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The Antebellum South & Georgia’s Golden Isles

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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 Charleston, Savannah & Coastal Islands Book, A Complete Guide

USS13
Cecily McMillan, Wade Spees (Photographer)
Countryman Press
2014
240
1581572336
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
An excellent, locally produced travel guide mixing history, culture and anecdote with a shipload of up-to-date practical information. It does justice to this area's rich traditions and food.
$19.95

A Short History of Charleston

USS12
Robert Rosen
University of South Carolina Press
1997
176
1570031975
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A third-generation Charlestonian, Rosen traces the history of Good King Charles's City from its founding to the present with flair.
$16.95

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

USS09
John Berendt
Vintage Books
1999
386
0679751521
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Part affectionate portrait of Savannah society, part murder mystery, Berendt’s classic account of his stay in the decayed splendor of the Southern coastal city is one of those rare instances when a great writer finds himself caught at the center of a real-life crime story.
$16.95

National Audubon Society Field Guide to the Southeastern States

USS31
Peter Alden (Editor)
Alfred Knopf
1999
446
0679446834
FLEXI-BOUND
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
A compact photographic guide to the nature of the Southeast states from Mississippi and Georgia to North Carolina, featuring 1,500 photographs, concise descriptions and an overview of the natural history of the area.
$22.95

Florida Map

USS218
Hallwag
Hallwag
2012
1
3828302505
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
This regional map covers not just Florida but also the coast south from South Carolina.
$11.95

Charleston Map

USS312
Navigator Maps
MapLink
2005
2
078341921X
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A clear, easy-to-use souvenir map of Charleston, featuring the city center and well-marked places of interest.
$7.95

Savannah Map

USS340
Navigator Maps
MapLink
2005
2
0783419201
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A neat, colorful map of Savannah’s city center, featuring well-marked places of interest.
$7.95

The National Trust Guide to Savannah

USS26
Roulhac Toledano
John Wiley & Son
1997
234
0471155683
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A guide to the architectural culture and history of Old Savannah. With 200 archival photographs and maps, it includes chapters on historic preservation, famous visitors and a comprehensive tour of architectural styles.
$34.95

Africans in America, America's Journey through Slavery

USS53
Charles Johnson, Patricia Smith, WBGH Series Research Team
Harvest Books
1999
512
0156008548
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A powerful collaborative effort that paints a vivid picture of the history of slavery in America and celebrates the brave Africans who managed to preserve their heritage as they endured so many hardships.
$38.95

Georgia's Land of the Golden Isles

USS63
Burnette Vanstory, Eugenia Price
University of Georgia Press
1981
226
0820305588
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
First published in 1956, this is a rich portrait of the sea islands off Georgia's coast. Each island gets its own chapter, detailing its history, with information on the native peoples, early settlements and slave plantations.
$22.95

Savannah in the Old South

USS366
Walter Fraser
University of Georgia Press
2005
423
082032776X
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A comprehensive history of Savannah from its early days as an Indian trading center to the end of the Civil War.
$28.95

The Civil War, An Illustrated History

USS27
Geoffrey C. Ward, Ken Burns
Alfred Knopf
1992
448
0679742778
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
An illustrated, comprehensive social history of the Civil War by the now-famous team of Ward and Burns. With 500 photographs and maps, extensive text and original essays by contributing experts.
$32.50

The Jekyll Island Club: Southern Haven for America's Millionaires

USS75
June Hall McCash, William Barton McCash
University of Georgia Press
1989
251
0820310700
HARD COVER
History
0
0
0
0
A history of the legendary Jekyll Island Club, the group of powerful millionaires (including Vanderbilt, Rockefeller and Pulitzer) who vacationed on the small island off the coast of Georgia.
$41.95

The South and America Since World War II

USS503
James C. Cobb
Oxford University Press
2011
374
0195166515
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Written by a Distinguished Research Professor of History at the University of Georgia, this book offers a comprehensive history of the postwar South.
$25.95

A Turn in the South

USS65
V.S. Naipaul
Vintage Books
1990
307
0679724885
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Naipaul's wandering travel narrative is a poetic but profoundly disturbing portrait of the American South.
$16.00

Literary Charleston, A Lowcountry Reader

USS18
Curtis Worthington (Editor), Louis D. Rubin, Jr. (Introduction)
2011
382
1595340793
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
A lovingly edited anthology of writing about Charleston, arranged chronologically and including heavyweights such as Henry James and Edgar Allen Poe, as well as lesser known writers.
$16.95

