Suggested Reading List
A Farewell to Arms
Author: Ernest Hemingway
Description: Set in snowy Switzerland and the rainy Italian Lake Country during World War I, this semi-autobiographical novel chronicles the romance between a British nurse and an American ambulance driver.
A Palm for Mrs. Pollifax
Author: Dorothy Gilman
Description: A secret agent like no other, feisty grandmother Mrs. Pollifax goes to Switzerland to track down a missing package of plutonium -- just enough to make a small atomic bomb. Fourth in the series.
Alpine Views, Alexandre Calame and the Swiss Landscape
Author: Alberto de Andres
Description: The exhibition catalog to an exhibition at the Clark, this book showcases 26 dramatic oil paintings and sketches of the picturesque Alps. Calame (1810-1864) was the leading artist of the Swiss school of alpine painting.
Birds of Europe
Author: Lars Svensson
Description: Featuring 3,500 glorious paintings by Killian Mullarney and Dan Zetterstrom, the second revised edition of this exquisite guide has been brought up to date with revised text and maps.
Bradt Guide Switzerland Without a Car
Author: Anthony Lambert
Description: A practical guide to traveling in Switzerland.
Cadogan Guide Switzerland
Author: Norman Renouf
Description: This comprehensive guide combines personality, in-depth knowledge and hand-picked sights and recommendations.
Cathedrals and Castles, The Cathedral Builders of the Middle Ages
Author: Alain Erlande-Brandenburg
Description: This pocket-size encyclopedia of the art, architecture and culture of the Middle Ages features hundreds of drawings, color illustrations and a brief chronology.
Culture Smart! Switzerland
Author: Kendall Maycock
Description: A concise, no-nonsense guide to Switzerland's customs, etiquette and culture.
Author: Henry James
Description: A classic story of a young American woman's innocent flirtation and its misinterpretation by a sophisticated European man, set in Lac Leman and Chillon. This is James' first fictional work to gain mass popularity and one of his great American female portraits.
Eiger Dreams, Ventures Among Men and Mountains
Author: Jon Krakauer
Description: A collection of some of Krakauer's (Into Thin Air) best journalism, these stories and essays focus on the mindset and determination of world-class mountaineers, including Alpine and Himalayan climbers.
Eyewitness Guide Switzerland
Author: Eyewitness Guides
Description: A compact, thoroughly illustrated guide, featuring over 900 photographs, good maps, and plenty of information on hiking in the Swiss Alps, natural and tourist attractions, and the history and arts of Switzerland.
Hotel du Lac
Author: Anita Brookner
Description: Funny, stylish and spellbinding, Brookner's novel tracks the story of a romance novelist, not quite finding peace and quiet at the quiet luxury of Hotel du Lac in Switzerland.
I'm Not Stiller
Author: Max Frisch
Description: A masterpiece of post-WWII fiction about a man who claims not to be himself.
Insight Guide Switzerland
Author: Insight Guides
Description: This handsome guide gives a profusely illustrated overview of Switzerland, featuring concise essays by well-regarded authors on history, politics and culture, as well as hundreds of photos and maps, and some practical information.
Killing Dragons, The Conquest of the Alps
Author: Fergus Fleming
Description: Fleming spins lively tales of man against nature in this entertaining history of the eccentrics, adventurers and publicity-hounds who sought to conquer the Alps, including Whymper and his first ascent of the Matterhorn (where four of the seven-man team perished).
La Place de la Concorde Suisse
Author: John McPhee
Description: In the company of a Swiss patrol leader on a training mission, McPhee deploys his usual insight and wonderful prose on the phenomenon of the army of Switzerland.
Michelin Green Guide Switzerland
Author: Michelin Travel Publications
Description: A survey of the cities, villages and sites of Switzerland in the classic Michelin style.
Swiss Bernese Oberland
Author: Philip & Loretta Alspach
Description: A brief, illustrated guide to mountains, lakes and villages of the Bernese Oberland. With 50 color pictures, maps and good information on food, drink and the mountain villages of Interlaken, Grindelwald, Wengen, Murren and Kandersteg.
Author: Michelin Travel Publications
Description: A colorful, shaded relief map of Switzerland at a scale of 1:400,000.
The Alps, A Cultural History
Author: Andrew Beattie
Description: Beattie explores the turbulent past and vibrant present of the Alps, where early pioneers of tourism, mountaineering and scientific research have all left their mark.
The Book of Absinthe, A Cultural History
Author: Phil Baker
Description: An entertaining cultural history of "The Green Fairy," from the drink's origins as an herbal tonic through its intoxicating heyday in European cities of the late 19th century.
The Magic Mountain
Author: Thomas Mann
Description: In this classic novel of ill health in a sanatorium in the Swiss mountains, the author explores disease as a symbol of the sick, capitalistic society of pre-World War I Europe.
The Night Manager
Author: John Le Carre
Description: This best-selling, post-Cold War thriller about ruthless arms dealers in Geneva is a gripping read. Carrying on the great Le Carre tradition of espionage, a man who essentially gave up living after a tremendous failure is given a costly shot at redemption.
White Spider, The Classic Account of the Ascent of the Eiger
Author: Heinrich Harrer
Description: The classic tale of a young climber and the first ascent of the North Face of the Eiger in 1938. This edition includes photographs, maps, and a chronology of attempts on the North Face.
Author: Jonathan Steinberg
Description: A masterly overview of the idiosyncrasies of Switzerland, its history, language, politics and identity as a naysayer at the center of Europe.