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Seville, Madrid & Barcelona

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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Spain, The Root and the Flower

SPN13
John A. Crow
University of California Press
2005
455
0520244966
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Take this book with you to Spain: it's an absorbing, well-written account of Spanish cultural history from prehistory to the Romans, Jews, Moors, Golden Age and on to Franco and his legacy in Spain.
$29.95

Homage to Catalonia

SPN03
George Orwell
Harcourt Books
2015
256
0544382048
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
5/9/2015
0
1
0
0
Orwell's portrait of the Barcelona uprising and the spirit of a city at war is a classic, an observant and heartfelt report from the streets.
$14.95

Spain & Portugal Adventure Map

SPN22
National Geographic
National Geographic Maps
2011
2
1566955394
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A double-sided full-color map of Spain and Portugal at a scale of 1:1,000,000 with good shaded relief, topographic detail, roads and waterways.
$12.95

Culture Smart! Spain

SPN342
Marian Meaney
Kuperard
2016
168
1857338383
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This concise, no-nonsense guide to local customs, etiquette and culture provides a short overview of the land and people along with practical travel advice.
$11.99

Eyewitness Guide Barcelona & Catalonia

SPN121
Eyewitness Guides
DK Publishing
2015
208
1465437541
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
Handsome, convenient and up-to-date, this superbly illustrated guide features color photography, dozens of local maps and detailed information on the region's attractions.
$20.00

Eyewitness Guide Madrid

SPN122
Eyewitness Guides
DK Publishing
2014
232
1465411801
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This superb guide features bright color photography, dozens of excellent maps and a synopsis of the attractions in and around Madrid.
$23.00

Eyewitness Guide Seville and Andalusia

SPN15
Eyewitness Guides
DK Publishing
2016
288
1465438351
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This wonderfully organized and visually rich guide features excellent maps, essays on the culture, history and geography of Andalusia, along with a practical block-by-block guide to Seville.
$23.00

Eyewitness Guide Spain

SPN05
Eyewitness Guides
DK Publishing
2016
672
1465440208
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This superb, colorful guide covering all of Spain features bright photography, dozens of maps and a region-by-region synopsis of the country's attractions.
$30.00

Food and Wines of Spain

SPN100
Penelope Casas
Random House
1982
457
0394513487
HARD COVER
Food
0
0
0
0
This classic collection of 400 recipes, interwoven with cultural commentary and culinary history, is a pleasure to read, but prepare to become hungry.
$37.50

A Traveller's History of Spain

SPN06
Juan Lalaguna
Interlink Publishing Group
2001
304
1566564069
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
This survey of Spanish history features a useful chronology, historical gazetteer and a long section on contemporary life. It covers early settlements through the Romans, Goths and Moors to the present.
$14.95

Barcelona

SPN01
Robert Hughes
Vintage Books
1993
570
0679743839
PAPER
History
0
1
0
0
A Longitude favorite, this big, thoroughly enjoyable cultural history of the city touches on architecture, art, religion and literature from Roman outpost to today.
$22.00

Ghosts of Spain

SPN323
Giles Tremlett
Bloomsbury USA
2007
396
0802716741
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
Tremlett captures the Spanish character, history and modern politics in this masterful portrait, interweaving the story of his love for the country (where he has lived for 20 years) with interviews, anecdotes and observation.
$20.00

The Basque History of the World

SPN116
Mark Kurlansky
Penguin Putnam
2001
288
0140298517
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Kurlansky's engaging portrait of the seven provinces of Basque lands takes in everything from language to culinary heritage, role in the Spanish Civil War and seafaring traditions.
$17.00

The New Spaniards

SPN08
John Hooper
Penguin Putnam
2007
458
0141016094
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
This survey of the cultural, political and economic changes in Spain since the death of Franco offers an authoritative and compelling look at the everyday life of Spaniards.
$18.00

The Ornament of the World, How Muslims, Jews, and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain

SPN185
Maria Rosa Menocal, Harold Bloom (Introduction)
Little Brown and Company
2003
272
0316168718
PAPER
Religion
0
0
0
0
A lively, illuminating portrait of the Andalucian Kingdom, its cultural achievements and religious tolerance from the eighth century to 1492.
$16.00

