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Lonely Planet Indonesia

Lonely Planet Indonesia

by Peter Turner

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 916 PAGES

A practical guide to all of Indonesia, featuring introductions to each island's culture, art and history, along with 200 maps, a great deal of practical information and 100 pages dedicated solely to Bali. (INS77, $33.99)

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

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

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)

Indonesia Map

Indonesia Map

by Nelles

  • 2012
  • MAP

An outstanding topographic map of all of Indonesia at a scale of 1:4,500,000. (INS07, $13.95)

 
Lombok & Sumbawa Map

Lombok & Sumbawa Map


by Periplus Maps

  • 2012
  • MAP

A detailed map of the two islands east of Bali. (INS66, $8.95)

Culture Smart! Indonesia

Culture Smart! Indonesia


by Graham Saunders

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 168 PAGES

A concise and practical guide to local Indonesian customs, etiquette and culture. (INS104, $9.95)

Eyewitness Guide Bali and Lombok

Eyewitness Guide Bali and Lombok


by Jean Couteau

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • FLEXI-BOUND
  • 240 PAGES

A highly visual guide to the history, culture, arts and attractions of Bali with hundreds of photographs, excellent maps and select hotel and restaurant listings. (BAL20, $23.00)

Language and Travel Guide to Indonesia

Language and Travel Guide to Indonesia


by Gary Chandler

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

This guidebook includes a great language section with pronunciation, basic vocabulary and phrases. (INS108, $21.95)

Lonely Planet Indonesian Phrasebook

Lonely Planet Indonesian Phrasebook


by Paul Woods

  • LANGUAGE & PHRASEBOOKS
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

A handy phrasebook for Indonesian basics. (INS64, $8.99)

A Traveller's History of Southeast Asia

A Traveller's History of Southeast Asia


by J.M. Barwise | Nicholas J. White

  • HISTORY
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

A compact history of the region, including the Khmer and the various ancient kingdoms that produced Borobudur, Angkor and other architectural marvels. (SEA36, $14.95)

Indonesia, Peoples and Histories

Indonesia, Peoples and Histories


by Jean C. Taylor

  • HISTORY
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 448 PAGES

This broad social history addresses, with authority, the diversity of communities, upheaval and challenges of Indonesia. Taylor weaves a vivid tale of the nation from prehistory to modern politics. (INS94, $27.50)

Indonesian Destinies

Indonesian Destinies


by Theodore Friend

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 640 PAGES

A comprehensive and vivid history of modern Indonesia that combines scholarship, first-person experience and a wealth of contemporary Indonesian sources -- from generals and scholars to ordinary folk. (INS106, $29.00)

Nathaniel's Nutmeg, True and Incredible Adventures of the Spice Trader Who Changed the Course of History

Nathaniel's Nutmeg, True and Incredible Adventures of the Spice Trader Who Changed the Course of History


by Giles Milton

  • HISTORY
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 388 PAGES

A rousing tale of international competition, greed and exploitation in 17th-century Indonesia. The book revolves around Nathaniel Courthroupe, who held off Dutch marauders on a tiny nutmeg-producing island from 1616-1620. It's a great story, well told -- and all true. (INS73, $16.00)

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)

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)

Traditional Indonesian Textiles

Traditional Indonesian Textiles


by John Gillow | Barry Dawson

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 160 PAGES

With 200 splendid full color examples of the ikats, batiks and other textiles of the region, artisans' techniques and the textiles' cultural significance. (INS22, $22.50)

A House in Bali

A House in Bali


by Colin McPhee

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 213 PAGES

A warm tribute to the people, culture and especially the music of Bali in the 1930s. It's a literary classic, originally published in 1944. (BAL15, $20.00)

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)

Revolt in Paradise

Revolt in Paradise


by K'tut Tantri

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1989
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

The stunning account of K'tut Tantri's life in Java as a young artist and later as a resistance fighter for Indonesian independence. (INS113, $24.95)

Tales from the Torrid Zone

Tales from the Torrid Zone


by Alexander Frater

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

Born in Vanuatu, Frater (Chasing the Monsoon) is most at home among scattered islands and tropical outposts, hop-scotching from the Solomon Islands around the world. (PAC172, $14.95)

Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia

Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia


by Elizabeth Gilbert

  • LITERATURE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

Gilbert chronicles in luminous prose a year-long odyssey not just to escape from an ugly divorce but also to discover the world and herself. The book, like her quest, is in three parts: Rome (eat), Mumbai (pray) and Bali (where she falls in love). (TVL107, $16.00)

