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St. Petersburg and the Baltics

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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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The Baltic, A History

BLT59
Michael North
Harvard University Press
2016
448
0674970837
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
In his erudite history of the "Nordic Mediterranean," North covers over 1,000 years of trade, politics, architecture, cultural exchange and conflict in the Baltic. His main point: the Baltic's coastal nations have always been an interconnected economic unit.
$22.95

Sunlight at Midnight: St. Petersburg and the Rise of Modern Russia

RUS128
W. Bruce Lincoln
Hachette
2002
432
0465083242
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A wonderfully written, informative portrait of St. Petersburg, focusing on the city's development in the 18th and 19th centuries as Russia's "window on the West." Highly recommended for travelers with an interest in the character and significance of the city and its monuments.
$19.95

Eyewitness Guide St. Petersburg

RUS87
Eyewitness Guides
DK Publishing
2015
264
1465427376
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
With excellent local maps and site plans, this outstanding visual guide introduces the culture, history and attractions of St. Petersburg.
$25.00

St. Petersburg Map

RUS89
Borch Maps
Borch Maps
2013
2
3866095570
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A detailed, laminated city plan at a scale of 1:11,000.
$9.95

Baltic States Map

BLT06
Freytag & Berndt
Freytag & Berndt
2014
2
3889891411
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A double-sided detailed map of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania at a scale of 1:400,000.
$14.95

DK Eyewitness Top Ten St. Petersburg

RUS499
Eyewitness Guides
DK Publishing
2017
128
1465459928
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A compact illustrated guide in the popular series, featuring favorite attractions. With a handy pull-out map.
$14.00

Literary St. Petersburg, A Guide to the City and Its Writers

RUS406
Elaine Blaire
Little Bookroom
2007
137
1892145375
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
Blaire shows St. Petersburg through the words, museums and haunts of 15 writers, including Pushkin, Gogol, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky and Nabokov.
$16.95

Lonely Planet Russian Phrasebook

RUS111
James Jenkin, Inna Zaitseva
Lonely Planet Publications
2012
256
174220189X
PAPER
Language & Phrasebooks
0
0
0
0
A handy shirtpocket phrasebook for Russian basics focusing on pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary for the traveler.
$8.99

Northern Europe by Cruise Ship

EUR364
Anne Vipond
Ocean Cruise Guides
2015
368
1927747104
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This excellent guide to cruises and ports from Scandinavia and the Baltic to the British Isles, Paris, Amsterdam and Berlin includes city maps, excursions, color photographs and a pull-out map of Northern Europe.
$21.95

A History of the Baltic States

BLT48
Andres Kasekamp
Lightning Source
2010
251
0230019412
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Kasekamp masterfully traces the development of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, from the northern crusades against Europe's last pagans and Lithuania's emergence as one of Europe's largest medieval states to incorporation into the Russian Empire and the creation of their modern national identities.
$31.00

Natasha's Dance, A Cultural History of Russia

RUS180
Orlando Figes
Picador USA
2003
768
0312421958
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
In this lively cultural history, Figes looks at both the great works by Russian masters and longstanding folk traditions. The title is drawn from a scene of Tolstoy's War and Peace in which a European-educated countess performs a peasant dance.
$28.00

Russia of the Tsars

RUS462
Peter Waldron
Thames & Hudson
2011
144
0500289298
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Waldron recounts the exploits of Peter the Great, the tsars and the splendor of their capital city, St. Petersburg, in this lively, well-illustrated and compact overview of the largest and most diverse empire of its day.
$24.95

St Petersburg, Shadows of the Past

RUS577
Catriona Kelly
Yale University Press
2016
488
0300219407
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Suited for travelers and academic readers, this cultural overview combines oral history, literature, art, journalism and archival materials to describe what life has been like in the extraordinary, yet elusive, Russian city.
$27.50