The Spanish Inquisition

SPN91
Cecil Roth
W. W. Norton & Company
1996
369
0393002551
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
This documents the events leading up to the Inquisition, the torment that spread from Spain to Portugal and the New World -- a fascinating exploration of the roots of the Inquisition and its effects on the country.
$15.95

The Story of the Moors in Spain

SPN12
Stanley Lane-Poole
Black Classic Press
2010
285
0933121199
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A wonderfully readable, sweeping tale of splendor and tragedy, first published in 1866.
$18.95

Goya, Painter of Terrible Splendor

SPN35
Jeanine Baticle
Thames & Hudson UK
1994
175
0810928183
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
A pocket-size encyclopedia, this slim book is an illustrated overview of the life and times of Goya. It's an illuminating portrait of 18th-century Madrid.
$12.95

Painting in Spain 1500-1700

SPN183
Jonathan Brown
Yale University Press
1998
283
0300064748
PAPER
Art & Architecture
7/1/2017
0
0
0
0
Velazquez and El Greco are but a few of the Spanish artists discussed in this in-depth study of the art produced during Spain's golden age.
$45.00

The Arts in Spain, From Prehistory to Modernism

SPN102
John Moffit
Thames & Hudson
1999
240
0500203156
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
1
From the cave painting at Altimira through the Golden Age, to the works of Picasso and Miro, this book documents the course of art in Spain, with 150 illustrations.
$19.95

Driving over Lemons, An Optimist in Andalucia

SPN135
Chris Stewart
Vintage Books
2000
256
0375709150
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Stewart's memoir about moving with his wife to a farm in Alpujarras is charming and insightful. Unlike many expatriates, Stewart manages to ground himself far enough into the community to make lasting friends -- as well as a home for his young daughter.
$15.95

Grammar Lessons

SPN345
Michele Morano
University of Iowa Press
2007
184
158729530X
HARD COVER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Morano, who lived in Oviedo in the early 1990s, reflects on the humor and trials of living in a new language in these 13 essays on travel in Spain and search for self.
$22.50

Iberia, Spanish Travels & Reflections

SPN16
James Michener
Fawcett
2015
960
0812969804
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
In this best-selling travelogue, Michener presents a compulsively readable and well-observed account of his love affair with Spain and all things Spanish. It has achieved the status of a classic, rich in detail and insightful.
$18.00

Spanish Recognitions, The Roads to the Present

SPN205
Mary Lee Settle
W. W. Norton & Company
2005
358
0393327175
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
A magical, meditative account of Spanish history, art, archaeology and travels by the noted writer. Settle (Turkish Reflections) conjures Cervantes, El Cid, the Moors, Visgoths, Romans, Lorca and Balboa as she writes of a road trip from Castile in central
$22.95

Captain Alatriste

SPN280
Arturo Perez-Reverte, Margaret Sayers Pedén (Translator)
Plume
2005
304
0452287111
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
The first book of the swashbuckling series, memorably set in 17th-century Spain.
$16.00

Don Quixote

SPN23
Miguel de Cervantes, John Rutherford (Translator)
Penguin
2003
1072
0142437239
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
The most famous work in Spanish literature, rendered in a lively, modern translation. It is the picaresque tale of a romantic, mad gentleman who imagines himself a knight errant.
$17.00

Everything but the Squeal

SPN368
John Barlow
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
2008
256
0374150109
HARD COVER
Literature
0
0
0
1
Barlow, his wife (from Galicia but a vegetarian) and young son gallavant from roadhouse to fine dining establishments, villages and cities in this endearingly offhand, loving account of travels in honor of pork. A delightful, witty guide to the traditions
$25.00

Marks of Identity

SPN25
Juan Goytisolo, Gregory Rabassa (Translator)
Serpent's Tail
2003
352
1852427671
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Banned under Franco, this is the story of a man struggling to get along without love for his country or himself. The author has written a number of novels concerning Spain on the periphery of the Western and Islamic worlds.
$15.00

Spain, A Traveler's Literary Companion

SPN173
Peter R. Bush (Editor)
Whereabouts Press
2003
242
188351312X
PAPER
Anthology
0
0
0
0
A collection of 30 stories from a who’s who of contemporary Spanish literature, including writers from Galicia, Leon, the Basque Country, Madrid and Barcelona.
$14.95

