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Enrich your travels with reading! Here's a hand-picked list prepared for your journey in conjunction with the book experts at Longitude.

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Four Wings and a Prayer, Caught in the Mystery of the Monarch Butterfly

Four Wings and a Prayer, Caught in the Mystery of the Monarch Butterfly

by Sue Halpern

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 212 PAGES

A lyrical account of travels and encounters on the trail of the migrating monarch. Halpern, who weaves her own experiences with science, interviews and commentary, includes a section on the butterfly wintering grounds in Mexico. (NAT52, $15.00)

Millions of Monarchs, Bunches of Beetles: How Bugs Find Strength in Numbers

Millions of Monarchs, Bunches of Beetles: How Bugs Find Strength in Numbers

by Gilbert Waldbauer

  • SCIENCE
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

A fascinating collection of essays by a spirited entomologist on the occasional gathering of monarchs, ladybugs, locusts and other not-so-social insects. Delightful and instructive. (BUG10, $18.00)

Moon Handbook Mexico City

Moon Handbook Mexico City

by Julie Doherty

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES

A compact, comprehensive full-color travel guide with an excellent overview of history and culture. (MEX131, $19.99)

Central Mexico Map

Central Mexico Map

by Guia Roji

  • 2002
  • MAP

Folded, regional, road map of central Mexico, showing all major and many minor roads, cities and towns, at a scale of 1:1,820,000 (1 inch to about 30 miles). Map includes detailed information about many cities in the area in both English and Spanish. Legend is in Spanish. 27x36 inches. (MEX176, $9.95)

 
Michoacan Map

Michoacan Map


by Ediciones Independencia

  • MAP

A colorful, locally produced map of the Mexican state of Michoacan, at a scale of 1:570,000. The revese side has city plans of the five biggest towns; the text is in Spanish. (MEX75, $7.95)

Culture Smart! Mexico

Culture Smart! Mexico


by Sian Hughes

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 168 PAGES

A concise, no-nonsense guide to local customs, etiquette and culture with a short overview of the land and people along with practical travel advice. (MEX205, $9.95)

Lonely Planet Mexican Spanish Phrasebook

Lonely Planet Mexican Spanish Phrasebook


by Rafael Carmona

  • LANGUAGE & PHRASEBOOKS
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

This handy take-along phrasebook with essential vocabulay for travelers. (MEX257, $8.99)

Moon Handbook Pacific Mexico

Moon Handbook Pacific Mexico


by Bruce Whipperman

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 811 PAGES

A comprehensive guide to the Pacific coast of Mexico from Mazatlan to Oaxaca, including Puerto Vallarta, Guadalajara, Acapulco, Oaxaca and Puerto Escondido. (MEX76, $23.95)

Rough Guide Mexico

Rough Guide Mexico


by Roger Norum

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 888 PAGES

Neatly divided between practical information and a good roundup of culture, history and nature, this lively handbook provides a comprehensive guide to Mexico in the British series. (MEX138, $26.99)

The People's Guide to Mexico, Wherever You Go, There You Are!

The People's Guide to Mexico, Wherever You Go, There You Are!


by Carl Franz | Lorena Havens

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 573 PAGES

A classic, entertaining guide to travel in Mexico, the original hippie handbook and still a treasure trove of practical and cultural detail. (MEX71, $24.99)

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 Mexico

A Traveller's History of Mexico


by Kenneth Pearce

  • HISTORY
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 416 PAGES

This wide-ranging, accessible and effectively condensed Mexican history book marches confidently through the 1990s with useful chronology and historical gazetteer. (MEX172, $14.95)

Butterflies in Flight


by Roger Camp

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2002
  • HARD COVER
  • 104 PAGES

A collection of hyperreal photographs of butterflies. Camp, who collected butterflies from around the world for this handsome art book, sets the images against a black background. (NAT58, $27.50)

Flight Behavior


by Barbara Kingsolver

  • LITERATURE
  • 2012
  • HARD COVER
  • 436 PAGES

Tired of living on a failing farm and suffering oppressive poverty, bored housewife Dellarobia Turnbow, on the way to meet a potential lover, is detoured by a miraculous event on the Appalachian mountainside that ignites a media and religious firestorm that changes her life forever. (USA505, $28.99)

Mexico in Mind

Mexico in Mind


by Maria Finn

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 235 PAGES

John Steinbeck, D.H. Lawrence, Graham Greene, Malcolm Lowry and others offer diverse impressions of the many Mexicos. (MEX178, $14.95)

Mexico, A Traveler's Literary Companion

Mexico, A Traveler's Literary Companion


by C. M. Mayo

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

A who's who of contemporary Mexican authors from Carlos Fuentes and Laura Esquivel to Agustin Cadena and other young stars. (MEX148, $14.95)

The Lacuna

The Lacuna


by Barbara Kingsolver

  • LITERATURE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 507 PAGES

Kingsolver uses news reports and the facts of the fascinating lives of Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, Leon Trotsky, J. Edgar Hoover and Roosevelt in Mexico and the U.S., weaving a wide-ranging that takes in the momentous events of the 1930s and 1940s in America. (MEX275, $16.99)

A World of Butterflies


by Brian Cassie | Robert Michael Pyle

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2004
  • HARD COVER
  • 432 PAGES

Vivid color images and short descriptions of some the world's most beautiful butterflies fill this photographic celebration. (BST102, $23.00)

For Love of Insects

For Love of Insects


by Thomas Eisner

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 464 PAGES

An enchanting, enthusiastic survey of the diversity, wonder and weirdness of insects. Eisner, a professor of chemical ecology, hones in on bombardiers, pheromones and other chemical wizardry. (BST96, $32.50)

Great Migrations

Great Migrations


by K.M. Kostyal

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2010
  • HARD COVER
  • 304 PAGES

This companion book to the National Geographic series captures the drama of not just the Africa plains but of diverse creatures from butterflies and crabs to penguins and whales on the move across land and sea. (BST162, $35.00)

A Guide to the Birds of Mexico and Northern Central America

A Guide to the Birds of Mexico and Northern Central America


by Stephen Howell | Sophie Webb

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 849 PAGES

Serious birders will want this definitive guide to the 1,070 bird species. It may be awkward to carry but it covers, in detail, all the birds you will see in the region. (FG15, $56.00)

Butterflies of North America

Butterflies of North America


by Kenn Kaufman

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2006
  • FLEXI-BOUND
  • 392 PAGES

This compact, comprehensive guide to North America's lepidoptera features digitally enhanced color photographs, brief descriptions and range maps. (NAM23, $19.95)

Mexico Field Guide: Butterflies

Mexico Field Guide: Butterflies


by Rainforest Publications

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2003
  • PLASTIC CARD

A handy, double-sided laminated card depicting 82 species of spectacular butterflies. Includes English and scientific names and dimensions. (MEX256, $6.95)

Smithsonian Handbook: Butterflies and Moths

Smithsonian Handbook: Butterflies and Moths


by David A. Carter

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

This photographic field guide to butterflies and moths is illustrated in the attractive Eyewitness style, and includes key identification features for each species. (BST101, $22.00)

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