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Essential Books These 4 items are available for $68, including
U.S. shipping, a 15% discount (Item no. EXSAM271)
 
Wild Coast, Travels on South America's Untamed Edge  •  John Gimlette
TRAVEL NARRATIVE •  2012 •  PAPER  • 358 PAGES
For this latest outing the adventurous Englishman, who has previously written about Paraguay (At the Tomb of the Inflatable Pig) and Newfoundland (Theatre of Fish) sets out for the wilds of northeast South America, taking in colonial Georgetown "(...a city of stilts and clapboard, brilliant whites, fretwork, spindles and louvers."), French-inflected Paramaribo in Suriname and, most significantly, out into the unconquered wilderness. Attuned to history and the eccentric characters he meets along the way, Gimlette offers up an enticing portrait of the Guianas-- Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana, an appealing land of "head-crushing jaguars, strangling snakes, rivers of stingrays and electric eels." (SAM168, $16.95)
  Wild Coast, Travels on South America's Untamed Edge
Tales of a Shaman's Apprentice  •  Mark Plotkin
TRAVEL NARRATIVE •  1994 •  PAPER  • 328 PAGES • FAVORITE
This is the stuff of adventure movies. Like Russ Mittermeir and Wade Davis, Mark Plotkin is the student of the extraordinary Richard Schultes at Harvard University, a pioneer in the field of ethnobotany. In this marvelous book Plotkin recounts his work documenting the use of medicinal plants among remote tribes in the Northwest Amazon of Suriname, Venezuela, Guyana and French Guiana. The book is a portrait of people and their environment, a tale of adventure and -- most of all -- a moving example of science in the service of preservation. He reminds us, "every time a shaman dies, it is as if a library burned down." (AMZ15, $17.00)
  Tales of a Shaman's Apprentice
The Bradt Guide Guyana  •  Kirk Smock
GUIDEBOOK •  2011 •  PAPER  • 312 PAGES
A comprehensive, practical guide in the ground-breaking British series, with recommendations for adventure activities in the jungles, in the mountains and on the coast. (SAM107, $25.99)
  The Bradt Guide Guyana
Guyana Suriname & French Guiana Map  •  ITMB
MAP
A colorful, detailed travel map of Guayana at a scale of 1:850,000 with a map of the region from Georgetown west to Paramaribo and Cayenne on the reverse. Two Sides. 39x27 inches. (SAM05, $12.95)
  Guyana Suriname & French Guiana Map



Also Recommended

The Penguin History of Latin America  •  Edwin Williamson   • HISTORY  •  Beginning with the Spanish conquest, this brisk history covers questions of empire, colonialism and nationalism through the 1980s. (SAM53, $20.00)
 
 
U.S. Intervention in British Guiana: A Cold War Story  •  Stephen G. Rabe   • HISTORY  •  Rabe presents convincing evidence of a covert intervention by the C.I.A. in British Guiana between 1953 and 1969, intended to unseat Cheddi Jagan, a Marxist popular among the South Asian majority. (SAM114, $26.00)
 
 
Edge of the Jungle  •  William Beebe   • EXPLORATION  •  A collection of 12 essays on the Amazon and its ecology and wildlife. A scientist-explorer with the soul of a poet, Beebe wrote dozens of books about his adventures in tropical America and Guyana. (AMZ75, $17.95)
 
 
Masters of All They Surveyed: Exploration, Geography, and a British El Dorado  •  D. Graham Burnett   • EXPLORATION  •  A lively, well-illustrated account of the 19th-century exploration, mapping and British Imperial adventures in what is now Guyana. (SAM94, $40.00)
 
 
The Naturalist on the River Amazons  •  Henry Walter Bates   • EXPLORATION  •  A spell-binding early account of the river and its environs, first published in 1863. This classic chronicle of Bates's scientific adventures, part natural history and part travelogue, has inspired generations of tropical biologists. (AMZ07, $17.95)
 
 
The Middle Passage, The Caribbean Revisited  •  V.S. Naipaul   • TRAVEL NARRATIVE  •  Novelist and travel writer Naipaul tackles the history of the Caribbean and northern South America in this incisive portrait. With chapters on Trinidad, British Guiana (Guyana), Suriname, Martinique and Jamaica. (CRB11, $16.00)
 
 
Wanderings in South America  •  Charles Waterton   • TRAVEL NARRATIVE  •  The original observations and travels of the early 19th-century naturalist in Guyana. (SAM110, $12.45)
 
 
A Handful of Dust  •  Evelyn Waugh   • LITERATURE  •  Satirical novel of Britain between the wars. (GBR190, $14.99)
 
 
Buxton Spice  •  Oonya Kempadoo   • LITERATURE  •  This semi-autobiographical novel captures the culture and flavor of Guyana, and the tensions between the racially mixed East Indian and Afro-Caribbean inhabitants of fictional Tamarind Grove. (SAM112, $16.00)
 
 
Guyana  •  Rhonda Mullins  •  Elise Turcotte   • LITERATURE  •  Montreal resident Ana copes with the loss of her husband by compulsively investigating the suicide of her son's beloved hairdresser, a woman from Guyana who lived through the Jonestown Massacre. (SAM201, $17.95)
 
 
The Sly Company of People Who Care  •  Rahul Bhattacharya   • LITERATURE  •  Rahul Bhattacharya sets his first novel in tropical Guyana, casually evoking both the watery landscapes ("The drenched wooden houses on stilts warmed my soul," his character remarks) and the dizzy cultural mix of Indian, African, Portuguese, Chinese and Amerindian. (SAM164, $26.00)
 
 
A Neotropical Companion  •  John Kricher  •  Mark Plotkin   • NATURAL HISTORY  •  From plants and animals to birds and bugs, it's all here in this wonderfully written overview of the ecology, habitats, plants and animals of Central and South America. (GPS11, $39.95)
 
 
Chrysalis  •  Kim Todd   • NATURAL HISTORY  •  In this illustrated tale of a remarkable life, Todd (Tinkering with Eden) illuminates how 17th-century naturalist Maria Sibylla Merian turned a childhood passion for butterflies into a groundbreaking life of art, science and exploration in the wild Guianas, searching for the secrets of metamorphosis. (NAT250, $15.00)
 
 
Tropical Nature  •  Adrian Forsyth  •  Ken Miyata   • NATURAL HISTORY • FAVORITE  •  Two uncommonly observant and thoughtful field biologists offer a lucid portrait of the tropics through 17 marvelous essays that introduce the habitats, ecology, plants and animals of the Central and South American rainforests. (GPS13, $16.00)
 
 
A Guide to the Birds of Venezuela  •  Steven Hilty  •  Guy Tudor  •  J.A. Gwynne   • FIELD GUIDE  •  The classic South American bird guide, revised and expanded by Steve Hilty. A bit hefty for a field guide at just over 4 pounds, but still an essential reference to over 1,400 bird species. Travelers in the Brazilian Amazon will find it especially useful. (FG13, $72.50)
 
 
Birds of Northern South America, Vol. 2: Field Guide  •  Robin Restall  •  Clemencia Rodner  •  Roger Williams   • FIELD GUIDE  •  This comprehensive field guide, featuring an astounding 6400 paintings and 2308 maps, covers all the birds from Ecuador to Guiana. (SAM103, $75.00)
 
 
Neotropical Rainforest Mammals, A Field Guide  •  L.H. Emmons   • FIELD GUIDE  •  Compact enough to slip into your daypack, this field guide to the mammals of Central and South American features 29 color plates of more than 200 species. (GPS12, $42.50)
 
 
 
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