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Essential Reading

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The Raven Crown

The Raven Crown

by Michael Aris

  • HISTORY
  • 2005
  • HARD COVER
  • 160 PAGES

Aris chronicles the rise of the Wangchuk dynasty in this beautifully illustrated history of the kingdom and its 20th-century monarchy, featuring 106 rare photographs. (BHU02, $60.00)

The Blessings of Bhutan

The Blessings of Bhutan

by Russ and Blyth Carpenter

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 192 PAGES
  • HARD TO FIND ELSEWHERE

Head-over-heels in love with Bhutan, the Carpenters introduce their adopted home, its people, customs, religion and history. (BHU16, $26.99)

So Close to Heaven, The Vanishing Buddhist Kingdoms of the Himalayas

So Close to Heaven, The Vanishing Buddhist Kingdoms of the Himalayas

by Barbara Crossette

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 297 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Asia correspondent for the New York Times Crossette portrays Bhutan and neighboring Ladakh and Sikkim as strongholds of Tantric Buddhism in an increasingly homogenized world. (NPL04, $16.95)

Odyssey Guide Bhutan

Odyssey Guide Bhutan

by Francoise Pommaret

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 326 PAGES

An authoritative overview of the kingdom, enhanced by color photographs, well-chosen literary excerpts and many maps, this guide by Bhutan expert and ethnographer Pommaret is exceptionally good. With a general introduction to the history, geography, economy, flora and fauna, festivals and the arts. (BHU03, $23.95)

Bhutan & Northern India Map

Bhutan & Northern India Map

by ITMB

  • 2012
  • MAP

A double-sided traveler's map at an excellent scale of 1:345,000 with a larger scale map of Northern India and Bhutan on the reverse. (BHU06, $12.95)

 
Fodor's Bangkok's 25 Best

Fodor's Bangkok's 25 Best


by Sylvie Franquet | Anthony Sattin

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 128 PAGES
  • COMING IN NOVEMBER

This slim guide to Bangkok includes an excellent pullout map of the center of the city along with essential information on its highlights. (TLD40, $11.99)

Lonely Planet Bhutan

Lonely Planet Bhutan


by Lonely Planet

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

A guide to Bhutan with a good overview of culture, history and nature, sketch maps, a section of color photographs and plenty of practical detail on sightseeing and treks. (BHU11, $29.99)

Bhutan, The Land of Serenity

Bhutan, The Land of Serenity


by Matthieu Ricard

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 232 PAGES
  • CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

A Buddhist monk, photographer and French interpreter for the Dalai Lama, Ricard draws on his time in Bhutan over the last 25 years for this intimate portrait. With illuminating chapters on the remarkable Khyentse Rinpoche, sacred art, architecture, dancing monks and ceremonies. (BHU34, $19.95)

Essential Tibetan Buddhism

Essential Tibetan Buddhism


by Robert Thurman

  • RELIGION
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 317 PAGES

The foremost Western scholar of Tibetan Buddhism, Thurman has chosen well from that tradition's sacred literature and helpfully includes suggested further reading, explanatory notes and a directory of sacred sites. (TBT15, $14.99)

Fortress Monasteries of the Himalayas

Fortress Monasteries of the Himalayas


by Peter Harrison

  • RELIGION
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 64 PAGES

This slim book recreates the dramatic and colorful fortifications of Tibet, Ladakh, Nepal and Bhutan, recounting their history through foreign incursions, religious conflicts and civil wars to the Tibetan uprising and flight of the Dalai Lama from Potala Palace in 1959. (HML117, $18.95)

Himalaya, Personal Stories of Grandeur, Challenge and Hope on the Roof of the World

Himalaya, Personal Stories of Grandeur, Challenge and Hope on the Roof of the World


by Broughton Coburn | Richard C. Blum | Erica Stone

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2006
  • HARD COVER
  • 256 PAGES

This beautifully photographed overview of the geology, history and people of the Himalayas includes contributions by several National Geographic photographers, introductions by Jimmy Carter and the Dalai Lama, and an afterward by Sir Edmund Hillary. (HML78, $35.00)

