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National Audubon Society Field Guide to the Night Sky

National Audubon Society Field Guide to the Night Sky

by Mark R. Chartrand

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1991
  • PAPER
  • 714 PAGES

This concise guide to the cosmos includes essays on celestial phenomena, monthly sky charts and constellation charts for both the Northern and Southern skies. (SCI48, $21.95)

The Pocket World Atlas

The Pocket World Atlas

by Oxford Univ. Press

  • REFERENCE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 160 PAGES

You can't go wrong with this inexpensive pocket atlas, which includes city plans, country maps, gazetteer, index, time zones and basic statistical information on countries worldwide. (GEN104, $16.95)

Petra, The Rose-Red City

Petra, The Rose-Red City

by Christian Auge | Jean-Marie Dentzer

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 144 PAGES
  • CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

Jam-packed with color illustrations, archival material, maps and site plans, this shirt-pocket encyclopedia includes a detailed overview of individual buildings and sectors within the desert city that was occupied by the Nabataeans from the fourth-century BC, conquered by the Romans and overrun by the Crusaders. (JRD13, $15.95)

Aboriginal Australians

Aboriginal Australians

by Stephen Muecke

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 127 PAGES

A lively shirt-pocket encyclopedia, illustrating the culture, history and art of the Aborigines. (AUS230, $15.95)

Fishwatcher's Field Guide, Great Barrier Reef

Fishwatcher's Field Guide, Great Barrier Reef

by Idaz Greenberg

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • PLASTIC CARD

A double-sided, laminated card covering the reef fish of Australia, Papua New Guinea and the tropical Pacific. (DIV41, $7.50)

Totality, Eclipses of the Sun

Totality, Eclipses of the Sun

by Mark Littman | Fred Espenek | Ken Wilcox

  • REFERENCE
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 360 PAGES

How, where -- and why -- to see an eclipse, strikingly illustrated and updated to cover upcoming eclipses. Featuring Espenek's spectacular photography. (GEN27, $21.95)

 
Archaeological Map of Machu Picchu

Archaeological Map of Machu Picchu


by Wright Water Engineers

  • 2008
  • MAP

Ken Wright's foldout color site plan shows the monuments, topography and physical features of the Inca sanctuary with exquisite clarity. (PRU23, $6.95)

Easter Island, the Essential Guide

Easter Island, the Essential Guide


by Kay Sanger

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 169 PAGES
  • COMING IN JANUARY

An archaeologist who has worked on Rapa Nui since the 1980s and past president of the Easter Island Foundation, Sanger covers the history, archaeology, people and practicalities of Easter Island in this authoritative guide. (EIL17, $20.00)

Fodor's London's 25 Best

Fodor's London's 25 Best


by Fodor's

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 96 PAGES

This slim guide to London (with handy full-color maps) has everything you need to know for a short visit to the city, including recommended sightseeing, restaurants, hotels and shops. (GBR08, $13.99)

Love Jaipur, Rajasthan

Love Jaipur, Rajasthan


by Fiona Caulfield

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • BOXED
  • 172 PAGES

The exuberant Caulfield includes her favorite palaces and places, experiences, get-aways, markets, shops and must-sees in this rather remarkable, carefully curated hand-crafted guide. With sections on Jodhpur, Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Agra and Rajasthan. Second edition. (IDA590, $50.00)

National Geographic Concise Atlas of the World

National Geographic Concise Atlas of the World


by National Geographic Society

  • REFERENCE
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 160 PAGES

With 450 maps, illustrations, photos and satellite images, this compact atlas includes features on population, climate, economy and environment. (MAP27, $26.95)

A Forest of Kings, The Untold Story of the Ancient Maya

A Forest of Kings, The Untold Story of the Ancient Maya


by Linda Schele | David Freidel

  • HISTORY
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 542 PAGES

The history of the Maya, as it was recorded in the previously undecipherable hieroglyphs of the Maya. This excellent account traces the kingships and politics of the Maya, and features narratives recreating scenes of burials, blood sacrifices, battles and other events. (MYA22, $26.99)

