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Sicily

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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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Item EXITL396. Buy these 5 items as a set for $84 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
DK Publishing, Eyewitness Guides
DK Publishing
2015
252
1465426647
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

Language and Travel Guide to Sicily

ITL872
Giovanna Bellia LA Marca
Hippocrene Books
2008
320
078181149X
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A practical guide to food, attractions and accommodations, helpfully paired with an extensive section on Italian and two audio CDs of popular Sicilian words and phrases.
$29.95

Above Sicily

ITA137
Luigi Nifosi (Photographer)
Antique Collectors Club
2009
192
8877433361
HARD COVER
Cultural Portrait
6/1/2009
0
0
0
1
In this stunning collection of 150 photographs, Sicilian photographer Nifosi reveals features of the region through its landscapes and history, including the Baroque architecture of the cities, the archaeological sites and volcanoes.
$60.00

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

Sicily, An Illustrated History

ITA158
Joseph Privitera
Hippocrene Books
2002
145
0781809096
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Privitera covers the scope of Sicily and its diverse civilizations in lively prose and well-chosen illustrations in this succinct history.
$12.95

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

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

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

Archaeology of Ancient Sicily

ITL521
R. Ross Holloway
Routledge
2000
232
0415237912
PAPER
Archaeology
0
0
0
0
A concise, marvelously lucid history of the civilizations and archaeology of Sicily from the Paleolithic to the Romans. With illustrations, site diagrams and maps.
$51.95

A House in Sicily

ITL148
Daphne Phelps
Da Capo Press
1999
224
0786707941
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
An old-fashioned memoir of life at Casa Cuseni, the pensione and garden in Taormina run by the indomitable Daphne Phelps, which has been a sanctuary for such guests as Tennessee Williams, Betrand Russell and others, famous and infamous, since 1947.
$16.95

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

Sweet Honey, Bitter Lemons, Travels in Sicily on a Vespa

ITA20
Matthew Fort
St. Martins
2009
336
0312559186
HARD COVER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
1
A food writer who fell in love with Sicily as a youth, Matthew Fort makes his long-planned return three decades later, eating his way across the island in search of authentic food, natural beauty and history. Recipes included.
$24.95

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

Sometimes the Soul, Two Novellas of Sicily

ITL113
Gioia Timpanelli
Vintage Books
1999
192
0375707220
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
1
Timpanelli reworks ancient Sicilian tales into two captivating modern novellas; one, "Ruesna, Not Quite Love" is a lyrical retelling of "Beauty and the Beast," set against the rustic backdrop of rural Sicily.
$15.00

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

Companion Guide Sicily

ITL04
Raleigh Trevelyan
Boydell & Brewer
2009
624
1900639165
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This comprehensive, serious-minded guide to the architecture, art and culture of Sicily, combines descriptions of the major attractions with Trevelyan's many anecdotes and references to writers over the ages who have been enchanted by the island of Sicily.
$34.95

The Italians

ITL05
Luigi Barzini
Touchstone
1996
352
0684825007
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
The definitive portrait of the Italian people, this is a classic, scholarly essay on the Italian character. Though first published in 1964, it's still worth reading for its insight, grace and wit.
$17.00

Excellent Cadavers, The Mafia and the Death of the First Italian Republic

ITL58
Alexander Stille
Vintage Books
1996
467
0679768637
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
This fast-paced book is a gripping account of corruption in Italy. The author offers an utterly absorbing account of the assassination of two top anti-Mafia prosecutors in 1992.
$17.95

Italian Journey, 1786-1788

ITL144
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe, W.H. Auden (Translator), Elizabeth Meyer (Translator)
Penguin
1992
498
0140442332
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
"Sicily is the key to everything" is only one of Goethe's many astute observations included in this Penguin Classics edition of his journals and letters from his grand tour of southern Italy.
$18.00

The Greek Cities of Magna Graecia and Sicily

ITL751
Fausto Longo, Lorena Jannelli, Luca Cerchiai
Getty Trust Publications
2004
288
0892367512
HARD COVER
Archaeology
0
0
0
0
An engaging history of the Western Greek colonies in Sicily and southern Italy in the eighth and seventh centuries B.C., featuring 240 magnificent color illustrations, maps and a site-by-site review of major archaeological sites.
$45.00

That Summer In Sicily, A Love Story

ITL954
Marlena de Blasi
Ballantine Books
2009
336
034549766X
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
De Blasi writes beautifully as she unfolds the true story of a remarkable Sicilian woman, once mistress to a prince. It's both a suspenseful love story and a glimpse of local history.
$16.00

For Kids

The Diary of Melanie Martin: Or How I Survived Matt the Brat, Michelangelo, and the Leaning Tower of Pizza

ITL438
Carol Weston
2001
144
0440416671
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
Ten-year-old Melanie tells all about her family's summer trip to Italy, writing it all down in her dear diary. A hit on the middle-school market, it packs in a lot of cultural information while being very of-the-moment. Ages 8-10.
$6.99

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

Learn Italian Together

ITL761
Living Language
Living Language
2006
1400023017
AUDIO CD
Language & Phrasebooks
1/1/2112
0
0
0
0
FAMILY
These multimedia boxed sets feature CDs, games, stickers and adorable illustrations to help kids and parents pick up a new language together.
$22.95

High Dive

ITL963
Tammar Stein
Alfred Knopf
2011
208
0375830243
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG ADULTS
In this tale of travel for young adults, Stein sketches with a deft hand both the delights of a summer trip to Europe and the protagonist's deeper concerns -- her father's recent death, her mother's recent deployment to Iraq.
$7.99

Midnight Magic

ITA40
Avi
Scholastic Inc.
2004
256
0439242193
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
Newbery Medal-winner Avi conjures the architecture, costumes and fears of medieval Italy in this action-packed tale of a princess tormented by what seems to be a ghost.
$7.99

Walt Disney's Pinocchio

ITA61
Steffi Fletcher
2002
24
0736421521
HARD COVER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
The vintage illustrations in this Little Golden Book retelling will charm children and families alike -- a great companion to the beloved film.
$4.99