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Burma and the Shan States

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The River of Lost Footsteps, Histories of Burma

The River of Lost Footsteps, Histories of Burma

by Thant Myint-U

  • HISTORY
  • 2007
  • PAPER

In this stimulating and important book, Myint-U (grandson of the late UN Secretary General U Thant and author of The Making of Modern Burma) uses Burmese history as a lens for understanding Myanmar today. (BMA51, $16.00)

Letters from Burma

Letters from Burma

by Aung San Suu Kyi

  • HISTORY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 244 PAGES

A collection of about 50 candid and moving mini-essays on Burmese culture, daily life and politics written by the country's iconic Nobel Prize-winning human-rights leader who was held under house arrest by the military junta for many years. (BMA49, $16.00)

In Buddha's Land

In Buddha's Land

by Moe Min

  • RELIGION
  • 2007
  • HARD COVER
  • 128 PAGES

This beautiful, illustrated portrait of monuments, monasteries and rituals is both a striking visual overview of Buddhism as practiced in Burma and a splendid introduction to the country. (BMA52, $30.00)

Lonely Planet Myanmar (Burma)

Lonely Planet Myanmar (Burma)

by Joe Cummings | Michael Clark

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 424 PAGES

Featuring maps, travel information and a good overview of society, culture, history and politics. (BMA20, $29.99)

Myanmar (Burma) Map

Myanmar (Burma) Map

by Nelles

  • 2011
  • MAP
  • BEST SELLER

A convenient double-sided map of Burma at a scale of 1:1,500,000, with an inset of Rangoon. Two sides. 20 x 31 inches. (BMA02, $13.95)

 
Historical Walks in Yangon, A Myanmar Heritage Trust Guide Map

Historical Walks in Yangon, A Myanmar Heritage Trust Guide Map


by Silkworm Books

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2010
  • MAP
  • CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

This innovative map lays out three walking tours through Yangon that guide visitors to landmarks, gardens and architectural points of interest. (BMA66, $15.00)

Myanmar & the Greater Mekong Map Guide

Myanmar & the Greater Mekong Map Guide


by Odyssey Maps

  • 2012
  • MAP

This map-guide shows both the Greater Mekong, including Yunnan, Burma, Laos, Cambodia and Thailand, with a more detailed map of Myanmar on the reverse. (BMA76, $14.95)

Ancient Pagan

Ancient Pagan


by Donald Stadtner | Michael Freeman

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 286 PAGES

An authoritative guide to the art and culture of the ancient Buddhist city on the Irrawaddy, organized by temple group and featuring 250 color photographs, site plans and maps. (BMA43, $25.00)

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Myanmar (Burma)

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Myanmar (Burma)


by Inc. Dorling Kindersley

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

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 Myanmar's attractions. (BMA86, $25.00)

Insight Guide Burma

Insight Guide Burma


by Insight Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 365 PAGES

An illustrated overview of Burma with essays on history, archaeology and culture. (BMA04, $24.99)

Lonely Planet Burmese Phrasebook

Lonely Planet Burmese Phrasebook


by Lonely Planet

  • LANGUAGE & PHRASEBOOKS
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES
  • COMING IN NOVEMBER

A palm-sized dictionary and guide to the Burmese language with common phrases for travelers. (BMA36, $8.99)

Odyssey Guide Myanmar

Odyssey Guide Myanmar


by Caroline Courtauld

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 312 PAGES

Refreshingly direct and engaging, Caroline Courtauld covers Burma's culture, long history and religion with grace in this richly illustrated guide with fine color maps. (BMA16, $26.95)

Burma, Rivers of Flavor

Burma, Rivers of Flavor


by Naomi Duguid

  • FOOD
  • 2012
  • HARD COVER
  • 364 PAGES

A culinary adventurer, Duguid presents the food, local markets, people and culture of Burma in this exceedingly informative (not to mention beautiful) cookbook and cultural guide. The 125 recipes are interspersed with tales and photographs from her many travels in the region. (BMA77, $35.00)

The Food of Myanmar, Authentic Recipes from the Land of the Golden Pagodas

The Food of Myanmar, Authentic Recipes from the Land of the Golden Pagodas


by Claudia Saw Lwin Robert

  • FOOD
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 118 PAGES

Over 60 delicious and healthy Burmese dishes are presented here -- classic Myanmar cuisine. (BMA85, $14.95)

A History of Myanmar Since Ancient Times, Traditions and Transformations

A History of Myanmar Since Ancient Times, Traditions and Transformations


by Michael A. Aung-Thwin

  • HISTORY
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 333 PAGES

Aung-Thwin takes us from the sacred stupas of the Bagan plains to the grand colonial-era British mansions in this tale of Burma's storied 3,000-year history and rich culture. (BMA72, $29.00)

Burma/Myanmar, What Everyone Needs to Know

Burma/Myanmar, What Everyone Needs to Know


by David I. Steinberg

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

A professor of Asian studies at Georgetown, Steinberg places the current political situation in Burma in the context of the history and culture of the nation. Second edition. (BMA60, $16.95)

