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SMITHSONIAN JOURNEYS

Buenos Aires to Rio

READING AND TRAVEL GUIDE

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Enrich your travels with reading! Here's a hand-picked list prepared for your journey in conjunction with the book experts at Longitude.

Essential Reading

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Tango, The Art History of Love

Tango, The Art History of Love

by Robert Farris Thompson

  • HISTORY
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

A probing cultural history of the tango, its working class origins in 19th-century Buenos Aires and Afro-Argentine roots. (ARG56, $17.00)

Lonely Planet Buenos Aires

Lonely Planet Buenos Aires

by Lonely Planet

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

The best of Buenos Aires is included in this practical guide, along with a pullout map and insider recommendations on shopping, eating, sleeping and day trips. (ARG10, $21.99)

Eyewitness Top Ten Rio de Janeiro

Eyewitness Top Ten Rio de Janeiro

by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 128 PAGES

A compact, illustrated guide in the popular series, featuring favorite attractions and pull-out map. (BZL109, $14.00)

Brazil Bolivia Paraguay Uruguay Map

Brazil Bolivia Paraguay Uruguay Map

by Reise & Verkehrsverlag

  • 2010
  • MAP

A colorful, folded map of Atlantic South America stretching from the northern border of Brazil to Buenos Aires, at a scale of 1:4,000,000. (SAM39, $15.95)

 
Buenos Aires Map

Buenos Aires Map


by Borch Maps

  • 2006
  • MAP

A laminated street map of Buenos Aires and surroundings at a scale of 1:15,000. (ARG38, $8.95)

Bradt Guide Uruguay

Bradt Guide Uruguay


by Tim Burford

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES

A compact guide to Uruguay including sections on colonial Montevideo, Colonia, Punta del Este and the beach resorts. Includes history, wildlife, culture and attractions. With maps, town plans, and lots of practical travel information. (SAM151, $25.99)

Buenos Aires, A Cultural History

Buenos Aires, A Cultural History


by Jason Wilson

  • HISTORY
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 249 PAGES

An exhilarating, erudite guide to Buenos Aires as it has been portrayed by writers, poets and thinkers, with a street map and detailed neighborhood descriptions. (ARG21, $15.00)

Forgotten Continent

Forgotten Continent


by Michael Reid

  • HISTORY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES

Economist editor Reid draws on his years in the cities, presidential palaces and shantytowns of Central and South America in this portrait of a region rich in oil, farmland and culture, with consideration on its prospects in the face of globalization. (SAM123, $26.00)

The Brazilians

The Brazilians


by Joseph Page

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 540 PAGES

A clear, comprehensive and compelling introduction to Brazil, covering politics, history, economics, ecology, conservation and culture. (AMZ16, $22.95)

Latin American Art

Latin American Art


by John F. Scott

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES

A popular survey for undergraduate art students, this general history of the arts in Latin America ranges from pre-history to the present. Includes illustrations, maps and a chronology. (SAM33, $29.95)

Evita, The Real Life of Eva Peron

Evita, The Real Life of Eva Peron


by Nicholas Fraser

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 222 PAGES

Separating fact from myth, Fraser traces Evita's life from her humble origins to her place as a revered cult figure, also exploring Peronism and Argentine politics of the 1930s and 1940s. (ARG03, $15.95)

Samba

Samba


by Alma Guillermoprieto

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1991
  • PAPER
  • 244 PAGES

A memorable account of samba music and life on the coast of Brazil by the multi-talented Guillermoprieto. A dancer herself, she lived in Manguiera, a favela near Rio known for its samba school. Nominated for a National Book Award. (BZL38, $16.00)

The Accidental President of Brazil, A Memoir

The Accidental President of Brazil, A Memoir


by Bill Clinton | Fernando Henrique Cardoso

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 291 PAGES

A vibrant memoir by Brazil's former president, in office from 1995 to 2002, who offers a candid, wry, illuminating view of the irrepressibly attractive country. (BZL58, $16.00)

Brazil, A Traveler's Literary Companion

Brazil, A Traveler's Literary Companion


by Alexis Levitin

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

The latest in the excellent series, the diverse stories in this enticing anthology edited by Levitin introduce Brazil and a host of contemporary writers, including greats like Jorge Amado and Machado de Assis as well as newcomers. (BZL83, $14.95)

Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands

Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands


by Jorge Amado

  • LITERATURE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 576 PAGES

The best known novel by Brazil's much loved author. Amado spins a satiric tale of a young cooking teacher in Salvador, Bahia, who is haunted by her first husband, a philandering ne'er do well who dropped dead at carnival. (BZL35, $15.95)

Santa Evita

Santa Evita


by Tomas Eloy Martinez | Helen Lane

  • LITERATURE
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 371 PAGES

This riveting tale of the life -- and afterlife -- of Eva Duarte springs from actual events in Argentina in the 1950s, including the peregrinations of a perfectly preserved corpse. (ARG22, $16.00)

The Buenos Aires Quintet

The Buenos Aires Quintet


by Manuel Vazquez Montalban

  • LITERATURE
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 377 PAGES

Montalban comments on not just wine, women and song, but also on Argentina's political and cultural history in this riveting detective tale which uses 1970s Buenos Aires and the era's repressive military junta as a backdrop. (ARG48, $14.95)

The Invisible Mountain

The Invisible Mountain


by Carolina De Robertis

  • LITERATURE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

Set in the 20th century, this moving novel about love for family and country is embedded with history. From Montevideo to Peron's rule in Argentina, to the revolutionaries of Uruguay, this novel is about survival in times of hardship, and about the bond between a mother and daughter. (SAM143, $17.95)

The Tree of Red Stars

The Tree of Red Stars


by Tessa Bridal

  • LITERATURE
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 287 PAGES

A beautifully written first novel about coming of age in Montevideo during the turbulent 1970s. Wonderfully told, the novel deftly combines the personal and political. (SAM09, $13.95)

Field Guide Birds of Brazil

Field Guide Birds of Brazil


by Ber Van Perlo

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 496 PAGES

This comprehensive field guide features 187 beautifully drawn full-color plates with over 1,800 species accounts, including a distribution map for each species. (BZL75, $39.95)

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