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Michoacan & Mexico's Monarch Butterflies

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Four Wings and a Prayer, Caught in the Mystery of the Monarch Butterfly

Four Wings and a Prayer, Caught in the Mystery of the Monarch Butterfly

by Sue Halpern

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 212 PAGES

A lyrical account of travels and encounters on the trail of the migrating monarch. Halpern, who weaves her own experiences with science, interviews and commentary, includes a section on the butterfly wintering grounds in Mexico. (NAT52, $15.00)

Mexico in Mind

Mexico in Mind

by Maria Finn

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 235 PAGES

John Steinbeck, D.H. Lawrence, Graham Greene, Malcolm Lowry and others offer diverse impressions of the many Mexicos. (MEX178, $14.95)

Mexico Field Guide: Butterflies

Mexico Field Guide: Butterflies

by Rainforest Publications

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2003
  • PLASTIC CARD

A handy, double-sided laminated card depicting 82 species of spectacular butterflies. Includes English and scientific names and dimensions. (MEX256, $6.95)

Culture Smart! Mexico

Culture Smart! Mexico

by Sian Hughes

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 168 PAGES

A concise, no-nonsense guide to local customs, etiquette and culture with a short overview of the land and people along with practical travel advice. (MEX205, $9.95)

Michoacan Map

Michoacan Map

by Ediciones Independencia

  • MAP

A colorful, locally produced map of the Mexican state of Michoacan, at a scale of 1:570,000. The revese side has city plans of the five biggest towns; the text is in Spanish. (MEX75, $7.95)

 
Eyewitness Guide Mexico

Eyewitness Guide Mexico


by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 392 PAGES

A compact visually appealing guide to Mexico. (MEX127, $25.00)

Lonely Planet Mexican Spanish Phrasebook

Lonely Planet Mexican Spanish Phrasebook


by Rafael Carmona

  • LANGUAGE & PHRASEBOOKS
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

This handy take-along phrasebook with essential vocabulay for travelers. (MEX257, $8.99)

The People's Guide to Mexico, Wherever You Go, There You Are!

The People's Guide to Mexico, Wherever You Go, There You Are!


by Carl Franz | Lorena Havens

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 573 PAGES

A classic, entertaining guide to travel in Mexico, the original hippie handbook and still a treasure trove of practical and cultural detail. (MEX71, $24.99)

A Traveller's History of Mexico

A Traveller's History of Mexico


by Kenneth Pearce

  • HISTORY
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 416 PAGES

This wide-ranging, accessible and effectively condensed Mexican history book marches confidently through the 1990s with useful chronology and historical gazetteer. (MEX172, $14.95)

The Aztecs

The Aztecs


by Richard F. Townsend

  • HISTORY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 248 PAGES

Teotihuacan, Xochicalco and Tula are all covered in depth in this survey of Aztec civilization from its origins in the 12th century to its defeat at the hands of Cortes. Illustrated throughout in color and black-and-white. (MEX54, $24.95)

The Labyrinth of Solitude

The Labyrinth of Solitude


by Octavio Paz

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1985
  • PAPER
  • 398 PAGES

These essays by the Nobel Prize-winning poet address Mexican culture and character. The chapters on the Mexican celebration of the Day of the Dead and the conquest are especially memorable. (MEX08, $17.00)

Butterflies in Flight

Butterflies in Flight


by Roger Camp

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2002
  • HARD COVER
  • 104 PAGES

A collection of hyperreal photographs of butterflies. Camp, who collected butterflies from around the world for this handsome art book, sets the images against a black background. (NAT58, $27.50)

The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire, A Novel Based on the True Story

The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire, A Novel Based on the True Story


by C. M. Mayo

  • LITERATURE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 430 PAGES

Mayo's epic novel about the surreal and tragic reign of Maximilian, the Archduke of Austria who was installed as Emperor of Mexico, illuminates both the cultural roots of Mexico and the political development of the Americas. (MEX318, $16.95)

Great Migrations

Great Migrations


by K.M. Kostyal

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2010
  • HARD COVER
  • 304 PAGES

This companion book to the National Geographic series captures the drama of not just the Africa plains but of diverse creatures from butterflies and crabs to penguins and whales on the move across land and sea. (BST162, $35.00)

Millions of Monarchs, Bunches of Beetles: How Bugs Find Strength in Numbers

Millions of Monarchs, Bunches of Beetles: How Bugs Find Strength in Numbers


by Gilbert Waldbauer

  • SCIENCE
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

A fascinating collection of essays by a spirited entomologist on the occasional gathering of monarchs, ladybugs, locusts and other not-so-social insects. Delightful and instructive. (BUG10, $18.00)

No Way Home, The Decline of the World's Great Animal Migrations

No Way Home, The Decline of the World's Great Animal Migrations


by David Wilcove

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

A conservation biologist at Princeton, Wilcove argues powerfully that we must protect the habitats and byways of the grand migratory assemblages on the ground, in the air and on the water (CON41, $25.00)

The Monarch Butterfly, Biology and Conservation

The Monarch Butterfly, Biology and Conservation


by Karen Oberhauser | Michelle Solensky

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2004
  • HARD COVER
  • 256 PAGES

A collection of scholarly review articles on the monarch butterfly and its conservation, partly drawn from two citizen science projects: Journey North and the Monarch Larva Monitoring Project. (BST103, $39.95)

A Guide to the Birds of Mexico and Northern Central America

A Guide to the Birds of Mexico and Northern Central America


by Stephen Howell | Sophie Webb

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 849 PAGES

Serious birders will want this definitive guide to the 1,070 bird species. It may be awkward to carry but it covers, in detail, all the birds you will see in the region. (FG15, $56.00)

Field Guide to the Birds of Mexico and Adjacent Areas, Belize, Guatemala, and El Salvador

Field Guide to the Birds of Mexico and Adjacent Areas, Belize, Guatemala, and El Salvador


by Ernest Preston Edwards

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES
  • HARD TO FIND ELSEWHERE

This classic guide illustrates all the regularly occurring birds of Mexico and neighboring areas, including details of distribution, abundance, habitat and identification features for 850 species. (MEX47, $24.95)

Smithsonian Handbook: Butterflies and Moths

Smithsonian Handbook: Butterflies and Moths


by David A. Carter

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

This photographic field guide to butterflies and moths is illustrated in the attractive Eyewitness style, and includes key identification features for each species. (BST101, $22.00)

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