Mama Day

USS23
Gloria Naylor
Vintage Books
1989
312
0679721819
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
A glorious novel populated by the vibrant inhabitants, especially the women, of Willow Springs -- a fictional barrier island off the Atlantic coast between Georgia and South Carolina.
$15.95

The Jekyl Island Club, A Novel

USS59
Brent Monahan
St. Martin's Press
2015
288
1681621150
PAPER
Mystery
0
0
0
0
A murder mystery firmly set in the haughtily exclusive club on Georgia's Jekyl Island in 1899. Monahan's detective goes up against the likes of J.P. Morgan and other real-life members of the club in this page-turner which interweaves actual events.
$18.99

The March

USS373
E. L. Doctorow
Random House
2006
363
0812976150
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
In this powerful historical novel, Doctorow captures the drama and import of General William Tecumseh Sherman's devastating march through Georgia and the Carolinas during the final years of the Civil War.
$16.00

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National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America

FG09
Jon Dunn
National Geographic
2017
592
1426218354
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
This guide is the veteran's choice for birding anywhere in the United States. Practical to use in the field, it has maps, illustrations and descriptions of the birds on facing pages.
$29.99

A Thousand Mile Walk to the Gulf

FLA09
John Muir
Houghton Mifflin Company
1998
224
0395901472
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
This slim book is the diary of 28-year-old Muir. It is the record of a botanical expedition along the eastern seaboard south to Florida -- and a good introduction to this popular writer. It includes a long chapter on the swamps and forests of Florida.
$14.95

Middle Passage

ATL02
Charles Johnson
Scribner
1998
224
0684855887
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Winner of the National Book Award, this historical novel, set in 1830, is the richly imagined tale of a recently freed slave in New Orleans who signs aboard a square-rigger bound for Africa.
$15.00

Slave Counterpoint, Black Culture in the Eighteenth Century Chesapeake and Lowcountry

USS10
David Morgan
University of North Carolina Press
1998
736
0807847178
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A scholarly, readable comparison of the slave cultures of Virginia and South Carolina. Intended for a general audience, Morgan covers the lives of the slaves in rich detail, and paints a compelling portrait of African Americans in the South on the eve of the American Revolution.
$47.50

Beautiful Swimmers: Watermen, Crabs & the Chesapeake Bay

USS14
William Warner
Little Brown and Company
1994
304
0316923354
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
A lovingly written history of the blue crab, enriched with local color and a vivid overview of the Chesapeake Bay, its ecosystem, history and future.
$16.00

Personal Memoirs, Ulysses S. Grant

USS33
Ulysses S. Grant
Penguin
1999
674
0140437010
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
A remarkable (and big) account of a rich life, from a poor boy on the frontier to a great general and president, written by Grant on his deathbed -- and originally edited by none other than Mark Twain.
$18.00

Battle Cry of Freedom, The Civil War Era

USS37
James McPherson
Oxford University Press
2003
904
019516895x
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A comprehensive, vivid history of the Civil War, its genesis, battles, politics and personalities from the war with Mexico to Appomattox. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the book may be 900 pages long but it reads like a good novel.
$19.95

Confederates in the Attic

USS35
Tony Horwitz
Random House
1999
406
067975833x
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Subtitled "Dispatched from the Unfinished Civil War," this book reveals the strange world of the re-enactors, unreconstructed confederates and others whose ongoing interest and involvement in the War Between the States provide an intriguing cultural portrait of the southern and mid-Atlantic states.
$17.00

The South in Modern America, A Region at Odds

USS66
Dewey Grantham
University of Arkansas Press
2001
416
1557287104
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A comprehensive, well researched survey of the South from the time of Reconstruction to the late 20th century. Grantham captures the politics, history, and psychology of the lower half of the country.
$24.95

Southern Selves

USS67
James H. Watkins (Editor)
Random House
1998
377
067978103X
PAPER
Anthology
0
0
0
0
A vibrant collective picture of the American South from both sides of the tracks and both sides of the color line. With 31 contributions by such prominent southern literary figures as Mark Twain and Maya Angelou. Spanning roughly 100 years, each selection resonates with the distinct experience of growing up in the South.
$17.00

God, Dr. Buzzard, and the Bolito Man: A Saltwater Geechee Talks about Life on Sapelo Island