A History of Jordan

A History of Jordan


by Philip Robins

  • HISTORY
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 243 PAGES

An informative, brief history of Jordan and its monarchy from the 1920s to the present by a professor of politics at Oxford. Robins was previously a Jordan-based correspondent for the BBC and The Guardian. (JRD17, $34.99)

Collapse, How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed

Collapse, How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed


by Jared Diamond

  • HISTORY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 575 PAGES

Diamond tackles nothing less than the history and fate of civilization in this compelling book in which he offers case studies, present and past, of societies that work and societies that do not, devoting 100 carefully reasoned pages, for example, to the fate of the Norse settlements in Greenland (climatic change, Inuit) and another big section on Easter Island (deforestation, hubris). This revised edition includes a new afterword. (GEN324, $19.00)

Conquest of the Incas

Conquest of the Incas


by John Hemming

  • HISTORY
  • 1970
  • PAPER
  • 641 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

This classic prize-winning history of the Inca struggle against the Spanish invasion weaves wide-ranging, scholarly material into a gripping narrative. (AND04, $25.00)

India

India


by Stanley Wolpert

  • HISTORY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 281 PAGES

Wolpert's reflections on India -- its religion and philosophy, its art, culture and politics -- make for a literate, succinct primer. (IDA04, $29.95)

Island at the End of the World

Island at the End of the World


by Steven Roger Fischer

  • HISTORY
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 215 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

Fischer's cultural and political history takes in the full sweep of Easter Island from prehistory through civil rights protests of the 1960s. (EIL18, $32.00)

Pacific Journeys

Pacific Journeys


by Peter Hendrie

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2003
  • HARD COVER
  • 224 PAGES

A striking portfolio of 330 color photographs of the people, nature and landscape of the region, Hendrie's gorgeous book includes images from his many journeys to Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands, to Tahiti and the Marquesas, Tonga, Fiji, Easter Island and Hawaii over the last 20 years. (PAC183, $45.00)

Royal Tombs of Sipan

Royal Tombs of Sipan


by Walter Alva

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1993
  • PAPER
  • 229 PAGES

This thoroughly illustrated, authoritative overview of Moche culture, pottery and iconography was originally conceived as the companion book to a traveling exhibition. (PRU06, $35.00)

The Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Civilizations

The Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Civilizations


by John Haywood | Simon Hall

  • HISTORY
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 144 PAGES

A slim, informative history of ancient civilizations tracing the development of cultures in Mesopotamia and the Near East, China and India, Egypt and Africa, Greece and Rome, Peru and Mexico through excellent color maps. With color photographs, illustrations and succinct accompanying text. (WLD71, $23.00)

The Songlines

The Songlines


by Bruce Chatwin

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Rory Stewart provides the introduction to this 25th anniversary edition of Bruce Chatwin's celebrated travelogue. Chatwin transforms a journey through the Outback into an exhilarating, semi-fictional meditation on our place in the world. (AUS01, $16.00)

The Story of England

The Story of England


by Christopher Hibbert

  • HISTORY
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES
  • COMING IN DECEMBER

Beautifully illustrated with color pictures, chronological charts, royal genealogies and maps, this popular history of English politics, economics and culture from the Neolithic Age to the 1990s is an excellent travel companion. (GBR02, $19.95)

The Trial of the Cannibal Dog

The Trial of the Cannibal Dog


by Anne Salmond

  • HISTORY
  • 2003
  • HARD COVER
  • 536 PAGES
  • HARD TO FIND ELSEWHERE

The remarkable story of Captain Cook's encounters in the South Seas, told with authority and verve by a leading historian. (PAC138, $25.00)

Aboriginal Art

Aboriginal Art


by Wally Caruana

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 239 PAGES

This well-illustrated survey focuses on the spiritual and geographic sources of art and ritual traditions in Australia. With 187 well produced black-and-white and color illustrations. (AUS14, $21.95)

