Amsterdam, A History of the World’s Most Liberal City
Russell Shorto opens this delightful ode to an adopted city with his daily journey, by bike of course, through his neighborhood to drop off his toddler son. He spins a tale of a diverse city wrestled collectively from the sea, its coffee shops, canals, personalities and politics, with panache.
A Worldly Art
This appreciative analysis of Dutch art in its Golden Age (1585-1718) features 100 exemplary illustrations by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Pieter de Hooch, Frans Hals and other Old Masters.
Paris to the Moon
Gopnik writes with candor and humor about Paris and Parisian ways in these charming reflections on adapting to life in glorious exile.
Frommer’s Easyguide to Amsterdam, Brussels and Bruges
EasyGuides are full of practical, easy to absorb information and emphasize authentic experiences. This lightweight guide highlights important attractions with expert advice on accommodations and meals.
Fodor’s Paris’ 25 Best
This shirt-pocket map and guide includes essential information on the city’s history, highlights and sightseeing, ideal for a short visit to the City of Light.
Michelin Travel Publications
Covering the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg at a scale of 1:400,000.
A sturdy laminated map of the city center at a scale of 1:12,000 and all of Paris at a scale of 1:15,000.
Inc. Dorling Kindersley
Eyewitness Guide Belgium and Luxembourg
Another gem in the Eyewitness series, this superb guide is handsome, convenient and up-to-date; it’s the guide to carry. Featuring color photography, dozens of excellent local maps and a region-by-region synopsis of the country’s attractions.
The story of the world’s most coveted flower and the extraordinary passion it aroused, this history traces the tulip from its origins on the Turkish steppes to status as an absurdly desired object in Europe and its role in the financial follies of 17th-century Holland.
Paris at the End of the World, The City of Light During the Great War, 1914-1918
John Baxter (The Most Beautiful Walk in the World) explores how the city of light managed to shine even brighter during the four years when WWI threatened her destruction.
A laugh-out-loud, irreverent guide to Dutch character and habits, including how to drink coffee and why you shouldn’t even think about haggling over prices.
How Paris Became Paris, The Invention of the Modern City
A vibrant chronicle of how Parisian rulers transformed the city into a cosmopolitan metropolis.
John S.D. Eisenhower, Stephen Ambrose (Introduction)
The Bitter Woods
An enthralling narrative history of the Battle of the Bulge, the largest battle in American military history with more than one million soldiers and 80,000 casualties.
A Moveable Feast
A treasure for anyone interested in Parisian cafe society and its luminaries circa 1925. Hemingway includes sharp portraits of Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ford Maddox Ford and others who idled on their way to greatness.
Master of Shadows, The Secret Diplomatic Career of the Painter Peter Paul Rubens
Ranging from his home in Antwerp to London, Madrid, Paris and Rome, Lamster uncovers the gripping tale behind one of the world’s most famous painters and his double life as a secret agent, diplomat and political operative in 17th century Europe.
In the City of Bikes, The Story of the Amsterdam Cyclist
Pedaling around the city on a “lumbering and sluggish” single-speed bicycle named Brownie, American expat and bike nut Pete Jordan turns his love of Amsterdam – and of bicycles – into an acutely observed cultural history of the city.
From the reigning queen of historical fiction comes this fast-paced, thoroughly-researched novel of ambition and worldly goods in 15th-century Bruges. This is the first volume in her House of Niccolo series.
The Diary of a Young Girl, The Definitive Edition
The classic story of an adolescent Jewish girl’s life and thoughts while in hiding with her family in Nazi-occupied Holland. A new edition with added material.
A Tall Man in a Low Land
Pearson, a British travel writer, journalist and comic is an entertaining guide to Belgium and its traditions, culture, beer and chocolate.
Travels in Vermeer, A Memoir
In the wake of a vengeful divorce and custody battle, an American poet travels to Amsterdam, The Hague, Delft, London, Washington and New York to find solace and inspiration in the paintings of Johannes Vermeer.
The Anatomy Lesson
A fictionalized account of the events surrounding Rembrandt’s first commissioned piece, the Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp. Well-researched and vivid with period details that transport the reader back to 1600s Amsterdam at the height of Dutch artistic vigor.
Manfred Wolf (Editor)
Amsterdam, A Traveler’s Literary Companion
Organized by district, these 17 contemporary short stories by modern Dutch writers, including Cees Nooteboom and Geert Mak, are set amid the canals, cafes and neighborhoods of Amsterdam.