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The Eaves of Heaven, A Life in Three Wars

The Eaves of Heaven, A Life in Three Wars

by Andrew X. Pham

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

Pham recounts the story of his father's life during the French occupation, Japanese invasion and the American War, weaving such momentous events with anecdotes from his childhood and details of family, friends, food and daily life. (VNM120, $16.00)

A Dragon Apparent, Travels in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam

A Dragon Apparent, Travels in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam

by Norman Lewis

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 358 PAGES
  • FAVORITE
  • HARD TO FIND ELSEWHERE

A classic account of travels and adventure during the last years of French Indochina, strong on atmosphere with wonderfully detailed descriptions of local cultures and archaeological treasures. First published in 1951. (SEA40, $33.95)

Vietnam, A Traveler's Literary Companion

Vietnam, A Traveler's Literary Companion

by John Balaban | Nguyen Qui Duc

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 239 PAGES

From rainforest to city, these 17 stories from Vietnam's finest writers explore its landscapes, myths and changing traditions. (VNM04, $14.95)

Eyewitness Guide Vietnam and Angkor Wat

Eyewitness Guide Vietnam and Angkor Wat

by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

Featuring innovative site diagrams, local maps and hundreds of color photographs, this handy companion introduces the culture, history and attractions of Vietnam. (VNM102, $25.00)

Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia Map

Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia Map

by Nelles

  • 2013
  • MAP

A great folded map of Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia at a scale of 1:1,500,000. With inset maps for Central Vientiane, Hanoi, Luang Prabang, Phnom Penh, and Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). Two sides. 19.5 x 31 inches. (SEA75, $13.95)

 
Angkor Map

Angkor Map


by Dawn Rooney

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2007
  • PAPER

A site plan and pocket guide to the city of Angkor at a scale of 1:40,000. (CBD16, $12.95)

Lonely Planet Cambodia

Lonely Planet Cambodia


by Lonely Planet

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

A comprehensive practical guide to Cambodia in the hallmark Lonely Planet style featuring maps, a handful of photographs, and a good overview of culture, history and nature. (CBD04, $27.99)

Lonely Planet Vietnamese Phrasebook

Lonely Planet Vietnamese Phrasebook


by Nguyen Xuanthu

  • LANGUAGE & PHRASEBOOKS
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 284 PAGES

A handy palm-sized guide to pronunciation, grammar and essential vocabulary for the traveler. (VNM20, $8.99)

Odyssey Guide Angkor

Odyssey Guide Angkor


by Dawn Rooney

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 496 PAGES
  • CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

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)

Communion, A Culinary Journey Through Vietnam

Communion, A Culinary Journey Through Vietnam


by Kim Fay

  • FOOD
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 293 PAGES

Fay recounts in savory detail a five-week journey with two friends from Hanoi to Saigon in search of the traditions, rituals and pleasures of food from local markets and street foods to haute cuisine. (VNM147, $19.95)

Eating Viet Nam, Dispatches from a Blue Plastic Table

Eating Viet Nam, Dispatches from a Blue Plastic Table


by Graham Holliday | Anthony Bourdain

  • FOOD
  • 2015
  • HARD COVER
  • 352 PAGES

While living in Vietnam, native Englishman Holliday penned this gastronomic tour which takes him from fancy dining tables to streetside vendors and everywhere in between. A genuine adventure through Vietnamese cuisine. (VNM177, $26.99)

A Pocket Guide to Vietnam, 1962

A Pocket Guide to Vietnam, 1962


by Bodleian Library

  • HISTORY
  • 2012
  • HARD COVER
  • 88 PAGES

With the Vietnam War in full swing, the American Department of Defense prepared this book as a crash couse in Vietnamese culture for the young men and women who would be fighting and living with the Vietnamese people. Republished by the Bodleian Library with original illustrations, this compact guide serves as a timeless tour through the cultural, social, politcal and military history of Vietnam. (VNM153, $10.00)

Cambodia's Curse, The Modern History of a Troubled Land

Cambodia's Curse, The Modern History of a Troubled Land


by Joel Brinkley

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 416 PAGES

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Joel Brinkley returns to Cambodia a generation after the fall of the Khmer Rouge regime to report on the country's continuing struggle to recover from its past. (CBD70, $17.99)

Descending Dragon, Rising Tiger, A History of Vietnam

Descending Dragon, Rising Tiger, A History of Vietnam


by Peter D. Sharrock | Vu Hong Lien

  • HISTORY
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 272 PAGES

This first English-language account of Vietnam's often neglected, understudied history takes us through 10,000 years of outsiders, invaders and technological innovation. (VNM171, $45.00)

