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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
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 176 PAGES

This handy pocket phrasebook includes pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary. (PNG26, $8.99)

A Faraway, Familiar Place, An Anthropologist Returns to Papua New Guinea

A Faraway, Familiar Place, An Anthropologist Returns to Papua New Guinea


by Michael French Smith

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2013
  • HARD COVER
  • 272 PAGES

For Michael French Smith, who has been called the "academic grandchild of Margaret Mead," a tiny village on Kairiru Island off Papua New Guinea is a faraway yet familiar place. His third book about the island leans away from anthropological research and towards memoir, as he chronicles friendships he has cultivated since he first met the villagers in 1975. (PNG36, $52.00)

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)

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)

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)

Lost Worlds, Adventures in the Tropical Rainforest

Lost Worlds, Adventures in the Tropical Rainforest


by Bruce Beehler

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

Drawing on his experiences in Papua New Guinea, India, Madagascar, Indonesia, the Philippines, Panama and the Ivory Coast, Beehler describes the surprises -- both pleasant and unpleasant -- of fieldwork. (NAT145, $20.00)

Savage Harvest

Savage Harvest


by Carl Hoffman

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 304 PAGES

Retracing Michael Rockefeller's steps in the Asmat, 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. (NGA26, $26.99)

Euphoria

Euphoria


by Lily King

  • LITERATURE
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 256 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. (PNG35, $25.00)

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, $16.00)

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

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

The Trembling Mountain, A Personal Account of Kuru, Cannibals and Mad Cow Disease

The Trembling Mountain, A Personal Account of Kuru, Cannibals and Mad Cow Disease


by Robert Klitzman

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 333 PAGES

A medical mystery story set among the Fore people of highland New Guinea. This account of Klitzman's research into the origins of debilitating and incurable kuru focuses on the people and culture as much as on the groundbreaking research on prions. (NGA17, $24.00)

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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