The Flanders Panel

SPN276
Arturo Perez-Reverte
Harvest Books
2004
0156029588
PAPER
Mystery
0
0
0
0
Art and intrigue combine over a Flemish painting "The Game of Chess" in this first Perez-Reverte thriller. When a young restorer discovers a secret inscription hidden within the painting, she employs the help of an antiques dealer, an art professor (and e
$15.95

The Shadow of the Wind

SPN298
Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Penguin Putnam
2005
512
0143034901
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Set in the brooding atmosphere of post-WW II Barcelona, this gripping story-within-a-story has it all: murder, doomed love and a mysterious book which draws the young hero, Daniel Sempere, into the city’s dangerous underworld.
$17.00

The Sun Also Rises

SPN33
Ernest Hemingway
Scribner
1995
256
0743297334
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Hemingway's great novel, which encapsulates the angst of the post-WWI "Lost Generation," is the story of unmoored American and British expats travelling from Paris to Pamplona.
$16.00

More Books

The Alchemist

SPN421
Paulo Coelho
HarperCollins
2014
208
0062315005
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
This 25th anniversary edition of the classic contemporary novel. Coelho's mystical masterpiece tells the story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel the world. His quest leads him to unexpected, essential wisdom. This special editio
$16.99

The Alhambra

SPN226
Robert Irwin
Harvard University Press
2004
213
0674060333
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
Irwin's brief, indispensable guide introduces the stunning Moorish palace and fortress complex, revealing its mysteries, myths and significance with wit and insight.
$17.50

Barcelona Map

SPN105
Borch Maps
Borch Maps
2015
2
386609373X
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A detailed city map, laminated and folded for easy reference.
$9.95

Don Quixote

SPN211
Miguel de Cervantes, Edith Grossman (Translator)
HarperCollins Publishers
2003
976
0060934344
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Any Spaniard will acknowledge his pervasive the influence of Cervantes’ masterpiece remains in Spanish culture. And any English reader of Grossman’s translation of this classic will laugh all the way to Iberia!
$16.99

Eyewitness Guide Canary Islands

CNY05
Eyewitness Guides
DK Publishing
2013
224
0756669707
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This compact, visually appealing guide features excellent short essays on the history, nature and attractions of the islands, color photographs and many maps.
$25.00

Eyewitness Guide Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza

SPN222
Eyewitness Guides
DK Publishing
2016
208
1465440224
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This colorful guide includes excellent maps, essays and hundreds of photographs, providing a great introduction for travelers.
$20.00

The Fencing Master

SPN180
Arturo Perez-Reverte
Harvest Books
2004
244
0156029839
PAPER
Mystery
0
0
0
0
Thrills, romance and swordplay in 1860s Madrid.
$15.95

Fodor's Madrid's 25 Best

SPN172
Fodor's
Fodor's
2014
128
0804143463
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This slim guide includes an excellent pull-out map of the center of Madrid and essential information on its highlights, including restaurant recommendations and sightseeing.
$13.99

Insight Guide Spain

SPN123
Insight Guides
Insight Guides
2014
448
1780051999
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This handsome travel guide gives a profusely illustrated overview of the region.
$23.99

Insight Pocket Guide Madrid

SPN37
Insight Guides
Insight Guides
2015
144
1780058713
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This convenient, slim volume features color photographs, many maps (including a handy fold-out map of the city), good short descriptions of major points of interest, and other practical information.
$9.99

A Late Dinner, Discovering the Food of Spain

SPN344
Paul Richardson
Scribner
2009
288
0743284933
PAPER
Food
0
0
0
0
A resident of Spain for the last 15 years, Richardson searches out the diversity and delight of Spain and its food in this engaging account of travels in search of a meal.
$18.99

Lonely Planet Pocket Madrid

SPN338
Anthony Ham
Lonely Planet Publications
2016
160
1743215630
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This lively shirt pocket guide to the city, jammed with personal recommendations and photographs, also includes a pull-out map.
$13.99

Lonely Planet Spanish Audio Pack

SPN392
Lonely Planet Publications
Lonely Planet Publications
2015
272
1743603711
PAPER
Language & Phrasebooks
0
0
0
0
This handy take-along phrasebook includes a CD with essential vocabulay for travelers.
$12.99

Lonely Planet Spanish Phrasebook

SPN182
Izaskun Arretxe
Lonely Planet Publications
2015
272
1743214421
PAPER
Language & Phrasebooks
0
0
0
0
This handy pocket phrasebook includes pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary.
$9.99

