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The Basque Country

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. We have updated the original package. These are the current recommendations.
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The Land of My Fathers, A Son's Return to the Basque Country

FRN162
Robert Laxalt, Joyce Laxalt (Photographer)
University of Nevada Press
1999
136
0874173388
HARD COVER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
A portrait of the Basque culture and people through the eyes of Robert Laxalt, who traveled through Basque country in the 60s. This book is based on Laxalt's journals and complemented by his wife's photographs.
$21.00

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

Aquitaine Map 524

FRN205
Michelin
Michelin Travel Publications
2014
2
2067135325
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A regional map of the Aquitaine region from Arcachon south to Pamplona, including Bordeaux and Biarritz, at a scale of 1:200,000.
$11.95

Basque Country, Navarra and La Rioja

SPN204
Michelin Travel Publications
Michelin Travel Publications
2003
1
2061007570
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A regional map of Spain covering the Basque Country, Navarra and La Rioja at a scale of 1:250,000.
$12.95

Northern Spain Adventure Map

SPN245
National Geographic Maps
National Geographic Maps
2011
1
1566955386
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A nicely detailed, overview map of the western (coastal) part of Northern Spain and the Way of St. James at a scale of 1:500,000. Extends as far east as San Sebastian. One Side. 33x49 inches.
$11.95

Eyewitness Guide Northern Spain

SPN315
Eyewitness Guides
DK Publishing
2017
272
1465457305
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A literate, visually rich guide to northern Spain from Galicia across Asturbias and the Basque Country to La Rioja to the Pyrenees.
$25.00

The Pilgrimage Road to Santiago, The Complete Cultural Handbook

SPN137
David Gitlitz, Linda Kay Davidson
St. Martin's Press
2000
440
0312254164
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A kilometer-by-kilometer guide to the route of St. James across northern Spain with copious information on the historical and artistic sites along the way. You probably won’t want it in your daypack, but in your suitcase it will be invaluable for previews of the following day and reflections on the preceding one.
$26.99

Culinaria Spain

SPN416
Marion Trutter (Editor)
Aa Balkema
2015
320
3848008181
HARD COVER
Food
0
0
0
0
Organized by region, this profusely illustrated guide to virtually all aspects of Spanish cuisine is full of recipes, tips and cultural information.
$19.99

Ferran

SPN500
Colman Andrews
Gotham Books
2011
321
1592406688
PAPER
Food
0
0
0
0
Co-founder and former editor of Saveur, Andrews portrays the great chef and the phenomenon he created at El Bulli.
$16.00

Life and Food in the Basque Country

SPN125
Maria Jose Sevilla
Ivan Dee
1992
170
1561310352
PAPER
Food
0
0
0
0
A portrait of Basque life as seen through the people who practice its culinary traditions. Each chapter profiles the traditions and histories of the Basque butcher, fisherman, housewife, kaiku-maker (or society cook), with some traditional recipes.
$14.95

The Basque Table, Passionate Home Cooking from One of Europe's Great Regional Cuisines

SPN218
Teresa Barrenechea
Houghton Mifflin
2006
232
1558323279
PAPER
Food
0
0
0
0
A collection of 130 traditional recipes from the owner and chef of New York's Marichu. Barrenechea, who was raised in Bilbao, includes plenty of asides on Basque history, traditions and culture.
$18.95

The Finest Wines of Rioja and Northwest Spain, A Regional Guide to the Best Producers and Their Wines

SPN481
Jesus Barquin
University of California Press
2011
320
0520269217
PAPER
Food
0
0
0
0
A detailed and informative guide to ancient and contemporary winemaking in Spain's most prominent wine region.
$39.95

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

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

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

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

Wanderlust, A History of Walking

WLK06
Rebecca Solnit
Penguin Putnam
2001
336
0140286012
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Solnit's wide-ranging, literate and thoroughly enlightening essays on the multiple means of walking touches upon, among many things, the origins of bipedalism, famous flaneurs and walking as a form of rebellion. Terrific.
$18.00

Romanesque

ART105
Norbert Wolf
Taschen
2007
95
3822854468
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
1
This slim volume introduces the Romanesque movement, the first universal style of the European Middle Ages dating to the 11th and 12th centuries, its artists and historical context.
$9.99

A Piano in the Pyrenees

FRA240
Tony Hawks
Trafalgar Square
2007
352
0091903335
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
British comic Hawks (Around Ireland with a Fridge) serves up another bumbling adventure in this account of buying a house in the French Pyrenees and trying to teach himself to play (not to mention move) a piano.
$17.95

By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept

FRN221
Paulo Coelho
HarperCollins
2006
179
0061122092
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
From the wildly popular Brazilian author Paulo Coelho comes this magical tale of a woman who follows a former childhood friend through the French Pyrenees.
$14.99

Obabakoak, Stories from a Village

SPN502
Bernardo Atxaga
Graywolf Press
2010
288
1555975518
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Roughly translated as "the things and people of the village of Obaba," this collection of stories, winner of the National Literature Prize in Spain, evokes the life, culture and people of a Basque mountain village.
$15.00

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Cadogan Bilbao & the Basque Lands

SPN207
Michael Pauls
Cadogan Books
2012
312
1566568803
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
1
With good maps as well as introductory chapters on the history and culture of the Basques, this guide covers Bilbao, San Sebastian, Pamplona and Biarritz in detail.
$21.95

For Kids

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

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

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