St. Petersburg, A Cultural History

RUS72
Solomon Volkov, Antonina Bouis
Free Press
1995
598
0684832968
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
This wonderfully written summary of art, music, theater and literature, written by a native historian and musician, includes profiles of the city's artists and writers over the last 300 years.
$38.95

The 900 Days, The Siege of Leningrad

RUS235
Harrison Salisbury
Da Capo Press
2003
640
0306812983
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Salisbury's detailed account of the three-year-long Nazi blockade of Leningrad (now St Petersburg).
$27.00

The Baltic Revolution

BLT02
Anatol Lieven
Yale University Press
1994
454
0300060785
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A Latvian correspondent for the London Times, Lieven weaves history, interviews and analysis into a vivid cultural portrait of post-Glasnost Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
$47.00

The Northern Crusades

BLT14
Eric Christiansen
Viking
1998
320
0140266534
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
The wilder-than-fiction story of the 13th- to 15th-century conquest and conversion of the pagan tribes of the Baltic coasts by knights of the Teutonic Order.
$18.00

Vodka, A Global History

RUS475
Patricia Herlihy
Reaktion Books
2012
128
1861899297
HARD COVER
History
0
0
0
0
A professor of history at Brown, Herlihy tracks our fascination with this most versatile of spirits from its mysterious 14th-century Slavic origins to today's global dominance in this brief yet thoroughly entertaining, erudite and illustrated history. A volume in the lively Edible History Series.
$17.00

The Hermitage Collections

RUS471
Olegs Yakovlevichs Neverov
Rizzoli International
2010
640
0847835030
BOXED
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
This sumptous visual survey celebrates the museum, its history and collections.
$95.00

The Summer Palaces of the Romanovs

RUS489
Emman Ducamp (Editor)
Thames & Hudson
2012
360
0500516472
HARD COVER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
Gloriously photographed by Marc Walter, this sumptuous book showcases the art, architecture, gardens, palaces and pavilions of the grand summer retreat of the Tsars.
$100.00

Among the Russians

RUS106
Colin Thubron
HarperCollins Publishers
2001
224
0060959290
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
The marvelous account of a 10,000-mile journey by car from St. Petersburg and the Baltic States south to Georgia and Armenia in 1981. A gifted writer and intrepid traveler, Thubron grapples with the complexities of Russian identity in this lyrical book.
$14.99

Catherine the Great

RUS470
Robert K. Massie
Random House
2012
625
0345408772
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Eager readers of Massie's Nicholas and Alexandra or the Pulitzer Prize-winning Peter the Great will not be disappointed by this latest, an old-fashioned tale of politics, power and 18th-century Europe, drawing effectively from the ambitious Catherine's own memoirs.
$20.00

Everything Is Wonderful, Memories of a Collective Farm in Estonia

BLT55
Sigrid Rausing
Grove Press
2016
240
0802122965
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
This memoir provides a glimpse into Estonian life at the beginning of post-Soviet Europe (1993), a time when locals had enjoyed only 19 years of independence in four centuries.
$24.00

Peter the Great, His Life and World

RUS48
Robert Massie
Random House
2011
914
0345298063
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
In this Pulitzer Prize-winning biography, Massie portrays the giant of history who transformed Russia from backwater tsardom into a major empire.
$20.00

Speak, Memory

RUS28
Vladimir Nabokov
Vintage Books
1989
316
0679723390
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Nabokov's richly imagined memoir wonderfully evokes cultural life among the well-to-do in turn-of-the-century St. Petersburg. Nabokov called his childhood home, now a museum off St Isaac's Square, "the only house in the world."
$16.00

Stalin, The Court of the Red Tsar

RUS228
Simon Sebag Montefiore
Alfred Knopf
2005
848
1400076781
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
An enthralling, comprehensive portrait of Joseph Stalin and his court, drawing on archival material and interviews with surviving figures. At 800 pages, there is ample room for personal and anecdotal information about Stalin.
$22.00

The Avengers, A Jewish War Story

BLT16
Rich Cohen
Vintage Books
2000
262
0375705295
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
The riveting tale of how three kids from the Jewish ghetto in Vilna go on to fight Germans and eventually wind up in a Kibbutz north of Tel Aviv.
$16.00

