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Enrich your travels with reading! Here's a hand-picked list prepared for your journey in conjunction with the book experts at Longitude.

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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)

Odyssey Guide Angkor

Odyssey Guide Angkor

by Dawn Rooney

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 496 PAGES

The sixth edition of Rooney's indispensable guide to Khmer culture and history. Includes monuments, temple plans, color photographs and practical information about Siem Reap. (CBD05, $27.95)

Lonely Planet Indonesia

Lonely Planet Indonesia

by Peter Turner

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 916 PAGES

A 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)

Bali Java Map

Bali Java Map

by Periplus Maps

  • 2013
  • MAP

A colorful detailed relief map of Bali and Java (INS59, $8.95)

 
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)

Footprint Cambodia Handbook

Footprint Cambodia Handbook


by Andrew Spooner

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

A compact, practical guide packed with history, sightseeing information and essential travel details. (SEA23, $24.95)

Lonely Planet Indonesian Phrasebook

Lonely Planet Indonesian Phrasebook


by Paul Woods

  • LANGUAGE & PHRASEBOOKS
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

A handy phrasebook for Indonesian basics. This guide focuses on pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary for the traveler. (INS64, $8.99)

A History of Cambodia

A History of Cambodia


by David Chandler

  • HISTORY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 312 PAGES

An excellent, scholarly history from early civilization through the rise of Angkor, French colonial period, Vietnamization of Cambodia, Khmer Rouge and Coup de Force of 1997. (CBD27, $40.00)

Bali: Sekala and Niskala, Volume I: Essays on Religion, Ritual and Art

Bali: Sekala and Niskala, Volume I: Essays on Religion, Ritual and Art


by Fred B. Eiseman, Jr.

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 392 PAGES

A new edition of Eiseman's influential and wide-ranging collection of essays on religion, ritual and magic and the performing arts in Bali. (BAL23, $25.00)

Balinese Dance, Drama and Music, A Guide to the Performing Arts of Bali

Balinese Dance, Drama and Music, A Guide to the Performing Arts of Bali


by I. Wayan Dibia

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 112 PAGES

A lavishly illustrated introduction to the traditional performing arts in Bali: gamelan music, dance, drama and puppetry. (BAL35, $18.95)

Digging For The Truth: Angkor Wat: The Eighth Wonder


by Josh Bernstein

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2009
  • DVD

Host Hunter Ellis travels deep into the Cambodian jungle to explore the magnificent stone temple complex Angkor Wat built in the early twelfth century. The program was originally produced as an episode of the History Channel's Digging for the Truth in 2007 and features Damian Evans. (CBD85, $24.98)

In the Time of Madness, Indonesia on the Edge of Chaos

In the Time of Madness, Indonesia on the Edge of Chaos


by Richard Lloyd Parry

  • HISTORY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 315 PAGES

A riveting, personal account of contemporary Indonesia, including violent upheavals in Java, Borneo and East Timor by a correspondent for the Times of London. (INS102, $14.00)

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)

Island of Bali

Island of Bali


by Miguel Covarrubias | Adrian Vickers

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 417 PAGES

First published in 1937, this classic portrait of Bali captures the life, traditional culture and customs of the Balinese people. (BAL03, $25.00)

Popular Buddhist Texts from Nepal, Narratives and Rituals of Newar Buddhism

Popular Buddhist Texts from Nepal, Narratives and Rituals of Newar Buddhism


by Todd Thornton Lewis | Tuladhar, Laabh Ratna

  • RELIGION
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 236 PAGES

This scholarly work demonstrates how ritual texts and narratives have influenced the religious culture of the Newars of Kathmandu, the last surviving South Asian Mahayana Buddhist society. (REL82, $29.95)

The Balinese

The Balinese


by John Stephen Lansing

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 148 PAGES

An excellent, brief survey of the geography, prehistory and modern culture and people of Bali. (INS69, $66.00)

