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What the Buddha Taught

What the Buddha Taught

by Walpola Sri Rahula

  • RELIGION
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 151 PAGES

A classic introduction to Buddhism by a respected monk and scholar from Sri Lanka. Provides translations from original texts with explanations for Western readers. A good foundation for anyone interested in understanding the foundations of Buddhism. (SEA41, $16.00)

Running in the Family

Running in the Family

by Michael Ondaatje

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1993
  • PAPER
  • 207 PAGES

Award-winning author Ondaatje returns to his native Sri Lanka in this hypnotic travelogue. His lovingly traced family memoirs are interspersed with poetry and ruminations on the island's post-colonial history. (SRL04, $15.00)

Bradt Guide Sri Lanka

Bradt Guide Sri Lanka

by Royston Ellis

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

A detailed overview of Sri Lanka, its history, wildlife, culture and major attractions, geared for the independent traveler. (SRL17, $24.99)

Sri Lanka Map

Sri Lanka Map

by Nelles

  • 2016
  • MAP

A detailed, colorful map of the island, at a scale of 1:450,000. (SRL08, $14.95)

 
Culture Smart! Sri Lanka

Culture Smart! Sri Lanka


by Emma Boyle

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2009
  • 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. (IDA537, $9.95)

Lonely Planet Sinhala Phrasebook

Lonely Planet Sinhala Phrasebook


by Lonely Planet

  • LANGUAGE & PHRASEBOOKS
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 232 PAGES

A pocket guide and dictionary to the language of Sri Lanka for travelers. (SRL12, $9.99)

Hidden Kitchens of Sri Lanka

Hidden Kitchens of Sri Lanka


by Bree Hutchins

  • FOOD
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 272 PAGES

In each of Sri Lanka's geographic regions, acclaimed food writer Bree Hutchins uncovers authentic recipes and reports on the heartwarming stories behind them. (SRL36, $39.95)

An Introduction to Buddhism

An Introduction to Buddhism


by Peter Harvey

  • RELIGION
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 552 PAGES

Harvey's wide-ranging overview of Buddhist thought, teachings and practice across the Buddhist world includes an excellent treatment of the varieties of Theravada Buddhism. (REL22, $34.99)

Arrow of the Blue-Skinned God

Arrow of the Blue-Skinned God


by Jonah Blank

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 370 PAGES

Blank's entertaining portrait of contemporary India and Sri Lanka mixes reporting, anecdote and myth as he travels, sometimes in the footsteps of India's great hero Rama. (IDA250, $18.00)

Sri Lanka, The New Country

Sri Lanka, The New Country


by Padma Rao Sundarji

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2016
  • PAPER
  • 344 PAGES

Drawing on her experience as a foreign correspondent (covering the Sri Lankan civil war that ended in 2009) Padma Rao Sundarji writes dispassionately about the challenges facing the rapidly developing nation. (SRL44, $19.99)

Sri Lanka: The Struggle for Peace in the Aftermath of War

Sri Lanka: The Struggle for Peace in the Aftermath of War


by Daniel Bass | Amarnat Amarasingam

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

This interdisciplinary examination of post-war development in Sri Lanka includes contributions from scholars in many fields, including sociology, law and history. (SRL45, $35.00)

The History of Sri Lanka

The History of Sri Lanka


by Patrick Peebles

  • HISTORY
  • 2006
  • HARD COVER
  • 216 PAGES

A concise history geared toward students and general readers that focuses on recent events, including ethnic conflict and the 2004 tsunami, and includes an appendix with brief biographies of key figures. (SRL22, $50.00)

This Divided Island, Life, Death and the Sri Lankan War

This Divided Island, Life, Death and the Sri Lankan War


by Samanth Subramanian

  • HISTORY
  • 2015
  • HARD COVER
  • 352 PAGES

Through travels and conversations, New Delhi-based journalist Subramanian covers the 30-year history of the Tamil Tiger guerrillas, their struggle and how their civil war may be remembered. (SRL39, $27.99)

Elephant Complex, Travels in Sri Lanka

Elephant Complex, Travels in Sri Lanka


by John Gimlette

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2016
  • HARD COVER
  • 384 PAGES

This exuberant travelogue by an award-winning writer takes stock of Sri Lanka, from the capital city of Colombo through the remotest interior. Gimlette mixes his narrative with colonial history and plenty of lucid observations. (SRL43, $28.95)

Not Quite Paradise, An American Sojourn in Sri Lanka

Not Quite Paradise, An American Sojourn in Sri Lanka


by Adele Barker

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2010
  • HARD COVER
  • 320 PAGES

A deft, nuanced account of an American's year-and-a-half teaching stint. Baker weaves information about the history, traditions and daily life of Sri Lanka with reports on the 30-year war between the government and the Tamils, as well as the devastating 2004 tsunami. (SRL20, $18.00)

The Age of Kali, Indian Travels and Encounters

The Age of Kali, Indian Travels and Encounters


by William Dalrymple

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 392 PAGES

A journalist stationed in Delhi, Dalrymple recounts his travels and interviews, including memorable encounters with Tamil tigers, Benazir Bhutto and Imran Khan. Humorous, insightful and well-informed. (IDA152, $16.95)

The Teardrop Island, Following Victorian Footsteps Across Sri Lanka

The Teardrop Island, Following Victorian Footsteps Across Sri Lanka


by Cherry Briggs

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

In this engaging travelogue, a young biology teacher retraces the footsteps of a British nobleman who was a government official in Sri Lanka. Along the way, she compares the country's colonial past against its contemporary realities. (SRL34, $13.95)