Made in Spain, Spanish Dishes for the American Kitchen

SPN366
Jose Andres
Crown
2008
254
030738263X
HARD COVER
Food
0
0
0
0
Andres takes in the great diversity of Spain, its culinary traditions, regional specialties and modern innovations in this cookbook and culinary tour, featuring dozens of superbly illustrated recipes. Each section is introduced with an excerpt from the ro
$35.00

Madrid Map

SPN106
Borch Maps
Borch Maps
2007
2
3866091397
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A detailed map of Madrid at a scale of 1:10,000, laminated and folded for easy reference.
$7.95

Mallorca Map

SPN250
World Mapping Project
Freytag & Berndt
2014
2
3707914267
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A detailed traveler's map of Mallorca at a scale of 1:80,000. The full color map, printed on rip- and waterproof paper, includes topographic features, latitude and longitude and key visitor attractions.
$12.95

Moorish Spain

SPN110
Richard Fletcher
University of California Press
2006
189
0520248406
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
This book on the history and culture of Islam in Spain is detailed but readable.
$34.95

Nada

SPN346
Carmen LaForet, Mario Vargas Llosa (Introduction), Edith Grossman (Translator)
Modern Library
2007
0812975839
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
A classic of the literature of post-civil war Barcelona in a strong new translation by Edith Grossman.
$17.00

Purity of Blood

SPN281
Arturo Perez Reverte, Margaret Sayers Peden (Translator)
Plume
2006
0452287987
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
In this second book in Perez-Reverte's wildly entertaining series, also memorably set in 17th-century Spain, our swashbuckling hero Captain Alatriste teams up with the great real-life poet Francisco de Quevedo y Villegas, runs head on into the inquisition
$15.00

Rough Guide Spain

SPN159
Rough Guide
Rough Guides
2015
944
1409369137
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
For planning trips, this is an excellent, comprehensive and up-to-date guide.
$28.99

The Seville Communion

SPN278
Arturo Perez-Reverte
Harvest Books
2004
375
0156029812
PAPER
Mystery
0
0
0
0
In this third Perez-Reverte thriller, Vatican security officer Father Lorenzo Quartz -- a disciplined dandy -- investigates a disturbing plea sent by a computer hacker to the pope through the church's security system. The message leads him to Seville.
$14.00

Spain in Mind

SPN290
Alice Powers (Editor)
Vintage Books
2007
372
1400076765
PAPER
Anthology
0
0
0
0
This literary A-to-Z includes selections by Auden, Hemingway, Michener, Twain, Orwell, Trollope, Wharton and other luminaries.
$16.95

Spain: A History

SPN235
Raymond Carr (Editor)
Oxford University Press
2002
335
0192802364
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A clearly written, illustrated, concise overview of Spain, from prehistory through the Romans, Moorish Spain, imperial expansion, enlightenment, civil war and authoritarian rule, with contributions by leading scholars.
$24.95

The Spanish Bow

SPN332
Andromeda Romano-Lax
Harcourt Books
2008
560
0156034093
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Romano-Lax's debut novel, set against the turbulence of the Spanish Civil War, explores the complicated friendship of two Spanish musicians and the difficult choices they must make, with well-placed appearances by many leading figures at the time.
$22.95

The Spanish Table, Traditional Recipes and Wine Pairings from Spain and Portugal

SPN415
Steve Winston
Gibbs Smith
2009
224
1423603737
HARD COVER
Food
0
0
0
1
Full of traditional recipes and wine pairings as well as helpful tips for using paella pans, cazuelas, cataplanas, ollas and other cookware unique to the region.
$30.00

Spanish, Start Speaking Today!

SPN219
Language/30
Educational Services Corporation
1931850097
AUDIO CD
Language & Phrasebooks
0
0
0
0
A 90-minute crash course in Spanish featured in two compact discs and a phrasebook packaged in a vinyl sleeve. Geared for travelers, the course follows the foreign service method, which focuses on dialogues and sentences.
$24.95

Speak the Culture Spain

SPN391
Andrew Whittaker
Stylus
2008
343
1854186051
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
This helpful guide with a sense of humor provides an overview of historic and contemporary Spanish culture, including theater, philosophy, architecture and food.
$24.95

