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A Continent of Islands, Searching for the Caribbean Destiny

A Continent of Islands, Searching for the Caribbean Destiny

by Mark Kurlansky

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 324 PAGES

A wonderfully observed social history of the Caribbean by a far-ranging journalist and favorite author. Kurlansky has a knack for honing in on the small details that make the Caribbean culturally unique, offering frank insight on music, religion, healthcare and the influence of the United States. (CRB12, $17.95)

Captive Passage, The Transatlantic Slave Trade and the Making of the Americas

Captive Passage, The Transatlantic Slave Trade and the Making of the Americas

by The Mariners' Museum | Smithsonian Inst.

  • HISTORY
  • 2002
  • HARD COVER
  • 208 PAGES

A companion volume to the exhibition drawn largely from the collections of The Mariners' Museum. (ATL14, $21.95)

Moon Handbook Virgin Islands

Moon Handbook Virgin Islands

by Susanna Henighan

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 326 PAGES

A comprehensive travel guide to the islands with an overview of history and culture. It contains 21 maps and plenty of information on snorkeling and diving. (CRB48, $16.99)

Virgin Islands Map, U.S. and British

Virgin Islands Map, U.S. and British

by Borch Maps

  • 2007
  • MAP

A colorful, laminated map of both the US and British Virgin Islands at a scale of 1:80,000. (CRB53, $10.95)

 
Virgin Islands Map

Virgin Islands Map


by ITMB

  • MAP

A travel map of the U.S. Virgin Islands. (CRB29, $10.95)

Virgin Islands National Park Map

Virgin Islands National Park Map


by Trails Illustrated

  • MAP

A topographic hiking map to Virgin Islands National Park. (CRB160, $9.95)

Eyewitness Top Ten U.S. & British Virgin Islands

Eyewitness Top Ten U.S. & British Virgin Islands


by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 128 PAGES

A compact, illustrated guide in the popular series, featuring favorite attractions in the Virgin Islands. (CRB180, $14.00)

Fodor's  U.S. and British Virgin Islands

Fodor's U.S. and British Virgin Islands


by Fodor's

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

Independent travelers will find this practical guide extremely useful in planning a trip; it features in-depth information on accomodations, restaurants and activities throughout the Virgin Islands. (CRB123, $19.99)

Lonely Planet US & British Virgin Islands

Lonely Planet US & British Virgin Islands


by Karla Zimmerman

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 268 PAGES

This excelelnt guide in the popular series, strong on local knowledge, covers where to go and what to do in the islands with depth. (CRB289, $18.99)

The Best of the British Virgin Islands


by Pamela Acheson

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 144 PAGES

Brimming with insider hints and local information, this slim guide features hotels, resorts, and villas on each of the inhabited British Virgin Islands, along with the best restaurants, coffee houses, and beachside bars. (CRB201, $14.95)

Virgin Anchorages

Virgin Anchorages


by Nancy Scott | Simon Scott

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 96 PAGES

A collection of color aerial photographs of popular anchorages, including overleafs showing reefs and passages into some harbors. (CRB136, $29.95)

A Brief History of the Caribbean, From the Arawak and the Carib to the Present

A Brief History of the Caribbean, From the Arawak and the Carib to the Present


by Jan Rogozinski

  • HISTORY
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 324 PAGES

Written for a scholarly audience, this concise history presents the full sweep of Caribbean geography, culture and commerce from aboriginal inhabitants through European colonization and modern developments. (CRB38, $20.00)

A Small Place

A Small Place


by Jamaica Kincaid

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 81 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Antigua-born Kincaid meditates on the politics, history and culture of the islands in these remarkable short essays. A useful antidote to the usual fun-in-the-sun approach of the local tourist office, the book shines a light on the poverty, corruption and startling beauty of the Caribbean. (CRB03, $13.00)

A Traveller's History of the Caribbean

A Traveller's History of the Caribbean


by James Ferguson

  • HISTORY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

A concise history of the Caribbean Islands, beginning with a description of their formation and geologic attributes, carrying through to the first civilizations in the region, and ending with the modern tourism boom. (CRB42, $14.95)

African Slavery in Latin America and the Caribbean


by Herbert S. Klein

  • HISTORY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 286 PAGES

Kelin covers the Portuguese, Spanish, and French-speaking regions of continental America and the Caribbean in this original survey of the structure and experience of slavery. (CRB293, $25.00)

Cultural Adaptation and Resistance on St. John, Three Centuries of Afro-Caribbean Life


by

  • HISTORY
  • 1986
  • PAPER
  • 279 PAGES

An ethnographic history of the island from the 1700s. (CRB164, $24.95)

The Sugar Barons

The Sugar Barons


by Matthew Parker

  • HISTORY
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

Parker interweaves the histories of the Caribbean, the Industrial Revolution and the British Empire with the human stories of visitors and slaves, overseers and soldiers and families whose fortunes rose and fell on the sugar of the West Indies. (CRB277, $20.00)

Under the Black Flag, The Romance and Reality of Life Among the Pirates

Under the Black Flag, The Romance and Reality of Life Among the Pirates


by David Cordingly

  • HISTORY
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 296 PAGES

Meet Blackbeard and Captain Kidd along with lesser-known rogues and brigands in this rip-roaring portrait of pirates of the Caribbean. (CRB35, $16.00)

Don't Stop the Carnival

Don't Stop the Carnival


by Herman Wouk

  • LITERATURE
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 395 PAGES

For a sense of life in the Caribbean, we recommend this humorous tale of Norman Paperman, a middle-aged American running a hotel on the fictional island of Amerigo. (CRB18, $16.00)

Land of Love and Drowning

Land of Love and Drowning


by Tiphanie Yanique

  • LITERATURE
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 368 PAGES

Set against the rhythms and gorgeous backdrop of the Virgin Islands, this novel follows the epic story of three youths with magic powers who are orphaned by a sunken vessel. (CRB314, $27.95)

Wide Sargasso Sea

Wide Sargasso Sea


by Jean Rhys

  • LITERATURE
  • 1982
  • PAPER
  • 189 PAGES

This classic novel by Dominican-born Jean Rhys, steamy both in its lush, tropical setting and in its plot, imagines the encounter between Edward Rochester and his mad wife -- a riveting prequel to Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre. (CRB21, $13.95)

A Guide to the Birds of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands

A Guide to the Birds of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands


by Herbert Raffaele

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1989
  • PAPER
  • 220 PAGES

A thorough, compact field guide and introduction to the natural history of the birds of the region, including winter visitors and featuring 25 color plates. (CRB17, $37.50)

Fishwatcher's Field Guide Caribbean

Fishwatcher's Field Guide Caribbean


by Idaz Greenberg

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • PLASTIC CARD

A convenient double-sided plastic card showing 75 reef fish of the Caribbean. (DIV11, $7.50)

Reef Fish Identification Caribbean

Reef Fish Identification Caribbean


by Paul Humann

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2002
  • FLEXI-BOUND
  • 400 PAGES

This definitive guide for underwater enthusiasts features 670 stunning color photographs of all the fishes of the tropical Atlantic. We also recommend Gulf of California (BJA39), Galapagos (DIV04) and Tropical Pacific (DIV49) in the same series, $39.95 each. (DIV03, $39.95)

Snorkeling Guide to Marine Life

Snorkeling Guide to Marine Life


by Paul Humann

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 80 PAGES

Humann's compact guide illustrates Caribbean fishes, corals, invertebrates and plants commonly encountered in shallower water. (DIV02, $14.95)

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