The Indonesia Reader, History, Culture, Politics

The Indonesia Reader, History, Culture, Politics


by Eric Tagliacozzo | Tineke Hellwig

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 477 PAGES

This detailed and meticulous sourcebook shows the Indonesian archipelago through the writings of heads of state, journalists, travelers and ordinary Indonesians. Part of the World Readers series, the editors have done impressive research to uncover some literary jewels, including an account of a visit to Pasai by the fourteenth century Muslim traveler Ibn Battuta, as well as reportage of the Bali bombing and the impact of the 2004 Asian tsunami on Aceh. (INS115, $27.95)

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, $16.00)

Krakatoa, The Day the World Exploded: August 27, 1883

Krakatoa, The Day the World Exploded: August 27, 1883


by Simon Winchester

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 416 PAGES

A masterful portrait of the island, centered around the dramatic eruption of Krakatoa in 1883. A lucid explanation of the volcanology, human drama and ecology of Krakatoa. (INS93, $13.99)

Orangutans, Wizards of the Rain Forest

Orangutans, Wizards of the Rain Forest


by Anne E. Russon

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

An illustrated introduction to orangutans. Russon, a psychologist and primatologist, pays special attention to the behavior of these remarkably intelligent apes. (BST52, $24.95)

Reflections of Eden, My Years with the Orangutans of Borneo

Reflections of Eden, My Years with the Orangutans of Borneo


by Birute Galdikas

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 408 PAGES

Galdikas describes the behavior and natural history of the orangutan as well as her life in the field at Camp Leakey in this classic memoir. (INS14, $19.99)

The Malay Archipelago

The Malay Archipelago


by Alfred Russel Wallace

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 515 PAGES

A contemporary of Darwin, the great British naturalist describes his wanderings throughout Borneo, Java, Bali, Lombok, the Moluccas, New Guinea and remote islands from 1854 to 1862 in this classic of natural history and travel. (INS06, $25.00)

The Song of the Dodo

The Song of the Dodo


by David Quammen

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 700 PAGES

Clearly written and engaging, Quammen narrates his adventures on the trail of natural wonders in Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles, Galapagos and Komodo and explains complex evolutionary phenomena with humor, wit and understanding. (CON05, $22.00)

Volcanoes, Crucibles of Change

Volcanoes, Crucibles of Change


by Richard Fisher

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 344 PAGES

A complete primer for the volcano lover, this heavily illustrated book covers types of volcanoes and eruptions, worldwide distribution and the physics of their formation. (GEO02, $30.95)

Vulcan's Fury, Man Against the Volcano

Vulcan's Fury, Man Against the Volcano


by Alwyn Scarth

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 299 PAGES

Eyewitness accounts, science, sociology and folklore result in a page-turning account of 15 dramatic volcanic events from Vesuvius to Krakatau, Mt. St. Helens and Pinatubo. (GEO10, $24.00)

Walking With the Great Apes

Walking With the Great Apes


by Sy Montgomery

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

This book explores the lives and work of three extraordinary scientists - Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey and Birute Galdikas - who researched our closest evolutionary relatives. All three women began as protegees of the Anglo-African archeologist Louis Leakey, and all waged battles to protect the apes from extinction in the wild. (BST132, $19.95)

A Field Guide to the Birds of Hawaii and the Tropical Pacific

A Field Guide to the Birds of Hawaii and the Tropical Pacific


by H. Douglas Pratt

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1987
  • PAPER
  • 409 PAGES

This landmark field guide with chapters on the islands and habitats features superb color plates by Pratt and a checklist of birds. (HWI32, $47.50)

Birds of Southeast Asia

Birds of Southeast Asia


by Craig Robson

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

This authoritative, masterfully illustrated guide, featuring 140 color plates covering 1,270 species throughout the region, also includes Malaysia, Burma, Borneo and Indonesia. (SEA49, $37.50)

Reef and Shore Fishes of the South Pacific, New Caledonia to Tahiti and the Pitcairn Islands

Reef and Shore Fishes of the South Pacific, New Caledonia to Tahiti and the Pitcairn Islands


by John Randall

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2005
  • HARD COVER
  • 770 PAGES

This extraordinary handbook by leading authority John Randall features 2,018 color illustrations of South Pacific fishes. (PAC161, $77.00)

Reef Fish Identification, Tropical Pacific

Reef Fish Identification, Tropical Pacific


by Paul Humann | Ned Deloach | Gerald Allen | Roger Steene

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2003
  • FLEXI-BOUND
  • 450 PAGES

This comprehensive guide to Indo-Pacific reef fishes features 2,500 color photographs. (DIV49, $48.00)

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