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Throwim Way Leg

Throwim Way Leg

by Tim F. Flannery

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

This witty account of a scientific expedition to New Guinea combines natural history, adventure and insightful commentary. Flannery returned from the expedition with 20 new species of mammals -- including a tree kangaroo and bat thought extinct since the Pleistocene. (NGA18, $14.00)

The Snorkeller's Guide to the Coral Reef, From the Red Sea to the Pacific Ocean

The Snorkeller's Guide to the Coral Reef, From the Red Sea to the Pacific Ocean

by Paddy Ryan

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 184 PAGES

A bestseller, this take-along guide covers coral reefs, fish, invertebrates and plants of the Indo-Pacific and includes 200 color photographs. (DIV18, $21.99)

New Guinea Map

New Guinea Map

by ITMB

  • 2010
  • MAP

A color map showing both Papua New Guinea and West Papua (Indonesia) at a good scale. (NGA05, $12.95)

 
Culture Smart! Indonesia

Culture Smart! Indonesia


by Graham Saunders

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 168 PAGES

A concise and practical guide to local Indonesian customs, etiquette and culture. (INS104, $9.95)

Lonely Planet Indonesia

Lonely Planet Indonesia


by Peter Turner

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 916 PAGES

A practical guide to all of Indonesia, featuring introductions to each island's culture, art and history, along with 200 maps, a great deal of practical information and 100 pages dedicated solely to Bali. (INS77, $33.99)

The Traveling Nature Photographer

The Traveling Nature Photographer


by Steven Morello

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 176 PAGES

Morello's handy guide to exploring the natural world through photography includes chapters on preparation, equipment (especially lenses), weather, exposure basics and composition. (PHT31, $29.99)

A Traveller's History of Southeast Asia

A Traveller's History of Southeast Asia


by J.M. Barwise | Nicholas J. White

  • HISTORY
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

A compact history of the region, including the Khmer and the various ancient kingdoms that produced Borobudur, Angkor and other architectural marvels. (SEA36, $14.95)

Guns, Germs and Steel

Guns, Germs and Steel


by Jared Diamond

  • HISTORY
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 480 PAGES

An expert on Papua New Guinea, Diamond looks at geography, environment, economics and disease in this provocative, Pulitzer Prize-winning survey of human history and ecology. (GEN86, $18.95)

The Spice Islands Voyage, The Quest for the Man who Shared Darwin's Discovery of Evolution


by Tim Severin

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 267 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

With the classic Malay Archipelago as his guide, Severin sets out to recreate the 19th-century adventures of Alfred Russel Wallace, interweaving history, biology and conservation with his own voyage to Sulawesi, Moluccas, Aru, Bacan, Ternate and other islands. (INS82, $14.95)

A House in Bali

A House in Bali


by Colin McPhee

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 213 PAGES

A warm tribute to the people, culture and especially the music of Bali in the 1930s. It's a literary classic, originally published in 1944. (BAL15, $20.00)

Alfred Russel Wallace, A Life

Alfred Russel Wallace, A Life


by Peter Raby

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

A re-evaluation of the man who, along with Charles Darwin, reinvented the way we look at the world with his paradigm-shattering paper on natural selection. Raby is an appreciative, lively biographer who captures the tremendous spirit and energy of Wallace. (MSA15, $28.95)

Lost Worlds, Adventures in the Tropical Rainforest

Lost Worlds, Adventures in the Tropical Rainforest


by Bruce Beehler

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

Drawing on his experiences in Papua New Guinea, India, Madagascar, Indonesia, the Philippines, Panama and the Ivory Coast, Beehler describes the surprises -- both pleasant and unpleasant -- of fieldwork. (NAT145, $19.00)

Under the Mountain Wall, A Chronicle of Two Seasons in Stone Age New Guinea

Under the Mountain Wall, A Chronicle of Two Seasons in Stone Age New Guinea


by Peter Matthiessen

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1987
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

Matthiessen describes the two years he spent observing and wandering among the Kurelu of central New Guinea, a "Stone Age tribe" untouched by civilization. Although focused on the central highlands, his sixth book provides a fascinating introduction to New Guinea and a poignant look at a vanishing culture. (NGA04, $19.00)