Embers of War, The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America's Vietnam

Embers of War, The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America's Vietnam


by Fredrik Logevall

  • HISTORY
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 864 PAGES

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, this bold history traces the four-decade build-up to the Vietnam War as the French disengaged from the country and American forces were deployed in full. (VNM161, $20.00)

Fire in the Lake

Fire in the Lake


by Frances FitzGerald

  • HISTORY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 496 PAGES

A classic historical, political and cultural portrait of the Vietnam War, seen through the eyes of the Vietnamese. Winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award, FitzGerald, a staff writer at the New Yorker and a reporter in Vietnam, presents a vivid image of a revolution and a clear-sighted case for why the U.S offensive was doomed from the start. (VNM12, $19.00)

The Mekong, Turbulent Past, Uncertain Future

The Mekong, Turbulent Past, Uncertain Future


by Milton Osborne

  • HISTORY
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

A cultural history of the great river from prehistory to European exploration, colonial tensions and modern challenges. It's an engaging introduction to the history of Southeast Asia. (SEA28, $16.00)

Vietnam Now, A Reporter Returns

Vietnam Now, A Reporter Returns


by David Lamb

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

An insightful portrait of contemporary Vietnam by a Los Angeles Times foreign correspondent and National Geographic writer. Lamb interweaves stories of Vietnam today with his own experiences and memories as a young reporter for UPI during the war. (VNM47, $17.00)

Vietnam, Rising Dragon

Vietnam, Rising Dragon


by Bill Hayton

  • HISTORY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

The veteran BBC newsman covers the tangled politics, rapidly changing economy, culture, history and people of Vietnam with great insight in this timely portrait of a nation in transition. (VNM134, $24.00)

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)

The Golden Lands, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand & Vietnam

The Golden Lands, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand & Vietnam


by Vikram Lall

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 280 PAGES

The product of 25 years of research into Buddhist architecture, this survey by Vikram Lall takes us from the monastic complexes of India to the dzongs of Bhutan, inside the wats of Southeast Asia and through the simple wooden shrines of Japan. Lall celebrates the architectural innovations and spiritual significance of each inspired style. Gorgeously illustrated throughout with color photography and 3-D renderings. (SEA88, $95.00)

First They Killed My Father, A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers

First They Killed My Father, A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers


by Loung Ung

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES

An eye-opening eyewitness account of the atrocities suffered by millions of Cambodians from the perspective of a young girl who survived the reign of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge. (CBD13, $15.99)

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)

A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain

A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain


by Robert Olen Butler

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 249 PAGES

Winner of the 1993 Pulitzer Prize, this collection of 15 short stories captures the spirit of Vietnam through a juxtaposition of American and Vietnamese perspectives and settings. (VNM21, $15.00)

A Woman of Angkor

A Woman of Angkor


by John Burgess

  • LITERATURE
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 500 PAGES

This work of historical fiction immerses readers in the ancient culture of the Khmer Empire. Angkor Wat is still under construction when Sray, a young Khmer woman, is asked to move to the imperial court. There, her faith and loyalties are tested by the attentions of the great king Suryavarman II. (CBD92, $14.95)

She Weeps Each Time You're Born

She Weeps Each Time You're Born


by Quan Barry

  • LITERATURE
  • 2015
  • HARD COVER
  • 288 PAGES

A beautiful, lyrical novel written in a magical realist style. Born during the Vietnam War, a woman has the ability to hear the voices of the dead and pieces together a truly human version of Vietnamese history. (VNM176, $24.95)

The Quiet American

The Quiet American


by Graham Greene

  • LITERATURE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 180 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

A classic, this is the most famous Western work of fiction on Vietnam. Greene writes of a love triangle between a war correspondent, his Vietnamese consort and an optimistic young American during the last days of French rule. (VNM08, $16.00)

The Things They Carried

The Things They Carried


by Tim O'Brien

  • LITERATURE
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 246 PAGES

National Book Award-winner O'Brien captures the daily life of a soldier in Vietnam in this loosely structured, powerful collection of stories. (VNM32, $15.95)

Birds of Southeast Asia

Birds of Southeast Asia


by Craig Robson

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

This authoritative, masterfully illustrated guide, featuring 140 color plates covering 1,270 species throughout the region, includes Malaysia, Burma, Borneo and Indonesia. (SEA49, $37.50)

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