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A Continent of Islands, Searching for the Caribbean Destiny

A Continent of Islands, Searching for the Caribbean Destiny

by Mark Kurlansky

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 324 PAGES

A wonderfully observed social history of the Caribbean by a far-ranging journalist and favorite author. Kurlansky has a knack for honing in on the small details that make the Caribbean culturally unique, offering frank insight on music, religion, healthcare and the influence of the United States. (CRB12, $17.95)

A Small Place

A Small Place

by Jamaica Kincaid

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 81 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Antigua-born Kincaid meditates on the politics, history and culture of the islands in these remarkable short essays. A useful antidote to the usual fun-in-the-sun approach of the local tourist office, the book shines a light on the poverty, corruption and startling beauty of the Caribbean. (CRB03, $13.00)

Fodor's Caribbean

Fodor's Caribbean

by Fodor's Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2016
  • PAPER
  • 944 PAGES

Organized by island, this hefty guide to the Caribbean provides the essentials for getaways and vacations with great maps, excellent recommendations on where to sleep and eat and plenty of advice for sightseeing. (CRB185, $24.99)

Caribbean Cruises Map

Caribbean Cruises Map

by Freytag & Berndt

  • 2011
  • MAP

A very detailed plan of all the Caribbean islands, plus the coasts of northern South America and the isthmus of Panama. Scaled at 1:2,500,000. (CRB333, $14.95)

 
Caribbean Islands Explorer Map

Caribbean Islands Explorer Map


by Ocean Explorer Maps

  • 2003
  • MAP

A double-sided, full-color visitor's map in the growing series of Ocean Explorer maps. Featuring The Lesser Antilles, Jamaica, Barbados, Cuba, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Bermuda, Turks and Caicos, Martinique, Dominica and Virgin Islands. (CRB175, $12.95)

Caribbean by Cruise Ship

Caribbean by Cruise Ship


by Anne Vipond

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

An excellent guide to the region with detailed port maps, suggested excursions, color photographs and a pull-out map of all the Caribbean. (CRB146, $19.95)

The Spice Necklace, My Adventures in Caribbean Cooking, Eating, and Island Life

The Spice Necklace, My Adventures in Caribbean Cooking, Eating, and Island Life


by Ann Vanderhoof

  • FOOD
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 448 PAGES

Vanderhoof (An Embarrassment of Mangoes) is back aboard her sailboat in the Caribbean in these latest encounters with the characters and cuisine of the islands. She pairs lively accounts with 71 recipes she learned along the way. (CRB260, $14.95)

A Brief History of the Caribbean, From the Arawak and the Carib to the Present

A Brief History of the Caribbean, From the Arawak and the Carib to the Present


by Jan Rogozinski

  • HISTORY
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 324 PAGES

Written for a scholarly audience, this concise history presents the full sweep of Caribbean geography, culture and commerce from aboriginal inhabitants through European colonization and modern developments. (CRB38, $20.00)

A Traveller's History of the Caribbean

A Traveller's History of the Caribbean


by James Ferguson

  • HISTORY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

A concise history of the Caribbean Islands, beginning with a description of their formation and geologic attributes, carrying through to the first civilizations in the region, and ending with the modern tourism boom. (CRB42, $14.95)

Body of Water

Body of Water


by Chris Dombrowski

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2016
  • HARD COVER
  • 232 PAGES

Poet and Montana fly-fishing guide Chris Dombrowski maps the Bahamas -- its ecology, human history and relationship to the tourism industry -- through the life of a legendary bonefishing guide and his art. (CRB355, $24.00)

Caribbean Rum: A Social and Economic History

Caribbean Rum: A Social and Economic History


by Frederick H. Smith

  • HISTORY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 339 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

An anthropologist at the College of William & Mary, Smith brings a scholars rigor and research to this comprehensive history from the colonial period to the 20th-century, looking beyond the plantation economy to the lives and culture of black slaves and their descendants in the Caribbean and America. (CRB295, $29.95)

Empire's Crossroads, A History of the Caribbean from Columbus to the Present Day

Empire's Crossroads, A History of the Caribbean from Columbus to the Present Day


by Carrie Gibson

  • HISTORY
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 480 PAGES

A scholarly, readable history of the entire Caribbean from Cuba to Haiti, Jamaica to Trinidad. Gibson begins in 1492 and ends in the 20th century, covering five centuries with panache. (CRB321, $20.00)

Island People, The Caribbean and the World

Island People, The Caribbean and the World


by Joshua Jelly-Schapiro

  • HISTORY
  • 2016
  • HARD COVER
  • 384 PAGES

Exploring the ties that bind the Caribbean islands, this wide-ranging overview of history and culture seeks out the region's common heritage. Scholar Joshua Jelly-Schapiro travels from Cuba to Jamaica, Puerto Rico to Trinidad, Haiti to Barbados and many small islands in between, discussing culture, society and politics. (CRB351, $28.95)

Islands of Eden, St.Vincent and the Grenadines

Islands of Eden, St.Vincent and the Grenadines


by Ferenc Mate

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 162 PAGES

A collection of photographs celebrating the islands and island life of the Lesser Antilles. (CRB319, $49.95)

The Tainos

The Tainos


by Irving Rouse

  • HISTORY
  • 1993
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

Rouse traces the history of the original inhabitants of the Caribbean from the earliest archaeological finds through the disastrous contact with Columbus and Europeans. (CRB307, $25.00)

The Traveller's Tree

The Traveller's Tree


by Patrick Leigh Fermor

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES

Patrick Leigh Fermor's first book, "still the best piece of travel writing on the Caribbean" (The Guardian), takes him to Guadeloupe, Martinique, Dominica, Barbados, Trinidad and Haiti, among other islands. (CRB04, $19.95)

