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In Trouble Again

In Trouble Again

by Redmond O'Hanlon

  • EXPLORATION
  • 1990
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

As funny as he is insightful, O'Hanlon starts his comic masterpiece of a journey between the Orinoco and the Amazon with a litany of the insects, protozoa, snakes and predators that can do you harm. (AMZ04, $16.00)

Tales of a Shaman's Apprentice

Tales of a Shaman's Apprentice

by Mark Plotkin

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 328 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

In this marvelous book, Plotkin recounts his work documenting the use of medicinal plants among remote tribes in the Northwest Amazon. A portrait of people and their environment, a tale of adventure and a moving example of science in the service of preservation. (AMZ15, $17.00)

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)

Lonely Planet Venezuela

Lonely Planet Venezuela

by Lonely Planet

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 312 PAGES

A concise, practical travel guide in the popular series. (VNZ03, $25.99)

Venezuela Map

Venezuela Map

by ITMB

  • 2010
  • MAP

A colorful map of Venezuela and the lower Caribbean at a scale of 1:1,200,000. (VNZ02, $12.95)

 
Forgotten Continent

Forgotten Continent


by Michael Reid

  • HISTORY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES

Economist editor Reid draws on his years in the cities, presidential palaces and shantytowns of Central and South America in this portrait of a region rich in oil, farmland and culture, with consideration on its prospects in the face of globalization. (SAM123, $26.00)

Liberators, Latin America's Struggle for Independence 1810-1830

Liberators, Latin America's Struggle for Independence 1810-1830


by Robert Harvey

  • HISTORY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 561 PAGES

Focused on the heroism and derring-do of seven legendary men, Harvey tells the story of Simon Bolivar, General Jose de San Martin and other greats in the fight for independence. (SAM35, $18.95)

Yanomami, The Fierce Controversy and What We Might Learn from It


by Robert Borofsky

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 397 PAGES

A study of the controversy surrounding anthropological studies of the Yanomami. (SAM67, $29.95)

Papillon

Papillon


by Henri Charriere

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 560 PAGES

Charriere recounts in heart-stopping detail his escape from the notorious French penal colony Devil's Island in this modern classic, originally published in 1968 in the New Yorker (and made into a memorable film). (SAM83, $16.99)

The Lost Steps

The Lost Steps


by Alejo Carpentier | Harriet Onis

  • LITERATURE
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 278 PAGES

A hallucinatory novel of a young urban musicologist's journey to a fictional city in the Amazon basin. For those with an appreciation for demanding literature, this is a celebrated masterpiece. (AMZ18, $18.50)

The Lost World

The Lost World


by Arthur Conan Doyle

  • LITERATURE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

Inspired by the magnificent landscapes surrounding the Orinoco River, Conan Doyle's classic follows an intrepid scientist into the Amazon Basin in search of prehistoric creatures. (VNZ04, $11.00)

The Mighty Orinoco

The Mighty Orinoco


by Jules Verne

  • LITERATURE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 424 PAGES

Appearing for the first time in English, this 1898 novel from science fiction pioneer Jules Verne features a harrowing trip up the uncharted Orinoco, full of encounters with dangerous creatures, fearsome Indians, and infectious diseases. (VNZ07, $24.95)

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)

The Smithsonian Atlas of the Amazon

The Smithsonian Atlas of the Amazon


by Michael Goulding | Ronaldo Barthem | Efrem Ferreira

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2003
  • HARD COVER
  • 254 PAGES

This beautiful, profusely illustrated atlas of the river includes its major tributaries and 150 full-color maps. Goulding (Floods of Fortune) and Brazilian biologists Barthem and Ferreira provide the accompanying text. (AMZ82, $39.95)

A Guide to the Birds of Venezuela

A Guide to the Birds of Venezuela


by Steven Hilty | Guy Tudor | J.A. Gwynne

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 929 PAGES

The classic South American bird guide, revised and expanded by Steve Hilty. A bit hefty for a field guide at just over 4 pounds, but still an essential reference to over 1,400 bird species. Travelers in the Brazilian Amazon will find it especially useful. (FG13, $72.50)

Amazon Insects - A Photo Guide

Amazon Insects - A Photo Guide


by James L. Castner

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 160 PAGES

Spectacular, weird and commonly encountered bugs, butterflies, katydids, leafhoppers, ants, bees, spiders and other insects of the Amazon basin. Geared for the traveler, with 200 color photographs. (AMZ63, $20.00)

Brazil: Amazon & Pantanal, Travellers' Wildlife Guides

Brazil: Amazon & Pantanal, Travellers' Wildlife Guides


by Les Beletsky | David Pearson

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 491 PAGES

A comprehensive handbook to the flora, fauna and habitats of Brazil. The 100 color plates feature 90 species of amphibians and reptiles, 310 birds, 70 mammals, 30 insects and 50 common trees and plants. (BZL30, $29.95)

Neotropical Rainforest Mammals, A Field Guide

Neotropical Rainforest Mammals, A Field Guide


by L.H. Emmons

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 298 PAGES

Compact enough to slip into your daypack, this field guide to the mammals of Central and South American features 29 color plates of more than 200 species. (GPS12, $42.50)

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