
201
0940322536
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
A collection of 13 stories, all set in the celebrated writers’ native Sicily, and featuring mafiosi, carabinieri and villagers.
$14.95

Birds of Europe

FG47
Lars Svensson
Princeton University Press
2010
416
0691143927
PAPER
Field Guide
0
1
0
0
Featuring 3,500 glorious paintings by Killian Mullarney and Dan Zetterstrom, the second edition of this exquisite guide features updated text and maps.
$29.95

More Books

The Sicilian Vespers, A History of the Mediterranean World in the Later Thirteenth Century

ITL295
Steven Runciman
Cambridge University Press
2012
355
0521437741
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A spellbinding history of the 13th-century Kingdom of Sicily. The massacre of the French at Palermo, known as the Sicilian Vespers, is the springboard for the author's sweeping depiction of the Mediterranean in the late 1200s.
$23.99

Sicily, Three Thousand Years of Human History

ITL731
Sandra Benjamin
Steerforth Press
2007
498
158642131X
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
With clarity and authority, Benjamin traces the rich legacy of the Greeks and Romans, Vandals and Goths, Arab traders, Normans, Bourbons and others who have contributed to the multi-faceted history of the kingdom of Sicily.
$24.00

100 Places in Italy Every Woman Should Go

ITA88
Susan Van Allen
Traveler's Tales
2012
456
1609520661
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
Susan Van Allen’s imaginative celebration of women and travel focuses on cultural experiences and itineraries in Bell' Italia.
$21.95

For Kids

Kids Italian Picture Dictionary

ITL449
Inc. Berlitz International
Berlitz
2004
128
0781807719
PAPER
Language & Phrasebooks
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
1,000 words central to a child's everyday life -- animals, flowers, people, colors, numbers and activities -- teach even the youngest readers Italian. Each word is illustrated and accompanied by a phonetic transcription and phrase.
$12.95