Archive for the ‘Books’ Category

Book of the Week – Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Snow Flower and the Secret FanOur book partner, Longitude books is always searching for new books to inspire and inform your travels.

This week, they recommend you spend an hour or two with Lisa See’s novel, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan.

Set in 19th-century rural Hunan China, the book traces the lives of two women living with foot-binding, arranged marriages, and war.

Our travelers have always been and remain fascinated with China, one of our most popular destinations. Learn more about traveling to China with our experts.

Book of the Week – The Civil War, A Visual History

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

Civil War Visual History BookOur book partner, Longitude books is always searching for new books to inspire and inform your travels.

This week’s recommendation is The Civil War, A Visual History, edited by Jemi Dunne.

Published to mark the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War, this enticing illustrated survey draws on the unparalleled collections of the Smithsonian Institution, giving insight into 1860s America, battles and troops on both side of the divide. This book is a definitive visual history and includes detailed timelines, revealing first-person accounts, and discussion of other topics, including medical treatment, transportation, and the economy.

To honor the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, Smithsonian Journeys has created  several tours that enable you to experience this defining moment in American history in a unique, immersive way.

Please don’t forget to click here to see all the Smithsonian is doing to commemorate the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War.

Book of the Week- The Evolution of Jane

Friday, July 15th, 2011

The Evolution of Jane, Cathleen SchineOur book partner, Longitude books is always searching for new books to inspire and inform your travels.

This week, they’ve recommended you escape to The Evolution of Jane by Cathleen Schine. A novel, the book is about a recently divorced 25-year-old woman who takes the search for her own origins all the way to the Galápagos Islands. Part travelogue, part comedy, part commentary, it’s a book worth curling up with this summer.

If you’re ready to write your own ticket to the Galápagos, click here for more on our trips there.

Book of the Week – The Way of the Panda

Friday, July 8th, 2011

The Way of the Panda - cover imageOur book partner, Longitude books is always searching for new books to inspire and inform your travels.

This week, they’ve recommended you curl up with The Way of The Panda by Henry Nicholls.

People have been fascinated by giant pandas since they were formally discovered 140 years ago. Author Henry Nicholls provides an absorbing narrative history of the panda, part of his larger story of the animal conservation movement, China’s ascendancy, and what recent scientific work is finally showing us about this most mysterious of creatures.

If you’re ready for your own exploration of China, click here to learn more about discovering China with Smithsonian Journeys.

Book of the Week – Paris to the Past

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

Paris to the PastOur book partner, Longitude books is always searching for new books to inspire and inform your travels.

This week, they’ve recommended you try Paris to the Past – Traveling Through French History by Train, by Ina Caro.

You’re invited to join Ina Caro on 25 one-day trips by train from Paris to experience 700 years of French history. Whether taking us to Orleans to evoke the miraculous visions of Joan of Arc, to Versailles to experience the flamboyant achievements of Louis XIV, or to the Place de la Concorde to witness the beheading of Marie Antoinette, Caro animates history with her lush descriptions of architectural splendors and tales of court intrigue. Organizing her destinations chronologically from 12th-century Saint-Denis to the 19th-century Restoration at Chantilly, Caro’ s easy wit engages readers of all levels.

Ready to visit Paris? For all of our travel to France, click here.