Tapas, The Little Dishes of Spain

SPN247
Penelope Casas
Alfred Knopf
2007
248
0394742354
HARD COVER
Food
0
0
0
0
A delightful introduction to tapas, Spain's typical small plate dishes by Penelope Casas, a wonderful writer and expert in Spanish cuisine.
$30.00

The Tomb in Seville, Crossing Spain on the Brink of Civil War

SPN264
Norman Lewis
Carroll & Graff
2006
150
0786716878
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
1
Ostensibly in Spain with his brother-in-law to locate and report on the tomb of the title, Lewis finds their 1934 trip from north to south confounded by developing political events. He looks back at his adventure on the brink of the Spanish Civil War in t
$14.95

Travelers' Tales Spain

SPN09
Lucy McCauly
Traveler's Tales
2002
504
1885211783
PAPER
Anthology
0
0
0
1
A collection of mostly contemporary writing on Spain by such diverse luminaries as Calvin Trillin, Robert Hughes, Jan Morris and Garcia Lorca. It's a delightful portrait of the country.
$19.95

For Whom the Bell Tolls

SPN19
Ernest Hemingway
Scribner
1995
471
0684803356
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Hemingway's great novel about the Spanish Civil War is a love story set during the four-day fight of anti-fascist units in the mountains.
$18.00

For Kids

Isabel Saves the Prince, Based on a True Story of Isabel I of Spain

SPN388
Joan Holub
Aladdin Books
2007
48
068987197X
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
In this historical adventure for ages 4-8, Princess Isabel must protect her little brother from jealous King Henry, their half-brother who fears for his throne. Kids will enjoy spending time with the future Queen of Spain, who emerges as a plucky and symp
$13.99

Spanish Flash Cards

GEN203
Inc. Berlitz International
Berlitz
2016
50
1780044658
BOXED
Language & Phrasebooks
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
A standard playing card-size deck of 50 nicely illustrated flashcards geared for younger children. Each card features a colorful illustration with the Spanish word on the reverse.
$8.99

The Cricket Sings: Poems and Songs for Children

SPN97
Federico García Lorca
New Directions Publishing Corporation
1980
96
081120734X
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
This brief collection of folk songs and poems by Garcia Lorca (with English and Spanish on facing pages) will delight little ones and parents alike.
$10.95

I, Juan de Pareja

SPN155
Elizabeth De Trevino
Macmillan
1984
180
0374435251
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
This Newbery Award-winning children's novel, based on a true story, chronicles the evolution of the friendship between the Spanish painter Velazquez and his African slave. Ages 9-12.
$7.99

If You Were There in 1492, Everyday Life in the Time of Columbus

SPN164
Barbara Brenner
Simon and Schuster Inc.
1998
112
0689822413
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
A "you-were-there" history of medieval Spain, written for middle-schoolers and fun for the family. This clever illustrated history gives the facts of life in the cities and countryside from a child's point of view.
$8.99

Secrets in the House of Delgado

SPN188
Gloria Miklowitz
Aa Balkema
2002
182
0802852106
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
Set in Spain in 1492 in the thick of the Inquisition, this historical novel tells of what happens when a Catholic orphan, taken in by a Catholic family of Jewish ancestry, agrees to spy on her protectors. For ages 9-12.
$8.00

Spain, The People

SPN165
Tara Steele, Noa Lior
Aa Balkema
2001
32
0778797333
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
A pictorial and factual introduction to the people of Spain, geared for middle-schoolers. Chapters cover traditions, history, city and village life, homes, school, entertainment and food.
$7.95

Shadow of a Bull

SPN160
Maia Wojciechowska
Simon and Schuster Inc.
2007
151
1416933956
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG ADULTS
In this compelling award-winning, young-adult novel, everyone expects Manolo to become a bullfighter like his father. Not surprisingly, it features vivid descriptions of bullfights.
$6.99

Spain or Shine

SPN304
Michelle Jellen
Puffin
2005
224
0142403687
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG ADULTS
Elena goes to Spain to strike out on her own, but the 16 year-old must first overcome her insecurities. The third book in the SASS (Students Across the Seven Seas) series.
$7.99

Worth Looking For

From El Greco to Goya, Painting in Spain 1561-1828

SPN30
Janis Tomlinson
Penguin Putnam
1997
170
0131833553
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
1
With 100 color illustrations, a chronology and insightful text, this book evokes the splendor of Spain and the glorious artists it produced.
$24.95