An Album of Maya Architecture

An Album of Maya Architecture


by Tatiana Proskouriakoff

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 164 PAGES

Scholar, artist and architect Proskouriakoff presents breathtaking artistic reconstructions of what Maya cities may have looked like in their heyday in this classic work, first published in 1946. (MYA06, $34.95)

Borobudur

Borobudur


by John Miksic

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 2011
  • HARD COVER
  • 157 PAGES

A professor at the University of Singapore, Miksic includes stunning reproductions of the intricately carved reliefs of the ninth-century monument in this invaluable overview. (INS08, $49.95)

Kon-Tiki, Across the Pacific by Raft

Kon-Tiki, Across the Pacific by Raft


by Thor Heyerdahl | F. H. Lyon

  • EXPLORATION
  • 1990
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

The hugely popular account of a daring 1947 voyage that sailed along the Humboldt and Equatorial currents from Peru to Tahiti. Apart from the sheer adventure, Heyerdahl wanted to show the world that Polynesians could have settled the region. With photographs. (PAC10, $5.99)

Lost City of the Incas

Lost City of the Incas


by Hiram Bingham

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 286 PAGES
  • BEST SELLER
  • FAVORITE

This first-rate adventure story by the man who brought Machu Picchu to the attention of the world is not just a gripping tale of exploration and archaeology, it also sets the scene for any visitor to the site. (AND05, $12.99)

Maya Art and Architecture

Maya Art and Architecture


by Mary Ellen Miller

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

An illustrated overview of the art and architecture of the Maya, making use of the latest discoveries at Tikal, Copan and Palenque to demonstrate the range of Mayan artistic influence. Revised and updated, this new edition includes color illustrations throughout. (MYA20, $20.95)

Petra, Splendors of the Nabataean Civilization

Petra, Splendors of the Nabataean Civilization


by Francesca Arianna Ossorio | Barbara A. Porter

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 2009
  • HARD COVER
  • 303 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

With color photographs of the temples, tombs and elaborate buildings, along with archival photographs and accompanying text. (JRD34, $60.00)

Stairways to the Stars, Skywatching in Three Great Ancient Cultures

Stairways to the Stars, Skywatching in Three Great Ancient Cultures


by Anthony Aveni

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 230 PAGES

A wide-ranging study of the influence of astronomy on the design of ancient monuments and cities, focusing on Stonehenge, the Incas and the Maya. (GEN314, $23.99)

Stone Offerings

Stone Offerings


by Mike Torrey

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2009
  • HARD COVER
  • 143 PAGES
  • BEST SELLER

Torrey captures the dramatic setting, solitude and intricate construction of the Inca site of Machu Picchu in 100 striking color photographs taken over a few days at summer and winter solstice. (AND76, $40.00)

The Art of Tonga

The Art of Tonga


by Keith St. Cartmail

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 152 PAGES

A spectacular, comprehensive overview of Tongan material culture, this handsome book features the sculpture, body adornment, canoes, clubs, containers, tools, textiles and other art of Tonga, ancient and modern. (PAC69, $31.99)

The Happy Isles of Oceania

The Happy Isles of Oceania


by Paul Theroux

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 480 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

The peripatetic author flies off to Australia and New Zealand with a kayak and ends up exploring much of Melanesia and Polynesia, including Tonga, Fiji and the Marquesas, in this wickedly funny, wide-ranging tale. (PAC03, $15.95)

The Incas

The Incas


by Carmen Bernard

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 192 PAGES
  • BEST SELLER

Featuring archival drawings and photographs, a chronology and chapters on Atahualpa, the Conquistadors and Hiram Bingham, this handy book (previously published as People of the Sun) illuminates the daily life, monuments and history of the Incas. (AND03, $14.95)

World Heritage Sites

World Heritage Sites


by UNESCO Publishing

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 896 PAGES
  • BEST SELLER

How many have you visited? This beautifully illustrated compendium, just revised, includes color photographs, a map and succinct descriptions of each of the 981 archaeological sites, monuments, cities and parks inscribed by UNESCO from 1978 to 2013. Organized by order of inscription. (CON53, $29.95)

