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Circumnavigation of New Guinea

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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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Throwim Way Leg

Throwim Way Leg

by Tim F. Flannery

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

This witty account of a scientific expedition to New Guinea combines natural history, adventure and insightful commentary. Flannery returned from the expedition with 20 new species of mammals -- including a tree kangaroo and bat thought extinct since the Pleistocene. (NGA18, $14.00)

Guns, Germs and Steel

Guns, Germs and Steel

by Jared Diamond

  • HISTORY
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 480 PAGES

An expert on Papua New Guinea, Diamond looks at geography, environment, economics and disease in this provocative, Pulitzer Prize-winning survey of human history and ecology. (GEN86, $18.95)

Lonely Planet Papua New Guinea & Solomon Islands

Lonely Planet Papua New Guinea & Solomon Islands

by Lonely Planet

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 264 PAGES

Featuring a good overview of culture, history and nature, with excellent travel information and maps. (NGA06, $29.99)

New Guinea Map

New Guinea Map

by ITMB

  • 2010
  • MAP

A color map showing both Papua New Guinea and West Papua (Indonesia) at a good scale. (NGA05, $12.95)

 
A Diary in the Strict Sense of the Term

A Diary in the Strict Sense of the Term


by Bronislaw Malinowski

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1989
  • PAPER
  • 615 PAGES

Extracts from the diaries of the renowned anthropologist, written during stays on New Guinea, Mailu and the Trobriand Islands. (PAC191, $32.95)

Growing Up in New Guinea, A Comparative Study of Primitive Education

Growing Up in New Guinea, A Comparative Study of Primitive Education


by Margaret Mead

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 286 PAGES

Mead's 1930 study of developmental stages among the people of Manus in the Admiralty Islands to the north of New Guinea. (PNG13, $14.99)

Patterns of Culture

Patterns of Culture


by Ruth Benedict | Margaret Mead

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 290 PAGES

This pioneering book compares and contrasts three native cultures. (PNG10, $15.95)

Sex and Temperament in Three Primitive Societies

Sex and Temperament in Three Primitive Societies


by Margaret Mead

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 335 PAGES

A classic, still controversial book originally published in 1935. Mead looks at development, and especially the roles of men and women, in three societies in New Guinea. She conducted field work along the Sepik River from 1931-1933. (NGA12, $15.99)

The Ghost Mountain Boys, Their Epic March and the Terrifying Battle for New Guinea: the Forgotten War of the South Pacific

The Ghost Mountain Boys, Their Epic March and the Terrifying Battle for New Guinea: the Forgotten War of the South Pacific


by James Campbell

  • HISTORY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES

A forgotten but stirring story of patriotism and bravery, and a searing account of one battalion's hell march across New Guinea. (PNG24, $14.95)

Village on the Edge, Changing Times in Papua New Guinea

Village on the Edge, Changing Times in Papua New Guinea


by Michael French Smith

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 232 PAGES

A portrait of the people of Kragur village in East Sepik in Papua New Guinea. Smith's unusual book, partly a report of his travels, combines clear prose with insight and affection for the people. (PNG20, $29.00)

Oceania, Art of the Pacific Islands in the Metropolitan Museum of Art


by Eric Kjellgren

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2007
  • HARD COVER

Features about 200 masterworks chosen from the 2,600 objects in the Metropolitan Museum of Art collection, organized by region. (PAC206, $45.00)

Lost Worlds, Adventures in the Tropical Rainforest

Lost Worlds, Adventures in the Tropical Rainforest


by Bruce Beehler

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

Drawing on his experiences in Papua New Guinea, India, Madagascar, Indonesia, the Philippines, Panama and the Ivory Coast, Beehler describes the surprises -- both pleasant and unpleasant -- of fieldwork. (NAT145, $19.00)

Savage Harvest

Savage Harvest


by Carl Hoffman

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 304 PAGES

Retracing Michael Rockefeller's steps in the Asmat, where he disappeared without a trace in 1961, Hoffman immerses himself in a world of headhunters and cannibals, secret spirits and customs, uncovering thrilling new evidence about what happened all those many years ago. (NGA26, $26.99)

Under the Mountain Wall, A Chronicle of Two Seasons in Stone Age New Guinea

Under the Mountain Wall, A Chronicle of Two Seasons in Stone Age New Guinea


by Peter Matthiessen

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1987
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

Matthiessen describes the two years he spent observing and wandering among the Kurelu of central New Guinea, a "Stone Age tribe" untouched by civilization. Although focused on the central highlands, his sixth book provides a fascinating introduction to New Guinea and a poignant look at a vanishing culture. (NGA04, $19.00)

Mister Pip

Mister Pip


by Lloyd Jones

  • LITERATURE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

Jones sets his poignant tale of children, teachers and the transcendent power of storytelling in the midst of the 1990s civil war in Bougainville that pitched the islanders against the government of Papua New Guinea. He spins magic with gunfire and Great Expectations. (PNG22, $15.00)

The White Mary

The White Mary


by Kira Salak

  • LITERATURE
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

Set in the remote jungles of New Guinea's interior, Salak's first novel -- the tale of a young reporter searching for a colleague -- captures the thrill and uncertainty of adventure. (PNG25, $16.00)

Birds of Paradise, Revealing The World's Most Extraordinary Birds

Birds of Paradise, Revealing The World's Most Extraordinary Birds


by Edwin Scholes | Tim Laman

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2012
  • HARD COVER
  • 227 PAGES

Photographed in Raja Ampat, the remote Aru Islands, Australia, the Arfak Mountains and all over the highlands of New Guinea, this sumptuous book not only showcases all 39 species of the spectacular birds, many never before photographed in the wild, but also includes terrific essays on life in the field, the history and evolution of the birds of paradise and a species atlas. (NGA25, $50.00)

The Malay Archipelago

The Malay Archipelago


by Alfred Russel Wallace

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 515 PAGES

A contemporary of Darwin, the great British naturalist describes his wanderings throughout Borneo, Java, Bali, Lombok, the Moluccas, New Guinea and remote islands from 1854 to 1862 in this classic of natural history and travel. (INS06, $25.00)

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)

Birds of Melanesia

Birds of Melanesia


by Guy Dutson

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 448 PAGES

This Princeton field guide covers the Bismarck Archipelago, Bougainville, the Solomons, Vanuatu and New Caledonia. (PAC307, $49.95)

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