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A Continent of Islands, Searching for the Caribbean Destiny

A Continent of Islands, Searching for the Caribbean Destiny

by Mark Kurlansky

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 324 PAGES

A wonderfully observed social history of the Caribbean by a far-ranging journalist and favorite author. Kurlansky has a knack for honing in on the small details that make the Caribbean culturally unique, offering frank insight on music, religion, healthcare and the influence of the United States. (CRB12, $17.95)

A Small Place

A Small Place

by Jamaica Kincaid

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 81 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Antigua-born Kincaid meditates on the politics, history and culture of the islands in these remarkable short essays. A useful antidote to the usual fun-in-the-sun approach of the local tourist office, the book shines a light on the poverty, corruption and startling beauty of the Caribbean. (CRB03, $13.00)

Lesser Antilles Map

Lesser Antilles Map

by Nelles

  • 2007
  • MAP

A map of the Lesser Antilles, with detailed insets of every important island. (CRB05, $13.95)

Insight Guide Caribbean: The Lesser Antilles

Insight Guide Caribbean: The Lesser Antilles

by Sarah Cameron | Insight Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 368 PAGES

This handsome guide gives a profusely illustrated over-view of the region, featuring essays on natural history, politics and culture, hundreds of photos and maps, as well as useful travel notes. (CRB02, $24.99)

 
Caribbean Destination Map

Caribbean Destination Map


by National Geographic

  • 2011
  • MAP

A colorful map of the entire Caribbean basin from southern Florida to South America at a scale of 1:2,000,000. (CRB31, $16.95)

Caribbean Islands Explorer Map

Caribbean Islands Explorer Map


by Ocean Explorer Maps

  • 2003
  • MAP

A double-sided, full-color visitor's map. (CRB175, $12.95)

Caribbean by Cruise Ship

Caribbean by Cruise Ship


by Anne Vipond

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

An excellent guide to the region with detailed port maps, suggested excursions, color photographs and a pull-out map of all the Caribbean. (CRB146, $19.95)

Fodor's Caribbean

Fodor's Caribbean


by Fodor's Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 1168 PAGES

Organized by island, this hefty guide to the Caribbean provides the essentials for getaway vacations with great maps, excellent recommendations on where to sleep and eat and plenty of advice for sightseeing. (CRB185, $24.99)

Lonely Planet Caribbean

Lonely Planet Caribbean


by Glenda Bendure | Ned Friary

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 846 PAGES

A comprehensive, practical guide to the Caribbean. (CRB131, $24.99)

The Complete Guide to Caribbean Cruises

The Complete Guide to Caribbean Cruises


by Linda Coffman

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 464 PAGES

Subtitled "A Cruise Lover's Guide to Selecting the Right Trip, With All the Best Ports of Call", this guidebook covers topics such as what's really included in your cruise fare and what cabins are the best and the worst. (CRB186, $23.99)

The Spice Necklace, My Adventures in Caribbean Cooking, Eating, and Island Life

The Spice Necklace, My Adventures in Caribbean Cooking, Eating, and Island Life


by Ann Vanderhoof

  • FOOD
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 448 PAGES

Vanderhoof (An Embarrassment of Mangoes) is back aboard her sailboat in the Caribbean in these latest encounters with the characters and cuisine of the islands. She pairs lively accounts with 71 recipes she learned along the way. (CRB260, $14.95)

A Brief History of the Caribbean, From the Arawak and the Carib to the Present

A Brief History of the Caribbean, From the Arawak and the Carib to the Present


by Jan Rogozinski

  • HISTORY
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 324 PAGES

Written for a scholarly audience, this concise history presents the full sweep of Caribbean geography, culture and commerce from aboriginal inhabitants through European colonization and modern developments. (CRB38, $20.00)

A Traveller's History of the Caribbean

A Traveller's History of the Caribbean


by James Ferguson

  • HISTORY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

A concise history of the Caribbean Islands, beginning with a description of their formation and geologic attributes and carrying through to the first civilizations in the region, right the way up to the modern tourism boom. (CRB42, $14.95)

Caribbean Literature And the Environment, Between Nature And Culture


by Elizabeth Deloughrey

  • HISTORY
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 303 PAGES

This collection of 18 essays reflects on the relationship between humans and natural history in the Caribbean, putting into consideration its troubled history and the effects that tourism and globalization have had on the region. (CRB216, $22.50)

Caribbean Rum: A Social and Economic History

Caribbean Rum: A Social and Economic History


by Frederick H. Smith

  • HISTORY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 339 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

An anthropologist at the College of William & Mary, Smith brings a scholars rigor and research to this comprehensive history from the colonial period to the 20th-century, looking beyond the plantation economy to the lives and culture of black slaves and their descendents in the Caribbean and America. (CRB295, $29.95)

From Columbus to Castro, The History of the Caribbean, 1492-1969

From Columbus to Castro, The History of the Caribbean, 1492-1969


by Eric Williams

  • HISTORY
  • 1984
  • PAPER
  • 576 PAGES

A history of the Caribbean from first European contact to the turbulent 1960s. (CRB10, $19.00)

Island Dreams Caribbean


by Joan Tapper

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2005
  • HARD COVER
  • 208 PAGES
  • HARD TO FIND ELSEWHERE

