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India, A Sacred Geography

India, A Sacred Geography

by Diana L. Eck

  • RELIGION
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 576 PAGES

Professor of comparative religion and Indian studies at Harvard, Diana Eck turns her interest in temples and places of pilgrimage into a celebration of the diversity of popular religious traditions in India in this richly rewarding travelogue. (IDA634, $16.00)

The Snow Leopard

The Snow Leopard

by Peter Matthiessen

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 368 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

The most perceptive, acutely observed and personal of all his books, Matthiessen's account of a five-week journey through Nepal with naturalist George Schaller combines their quest for the elusive cat with a moving introduction to Buddhism and the people and culture of the Himalayas. (NPL03, $17.00)

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)

India East Map

India East Map

by Nelles

  • MAP

A detailed regional map of eastern India, from just east of Delhi through all of Nepal, at a scale of 1:1,500,000. (IDA123, $13.95)

 
Eyewitness Guide India

Eyewitness Guide India


by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 800 PAGES

A handsome, beautifully illustrated guide to India. It features color photographs, history and plenty of background information. (IDA265, $30.00)

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 Nepal

Lonely Planet Nepal


by Lonely Planet

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 420 PAGES

A comprehensive, practical guide to Nepal. (NPL28, $27.99)

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)

Adventures With the Buddha, A Buddhism Reader

Adventures With the Buddha, A Buddhism Reader


by Jeffery Paine

  • RELIGION
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 410 PAGES

Paine chooses nine influential 19th and 20th century western adventurers and their travels in China, Tibet, Nepal and India for this riveting tale of religion, adventure and enlightenment. (REL12, $24.95)

Banaras

Banaras


by Diana L. Eck

  • HISTORY
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 448 PAGES

This history of the holiest and oldest of Indian cities (now known as Varanasi), the home of Shiva, encompasses many millennia of Buddhist and especially Hindu practices along the Ganges. (IDA211, $32.00)

Buddha

Buddha


by Karen Armstrong

  • RELIGION
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES

A concise, thought-provoking biography of the Buddha in the Penguin Lives series, written by one of the foremost experts on world religions. (REL09, $15.00)

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)

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)

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)

Raj, The Making and Unmaking of British India

Raj, The Making and Unmaking of British India


by Lawrence James

  • HISTORY
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 544 PAGES

An anecdotal, engrossing mostly military history of the East India Company. (IDA87, $27.99)

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)

The Saint of Kathmandu, and Other Tales of the Sacred in Everyday Life

The Saint of Kathmandu, and Other Tales of the Sacred in Everyday Life


by Sarah Levine

  • RELIGION
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

A well-written, scholarly account of faith the world over. Anthropologist Levine's several case studies of belief explore profound questions about the role of religion in our world across cultures. (REL51, $18.00)

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)

Indian Art

Indian Art


by Vidya Dehejia

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 448 PAGES

A beautifully illustrated, very readable history of Indian art and architecture. It considers the religious and intellectual contexts of three thousand years of Indian art, including the modern era. (IDA185, $29.95)

Into Thin Air, A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster

Into Thin Air, A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster


by Jon Krakauer

  • EXPLORATION
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 360 PAGES

In this bestseller, climber and journalist Krakauer reconstructs a minute-by-minute account of what went wrong on the great mountain in 1996. (HML13, $15.95)

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)

Power Places of Kathmandu: Hindu and Buddhist Holy Sites in the Sacred Valley of Nepal

Power Places of Kathmandu: Hindu and Buddhist Holy Sites in the Sacred Valley of Nepal


by Keith Dowman | Kevin Bubriski

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 1995
  • HARD COVER
  • 130 PAGES

This handsome book by two authorities on art and architecture documents the most significant spiritual sites along the pilgrimage route in Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur. (NPL12, $39.95)

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)

Nine Lives, In Search of the Sacred in Modern India

Nine Lives, In Search of the Sacred in Modern India


by William Dalrymple

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

From Sufi dervish and Buddhist monk to outcast and temple worshiper: nine people, nine lives, all captured by Dalrymple as he journeys throughout India in search of remarkable individuals transformed by religion. At turns bemusing, dazzling and heart-wrenching, this is his first travel book in 15 years. (IDA587, $16.00)

So Close to Heaven, The Vanishing Buddhist Kingdoms of the Himalayas

So Close to Heaven, The Vanishing Buddhist Kingdoms of the Himalayas


by Barbara Crossette

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 297 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Asia correspondent for the New York Times Crossette portrays Bhutan and neighboring Ladakh and Sikkim as strongholds of Tantric Buddhism in an increasingly homogenized world. (NPL04, $16.95)

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)

Arresting God in Kathmandu

Arresting God in Kathmandu


by Samrat Upadhyay

  • LITERATURE
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 191 PAGES

This collection of stories explores the nature of desire and spirituality in modern Nepali society. (NPL61, $14.95)

Jewel in the Crown

Jewel in the Crown


by Paul Scott

  • LITERATURE
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 462 PAGES

The first book in Scott's addictive Raj Quartet, set in British India in 1942, is a rousing, psychologically complex tale of English colonial rule. (IDA66, $20.00)

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)

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)

Wild India, The Wildlife of India and Nepal

Wild India, The Wildlife of India and Nepal


by Guy Mountefort | Gerald Cubitt

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 208 PAGES
  • CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

An informative introduction to the natural history of the region in a handsome oversize volume. With hundreds of extraordinary photographs of the wildlife and landscapes of the Himalayas, the Indo-Ganges Plain and the Deccan. (IDA02, $29.95)

A Photographic Guide to the Birds of India and Nepal

A Photographic Guide to the Birds of India and Nepal


by Bikram Grewal

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 144 PAGES

A slim pocket guide to 252 of the most conspicuous birds of India and Nepal. (IDA46, $15.95)

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