Freedom from Fear and Other Writings

Freedom from Fear and Other Writings


by Aung San Suu Kyi | Michael Aris

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 416 PAGES

This collection of speeches, letters and interviews by and about Burma's Nobel Prize-winning human rights leader, edited by her late husband and with forewords by Vaclav Havel and Desmond Tutu, provides essential background to her role in Burmese politics and the situation of the country today. (BMA08, $17.00)

Passage to Burma

Passage to Burma


by Scott Stulberg

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2013
  • HARD COVER
  • 240 PAGES
  • CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

Scott Stulberg presents the teak and bamboo forests, temples and especially the people of Burma in hundreds of full-page color photographs in this illustrated journey. (BMA80, $45.00)

The Rebel of Rangoon, A Tale of Defiance and Deliverance in Burma

The Rebel of Rangoon, A Tale of Defiance and Deliverance in Burma


by Delphine Schrank

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2015
  • HARD COVER
  • 320 PAGES
  • COMING IN JUNE

Journalist Schrank vividly depicts the inter-generational resistance forces (the same that issued brave writer-activist Aung San Suu Kyi) as they fight against an oppressive Burmese regime. (BMA91, $25.99)

Where China Meets India

Where China Meets India


by Thant Myint-U

  • HISTORY
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES

Home to 60 million people and bigger than France, Burma -- as Myint-U so effectively argues -- is hardly small or politically isolated: it is the center of Asia. (BMA70, $18.00)

The Golden Lands, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand & Vietnam

The Golden Lands, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand & Vietnam


by Vikram Lall

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 280 PAGES

The product of 25 years of research into Buddhist architecture, this survey by Vikram Lall takes us from the monastic complexes of India to the dzongs of Bhutan, inside the wats of Southeast Asia and through the simple wooden shrines of Japan. Lall celebrates the architectural innovations and spiritual significance of each inspired style. Gorgeously illustrated throughout with color photography and 3-D renderings. (SEA88, $95.00)

A Daughter's Memoir of Burma

A Daughter's Memoir of Burma


by Wendy Law-Yone

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

Wendy Law-Yone, daughter of exiled newspaper proprietor Ed Law-Yone recreates her father's struggles to create a democratic government in Burma in the 1960s, providing insight into Burmese life and the politics that became a family affair. (BMA84, $30.00)

Finding George Orwell in Burma

Finding George Orwell in Burma


by Emma Larkin

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

An American journalist fluent in Burmese, Emma Larkin (a pseudonym) masterfully interweaves her travels in the footsteps of the British colonial officer and writer with interviews and an astute, moving history of modern Burma. (BMA40, $16.00)

From the Land of Green Ghosts, a Burmese Odyssey

From the Land of Green Ghosts, a Burmese Odyssey


by Pascal Khoo Thwe

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

The young Burmese author, a member of a remote hill-tribe in the Shan hills, captures the traditions and challenges of the Padaung people in this astonishing memoir. (BMA29, $13.99)

The Burma Chronicles

The Burma Chronicles


by Guy Delisle

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

Posted to Burma with his Doctors Without Borders wife and young son, Delisle captures the absurdities, challenges and routines of everyday life in Burma in bold black-and-white panels in this droll graphic travelogue, his third. (BMA58, $16.95)

The Lady and the Peacock, The Life of Aung San Suu Kyi

The Lady and the Peacock, The Life of Aung San Suu Kyi


by Peter Popham

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 334 PAGES

Peter Popham's timely biography follows the arc of Suu Kyi's life from her childhood in Rangoon, formative years in India and Oxford, marriage to Michael Aris and her return to Burma, where she has become a potent symbol for the Burmese people. The British journalist doesn't dodge from Suu Kyi's moral decision to remain in Burma, even as her husband was dying in 1999, and her children Alexander and Kim remained behind in Britain. (BMA79, $16.95)

Bones Will Crow, An Anthology of Burmese Poetry

Bones Will Crow, An Anthology of Burmese Poetry


by Ko Ko Thett

  • LITERATURE
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 266 PAGES

Including the work of Burmese poets who have been exiled and imprisoned, this dual-language compendium is the first of its kind published in the United States. (BMA90, $18.95)

Burmese Days

Burmese Days


by George Orwell

  • LITERATURE
  • 1989
  • PAPER
  • 287 PAGES

Orwell, a veteran of the colonial police force in Rangoon, writes with irony and insight in this sharp novel of politics, folly and the British. (BMA03, $14.00)

The Glass Palace

The Glass Palace


by Amitav Ghosh

  • LITERATURE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 474 PAGES

In this panoramic novel full of tales and anecdote, Ghosh follows the lives and fortunes of Rajkumar and his family over three eventful generations in Burma, India and Malaysia. (IDA173, $16.00)

The Piano Tuner

The Piano Tuner


by Daniel Mason

  • LITERATURE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

In this transporting first novel, a mild-mannered tradesman is seduced by late Victorian Burma. Mason's complex, absorbing tale dives into the world of 19th-century colonial Burma, its traditions, trappings, personalities and politics. (BMA31, $14.95)

Birds of Myanmar

Birds of Myanmar


by Kyaw Nyunt Lwin | Khin Ma Ma Thwin | Aung Thant

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 165 PAGES
  • CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

A slim field guide to 350 birds of Burma, featuring 74 full-color plates, descriptive information and a comprehensive checklist. (BMA42, $37.95)

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