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The Jaguar Smile, A Nicaraguan Journey

The Jaguar Smile, A Nicaraguan Journey

by Salman Rushdie

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 160 PAGES

Rushdie's account of visit to the country at the height of the Contra war goes underneath the headlines. It's a cultural portrait -- simple, straightforward and "Written with a novelist's eye for irony," wrote the New York Times. (CAM43, $14.00)

Tropical Nature

Tropical Nature

by Adrian Forsyth | Ken Miyata

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1984
  • PAPER
  • 248 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Two uncommonly observant and thoughtful field biologists offer a lucid portrait of the tropics through 17 marvelous essays that introduce the habitats, ecology, plants and animals of the Central and South American rainforests. (GPS13, $16.00)

Moon Handbook Nicaragua

Moon Handbook Nicaragua

by Josh Berman

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 475 PAGES

A handy, practical guide to Nicaragua, this book is a good resource for planning a trip, featuring extensive, up-to-date listings, maps, volcano hikes, and other background information. (CAM110, $19.99)

Nicaragua Map

by ITMB

  • MAP

A map of Nicaragua at a scale of 1:750,000 with good topographic relief. (CAM74, $11.95)

 
Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador Adventure Map

Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador Adventure Map


by National Geographic

  • 2011
  • MAP

A durable, folded map shows at 1:710,000, (CAM149, $11.95)

Breaking Out of Beginner's Spanish

Breaking Out of Beginner's Spanish


by Joseph Keenan

  • LANGUAGE & PHRASEBOOKS
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 215 PAGES

Idioms, common mistakes in word usage and other helpful advice on tackling spoken Spanish. You'll need some foundation to take full advantage of this book -- but even a complete novice will appreciate the author's playful sense of humor. (CAM06, $19.95)

Lonely Planet Nicaragua

Lonely Planet Nicaragua


by Paige Penland | Gary Chandler | Liza Prado

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

This practical guide to Nicaragua features maps, a good overview of culture, history and nature, and much nuts-and-bolts information on accommodations and sightseeing. (CAM116, $24.99)

Nicaragua in Focus, A Guide to the People, Politics and Culture

Nicaragua in Focus, A Guide to the People, Politics and Culture


by Hazel Plunkett

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 100 PAGES

Essential reading for Nicaragua, this compact, illustrated travel guide focuses on politics, economy, history and culture. It's especially strong on the difficult history of relations with the U.S. but also includes a good short summary of traditional culture and history from colonial times to the present. (CAM71, $12.95)

A Brief History of Central America

A Brief History of Central America


by Hector Perez-Brignoll

  • HISTORY
  • 1989
  • PAPER
  • 223 PAGES

A good overview of the region's economic, political and social history through the 1980s by a professor at the University of Costa Rica. Well-written, informative and concise. (CAM49, $29.95)

Banana, The Fate of the Fruit That Changed the World

Banana, The Fate of the Fruit That Changed the World


by Dan Koeppel

  • HISTORY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

Koeppel traces the history, natural and otherwise, politics and precarious current status of modern monoculture, touching down in India (world center of banana diversity), Ecuador (world's largest producer) and Central America. (CAM137, $17.00)

Nicaragua, Living in the Shadow of the Eagle

Nicaragua, Living in the Shadow of the Eagle


by Thomas Walker

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

The fifth edition of Walker's invaluable portrait of the country, focusing on U.S. influence since the Somoza era and the Sandinista Revolution. (CAM122, $36.95)

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
  • COMING IN JUNE

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 Country Under My Skin

The Country Under My Skin


by Giaconda Belli

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES

The memoir of a young, upper-class Nicaraguan woman who joins the revolutionary Marxist Sandinistas while continuing to work her bourgeois day job at an advertising agency. (CAM117, $16.95)

Travels with Myself and Another, A Memoir

Travels with Myself and Another, A Memoir


by Martha Gellhorn

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

The other, of course, being Ernest Hemingway, Gelhorn's husband at the time. A marvelous, incisive writer who covered every important conflict from from the Spanish Civil War to Vietnam and Nicaragua, Martha Gelhorn writes of her time in East Africa with Heminway, a visit with Chiang Kai-Shek, Soviet Moscow and other unforgettable journeys in this collection, first published in 1979. The two are played by X and Y in the HBO series. Permieres April Z. (TVL25, $15.95)

Stories and Poems, A Dual-Language Book

Stories and Poems, A Dual-Language Book


by Ruben Dario | Stanley Appelbaum

  • LITERATURE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

A selection of poems and stories by the beloved Nicaraguan writer, with Spanish and the English translation on facing pages. (CAM107, $22.95)

Nature of the Rainforest, Costa Rica and Beyond

Nature of the Rainforest, Costa Rica and Beyond


by Adrian Forsyth | E.O. Wilson | Michael Fogden

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 200 PAGES

Our favorite biologist-writer returns to the Neotropics in this beautifully illustrated, oversized overview of the rainforest. With chapters on Monteverde and Guanacaste, plants, frogs and snakes, birds, monkeys and jaguars, the sloth, peculiar insects and biodioversity, the book is a marvelous, anecdotal introduction to ecology, evolution and conservation. (CRC67, $29.95)

The Naturalist in Nicaragua


by Thomas Belt | Daniel Janzen

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1985
  • PAPER
  • 403 PAGES

A reprint of the 1874 original by Thomas Belt, trained as an engineer, who lived four years in Nicaragua. Praised by Darwin and other Victorian luminaries, his classic account is a richly detailed natural history of the region. (CAM63, $19.99)

A Guide to the Birds of Panama with Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Honduras

A Guide to the Birds of Panama with Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Honduras


by Robert Ridgely | J.A. Gwynne

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 534 PAGES

This comprehensive field guide, noteworthy for its beautiful color plates, covers additional species found in Nicaragua, Honduras and Costa Rica. (CAM07, $59.95)

Snorkeling Guide to Marine Life

Snorkeling Guide to Marine Life


by Paul Humann

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 80 PAGES

Humann's compact guide illustrates Caribbean fishes, corals, invertebrates and plants commonly encountered in shallower water. (DIV02, $14.95)

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