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What the Buddha Taught

What the Buddha Taught

by Walpola Sri Rahula

  • RELIGION
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 151 PAGES

A classic account of Theravada Buddhism by a respected monk and scholar from Sri Lanka. Provides translations from original texts with explanations for Western readers. A good foundation for any visitor to Southeast Asia. (SEA41, $14.95)

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)

Insight Guide Sri Lanka

Insight Guide Sri Lanka

by Insight Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 296 PAGES

An illustrated overview of Sri Lanka with essays on its attractions, history and culture complemented by many pictures and maps. (SRL02, $24.99)

Sri Lanka Map

Sri Lanka Map

by Nelles

  • 2013
  • MAP

A detailed, colorful map of the island, at a scale of 1:450,000. (SRL08, $13.95)

 
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)

Culture Smart! Sri Lanka

Culture Smart! Sri Lanka


by Emma Boyle

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2009
  • PAPER

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)

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Sri Lanka


by Inc. Dorling Kindersley

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES
  • COMING IN SEPTEMBER

A compact illustrated travel guide featuring bright color photography, dozens of excellent maps, background on history and culture and a region-by-region synopsis of Sri Lanka's attractions. (SRL33, $25.00)

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)

Lonely Planet Sri Lanka

Lonely Planet Sri Lanka


by Verity Campbell

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 332 PAGES

This practical guide to Sri Lanka features maps, a good overview of culture, history and nature, and plenty of information on excursions, accommodations and sightseeing. With color photographs and excellent travel information. (SRL13, $23.99)

Hidden Kitchens of Sri Lanka

Hidden Kitchens of Sri Lanka


by Bree Hutchins

  • FOOD
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 272 PAGES
  • COMING IN NOVEMBER

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)

Mangoes & Curry Leaves, Culinary Travels Through the Great Subcontinent

Mangoes & Curry Leaves, Culinary Travels Through the Great Subcontinent


by Jeffrey Alford | Naomi Duguid

  • FOOD
  • 2005
  • HARD COVER
  • 416 PAGES
  • CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE
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In this latest book the roving, food-loving authors (Hot Sour Salty Sweet, Item SEA80) travel the seven countries of the Indian Subcontinent: Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and the Maldives, collecting not only 200 recipes but also engaging tales of the people, history and adventures. With color photographs of food and places throughout. (IDA320, $45.00)

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, $32.99)

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)

Midnight's Descendants, A History of South Asia Since Partition

Midnight's Descendants, A History of South Asia Since Partition


by John Keay

  • HISTORY
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 392 PAGES

An illuminating history of South Asian countries India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, their interconnectedness and present challenges. (ASA96, $29.99)

Modern South Asia: History, Culture, Political Economy

Modern South Asia: History, Culture, Political Economy


by Ayesha Jalal | Sugata Bose

  • HISTORY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 270 PAGES

This scholarly, brief history of India up to the 1990s is particularly good at its coverage of the post-Independence political landscape. It's a popular textbook, co-authored by a Pakistani and an Indian. (IDA192, $41.95)

The Cage, The Fight for Sri Lanka and the Last Days of the Tamil Tigers


by Gordon Weiss

  • HISTORY
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 342 PAGES

An incisive first account of the formation, history, and bloody dissolution of the rebel Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka. (SRL31, $19.95)

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, $45.00)

The Spice Route, A History

The Spice Route, A History


by John Keay

  • HISTORY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

John Keay draws on ancient logs, traveler's accounts and maps for this rousing history of trade in cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, pepper, gums, resins and other costly goods from antiquity to the 17th century. (ASA52, $29.95)

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)

Teach a Woman to Fish, Overcoming Poverty Around the Globe

Teach a Woman to Fish, Overcoming Poverty Around the Globe


by Ritu Sharma

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 288 PAGES

Sharing her travels through Sri Lanka, Burkina Faso, Honduras and Nicaragua, Ritu Sharma details how women are battling scarcity, government corruption, lack of infrastructure and inequality to overcome poverty. (TVL588, $26.00)

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, $16.00)

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
  • COMING IN JANUARY

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)

At the Water's Edge

At the Water's Edge


by Pradeep Jeganathan

  • LITERATURE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 128 PAGES

A Sri Lankan social anthropologist and novelist, Jeganathan draws on his own experiences in these seven interconnected stories spanning 30 tumultuous years of his country's recent past. (SRL30, $12.95)

Funny Boy

Funny Boy


by Shyam Selvadurai

  • LITERATURE
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

Building a complex portrait through detail of family, society and place, this prize-winning novel is a gay coming-of-age story set in contemporary Sri Lanka. Splendidly written. (SRL01, $14.95)

Island of a Thousand Mirrors

Island of a Thousand Mirrors


by Nayomi Munaweera

  • LITERATURE
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 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, $24.99)

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 Legend of Pradeep Mathew

The Legend of Pradeep Mathew


by Shehan Karunatilaka

  • LITERATURE
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 397 PAGES

A retired hard-drinking sports journalist searches for truths about cricket and about Sri Lanka in this daring first novel, winner of the 2012 Commonwealth Prize. "This fabulously enjoyable read will keep you entertained and rooting for the protagonist until the very end, while delivering startling truths about cricket and about Sri Lanka," said Margaret Busby, chair of the prize. (SRL29, $16.00)

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)

Birds of India

Birds of India


by Richard Grimmett | Carol Inskipp | Tim Inskipp

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

Thoroughly revised, with 73 new plates and many others updated or repainted, the second edition of the masterful Birds of India now features all maps and text opposite the plates for quicker and easier reference. (FG43, $39.50)

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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