Suggested Reading List
A Naturalist's Guide to the Arctic
Author: E.C. Pielou
Description: Our best-selling book on the Arctic, this guide covers the geography and climate, plants, birds and wildlife of the circumpolar north.
Iceland Adventure Map
Author: National Geographic Society
Description: A detailed, double-sided traveler's map at a scale of 1:465,000 by National Geographic.
Independent People, An Epic
Author: Halldor Laxness
Description: Rich in local color, this great mock-epic by the Icelandic Nobel Prize-winner features the indelible Bjartur of Summerhouses, a hard-headed, independent-minded sheep farmer.
Lonely Planet Iceland
Author: Deanna Swaney
Description: This concise guide to Iceland includes short essays on history, culture and attractions and plenty of practical travel information.
Scotland, A Concise History
Author: Fitzroy MacLean, Magnus Linklater (Contributor)
Description: This richly illustrated survey brings Scottish history up to the present through its romantic figures and bloody battles. With 250 well-integrated illustrations, this revised fourth edition includes a newly added chapter on Scotland’s place in the 21st century.
Seamanship, A Voyage Along the Wild Coasts of the British Isles
Author: Adam Nicolson
Description: Nicolson offers an engrossing account of a coastal voyage from Cornwall, along the western coast of Ireland, out to the Faeroes and to Orkney in this brief hymn to the sea.
The Fish Can Sing
Author: Halldor Laxness, Magnus Magnusson (Translator)
Description: A quirky, moving coming-of-age tale set in Reykjavik at the turn of the last century, featuring an unforgettable cast of Icelandic characters. Laxness, who also wrote Independent People (ICL01), won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1955.
The History of Iceland
Author: Gunnar Karlsson
Description: A history of Iceland from the Viking era through colonization, independence and the 20th century. Karlsson draws on the sagas and rich literature of Iceland in presenting this comprehensive history.
The Pirate Queen, In Search of Grace O'Malley and Other Legendary Women of the Sea
Author: Barbara Sjoholm
Description: Tales of plucky female pirates and explorers in the North Atlantic. Long interested in women and seafaring, Sjoholm journeyed from Ireland out to the Shetland and Faroe islands, Iceland and Norway collecting folk-tales, stories and historical accounts of these remarkable seafaring heroines.
The Sagas of Icelanders
Author: Jane Smiley (Introduction), Robert Kellog (Illustrator)
Description: Nine sagas and six tales composed between the years 1000 and 1500, including an account of Leif Eriksson's voyage to North America, all newly translated. With an introduction by Jane Smiley.
The Shetland Bus, A WWII Epic of Escape, Survival and Adventure
Author: David Howarth
Description: The little-known story of a fleet of fishing boats that regularly journeyed across treacherous waters from the Shetland Islands to Norway, to bring relief and fortifications to Norwegians under Nazi attack.
The Vikings, Lords of the Seas
Author: Yves Cohat
Description: An indispensable reference that fits in your pocket, this slim volume is packed with maps, archival photographs and illustrations. It tells of the Norse homeland, discoveries and settlements, and features a useful chronology and excerpts from the Viking Sagas. Part of the "Discoveries" series.
Vikings, The North Atlantic Saga
Author: William Fitzhugh (Editor), Elisabeth Ward (Editor)
Description: An extensively illustrated volume of Viking culture, history and exploration that focuses especially on voyages to North America. Published in conjunction with a Smithsonian exhibit, it features essays and 400 color photographs.
Volcanoes, Fire From the Earth
Author: Maurice Krafft
Description: By the great French volcanologist (who died on the job on Mount Unzen in Japan in 1992), this pocket guide features hundreds of full-color paintings and traces the study of volcanoes from early myth and legend to modern science.
Author: Ann Cleeves
Description: Inspector Perez finds a murdered man, last seen causing an amnesia-induced ruckus at an art gallery in this second novel in the Shetland Island Quartet.
Wildlife of the North Atlantic, A Cruising Guide
Author: Tony Soper, Dan Powell (Illustrator)
Description: This compact, illustrated guide covers the many petrels, ducks, gulls, terns and other seabirds, as well as the rich abundance of life existing under the waves, that populate the vast Atlantic region from the British Isles to Newfoundland.