Suggested Reading List
A Pilgrim's Guide to the Camino De Santiago
Author: John Brierley
Description: With 52 maps and town plans, information on pilgrim hostels and other accommodations, practical advice and spiritual encouragement for the route from St. Jean Pied de Port to Santiago de Campostela.
A Traveller's History of Spain
Author: Juan Lalaguna
Description: A swift survey from prehistory through the Romans, Goths and Moors to the present.
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.
I'm Off Then, Losing and Finding Myself on the Camino de Santiago
Author: Hape Kerkeling
Description: Overweight, overworked and unfit, Kerkeling turns an arduous trek across the French Pyrenees into a superb opportunity to deploy his self deprecating humor and barbed wit in this laugh-out-loud account of an unlikely pilgrim.
Northern Spain Adventure Map
Author: National Geographic
Description: A nicely detailed, overview map of the western (coastal) part of Northern Spain and the Way of St. James, extending as far east as San Sebastian, at a scale of 1:380,,000.
Off the Road, A Modern-Day Walk Down the Pilgrim's Route Into Spain
Author: Jack Hitt
Description: An American Abroad, popular NPR contributor Hitt unleashes his wit and wonder in this account of his trek, 500-miles across Spain to Santiago de Compostela. Naturally, he falls in with an odd assortment of fellow pilgrims and adventures ensue.
Paris to the Pyrenees, A Skeptic Pilgrim Walks the Way of Saint James
Author: David Downie
Description: With wit and scholarship Downie and his wife tackle the fabled route across France and Spain to Santiago de Campostelo.
Pilgrim Stories, On and Off the Road to Santiago
Author: Nancy Louise Frey
Description: The sights, sounds -- and meaning -- of modern journeys along the "Camino de Santiago," according to interviews with those who travel it.
Pilgrimage to the End of the World, The Road to Santiago de Campostela
Author: Conrad Rudolph
Description: An engaging, literary account of 11 weeks of travels from Le Puy along the way of St. James, 1,000 miles all told.
Roads to Santiago, A Modern-Day Pilgrimage Through Spain
Author: Cees Nooteboom
Description: An exhilarating but erudite portrait of modern and historic Spain. Nooteboom writes quite brilliantly of Spanish art, philosophy, history, architecture and culture, as well as of the people he encountered.
Santiago de Compostela Map
Author: Freytag & Berndt
Description: A walking map of the city at a scale of 1:10,000.
Spain, A Traveler's Literary Companion
Author: Peter R. Bush (Editor)
Description: These 30 short stories form a who's who of contemporary Spanish literature, including writers from Galicia, Leon, the Basque Country, Madrid and Barcelona.
The Basque History of the World
Author: Mark Kurlansky
Description: Popular author Mark Kurlansky offers an engaging portrait of the seven provinces of Basque Land, discussing everything from language to culinary heritage and seafaring traditions.
The Camino, A Journey of the Spirit
Author: Shirley MacLaine
Description: The much-reincarnated, ever-brave entertainer treks 500-miles across Northern Spain on the pilgrimage to Santiago de Campostela, interweaving travelogue, commentary and journeys both actual and interior in this personal journal.
The Miracles of St. James, Translations from the Liber Sancti Jacobi
Author: Thoma Coffey (Editor)
Description: The English translation of a Medieval writings on the pilgrimage to Santiago, and the miracles of St. James, from the Codex Calixtinus.
The Pilgrim's Guide to Santiago De Compostela
Author: William Melczer
Description: This is the original guide used by 12th-century pilgrims along the sacred way, reprinted with an introduction by a professor of medieval studies, endnotes and a gazeteer. It's an excellent, hugely informative presentation of this curiosity.
The Pilgrimage Road to Santiago, The Complete Cultural Handbook
Author: David Gitlitz, Linda Kay Davidson
Description: A kilometer-by-kilometer guide to the way of St. James. Organized geographically, this comprehensive guide is a survey of the pilgrimage route across northern Spain.
The Road to Santiago
Author: Kathryn Harrison
Description: The novelist's meditative, personal account of journeys along the route of St. James from St.-Jean-Pied-de-Port in France to Santiago de Compostela.
The Roads to Santiago, The Medieval Pilgrim Routes Through France and Spain to Santiago de Compostela
Author: Derry Brabbs (Photographer)
Description: This gorgeous book celebrates the shrine Santiago de Compostela and the medieval routes through France and Spain -- each a World Heritage site -- in 220 color photographs.
The Song of Roland
Author: Robert Harrison (Translator)
Description: A lyrical translation of the great French epic. Charlemagne's nephew, the chivalrous hero Roland, battles Basque attackers in this 11th-century epic about bloody struggle between Islamic and Christian armies.
Travels with My Donkey
Author: Tim Moore
Description: In this wickedly comic account of grand adventures on the 500-mile pilgrimage to Santiago de Campostela with a French-speaking donkey, Moore salts his anecdotes of fellow travelers and grand adventures with an account of the history and culture of the medieval Way of St. James.
Author: Henry David Thoreau
Description: Slip this pocket edition of Thoreau's meditations on the spiritual benefits of this most civilized form of travel in your daypack for inspiration.