The Life of Hinduism

The Life of Hinduism


by John Hawley | Vasudha Narayanan

  • RELIGION
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 337 PAGES

A series of essays that present Hinduism as a vibrant and vital religion, with emphasis on the multifaceted world of Hindu worship and the identity issues of Hindus faced with globalization. (IDA374, $31.95)

When the War Was Over: Cambodia and the Khmer Rouge Revolution

When the War Was Over: Cambodia and the Khmer Rouge Revolution


by Elizabeth Becker

  • HISTORY
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 636 PAGES

One of the best and most comprehensive reports on the rise and fall of the Khmer Rouge, the brutal regime that killed a quarter of the Cambodian population in just four years. Includes a chapter on modern Cambodia. (CBD86, $25.00)

World Religions Today

World Religions Today


by John L. Esposito | Darrell J. Fasching | Todd Lewis

  • RELIGION
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 609 PAGES

A scholarly examination of the significance of religion in contemporary life and culture, this volume explores several major traditions including Judaism, Islam, Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, East Asian Religions, indigenous religions and new religions, connecting contemporary religions to classical belief systems. (REL81, $89.95)

Angkor, Celestial Temples of the Khmer Empire

Angkor, Celestial Temples of the Khmer Empire


by John Sanday

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2002
  • HARD COVER
  • 288 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

Handsomely produced and packaged in a slipcover, this portfolio of 240 striking color photographs by the accomplished Joe Ortner includes accompanying essays on the architecture, history and meaning of Angkor. (CBD31, $95.00)

Art & Architecture of Cambodia

Art & Architecture of Cambodia


by Helen Ibbitson Jessup

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

Jessup includes not just Angkor Wat and Banteay Srei but also lesser-known recent discoveries in the surrounding jungle in this illustrated overview in the World of Art series. (CBD41, $16.95)

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)

Masterpieces of the National Museum of Cambodia

Masterpieces of the National Museum of Cambodia


by Helen Ibbitson Jessup

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 112 PAGES

A collection of 80 of Cambodia's sculptural treasures, with extended, multilingual captions for each work as well as a historical preface, a chronology and bibliography. Photographs are in full color. (CBD64, $25.00)

Sanctuary, The Temples of Angkor

Sanctuary, The Temples of Angkor


by Steve McCurry

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 144 PAGES

A selection of 100 stunning color photographs of the monks and the monuments of Angkor, the extraordinary carvings and the forest surrounding the temples by a popular Magnum photographer. (CBD28, $35.00)

Temples of Cambodia, The Heart of Angkor

Temples of Cambodia, The Heart of Angkor


by Helen Ibbitson Jessup

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2011
  • HARD COVER
  • 256 PAGES

Jessup provides the accompanying essays to this oversized portfolio of dazzling color images by Barry Brukoff, who has photographed the monuments of Cambodia since 1963. (CBD73, $65.00)

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)

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)

The Gods Drink Whiskey

The Gods Drink Whiskey


by Stephen T. Asma

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

Asma writes with verve and wit in this eye-opening account of his yearlong stint teaching at the Buddhist Institute in Phnom Penh. His account is both an overview of Theravada Buddhism and a down-to-earth portrait of contemporary Cambodia. (CBD46, $14.99)

Sugata Saurabha an Epic Poem from Nepal on the Life of the Buddha

Sugata Saurabha an Epic Poem from Nepal on the Life of the Buddha


by Chitta Dhar Hridaya | Todd Lewis | Subarna Man Tuladhar

  • LITERATURE
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 404 PAGES

Sugata Saurabha is an epic poem, first published in 1947 in the Nepalese language, Newari, that retells the story of the Buddha's life with compelling artistry and nuance while communicating his basic teachings with simplicity and clarity. This rendering will appeal to scholars of Buddhism for its humanizing view of the Buddha while offering an introduction to his life and teachings. (NPL84, $36.95)

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. (INS115, $27.95)

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 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)

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