The Empress of Art, Catherine the Great and the Transformation of Russia

RUS573
Susan Jaques
W. W. Norton & Company
2017
480
1681774208
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
In her magisterial biography of Russian czarina Catherine the Great, Susan Jaques shows how the leader modernized Russia through a ravenous acquisition of art -- a visionary idea that put Catherine far ahead of her time.
$16.95

The New Tsar, The Rise and Reign of Vladimir Putin

RUS567
Steven Lee Myers
Vintage Books
2016
592
0345802799
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Complicated world leader, former KGB agent and man of enormous ambition, Myers' Putin has few scruples and quickly silences dissenters. A keen and insightful biography by the former New York Times Moscow bureau chief.
$19.00

City of Thieves

RUS380
David Benioff
Plume
2009
272
0452295297
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
David Benioff (screenwriter for "The Kite Runner" and "Wolverine") turns his grandfather's stories of surviving the infamous Siege of Leningrad into a wise and touching coming of age novel that's hard to put down. Seventeen-year-old Lev and his charismatic buddy Koly are sent out by their German captors to bring back a dozen eggs, just the start of a gripping odyssey.
$16.00

Enchantments

RUS478
Kathryn Harrison
Random House
2013
329
0812973771
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Harrison sets her enthralling novel in St. Petersburg in 1917 as the Romanov's topple, telling her tale from the point of view of Rasputin's daughters.
$15.00

Less Than One, Selected Essays

RUS382
Joseph Brodsky
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
1987
448
0374520550
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
A collection of Brodsky's personal essays and literary criticism. Particularly insightful is "Guide to a Renamed City," a beautiful meditation on St. Petersburg (a.k.a Leningrad) and its multiple historical identities.
$21.00

Petersburg

RUS483
Andrei Bely
Indiana University Press
1979
356
0253202191
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Bely conjures a whirlwind of impressions and impulses in this kinetic meditation on the nature of the city in this modernist masterpiece, written in Russian in 1939. It follows a young revolutionary ordered to assassinate his own father, by planting a time bomb in his study. This edition adds excellent commentary from translators Maguire and Malmstad.
$24.00

Russian Short Stories

RUS288
Robert Chandler (Editor)
Penguin
2006
396
0140448462
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
This fine collection of tales captures the sweep and soul of Russian literature, including works by Pushkin, Gogol, Dostoevsky, Chekhov and Tolstoy along with lesser-known greats.
$20.00

The Christening

BLT25
Denise Neuhaus
Lightning Source
2002
296
0595225454
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
This accomplished novel, set against a backdrop of the last days of the Soviet Union, follows three Estonian women in Tallinn and Stockholm.
$16.95

The Dogs of Riga

BLT24
Henning Mankell
Vintage Books
2004
336
1400031524
PAPER
Mystery
0
0
0
0
Swedish detective Kurt Wallander travels from Ystad to Latvia on the shadowy trail of a grisly murder in this second book, steeped in Baltic ambiance.
$15.95

The Madonnas of Leningrad

RUS360
Debra Dean
HarperCollins Publishers
2007
231
0060825316
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Dean effortlessly interweaves two epochs of a woman's life -- Marina's wartime experiences as a young guide at the Hermitage during the Siege of Leningrad and her life as an 82-year-old Seattle resident struggling with Alzheimer's. A remarkable debut novel.
$14.99

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Crime and Punishment

RUS18
Fyodor Dostoevsky, David McDuff (Translator)
Penguin
2002
647
0140449132
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Dostoevsky's thriller of murder and redemption is redolent of St. Petersburg’s atmosphere. A cornerstone of Russian literature, and one of the greatest detective stories ever told.
$16.00

Lenin's Tomb

RUS07
David Remnick
Random House
1994
588
0679751254
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A gripping eyewitness tale of the collapse of the Soviet Union. Remnick, the Washington Post reporter on the scene, combines fine historical scholarship with great storytelling.
$18.00