Material World

Material World


by Paul Kennedy | Charles C. Mann | Peter Menzel

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 255 PAGES

An inspired idea, this book documents 30 families around the world with all their possessions artfully arrayed around them. It includes a particularly good chapter on a Bhutanese family. (GEN02, $29.95)

The History of Bhutan

The History of Bhutan


by Karma Phuntsho

  • HISTORY
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 661 PAGES

This is the first book to offer a comprehensive history of Bhutan, a very young nation and the happiest country in Asia. (BHU43, $50.00)

The Life and Revelations of Pema Lingpa

The Life and Revelations of Pema Lingpa


by Sarah Harding

  • RELIGION
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 200 PAGES

A translation of the stories, meditations and discussions of Pema Lingpa (1450-1521), an important figure in Bhutanese religious history. (BHU24, $14.95)

Walking

Walking


by Henry David Thoreau

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 92 PAGES

Slip this pocket edition of Thoreau's meditations on the spiritual benefits of this most civilized form of travel in your daypack for inspiration. (WLK04, $9.99)

What Makes You Not a Buddhist

What Makes You Not a Buddhist


by Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse

  • RELIGION
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 128 PAGES

Born in Bhutan in 1961, a Tibetan lama and filmmaker (Travellers and Magicians), Khyentse gives a decidedly modern take on dharma, happiness, suffering and enlightenment in this engaging primer. (TBT96, $15.95)

From the Land of the Thunder Dragon

From the Land of the Thunder Dragon


by Susan S. Bean | Diana K. Myers

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 248 PAGES

This magnificent survey, featuring 130 color photographs, illuminates with authority the huge cultural significance of weaving in Bhutan. With contributions by Michael Aris, Francoise Pommaret, Susan Bean and principal author Diana Myers, it's the definitive book on the subject, published in conjunction with an exhibition at the Peabody Essex Museum. (BHU01, $50.00)

Beyond the Sky and the Earth

Beyond the Sky and the Earth


by Jamie Zeppa

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 303 PAGES

Zeppa's memoir of her time as a teacher in a remote Bhutanese village shows her growing love and commitment to the people and culture. (BHU08, $16.00)

Married to Bhutan

Married to Bhutan


by Linda Leaming

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

Enraptured by the customs, land and people of Bhutan, where she has lived and worked for ten years, Leaming writes with humor and candor about her often-bumpy cultural immersion, her romance with a Buddhist artist and her unexpected path to happiness. (BHU36, $14.95)

Radio Shangri-La

Radio Shangri-La


by Lisa Napoli

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

Napoli writes with easy grace in this memoir of her time working on a fledgling Bhutanese radio station. With frankness and clarity she discusses the contradictions, poverty and reality of much mythologized Bhutan as it lurches into democracy and the modern world. (BHU35, $15.00)

A Naturalist's Guide to the Birds of India, Including Pakistan, Nepal and Bhutan

A Naturalist's Guide to the Birds of India, Including Pakistan, Nepal and Bhutan


by Bikram Grewal

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 176 PAGES

A handy field guide to 280 bird species common to the Indian subcontinent. In beautiful John Beaufoy style, the guide's colorful and high-quality photographs are accompanied by detailed species descriptions, size distribution, preferred habitats and nomenclature. (IDA731, $17.95)

Photographic Guide to Birds of the Himalayas

Photographic Guide to Birds of the Himalayas


by Bikram Grewal

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 144 PAGES

A pocket guide to 250 birds found from the foothills up to high elevations ranging from the Hindu Kush and Kashmir to Arunachal Pradesh in the Eastern Himalayas. With brief descriptive information, maps and 260 full-color illustrations. (HML31, $15.95)

Travellers and Magicians

Travellers and Magicians


by Khyentse Norbu

  • FILM
  • 2005
  • DVD
  • CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

The first feature shot on location in Bhutan, this film, directed by a respected lama, follows a young official on his odyssey across the country. Along the way he is joined by a mischievous monk, an elderly peddler and an old man with his daughter. (BHU22, $29.99)

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