A Tale Told by Moonlight

A Tale Told by Moonlight


by Leonard Woolf

  • LITERATURE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 112 PAGES

Based on Woolf's experiences in Ceylon, these stories are a brilliant depiction of colonial life. (SRL19, $16.95)

Anil's Ghost

Anil's Ghost


by Michael Ondaatje

  • LITERATURE
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

Ondaatje's novel follows the exploits of a forensic anthropologist, born in Sri Lanka but educated in America, who returns to her homeland to help uncover the truth behind a series of organized murders. (SRL10, $15.95)

Island of a Thousand Mirrors

Island of a Thousand Mirrors


by Nayomi Munaweera

  • LITERATURE
  • 2016
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

A passionate portrait of place, Munaweera's debut novel follows the lives of two ordinary Sri Lankans as they are shaped by a brutal civil war. Winner of the Commonwealth Book Prize for Asia. (SRL35, $15.99)

Noontide Toll, Stories

Noontide Toll, Stories


by Romesh Gunesekera

  • LITERATURE
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 256 PAGES

Named a master storyteller by the New York Times, Romesh Gunesekera writes affectingly about living in post-civil war Sri Lanka. His perceptive stories, narrated by a minibus driver and centering around his diverse passengers, paint a fine portrait of the ghosts and scars of war and what Sri Lanka's future might hold. (SRL37, $24.95)

Reef

Reef


by Romesh Gunesekera

  • LITERATURE
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 190 PAGES

This slim novel tells the story of modern Sri Lanka through the eyes of a servant and his oblivious master. Haunting and atmospheric. (SRL05, $14.00)

The Sri Lanka Reader, History, Culture, Politics

The Sri Lanka Reader, History, Culture, Politics


by John Clifford Holt

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 816 PAGES

An exhaustive and literate sourcebook of Sri Lanka composed of myriad selections ranging from historical accounts to newspaper articles, essays, poems and modern analysis. Part of the World Readers series. (SRL23, $34.95)

Wild Sri Lanka

Wild Sri Lanka


by Gehan de Silva Wijeyeratne

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 208 PAGES

This in-depth primer to Sri Lanka's most sought-after wildlife includes stories, descriptions of the parks and reserves by habitat type, a wildlife watching calendar and a handy guide to specific habitats for blue whales, sperm whales, leopards, Asian elephants and sloth bears. (SRL32, $49.95)

A Field Guide to the Birds of Sri Lanka

A Field Guide to the Birds of Sri Lanka


by John Harrison

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 208 PAGES

The fully revised second edition of this compact, comprehensive field guide features 49 stunning color plates by Tim Worfolk covering all 426 species in Sri Lanka. (SRL24, $60.00)

A Naturalist's Guide to the Birds of Sri Lanka

A Naturalist's Guide to the Birds of Sri Lanka


by Gehan de Silva Wijeyeratne

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 176 PAGES

This handy field guide to 280 bird species common to Sri Lanka features colorful, high-quality photographs accompanied by detailed species descriptions, size, distribution, plumage, preferred habitats and nomenclature. (SRL42, $17.95)

A Photographic Field Guide to the Birds of India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh

A Photographic Field Guide to the Birds of India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh


by Bikram Grewal

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2017
  • PAPER
  • 792 PAGES
  • COMING IN APRIL

All of the greater Indian Subcontinent's birds are represented in this Princeton field guide. Designed for easy field identification, it profiles over 1,375 species with over 4,000 color photos, up-to-date maps and the latest distribution information. (IDA758, $45.00)

A Photographic Guide to the Birds of Sri Lanka

A Photographic Guide to the Birds of Sri Lanka


by Dr. T. S. U. de Zyla | D. Warakagoda | Silva Wijeyeratne

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 144 PAGES

A convenient, pocket-sized guide to 252 species with color photographs, range maps and brief descriptions. It includes Sri Lanka's 26 endemic species and notes for the birder. (SRL11, $15.95)

Pocket Photo Guide to the Birds of Sri Lanka

Pocket Photo Guide to the Birds of Sri Lanka


by Gehan de Silva Wijeyeratne

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2017
  • PAPER
  • 144 PAGES

With clear color photographs and brief, authoritative descriptions Bloomsbury's field guide to Sri Lanka depicts 252 of the country's most common birds with clear color photographs and brief descriptions. The book easily slips in a pocket or daypack. (SRL48, $16.00)

Pocket Photo Guide to the Mammals of Sri Lanka

Pocket Photo Guide to the Mammals of Sri Lanka


by Gehan de Silva Wijeyeratne

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2017
  • PAPER
  • 128 PAGES

With clear color photographs and brief, authoritative descriptions Bloomsbury's field guide to Sri Lanka depicts 40 of the island's most common mammals with clear color photographs and brief descriptions. The book easily slips in a pocket or daypack. (SRL47, $16.00)

Reef Fishes of the Indo-Pacific

Reef Fishes of the Indo-Pacific


by Matthias Bergbauer

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

A handy field guide to over 800 species of reef fish common to the Indo-Pacific. In beautiful John Beaufoy style, the guide's colorful and high-quality photographs are accompanied by detailed information on identifying features, size, biology and distribution. (DIV63, $35.00)

Sri Lankan Wildlife

Sri Lankan Wildlife


by Gehan de Silva Wijeyeratne

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 144 PAGES

A concise, illustrated field guide to the plants, animals and habitats of Sri Lanka in the popular British series. (SRL18, $23.95)

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