Petersburg, Crucible of Cultural Revolution

RUS43
Katarina Clark
Harvard University Press
1998
384
0674663365
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
A classic, if scholarly, study of cultural changes in Petersburg in the key years 1913-1931 and how they coincided with the rise of Stalinism.
$31.00

Estonia and the Estonians

BLT07
Toivo U. Raun
Hoover
2001
366
0817928529
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A scholarly, comprehensive history of Estonia from prehistory to the 1990s in the Hoover Institution's "Studies of Nationalities" series.
$24.95

Catherine the Great, A Short History

RUS105
Isabel De Madariaga
Yale University Press
2002
240
0300097220
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
A brief survey of the reign of Catherine the Great that nicely balances biography with descriptions of the economic, political and social life of the period.
$14.95

Russka

RUS175
Edward Rutherfurd
Ballantine Books
2005
946
0345479351
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
In this absorbing, complex novel Rutherfurd transforms Russian history into an epic saga. The bestseller follows the fate of interconnected families over 800 years. Catherine the Great, Tolstoy, Pushkin and Rasputin all make appearances.
$20.00

A Traveller's Companion to St. Petersburg

RUS214
Laurence Kelly (Editor)
Interlink Publishing Group
2003
285
1566564921
PAPER
Anthology
0
0
0
0
This illuminating selection of readings, enhanced by maps and engravings, covers the city from its founding to the fall of the Tsars. Includes chapters on early days, palaces and museums, politics, and iconic places throughout the city.
$16.95

Rough Guide Estonia, Latvia & Lithuania

BLT17
Rough Guide
Rough Guides
2011
504
1848368887
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This comprehensive travel guide to the Baltic States includes region-by-region descriptions of attractions and a good overview of history and culture.
$24.99

Crusader Castles of the Teutonic Knights, The Stone Castles of Latvia and Estonia

BLT19
Stephen Turnbull
Osprey Publishing
2004
64
1841767123
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A heavily illustrated and brief history of the medieval crusader castles of the Livonian Order (1185-1560) of Teutonic Knights in present-day Estonia and Latvia, with contemporary photos.
$18.95

Coup de Grace

BLT26
Marguerite Yourcenar
Noonday Press
1996
151
0374516316
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
A novel set against the backdrop of the Latvian War of Independence in the aftermath of WWI.
$16.00

Bradt City Guide Riga

BLK111
Stephen Baister
Bradt Publications
2007
256
1841622273
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A small guide to the history, culture and attractions of the Latvian city in the authoritative Bradt series.
$13.99

Culture Smart! Estonia

BLT30
Clare Thomson
Kuperard
2007
168
1857333535
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A concise, no-nonsense guide to local customs, etiquette and culture with a short overview of the land and people along with practical travel advice.
$9.95

Culture Smart! Lithuania

BLT31
Lara Belonogoff
Kuperard
2007
168
1857333500
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A concise, no-nonsense guide to local customs, etiquette and culture with a short overview of the land and people along with practical travel advice.
$9.95

Set Sail for Murder

BLT42
Carolyn G. Hart
Avon Books
2008
311
0060724080
PAPER
Mystery
0
0
0
0
Retired newspaper reporter Henrietta O' Dwyer Collins, Henrie O to her friends, joins her dear old friend Jimmy Lennox on a Baltic cruise in this seventh installment in the cozy series.
$6.99

Native Realm, A Search for Self-Definition

EUR437
Czeslaw Milosz
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
2002
300
0374528306
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
The great Lithuanian-born Polish poet and Nobel laureate Milosz traces much of 20th-century European history in this tale of his own life, from his early years in Vilnius to the unimaginable horrors of Nazi-occupied Warsaw through to the 1950s.
$16.00

For Kids

Estonia

BLT46
Louise Spilsbury
Heinemann
2011
48
1432952277
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
One in the illustrated and informative Countries Around the World series, geared for ages 8-11.
$9.95