Under the Black Flag, The Romance and Reality of Life Among the Pirates

Under the Black Flag, The Romance and Reality of Life Among the Pirates


by David Cordingly

  • HISTORY
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 296 PAGES

Meet Blackbeard and Captain Kidd along with lesser-known rogues and brigands in this rip-roaring portrait of pirates of the Caribbean. (CRB35, $17.00)

Empire of Blue Water

Empire of Blue Water


by Stephan Talty

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

Awash with bloody battles, political intrigue and an incredible epoch-ending natural disaster, this is the real-life story of Henry Morgan, the legendary pirate of the Caribbean. (CRB204, $16.00)

The Middle Passage, The Caribbean Revisited

The Middle Passage, The Caribbean Revisited


by V.S. Naipaul

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 232 PAGES

Novelist and travel writer Naipaul tackles the history of the Caribbean and northern South America in this incisive portrait. With chapters on Trinidad, British Guiana (Guyana), Suriname, Martinique and Jamaica. (CRB11, $16.00)

A Caribbean Mystery

A Caribbean Mystery


by Agatha Christie

  • MYSTERY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 216 PAGES

Miss Marple solves a series of mysterious deaths on the Caribbean island where she is vacationing in this Agatha Christie classic, originally published in 1964. (CRB207, $13.99)

Caribbean

Caribbean


by James Michener

  • LITERATURE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 688 PAGES

The sweeping, compulsively readable saga of the Caribbean, chock-full of historical detail. (CRB82, $16.00)

Don't Stop the Carnival

Don't Stop the Carnival


by Herman Wouk

  • LITERATURE
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 395 PAGES

For a sense of life in the Caribbean, we recommend this humorous tale of Norman Paperman, a middle-aged American running a hotel on the fictional island of Amerigo. (CRB18, $16.00)

Oxford Book of Caribbean Short Stories

Oxford Book of Caribbean Short Stories


by Stewart Brown

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 472 PAGES

A strikingly diverse collection of contemporary tales, richly rewarding. The contributors include Gabriel Garcia Marquez, V. S. Naipaul, Patrick Chamoiseau and Edwidge Danticat alongside lesser known writers. (CRB166, $29.95)

Tar Baby

Tar Baby


by Toni Morrison

  • LITERATURE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 305 PAGES

Morrison departs from her usual stateside setting and sets this fury of a novel on a rich American couple's island refuge in the Caribbean. This unflinching novel is menacing, beautiful and richly developed. (CRB150, $15.00)

The Violins of Saint-Jacques

The Violins of Saint-Jacques


by Patrick Leigh Fermor

  • LITERATURE
  • 2017
  • PAPER
  • 144 PAGES
  • COMING IN JULY

Esteemed travel writer Patrick Leigh Fermor set this novel (his only one) in the tropical luxury of the Caribbean island of Saint-Jacques. Fermor's main character is an elderly Frenchwoman who recalls the island's decadent lifestyle and its catastrophic end. (CRB360, $14.00)

Wide Sargasso Sea

Wide Sargasso Sea


by Jean Rhys

  • LITERATURE
  • 2016
  • PAPER
  • 176 PAGES

This classic novel by Dominican-born Jean Rhys, steamy both in its lush, tropical setting and in its plot, imagines the encounter between Edward Rochester and his mad wife -- a riveting prequel to Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre. (CRB21, $14.95)

Wild Caribbean, The Hidden Wonders of the World's Most Famous Islands

Wild Caribbean, The Hidden Wonders of the World's Most Famous Islands


by Michael Bright

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

Nicely illustrated, this companion book to the BBC series on the natural history of the Caribbean includes an overview of the plants, animals and underwater life of the islands from Cuba to Trinidad and Tobago. (CRB206, $25.00)

A Photographic Guide to Birds of the West Indies

A Photographic Guide to Birds of the West Indies


by Allan Sander | G. Michael Flieg

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 144 PAGES

A compact shirt-pocket guide. With a map of the islands and 300 color photographs. (CRB127, $15.95)

Birds of the West Indies

Birds of the West Indies


by Herbert Raffaele

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 216 PAGES

A magnificently illustrated guide, featuring 86 color plates, range maps, and island checklists. Includes the endemic species of Cuba, Puerto Rico, Hispaniola, Jamaica and other islands. (CRB161, $24.95)

Caribbean Birds

Caribbean Birds


by James Kavanaugh

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2003
  • PLASTIC CARD

A fold-up, laminated card featuring color drawings and short descriptions of commonly encountered Caribbean birds. (CRB235, $7.95)

Fishwatcher's Field Guide Caribbean

Fishwatcher's Field Guide Caribbean


by Idaz Greenberg

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2000
  • PLASTIC CARD

A convenient double-sided plastic card showing 75 reef fish of the Caribbean. (DIV11, $7.50)

Reef Fish Identification, Caribbean Bahamas South Florida Travel Edition

Reef Fish Identification, Caribbean Bahamas South Florida Travel Edition


by Paul Humann

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 132 PAGES

This portable, lightweight field guide was designed with the traveler in mind and features nearly 300 species of fish one is likely to encounter in the Caribbean, Bahamas and south Florida. Includes photographs, preferred habitats, ranges, scientific names and descriptions. (CRB311, $29.95)

Wildlife of the Caribbean

Wildlife of the Caribbean


by Herbert A. Raffaele

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

This truly comprehensive guide to Caribbean (including Cuba!) wildlife includes 600 vivid color images of 451 species of plants, birds, mammals, fish and seashells. (CRB315, $19.95)

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