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Love in the Time of Cholera

Love in the Time of Cholera

by Gabriel Garcia Marquez | Edith Grossman

  • LITERATURE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 348 PAGES

A glorious tale of great love consummated after 50 years, nine months and four days, memorably set in a dusty 19th-century town on the Caribbean coast of Colombia. (SAM26, $15.95)

Culture Smart! Colombia

Culture Smart! Colombia

by Kate Cathey

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 168 PAGES
  • HARD TO FIND ELSEWHERE

A concise and practical guide to local customs, etiquette and culture. (SAM163, $9.95)

Colombia Adventure Map

Colombia Adventure Map

by National Geographic Society

  • 2012
  • MAP

A colorful travel map at a scale of 1:1,525,000. (SAM96, $11.95)

Lonely Planet Colombia

Lonely Planet Colombia

by Lonely Planet | Lonely Planet Publications

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 343 PAGES

A practical guide to Colombia featuring maps and detailed information on excursions, accommodations and sightseeing. With a few color photographs and excellent travel information. (SAM74, $26.99)

 
Bradt Guide Colombia

Bradt Guide Colombia


by Sarah Woods

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 496 PAGES

A compact, detailed guide in the British series to traveling in Colombia, strong on practical information. With detailed sketch maps. (SAM128, $26.99)

Moon Colombia

Moon Colombia


by Andrew Dier

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 450 PAGES

A practical guide in the Moon series, packed not only with travel necessities (hotels, restaurants, sights), but also with a good overview of history and destinations throughout Colombia. (SAM202, $19.99)

National Geographic Traveler Colombia

National Geographic Traveler Colombia


by Christopher P. Baker

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

The intrepid Christopher Baker, author of National Geographic Cuba and other titles, penned this guide to exploring the cities, beaches and towns of Colombia, noteworthy for its attention to detail, maps and striking color photographs. (SAM187, $25.95)

Wallpaper City Guide Bogota

Wallpaper City Guide Bogota


by Rachael Moloney

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 103 PAGES

A stylish, thin (it fits in your back pocket) city guide compiled by the design magazine Wallpaper's local reporters. Well-organized, with chapter tabs, many photographs and of-the-moment recommendations. (SAM203, $9.95)

A History of the World in 6 Glasses

A History of the World in 6 Glasses


by Tom Standage

  • FOOD
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES

A highly enjoyable chronicle of the prestige, power, politics and pleasures of key beverages through the ages. Standage argues that the drinks that have mattered, since the Stone Age, are, in chronological order: beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea and cola. Each chapter is a vivid history of politics, prestige, colonialism, commerce and society. (GEN333, $15.95)

Latin America in Colonial Times


by Matthew Restall

  • HISTORY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

This scholarly primer considers the history of the continent from the arrival of the first Conquistadors in the 16th century to the dying embers of empire 300 years later, giving equal weight to the histories of the colonial rulers, the African slaves brought over to work in the New World and the indigenous groups whose lives and lands were forever changed by conquest. (SAM175, $30.99)

Liberators, Latin America's Struggle for Independence 1810-1830

Liberators, Latin America's Struggle for Independence 1810-1830


by Robert Harvey

  • HISTORY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 561 PAGES

Focused on the heroism and derring-do of seven legendary men, Harvey tells the story of Simon Bolivar, General Jose de San Martin and other greats in the fight for independence. (SAM35, $18.95)

Looking For History, Dispatches From Latin America

Looking For History, Dispatches From Latin America


by Alma Guillermoprieto

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 303 PAGES

A beautifully written, incisive collection of essays on contemporary Argentina, Colombia, Cuba, Peru and Mexico. (SAM60, $16.95)

Miracle in the Land of Coffee


by Julian Rodriguez

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2007
  • DVD

Set in the '30s, in the picturesque Colombian countryside, in a time of violence between neighboring towns over local resources. Felipe, a young man of the Franciscan order, has to choose between his faith and calling, or surrender his heart to the woman he loves. (SAM179, $19.95)

News of a Kidnapping

News of a Kidnapping


by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

  • HISTORY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 291 PAGES

In 1990, fearing extradition to the United States, Pablo Escobar -- head of the Medellin drug cartel -- kidnapped ten notable Colombians to use as bargaining chips. With the eye of a poet, Garcia Marquez describes the survivors' perilous ordeal, depicting the keening ache of Colombia after nearly forty years of turmoil. (SAM174, $15.95)