Joan Tapper, founder of Islands Magazine, collaborated with photographer Nik Wheeler for this visual celebration of the nature, people and culture of the islands, featuring 200 color photographs. (CRB256, $40.00)

Under the Black Flag, The Romance and Reality of Life Among the Pirates

Under the Black Flag, The Romance and Reality of Life Among the Pirates


by David Cordingly

  • HISTORY
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 296 PAGES

Meet Blackbeard and Captain Kidd along with lesser-known rogues and brigands in this rip-roaring portrait of pirates of the Caribbean. (CRB35, $16.00)

Empire of Blue Water

Empire of Blue Water


by Stephan Talty

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

Awash with bloody battles, political intrigue and an incredible epoch-ending natural disaster, this is the real-life story of Henry Morgan, the legendary pirate of the Caribbean. (CRB204, $16.00)

The Middle Passage, The Caribbean Revisited

The Middle Passage, The Caribbean Revisited


by V.S. Naipaul

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 232 PAGES

Novelist and travel writer Naipaul tackles the history of the Caribbean and northern South America in this incisive portrait. With chapters on Trinidad, British Guiana (Guyana), Suriname, Martinique and Jamaica. (CRB11, $16.00)

A Caribbean Mystery

A Caribbean Mystery


by Agatha Christie

  • MYSTERY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 216 PAGES

Miss Marple solves a series of mysterious deaths on the Caribbean island where she is vacationing in this Agatha Christie classic, originally published in 1964. (CRB207, $12.99)

At the Bottom of the River

At the Bottom of the River


by Jamaica Kincaid

  • LITERATURE
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 82 PAGES

Ten short stories capturing the essence of Jamaica Kincaid's childhood in Antigua. Originally published in the New Yorker, the collection evokes the rhythms of work and play in the Caribbean. (CRB19, $13.00)

Caribbean

Caribbean


by James Michener

  • LITERATURE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 688 PAGES

The sweeping, compulsively readable saga of the Caribbean, chock-full of historical detail. (CRB82, $16.00)

Don't Stop the Carnival

Don't Stop the Carnival


by Herman Wouk

  • LITERATURE
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 395 PAGES

For a sense of life in the Caribbean, we recommend this humorous tale of Norman Paperman, a middle-aged American running a hotel on the fictional island of Amerigo. (CRB18, $16.00)

Oxford Book of Caribbean Short Stories

Oxford Book of Caribbean Short Stories


by Stewart Brown

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 472 PAGES

A strikingly diverse collection of contemporary tales, richly rewarding. The editors include Gabriel Garcia Marquez, V. S. Naipaul, Patrick Chamoiseau, and Edwidge Danticat alongside lesser known writers. (CRB166, $29.95)

Tar Baby


by Toni Morrison

  • LITERATURE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 305 PAGES

Morrison departs from her usual stateside setting and sets this fury of a novel on a rich American couple's island refuge in the Caribbean. This unflinching novel is menacing, beautiful and richly developed. (CRB150, $14.00)

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao


by Junot Diaz

  • LITERATURE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 368 PAGES

The Dominican-born New Yorker's long-awaited multi-layered tale of the hopes and dreams and tumult of the hugely overweight, hopelessly confused young New Jerseyite of the title. Winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize. (CRB213, $16.00)

The Reef

The Reef


by Nora Roberts

  • LITERATURE
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 371 PAGES

Roberts takes readers to the depths of the Caribbean -- and the heights of passion and suspense -- in this tale of a marine archaeologist and a salvager in search for a legendary treasure. (CRB257, $15.00)

Wide Sargasso Sea

Wide Sargasso Sea


by Jean Rhys

  • LITERATURE
  • 1982
  • PAPER
  • 189 PAGES

This classic novel by Dominican-born Jean Rhys, steamy both in its lush, tropical setting and in its plot, imagines the encounter between Edward Rochester and his mad wife -- a riveting prequel to Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre. (CRB21, $13.95)

Wild Caribbean, The Hidden Wonders of the World's Most Famous Islands

Wild Caribbean, The Hidden Wonders of the World's Most Famous Islands


by Michael Bright

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

Nicely illustrated, this companion book to the BBC series on the natural history of the Caribbean includes an overview of the plants, animals and underwater life of the islands from Cuba to Trinidad and Tobago. (CRB206, $25.00)

A Photographic Guide to Birds of the West Indies

A Photographic Guide to Birds of the West Indies


by Allan Sander | G. Michael Flieg

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 144 PAGES

A compact shirt-pocket guide. With a map of the islands and 300 color photographs. (CRB127, $15.95)

Birds of the West Indies

Birds of the West Indies


by Herbert Raffaele

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 216 PAGES

A magnificently illustrated guide, featuring 86 color plates, range maps, and island checklists. Includes the endemic species of Cuba, Puerto Rico, Hispaniola, Jamaica and other islands. (CRB161, $24.95)

Caribbean Birds

Caribbean Birds


by James Kavanaugh

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2003
  • PLASTIC CARD

A fold-up, laminated card featuring color drawings and short descriptions of commonly encountered Caribbean birds. (CRB235, $6.95)

Fishwatcher's Field Guide Caribbean

Fishwatcher's Field Guide Caribbean


by Idaz Greenberg

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • PLASTIC CARD

A convenient double-sided plastic card showing 75 reef fish of the Caribbean. (DIV11, $7.50)

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)

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