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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.

Essential Reading

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How to Cook a Tapir

How to Cook a Tapir

by Joan Fry

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 296 PAGES

The coming-of-age memoir by Joan Fry, a young newlywed, who moves with her anthropologist husband to the jungles of Belize. Her introspective account is interwoven with stories, portraits of locals and traditional recipes. (BLZ22, $16.95)

Insight Guide Belize

Insight Guide Belize

by Insight Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 341 PAGES
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A profusely illustrated overview of Belize, featuring concise essays by well regarded authors on natural history and culture, hundreds of photos and maps, and some limited practical information. (BLZ02, $23.99)

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)

 
Belize Adventure Map

Belize Adventure Map


by National Geographic

  • MAP

A travel map of Belize, bordering Guatemala, at a scale of 1:400,000 showing all the national parks, including Tikal, and good topographical relief. Features an inset of Belize City. (CAM21, $11.95)

The Traveling Nature Photographer

The Traveling Nature Photographer


by Steven Morello

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 176 PAGES

Morello's handy guide to exploring the natural world through photography includes chapters on preparation, equipment (especially lenses), weather, exposure basics and composition. (PHT31, $29.99)

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)

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

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


by Ian Peedle

  • HISTORY
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 100 PAGES

A brief, authoritative guide to the history, cultural heritage, politics and economy of Belize. With maps, photographs and some travel information, it's an excellent synopsis from an unabashedly left-leaning perspective, strong on facts. (BLZ13, $12.95)

Life in the Treetops, Adventures of a Woman in Field Biology

Life in the Treetops, Adventures of a Woman in Field Biology


by Margaret Lowman

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 219 PAGES

The sprightly memoir of an ecologist who climbs, studies and sleeps in trees for a living, balancing multiple roles of scientist, wife and mom. Margaret Lowman, a pioneer in the ecology of forest tree canopies, continues her story in a second memoir (written with her now-grown sons). (AMZ57, $13.95)

Ghost Lights

Ghost Lights


by Lydia Millet

  • LITERATURE
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

In Millet's anticipated follow-up to How the Dead Dream, a mild-mannered IRS bureaucrat follows a runaway millionaire into the surreal tropical jungle. The prose has a lovely stillness and has been hailed as a haunting, mesmerizing novel of ideas. (BLZ24, $15.95)

Popol Vuh, The Mayan Book of the Dawn of Life

Popol Vuh, The Mayan Book of the Dawn of Life


by Dennis Tedlock

  • LITERATURE
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 388 PAGES

The definitive, unabridged collection of creation myths and stories of the Quiche people, fundamental to understanding the worldview of the highland Maya. (MYA14, $16.99)

The Festival of San Joaquin

The Festival of San Joaquin


by Zee Edgell

  • LITERATURE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 187 PAGES

Set among the mestizo of rural Belize, this novel by Belize's first writer to gain international attention gives a moving portrait of peasant life. (BLZ25, $12.00)

A Natural History of Belize

A Natural History of Belize


by Samuel Bridgewater

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2012
  • HARD COVER
  • 400 PAGES

Presenting the habitats, biodiversity, and ecology of the tropical forest of Belize. (BLZ29, $45.00)

Birds of Tropical America

Birds of Tropical America


by Steven Hilty

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 312 PAGES

An ornithologist and veteran leader of birding expeditions, Hilty serves up short essays on how to find and better appreciate the dizzying variety of neotropical birds, their habits and habitats, diversity and distribution in this well-loved book. (CAM39, $25.00)

Belize Birds

Belize Birds


by Rainforest Publications

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2011
  • PLASTIC CARD
  • 14 PAGES

Dozens of birds are illustrated in color in this 14-panel fold-up pocket field guide. (BLZ27, $7.95)

Belize Field Guide

Belize Field Guide


by Mark Wainwright

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2011
  • PLASTIC CARD
  • 14 PAGES

Mammals, amphibians, and reptiles are all included in this fold-up pocket field guide. (BLZ26, $7.95)

Belize, Travellers' Wildlife Guides

Belize, Travellers' Wildlife Guides


by Les Beletsky

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 440 PAGES

An all-around field guide featuring color illustrations of 200 birds, 50 mammals, 150 coral reef creatures and 80 reptiles and amphibians. (BLZ04, $29.95)

Birds of Belize

Birds of Belize


by H. Lee Jones | Dana Gardner

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 317 PAGES

A complete guide to the birds of Belize, 573 species in all, featuring 56 color plates and 234 range maps. (BLZ16, $34.95)

National Audubon Society Field Guide to Tropical Marine Fishes

National Audubon Society Field Guide to Tropical Marine Fishes


by C. Lavett Smith

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1997
  • FLEXI-BOUND
  • 720 PAGES

A photographic guide to coral reef fishes found in the Caribbean, Florida, the Bahamas and Bermuda. (FG24, $21.95)

Reefcomber's Guide, Caribbean

Reefcomber's Guide, Caribbean


by Idaz Greenberg

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1982
  • PLASTIC CARD

This double-sided laminated card depicts fish, corals and other invertebrates of the Caribbean. (DIV46, $7.50)

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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