USS77
Cornelia Walker Bailey
Alfred Knopf
2001
334
0385493770
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
An evocative memoir from a native of Sapelo Island, which gives a glimpse into the Geechee (or Gullah) heritage of the region. Cornelia Walker Bailey does more than tell her story, she tells the story of a nearly forgotten people.
$16.95

Sapelo's People: A Long Walk into Freedom

USS78
William S. McFeely
W. W. Norton & Company
1995
208
0393313778
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A nicely written history of the people of Georgia's Sapelo Island, written by an outsider who interviewed many of the island's residents
$17.95

Portrait of an Island

USS79
Mildred Teal, John Teal
University of Georgia Press
1997
184
0820319619
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
A natural history of Sapelo Island, one of Georgia's Golden Isles. Complemented by 32 illustrations, this is an account of observations about the island's ecology from a couple who spent four years there in the 1950s.
$19.95

Major Butler's Legacy, Five Generations of a Slaveholding Family

USS87
Malcolm Bell
University of Georgia Press
1990
702
0820323950
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
The history of a slave owning family from the Revolutionary War to the 20th century, rich in details of daily life on the plantation.
$38.95

Journal of a Residence on a Georgia Plantation in 1838-1839

USS88
Frances Anne Kemble
University of Georgia Press
1984
415
0820307076
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
The journal of abolitionist Frances Anne Kemble, a leading 19th-century British actress who married a wealthy plantation owner and moved to the Sea Islands of Georgia. After divorcing her husband she wrote this memoir recording the inhuman living conditions on her ex-husband’s cotton and rice plantation.
$26.95

The Beloved Invader

USS91
Eugenia Price
Turner
2012
318
1596528451
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
The third novel in Price's popular St. Simon's Trilogy.
$17.95

South Carolina Map

USS99
Rand McNally Maps
Rand McNally
2
0528974114
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A colorful road map of South Carolina and the northern coast of Georgia.
$5.99

Masters of Small Worlds

USS105
Stephanie McCurry
Oxford University Press
1997
344
0195117956
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
This study of the South Carolina Low Country focuses on the complex domestic relations within the yeoman household in plantation society. An all-encompassing look at race, class, gender, and religion.
$30.95

Charleston, South Carolina (Black America Series)

USS144
John W. Meffert, Sherman Pyatt, Avery Research Center
Arcadia
2000
127
0738505838
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
A photographic collection of African American life in Charleston, South Carolina.
$21.99

Shades of Blue and Gray

USS148
Herman Hattaway
Harcourt Books
1998
281
0156005905
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A good military history of the Civil War, covering warfare technology, battle strategy and the significance of individual battles, including the Vicksburg Campaign.
$22.95

Ghosts of the Confederacy: Defeat, the Lost Cause and the Emergence of the New South, 1865-1913

USS220
Gaines M. Foster
Oxford University Press
1989
0195054202
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A social history of Southern attitudes and coping strategies in the wake of the Civil War.
$47.95

Atlanta 1864, Last Chance for the Confederacy

WAR14
Richard M. McMurry
Bison Books
2001
254
0803282788
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A short, but thorough, analysis of the Union victory in Atlanta.
$17.95

Southern Food, At Home, on the Road, in History

USS223
John Egerton, Al Clayton (Photographer)
University of North Carolina Press
1993
0807844179
PAPER
Food
0
0
0
0
An appreciative collection of recipes and restaurant suggestions, along with historical and cultural tidbits, drawn from the rich culinary traditions of eleven Southern states.
$35.00

The Carolina Rice Kitchen, The African Connection

USS226
Karen Hess, Robert M. Weir
University of South Carolina Press
1998
232
1570032084
PAPER
Food
0
0
0
0
A social history of rice and rice cooking in South Carolina
$21.00

Insider's Guide to Atlanta

USS236
Bonnie McKay, John E. McKay
Insider's Guides
2010
408
0762734981
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A comprehensive, practical guide to the city and its attractions with detailed descriptions of museums, hotels, restaurants and shops. With a section on day trips outside the city.
$18.95

The Complete Stories

USS255
Flannery O'Connor
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
1971
555
0374515360
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Named the best work of fiction in the 60-year history of the National Book Award, these 31 remarkable stories reveal O'Connor's lively, penetrating talent, showing the "shock" and the "hell" of O'Connor's "Christ-haunted" South.
$18.00

