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Oceanic Art

Oceanic Art

by Nicholas Thomas

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 216 PAGES

A concise, cogent and colorful overview of the gorgeous art of the Pacific Islands. Organized thematically with 182 illustrations, 26 in color. (PAC06, $19.95)

Throwim Way Leg

Throwim Way Leg

by Tim F. Flannery

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

This witty account of a scientific expedition to New Guinea combines natural history, adventure and insightful commentary. Flannery returned from the expedition with 20 new species of mammals -- including a tree kangaroo and bat thought extinct since the Pleistocene. (NGA18, $14.00)

Under the Mountain Wall, A Chronicle of Two Seasons in Stone Age New Guinea

Under the Mountain Wall, A Chronicle of Two Seasons in Stone Age New Guinea

by Peter Matthiessen

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1987
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

Matthiessen describes the two years he spent observing and wandering among the Kurelu of central New Guinea, a "Stone Age tribe" untouched by civilization. Although focused on the central highlands, his sixth book provides a fascinating introduction to New Guinea and a poignant look at a vanishing culture. (NGA04, $19.00)

Lonely Planet Papua New Guinea & Solomon Islands

Lonely Planet Papua New Guinea & Solomon Islands

by Lonely Planet

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 264 PAGES

Featuring a good overview of culture, history and nature, with excellent travel information and maps. (NGA06, $29.99)

New Guinea Map

New Guinea Map

by ITMB

  • 2010
  • MAP

A color map showing both Papua New Guinea and West Papua (Indonesia) at a good scale. (NGA05, $12.95)

 
Lonely Planet Pidgin Phrasebook

Lonely Planet Pidgin Phrasebook


by Lonely Planet

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 176 PAGES

This handy pocket phrasebook includes pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary. (PNG26, $9.99)

Growing Up in New Guinea, A Comparative Study of Primitive Education

Growing Up in New Guinea, A Comparative Study of Primitive Education


by Margaret Mead

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 286 PAGES

Mead's 1930 study of developmental stages among the people of Manus in the Admiralty Islands to the north of New Guinea. (PNG13, $14.99)

Guns, Germs and Steel

Guns, Germs and Steel


by Jared Diamond

  • HISTORY
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 480 PAGES

An expert on Papua New Guinea, Diamond looks at geography, environment, economics and disease in this provocative, Pulitzer Prize-winning survey of human history and ecology. (GEN86, $18.95)

Pacific Journeys

Pacific Journeys


by Peter Hendrie

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2003
  • HARD COVER
  • 224 PAGES

A striking portfolio of 330 color photographs of the people, nature and landscape of the region, Hendrie's gorgeous book includes images from his many journeys to Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands, to Tahiti and the Marquesas, Tonga, Fiji, Easter Island and Hawaii over the last 20 years. (PAC183, $45.00)

The Ghost Mountain Boys, Their Epic March and the Terrifying Battle for New Guinea: the Forgotten War of the South Pacific

The Ghost Mountain Boys, Their Epic March and the Terrifying Battle for New Guinea: the Forgotten War of the South Pacific


by James Campbell

  • HISTORY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES

A forgotten but stirring story of patriotism and bravery, and a searing account of one battalion's hell march across New Guinea. (PNG24, $16.00)

The World Until Yesterday, What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies?

The World Until Yesterday, What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies?


by Jared Diamond

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 512 PAGES

Diamond contrasts modern society with that of traditional cultures, largely drawn from his time among the people of Papua New Guinea in this sweeping book on an even bigger subject: how to live, finding much to admire in both worlds. (NAT266, $18.00)

Village on the Edge, Changing Times in Papua New Guinea

Village on the Edge, Changing Times in Papua New Guinea


by Michael French Smith

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 232 PAGES

A portrait of the people of Kragur village in East Sepik in Papua New Guinea. Smith's unusual book, partly a report of his travels, combines clear prose with insight and affection for the people. (PNG20, $29.00)

Four Corners, Into the Heart of New Guinea

Four Corners, Into the Heart of New Guinea


by Kira Salak

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 372 PAGES

An adventurous, ambitious solo journey in the footsteps of British explorer Ivan Champion, who traversed New Guinea in 1927. (PNG14, $16.00)

Savage Harvest

Savage Harvest


by Carl Hoffman

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

Retracing Michael Rockefeller's steps in Papua New Guinea, where he disappeared without a trace in 1961, Hoffman immerses himself in a world of headhunters and cannibals, secret spirits and customs, uncovering thrilling new evidence as he lives among the native Asmat people. (NGA26, $15.99)

Euphoria

Euphoria


by Lily King

  • LITERATURE
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

Based on Margaret Mead and her second and third husbands, this haunting and atmospheric novel follows the convoluted relationships and personalities of three anthropologists isolated within the female-led Tam tribe of Papua New Guinea along the Sepik River. A New York Times Book Review Top Ten of 2014 and winner of the Kirkus Prize. (PNG35, $16.00)

Mister Pip

Mister Pip


by Lloyd Jones

  • LITERATURE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

Jones sets his poignant tale of children, teachers and the transcendent power of storytelling in the midst of the 1990s civil war in Bougainville that pitched the islanders against the government of Papua New Guinea. He spins magic with gunfire and Great Expectations. (PNG22, $15.00)

The White Mary

The White Mary


by Kira Salak

  • LITERATURE
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

Set in the remote jungles of New Guinea's interior, Salak's first novel -- the tale of a young reporter searching for a colleague -- captures the thrill and uncertainty of adventure. (PNG25, $22.00)

Birds of Paradise, Revealing The World's Most Extraordinary Birds

Birds of Paradise, Revealing The World's Most Extraordinary Birds


by Edwin Scholes | Tim Laman

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2012
  • HARD COVER
  • 227 PAGES

Photographed in Raja Ampat, the remote Aru Islands, Australia, the Arfak Mountains and all over the highlands of New Guinea, this sumptuous book not only showcases all 39 species of the spectacular birds, many never before photographed in the wild, but also includes terrific essays on life in the field, the history and evolution of the birds of paradise and a species atlas. (NGA25, $50.00)

The Snorkeller's Guide to the Coral Reef, From the Red Sea to the Pacific Ocean

The Snorkeller's Guide to the Coral Reef, From the Red Sea to the Pacific Ocean


by Paddy Ryan

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 184 PAGES

This take-along guide covers coral reefs, fish, invertebrates and plants of the Indo-Pacific and includes 200 color photographs. (DIV18, $21.99)

Reef Fish Identification, Tropical Pacific

Reef Fish Identification, Tropical Pacific


by Paul Humann | Ned Deloach | Gerald Allen | Roger Steene

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2003
  • FLEXI-BOUND
  • 450 PAGES

This comprehensive guide to Indo-Pacific reef fishes features 2,500 color photographs. (DIV49, $48.00)

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