Down Time, Great Writers on Diving

Down Time, Great Writers on Diving


by Ed Kittrell | Casey Kittrell | Jim Kittrell

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 262 PAGES

A diverse anthology on the experience, pleasures and peril of diving by great writers, including Diane Ackerman and William Beebe. A thoughtful collection that communicates the rewards of being underwater. (DIV40, $15.95)

Infinite Tropics, An Alfred Russel Wallace Anthology

Infinite Tropics, An Alfred Russel Wallace Anthology


by Andrew Berry | Alfred Russel Wallace

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

A well-chosen selection of excerpts and writings by Darwin's contemporary, author of the Malay Archipelago and fellow evolutionist. (NAT74, $34.95)

Mister Pip

Mister Pip


by Lloyd Jones

  • LITERATURE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

Jones sets his poignant tale of children, teachers and the transcendent power of storytelling in the midst of the 1990s civil war in Bougainville that pitched the islanders against the government of Papua New Guinea. He spins magic with gunfire and Great Expectations. (PNG22, $15.00)

This Earth of Mankind

This Earth of Mankind


by Pramoedya Ananta Toer

  • LITERATURE
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 367 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

A coming-of-age story set in pre-revolution Indonesia, this novel captures the oral rhythms of a master storyteller. Its protagonist is a native high school student of royal Javanese birth, educated at the exclusive Dutch-language school. (INS04, $16.00)

A Marine Rapid Assessment of the Raja Ampat Islands, Papua Province, Indonesia

A Marine Rapid Assessment of the Raja Ampat Islands, Papua Province, Indonesia


by Sheila McKenna | Gerald Allen

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 193 PAGES

A brief report of a 2001 survey of the health and remarkable biodiversity of the coral reefs and reef fishes of the Raja Ampat Islands by Conservation International. (INS100, $19.95)

Ocean Duets

Ocean Duets


by Michele Westmoreland | Sylvia Earle

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 96 PAGES

This stunning portfolio of color photographs celebrates the diversity of marine life. (OCE107, $12.95)

Planet Ocean

Planet Ocean


by Laurent Ballesta | Pierre Descamp

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2007
  • HARD COVER
  • 368 PAGES

Ballesta's exquisite photographic portraits celebrate the diversity of life under the sea, from bizarre Antarctic fish and odd benthic creatures to multi-colored reef beauties, turtles, sharks and rays. (OCE115, $40.00)

The Malay Archipelago

The Malay Archipelago


by Alfred Russel Wallace

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 515 PAGES

A contemporary of Darwin, the great British naturalist describes his wanderings throughout Borneo, Java, Bali, Lombok, the Moluccas, New Guinea and remote islands from 1854 to 1862 in this classic of natural history and travel. (INS06, $25.00)

World Atlas of Coral Reefs

World Atlas of Coral Reefs


by Edmund P. Green | Corinna Ravilious | Mark D. Spalding

  • SCIENCE
  • 2001
  • HARD COVER
  • 416 PAGES

With 84 full-page color maps, charts and 200 color photographs of corals and reef fishes, this beautiful atlas is an authoritative survey of coral reef habitats, their distribution and abundance, health and diversity. (OCE60, $73.95)

A Photographic Guide to the Birds of Java, Sumatra & Bali

A Photographic Guide to the Birds of Java, Sumatra & Bali


by Alon Compost | Tony Tilford

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 136 PAGES

A convenient, pocket-sized guide to 235 birds on these three islands of Indonesia. Includes common species as well as some of the more marvelous and rarely seen ones. Includes 243 color photographs and maps of the regions. (INS89, $15.95)

Coral Reef Animals of the Indo-Pacific

Coral Reef Animals of the Indo-Pacific


by Terence M. Gosliner

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 314 PAGES

A comprehensive handbook to 1,000 marine invertebrates by a leading expert from the California Academy of Sciences. (DIV19, $45.00)

Reef Coral Identification

Reef Coral Identification


by Paul Humann

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2013
  • FLEXI-BOUND
  • 270 PAGES

An invaluable reference featuring 530 color photographs. (DIV09, $39.95)

Reef Fish Identification, Tropical Pacific

Reef Fish Identification, Tropical Pacific


by Paul Humann | Ned Deloach | Gerald Allen | Roger Steene

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2003
  • FLEXI-BOUND
  • 450 PAGES

This comprehensive guide to Indo-Pacific reef fishes features 2,500 color photographs. (DIV49, $48.00)

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