The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North America

USE262
David Sibley
Alfred Knopf
2016
464
0307957918
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
A compact, geographically-specific version of the Sibley Guide with all-new range maps, the same glorious illustrations and expanded, extremely valuable descriptions of each bird with status, habitat, range, voice and identifying marks.
$19.95

Fanny Kemble's Civil Wars

USS266
Catherine Clinton
Oxford University Press
2001
302
0195148150
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
A biography ofactress and abolitionist Frances Anne Kemble.
$24.99

Fanny Kemble's Journals

USS267
Frances Anne Kemble, Catherine Clinton (Editor)
Harvard University Press
2000
240
067400440X
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
A condensed volume of the journals of Frances Anne Kemble.
$21.25

Drums and Shadows, Survival Studies Among the Georgia Coastal Negroes

USS268
Georgia Writers' Project, Charles Joyner (Editor), Malcolm Bell (Photographer)
University of Georgia Press
1986
274
082030851X
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A reprint of a collection of interviews with slaves and descendents of slaves.
$28.95

The Georgia Coast, Waterways and Islands

USS273
Nancy Schwalbe Zydler, Tom Zydler
Aa Balkema
2004
406
1892399075
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A boater's guide to Georgia's coast.
$49.95

James Edward Oglethorpe

USS292
Joyce Blackburn
Aa Balkema
2004
184
0891769951
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
A short biography of the founder of the first colony in Georgia.
$15.95

Mammals of North America

NAM11
Roland W. Kays, Don E. Wilson
Princeton University Press
2009
248
0691140928
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
Fully revised, this second edition covers 462 mammals found throughout the United States and Canada. With 112 color plates, range maps and concise descriptive information.
$19.95

Gardens of Historic Charleston

USS309
James R. Cothran
University of South Carolina Press
1995
177
1570030049
HARD COVER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
A lavishly illustrated photographic tour of Charleston's most treasured gardens, as well as a history of gardening in the city since colonial times.
$39.95

The Jewish Community of Savannah

USS314
Valerie Frey, Kaye Kole
Arcadia
2002
128
0738514497
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A history of Jewish life in Savannah, Georgia.
$21.99

Ladies, Women, and Wenches: Choice and Constraint in Antebellum Charleston and Boston

USS333
Jane H. Pease, William H. Pease
University of North Carolina Press
1990
218
0807842893
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
This comparative history juxtaposes the lives of women in pre-Civil War Boston and Charleston.
$42.00

Sherman's March through the Carolinas

WAR104
John Gilchrist Barrett
University of North Carolina Press
1996
325
0807845663
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A history of Sherman's Carolina campaign, less well known than his march through Georgia, but just as devastating. Barret is a professor and an expert on the Civil War in the Carolinas.
$25.00

Sherman's March to the Sea, Hood's Tennessee Campaign and the Campaigns of 1865

WAR105
Jacob D. Cox
Da Capo Press
1994
265
0306805871
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A clear and cogent first-hand account of the last stage of the Civil War and Sherman's legendary march through Georgia as told by General Jacob D. Cox.
$16.95

Sherman's March

WAR107
Burke Davis, Jeff Stone (Editor), Carolyn Reidy (Editor)
Vintage Books
1988
352
0394757637
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
This moving account of Sherman's devastating march is noteworthy for its fairness and breadth of research. Davis incorporates eyewitness testimonies of soldiers and civilian survivors.
$16.95

Native Universe, Voices of Indian America

USA95
Clifford E. Trafzer
National Geographic
2008
320
1426203357
PAPER
Anthology
0
0
0
0
This sumptuously illustrated cultural history, written exclusively by Native Americans, is published in celebration of the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian.
$22.00

Back of the Big House, The Architecture of Plantation Slavery

USS353
John Michael Vlach
University of North Carolina Press
1993
273
0807844128
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
An introduction, illustrated album and survey of 18th and 19th century plantation life.
$45.00

When Roots Die, Endangered Traditions on the Sea Islands

USS356
Patricia Jones-Jackson, Charles Joyner (Introduction)
University of Georgia Press
1987
224
0820323934
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
A record of the folkways, stories and traditional beliefs of South Carolina's Sea Islands.
$26.00

Gullah Home Cooking the Daufuskie Way

USS358
Sallie Ann Robinson
University of North Carolina Press
2003
170
0807854565
PAPER
Food
0
0
0
0
Robinson, who grew up on Daufuskie island, combines memoir, cultural portrait and recipes.
$22.00