100 Journeys for the Spirit

100 Journeys for the Spirit


by Pico Iyer

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2010
  • HARD COVER
  • 240 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

Pico Iyer, Jan Morris, Paul Theroux, Alexander McCall Smith and Michael Ondaatje all contribute to this beautifully illustrated, hand-picked selection of temples, cathedrals and monasteries, parks and other soulful places. (TVL516, $29.95)

Blue Latitudes, Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before

Blue Latitudes, Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before


by Tony Horwitz

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 480 PAGES

Sailing on a replica of Endeavour, Horwitz mixes history, fun and adventure in this hilarious recap of Cook's daring voyages around the world. (EXP31, $18.00)

Dreaming in Hindi, Coming Awake in Another Language

Dreaming in Hindi, Coming Awake in Another Language


by Katherine Russell Rich

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES
  • NEW

Rich skewers the hilarity and challenges of taking on not just a new language but also a new culture in this spirited tale of life in Udaipur. (IDA565, $14.95)

In a Sunburned Country

In a Sunburned Country


by Bill Bryson

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 335 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

The intrepid, ever-resourceful Bill Bryson revels in Australia's eccentric characters, dangerous flora and fauna and other oddities in this wildly funny, effortlessly informative travelogue. (AUS83, $15.99)

Married to a Bedouin

Married to a Bedouin


by Marguerite Van Geldermalsen

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 279 PAGES

"Where you staying?" the Bedouin asked. "Why you not stay with me tonight -- in my cave?" Thus begins the fascinating odyssey of a young nurse from New Zealand who would marry and raise her family among the community of 100 Bedouin families living in the ancient city of Petra. (JRD35, $16.95)

Rapa Nui, Island of Memory

Rapa Nui, Island of Memory


by Georgia Lee

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 212 PAGES

Full of anecdote and incident, Lee's lively memoir of fieldwork on Rapa Nui celebrates the people and life on the island since the 1980s. (EIL20, $25.00)

Seven Pillars of Wisdom, A Triumph

Seven Pillars of Wisdom, A Triumph


by T.E. Lawrence

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1991
  • PAPER
  • 672 PAGES

The monumental story of Lawrence of Arabia, as colorful and long as the famous movie it inspired. Some of the action is set around Wadi Rum in Jordan. (MDE20, $21.00)

Stinging Trees and Wait-A-Whiles: Confessions of a Rainforest Biologist

Stinging Trees and Wait-A-Whiles: Confessions of a Rainforest Biologist


by William Laurance

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2000
  • HARD COVER
  • 184 PAGES

A scientist's memoir from the 1980s at Millaa Millaa in the tropics of Queensland, detailing the rigors of field research and the joys of discovery. (AUS90, $25.00)

The Travel Book, A Journey Through Every Country in the World

The Travel Book, A Journey Through Every Country in the World


by Lonely Planet Publications

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2010
  • HARD COVER
  • 448 PAGES

Bigger and better than ever (the second edition of the best-selling original), we can't keep our hands off this celebration of the world. Each country, no matter how big or small, gets a colorful double-page spread in this glossy A-to-Z of travel from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. (WLD193, $50.00)

A Tortoise for the Queen of Tonga

A Tortoise for the Queen of Tonga


by Julia Whitty

  • LITERATURE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 183 PAGES

A documentary filmmaker for National Geographic, PBS and others, Whitty draws on her travels and experiences in wild places in this collection of short stories in which Charles Darwin, Captain Cook and the titular Queen of Tonga make an appearance. (OCE110, $15.95)

Midnight's Children

Midnight's Children


by Salman Rushdie

  • LITERATURE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 533 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Crowned Best of the Booker in 2008, Rushdie's greatest novel is a madcap, comic take on the birth of modern India in all its splendid and unexpected manifestations. (IDA12, $16.00)