The Andes

The Andes


by Jason Wilson

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 266 PAGES

Starting out in Cuzco, heart of the Inca Empire, Wilson spreads north and south along the Andes, including excerpts from South American literary giants, travelers and his own impressions. (AND74, $24.95)

The Conquistadors, A Very Short Introduction


by Felipe Fernandez-Armesto | Matthew Restall

  • HISTORY
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 128 PAGES

This provocative book by two leading historians explores who the conquistadors were and what made their adventures possible. (SPN489, $11.95)

The Making of Modern Colombia, A Nation in Spite of Itself


by David Bushnell

  • HISTORY
  • 1993
  • PAPER
  • 334 PAGES

A leading historian of the region, Bushnell traces the political history of Colombia from before the arrival of the Spaniards through independence and reform in the 19th century, then through to the 1980s in this thoroughly enjoyable, incisive portrait of a nation. (SAM170, $31.95)

A Gringa in Bogota, Living Colombia's Invisible War

A Gringa in Bogota, Living Colombia's Invisible War


by June Carolyn Erlick

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 144 PAGES

Editor-in-Chief of ReVista, the Harvard Review of Latin America, Erlick captures the rhythms of daily life and culture of the city. (SAM184, $19.95)

Bolivar, American Liberator

Bolivar, American Liberator


by Marie Arana

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 624 PAGES

In her accessible biography of the "George Washington of Latin America," Marie Arana follows the remarkable leader through his struggles in six Latin American countries. (BZL122, $20.00)

Living to Tell the Tale

Living to Tell the Tale


by Gabriel Garcia Marquez | Edith Grossman

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 496 PAGES

Garcia's celebrated memoir, as captivating, warm and spirited as any of his fictional tales, covering his youth in Aracataca, memorably recast as fictional Macondo on Colombia's Caribbean coast. (SAM61, $14.95)

My Colombian War, A Journey Through the Country I Left Behind

My Colombian War, A Journey Through the Country I Left Behind


by Silvana Paternostro

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 323 PAGES

Now a journalist living in New York, Paternostro travels back to her homeland in a search for the roots of Colombia's bloody civil war. (SAM169, $19.99)

Oblivion, A Memoir

Oblivion, A Memoir


by Hector Abad

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 263 PAGES

Written by his son, this searing memoir celebrates the life of a Colombian doctor who fought against oppression and inequality, and who was murdered by paramilitaries in 1987. (SAM183, $15.00)

The Robber of Memories, A River Journey Through Colombia

The Robber of Memories, A River Journey Through Colombia


by Michael Jacobs

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2013
  • HARD COVER
  • 272 PAGES

The adventurous British writer sails the Magdalena River across troubled Colombia for this soulful account, capturing the conflicts, troubled past and spirit of isolated communities along the way. (SAM194, $26.00)

One Hundred Years of Solitude

One Hundred Years of Solitude


by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

  • LITERATURE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 417 PAGES

The breathtaking, life-altering, much-celebrated tale of life and love on most everyone's list of the greatest books of all time, ours included. (SAM27, $15.99)

Our Lady of the Assassins


by Fernando Vallejo | Paul Hammond

  • LITERATURE
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 144 PAGES

A vivid, cynical portrait of Medellin, Colombia's second largest city and the stronghold of ruthless drug lord Pablo Escobar. The narrator returns to the town after a long absence to find it beset by horrific violence and a chilling indifference to death. (SAM100, $15.00)

Tropical Nature

Tropical Nature


by Adrian Forsyth | Ken Miyata

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1984
  • PAPER
  • 248 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Two uncommonly observant and thoughtful field biologists offer a lucid portrait of the tropics through 17 marvelous essays that introduce the habitats, ecology, plants and animals of the Central and South American rainforests. (GPS13, $16.00)

Birds of Northern South America, Vol. 2: Field Guide

Birds of Northern South America, Vol. 2: Field Guide


by Robin Restall | Clemencia Rodner | Roger Williams

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 656 PAGES

This comprehensive field guide, featuring an astounding 6400 paintings and 2308 maps, covers all the birds from Ecuador to Guiana. (SAM103, $75.00)

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