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Playing With Water: A Passion and Solitude on a Philippine Island

Playing With Water: A Passion and Solitude on a Philippine Island

by James Hamilton-Paterson

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 282 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

In this altogether wonderful memoir, Hamilton-Paterson writes with unusual warmth of his time among the villagers -- and under the water -- on a small Filipino island. (PLP04, $14.95)

Vanishing Treasures of the Philippine Rain Forest

Vanishing Treasures of the Philippine Rain Forest

by Jacinto Regalado, Jr. | Lawrence Heaney

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 96 PAGES

A richly illustrated account of the diversity, wildlife and threats to the rain forest of the Philippines. (PLP20, $24.00)

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)

Lonely Planet Philippines

Lonely Planet Philippines

by Chris Rowthorn

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 492 PAGES

A practical guide in the popular series with good recommendations and a primer on the history, culture and natural attractions of the Philippines. (PLP26, $29.99)

Philippines Illustrated Map

Philippines Illustrated Map

by Odyssey Maps

  • 2012
  • MAP

Featuring dozens of color photographs and a second map showing cultural and historical highlights, this excellent map and guide shows the island nation at a scale of 1:1,950,000. (PLP05, $14.95)

 
Culture Smart! Philippines

Culture Smart! Philippines


by Graham Collin-jones

  • 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. (PLP30, $9.95)

Insight Guide Philippines

Insight Guide Philippines


by Bill Williams

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 319 PAGES

A volume in the award-winning Insight series, this guide is noted for its wonderful photography, superb production and informative short essays. It is a thoroughly illustrated, comprehensive guide to the history, culture and nature of the Philippines. (PLP15, $23.99)

Lonely Planet Filipino Phrasebook

Lonely Planet Filipino Phrasebook


by Lonely Planet

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 260 PAGES

This handy pocket phrasebook includes pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary. (PLP33, $8.99)

Doomed at the Start, American Pursuit Pilots in the Philippines, 1941-1942

Doomed at the Start, American Pursuit Pilots in the Philippines, 1941-1942


by William H. Bartsch

  • HISTORY
  • 1995
  • PAPER

The little-known story of the defeat of American pursuit pilots in the Philippines. (PLP25, $29.95)

Ghost Soldiers, The Forgotten Epic Story of World War II's Most Dramatic Mission

Ghost Soldiers, The Forgotten Epic Story of World War II's Most Dramatic Mission


by Hampton Sides

  • HISTORY
  • 2001
  • HARD COVER
  • 342 PAGES

A well-told popular history of a plan to liberate American soldiers in the Philippines. (PLP23, $35.00)

History of the Philippines, The Biography of a Country

History of the Philippines, The Biography of a Country


by Luis Francia

  • HISTORY
  • 2010
  • HARD COVER
  • 400 PAGES

Spanning from the first colonial settlement in the 16th century to the present, this book provides an in-depth introduction tailored for the curious traveler. (PLP35, $35.00)

In Our Image, America's Empire in the Philippines

In Our Image, America's Empire in the Philippines


by Stanley Karnow

  • HISTORY
  • 1990
  • PAPER
  • 494 PAGES

An outstanding Pulitzer Prize-winning history of the Philippines by historian Stanley Karnow. (PLP11, $27.00)

We Band of Angels: The Untold Story of American Nurses Trapped on Bataan by the Japanese

We Band of Angels: The Untold Story of American Nurses Trapped on Bataan by the Japanese


by Elizabeth M. Norman

  • HISTORY
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 333 PAGES

A tribute to the group of nurses that gave care to wounded soldiers in the jungles of Bataan during World War II. (SEA20, $16.00)

Dogeaters

Dogeaters


by Jessica Hagedorn

  • LITERATURE
  • 1991
  • PAPER
  • 251 PAGES

A novel of Filipino identity in chaotic Manila during the reign of the late dictator Marcos. Hagedorn reaches beyond traditional prose to offer a diverse, overlapping portrait of her characters and the social scene, including song, anecdotes, newspaper articles and photographs. (PLP14, $16.00)

Dream Jungle

Dream Jungle


by Jessica Hagedorn

  • LITERATURE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

This novel, set in the Philippines, weaves tales of a mestizo politician, a teenage prostitute, a movie star and an ambitious journalist. Fast-paced and politically charged, the book opens with the discovery of a supposed Stone Age tribe deep in the jungle of Mindanao. (PLP27, $16.00)

Dusk, A Novel

Dusk, A Novel


by Sionil Jose

  • LITERATURE
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 325 PAGES

Set in the 1880s in the small town of Rosales, this first volume in a five-volume series chronicles the history of the Philippines as experienced by one family. It's an excellent introduction to the history of the country. (PLP12, $19.00)

Noli Me Tangere, A Novel

Noli Me Tangere, A Novel


by Jose Rizal | Harold Augenbraum

  • LITERATURE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 480 PAGES

First published in Berlin in 1887 by the Filipino national hero, Noli me Tangere (Touch Me Not), a beloved cornerstone of Filipino literature, helped establish the Filipino national identity -- and inspire a revolution. (PLP32, $18.00)

The Blue Afternoon

The Blue Afternoon


by William Boyd

  • LITERATURE
  • 1993
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

A turn-of-the-century love story, set in Manila, between an American woman and Filipino-Spanish mestizo by the popular storyteller William Boyd. It's a memorable tale, richly detailed. (PLP03, $16.95)

The Last Time I Saw Mother

The Last Time I Saw Mother


by Arlene J. Chai

  • LITERATURE
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 340 PAGES

A multigenerational tale set in the Philippines from WWII through the fall of the Marcos regime. (PLP18, $19.00)

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)

Song for the Blue Ocean, Encounters Along the World's Coasts and Beneath the Seas

Song for the Blue Ocean, Encounters Along the World's Coasts and Beneath the Seas


by Carl Safina

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 458 PAGES

A grand tour of our blue planet, divided geographically, this book is an excellent resource -- fascinating to read and full of hope. It combines a personal journey, hundreds of interviews with fisherman and scientists around the world, and a tour of important watery habitats. (OCE09, $19.99)

Coral Reef Fishes

Coral Reef Fishes


by Ewald Lieske | Robert Myers

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES

This compact handbook features 2,500 illustrations of shallow-water fishes around the world. (DIV05, $24.95)

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