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 Ministry of Fear

The Ministry of Fear


by Graham Greene

  • LITERATURE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES

A thriller set in London during the Blitz by the master of atmosphere and ambiguity. (GBR571, $16.00)

The Year of Living Dangerously

The Year of Living Dangerously


by C.J. Koch

  • LITERATURE
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 278 PAGES

A tale of intrigue and betrayal set in 1965 revolutionary Yogyakarta, with plenty of local atmosphere. (INS21, $15.00)

This Earth of Mankind

This Earth of Mankind


by Pramoedya Ananta Toer

  • LITERATURE
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 367 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

A coming-of-age story set in pre-revolution Indonesia, this novel captures the oral rhythms of a master storyteller. Its protagonist is a native high school student of royal Javanese birth, educated at the exclusive Dutch-language school. (INS04, $17.00)

A Reef in Time

A Reef in Time


by J. E. N. Veron

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

Veron draws on a lifetime of experience to present a fascinating geological history of the world's most famous coral reef, and also a plea for its protection against the dangers of global climate change. (AUS190, $22.00)

How to Gaze at the Southern Stars

How to Gaze at the Southern Stars


by Richard Hall

  • SCIENCE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 160 PAGES

From the Southern Cross to the mysterious dark companions of the Dog Stars, the constellations in this guide will help readers see the night sky in a whole new way, allowing them to enjoy the vast beauty of the solar system. (NZL81, $14.95)

The Great Barrier Reef


by George Casey

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1999
  • DVD
  • OUT OF PRINT

Filmed for IMAX theaters, this eye-popping overview of the reef, its ecology and colorful inhabitants looks dazzling on your television. (AUS191, $19.99)

The Planets

The Planets


by Dava Sobel

  • SCIENCE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

A lively cultural and scientific history of the planets, rich in anecdote and personality. (HSC34, $15.00)

The Snorkeller's Guide to the Coral Reef, From the Red Sea to the Pacific Ocean

The Snorkeller's Guide to the Coral Reef, From the Red Sea to the Pacific Ocean


by Paddy Ryan

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 184 PAGES

This take-along guide covers coral reefs, fish, invertebrates and plants of the Indo-Pacific and includes 200 color photographs. (DIV18, $21.99)

The Universe

The Universe


by Leo Marriott

  • SCIENCE
  • 2007
  • HARD COVER
  • 255 PAGES

This visual, informative introduction includes dramatic photos organized into four sections: The Solar System, Galaxies, Nebulas and Stars and Black Holes. (SCI276, $12.99)

Total Solar Eclipses and How to Observe Them

Total Solar Eclipses and How to Observe Them


by Martin Mobberley

  • SCIENCE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 202 PAGES

A complete guide to solar eclipses, including a wealth of viewing information, how and why they occur and practical travel information. (SCI192, $29.95)

A Field Guide to the Stars and Planets, revised 4th ed.

A Field Guide to the Stars and Planets, revised 4th ed.


by Jay M. Pasachoff

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 578 PAGES

The fourth edition of this best-selling field guide is now updated and revised, with new and valid information through 2017. A guided tour of the heavens in the Peterson series equally useful in Des Moines or Montevideo. With an atlas of the sky, detailed moon maps and an overview of the science of astronomy. (SCI01, $19.00)

A Photographic Guide to the Birds of Java, Sumatra & Bali

A Photographic Guide to the Birds of Java, Sumatra & Bali


by Alon Compost | Tony Tilford

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 136 PAGES

A convenient, pocket-sized guide to 235 birds on these three islands of Indonesia. Includes common species as well as some of the more marvelous and rarely seen ones. Includes 243 color photographs and maps of the regions. (INS89, $15.95)

Southern Night Sky

Southern Night Sky


by Pocket Naturalist

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2001
  • PLASTIC CARD

A glow in the dark laminated card showing the most conspicuous stars, constellations and celestial objects of the Southern Hemisphere. (SCI30, $6.95)

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