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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)

The Guatemala Reader

The Guatemala Reader

by Greg Grandin

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 648 PAGES

A lively, literate sourcebook on the politics, economy and society of Guatemala, aimed at students, travelers and scholars. (GML18, $29.95)

Insight Guide Guatemala, Belize & the Yucatan

Insight Guide Guatemala, Belize & the Yucatan

by Insight Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 380 PAGES

This handsome guide gives a profusely illustrated overview of Guatemala, Belize and the Yucatan Peninsula, featuring concise essays by well regarded authors on natural history, politics and culture. (CAM113, $24.99)

Central America Map

Central America Map

by ITMB

  • 2012
  • MAP

A detailed map of the Central American isthmus at a scale of 1:1,100,000. (CAM20, $12.95)

 
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)

Guatemala Adventure Map

Guatemala Adventure Map


by National Geographic Maps

  • 2013
  • MAP

Water- and -tear proof with parks, preserves, underwater features and topography at a scale of 1:500,000. (CAM101, $11.95)

Lonely Planet Guatemala

Lonely Planet Guatemala


by Lonely Planet

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 360 PAGES

A comprehensive, practical guide to Guatemala with 35 local and city maps, color photographs and extensive information on where to go and what to do. (CAM85, $24.99)

Moon Handbook Belize

Moon Handbook Belize


by Chicki Mallan | Josh Berman

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 350 PAGES

A superb travel guide, featuring a chapter on Tikal, photographs, sketch maps and recommendations on where to go and what to do. (BLZ05, $19.99)

1491, New Revelations of Americas Before Columbus

1491, New Revelations of Americas Before Columbus


by Charles C. Mann

  • HISTORY
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 560 PAGES

Mann portrays the successes and failures of the complex societies of the Mississippi River, central Mexico, the Andes and the Amazon in this thought-provoking speculative history of the Americas before the arrival of Europeans. (WLD61, $16.95)

Banana, The Fate of the Fruit That Changed the World

Banana, The Fate of the Fruit That Changed the World


by Dan Koeppel

  • HISTORY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

Koeppel traces the history, natural and otherwise, politics and precarious current status of modern monoculture, touching down in India (world center of banana diversity), Ecuador (world's largest producer) and Central America. (CAM137, $17.00)

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)

Bitter Fruit, The Story of the American Coup in Guatemala

Bitter Fruit, The Story of the American Coup in Guatemala


by Stephen Schlesinger | Stephen Kinzer

  • HISTORY
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 331 PAGES

A foreign policy classic first published in 1982, brilliantly written and devastating in its implications. Schlesinger and Kinzer provide a dramatic account of the CIA-backed overthrow of Guatemala's democratically elected government of Jacobo Arbenz in 1954. (CAM82, $22.95)

The History of Central America

The History of Central America


by Thomas L. Pearcy

  • HISTORY
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 192 PAGES

A brief history, beginning with the ancient Maya and moving through European contact and conquest, independence movements, finishing in the 20th century. (CAM112, $15.95)

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)

The Maya

The Maya


by Michael Coe

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 280 PAGES

Coe's clear, concise, illustrated survey of the Maya highlights the chronology, accomplishments and legacy of the Maya. (MYA10, $26.95)

Guatemala: Never Again!

Guatemala: Never Again!


by Thomas Quigley

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 424 PAGES

Eyewitness testimony of the war conducted by the military against Guatemala's indigenous population during the 36-year civil war. (CAM88, $34.00)

Guatemalan Journey

Guatemalan Journey


by Stephen Connely Benz

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 212 PAGES

Opening with a long chapter on life in Guatemala City, Benz's memoir moves on to the remote highlands and other little-visited regions. An excellent account of Guatemala's political history, traditions, and indigenous cultures. (GML03, $25.00)

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)

Time Among the Maya, Travels in Belize, Guatemala, and Mexico

Time Among the Maya, Travels in Belize, Guatemala, and Mexico


by Ronald Wright

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 464 PAGES

Wright combines journalism, archaeology and an ear for dialogue in this engaging account of travels among the contemporary Maya. (CAM84, $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 Last Flight of the Scarlet Macaw, One Woman's Fight to Save the World's Most Beautiful Bird

The Last Flight of the Scarlet Macaw, One Woman's Fight to Save the World's Most Beautiful Bird


by Bruce Barcott

  • LITERATURE
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

The gripping tale of Sharon Matola's six-year campaign to stop a dam that would flood the forest home of Belize's last scarlet macaws. (BLZ20, $16.00)

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)

Jungle of the Maya

Jungle of the Maya


by Douglas Goodell | Jerry Barrack | Jim Wright | Archie Carr

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2006
  • HARD COVER
  • 152 PAGES

A handsome survey of the wildlife and habitats of the Selva Maya, the tropical forest that spreads through Belize, Guatemala and the Yucatan. (MYA51, $34.95)

A Field Guide to the Mammals of Central America & Southeast Mexico

A Field Guide to the Mammals of Central America & Southeast Mexico


by Fiona Reid

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

This second edition of Fiona Reid's wonderfully detailed and comprehensive field guide to the mammals of Central America and Southeast Mexico features 59 vivid full-color illustrations. Reid painted most of the creatures in the field, a formidable challenge and -- given the quality of the results -- well worth her while. With parks, and protected areas, habitats, range maps, tracks and natural history. (CAM60, $59.95)

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 Field Guide, Butterflies

Belize Field Guide, Butterflies


by Rainforest Publications

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2002
  • PLASTIC CARD

A handy, double-sided laminated card depicting 60 species of spectacular butterflies. (BLZ19, $6.95)

Belize Marine Life

Belize Marine Life


by Rainforest Publications

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2011
  • PLASTIC CARD
  • 14 PAGES

Reef and sport fish, marine mammals and turtles are all illustrated in this fold-up pocket field guide. (BLZ28, $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)

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