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Bhutan

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Essential Reading Package-EXBHU91

Item EXBHU91. Buy these 4 items as a set for $71 including shipping, 15% off the retail price. With free shipping on anything else you order.  Buy Package

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

NPL04
Barbara Crossette
Vintage Books
1996
297
0679743634
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
1
0
0
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.
$16.95

What Makes You Not a Buddhist

TBT96
Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse
Shambhala
2007
128
1590304063
PAPER
Religion
0
0
0
0
Tibetan lama and filmmaker Dzongsar Khyentse (Travellers and Magicians) gives a decidedly modern take on dharma, happiness, suffering and enlightenment in this engaging primer.
$15.95

Lonely Planet Bhutan

BHU11
Lonely Planet
Lonely Planet Publications
2017
320
1786573237
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
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.
$29.99

Bhutan & Northern India Map

BHU06
ITMB
ITMB
2012
1
1553411528
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
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.
$12.95

India Northeast Adventure Map

IDA668
National Geographic Society
National Geographic Maps
2011
1
1566955971
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
The front side of the map covers the far northeastern corner of India, from its border with China and Bhutan to the north; Myanmar (Burma) to the east; and Bangladesh to the south at a scale of 1:1,400.000.
$11.95

Bhutan, A Trekker's Guide

BHU23
Bart Jordans
Cicerone
2008
332
1852845538
FLEXI-BOUND
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A compact, practical guide to 27 treks and walks throughout the mountain kingdom with color photographs and detailed sketch maps throughout.
$24.95

Odyssey Guide Bhutan

BHU03
Francoise Pommaret
Odyssey Publications
2009
326
9622178103
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
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.
$23.95

Fortress Monasteries of the Himalayas

HML117
Peter Harrison
Osprey Publishing
2011
64
1849083967
PAPER
Religion
0
0
0
0
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.
$18.95

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

HML78
Broughton Coburn (Editor), Richard C. Blum (Editor), Erica Stone (Editor)
National Geographic
2006
256
0792261925
HARD COVER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
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.
$35.00

Material World

GEN02
Paul Kennedy, Charles C. Mann, Peter Menzel
Sierra Club Books
1995
255
0871564300
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
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.
$29.95

The Blessings of Bhutan

BHU16
Russ and Blyth Carpenter
University of Hawaii Press
2002
192
0824826795
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
1
0
Head-over-heels in love with Bhutan, the Carpenters introduce their adopted home, its people, customs, religion and history.
$26.99

The History of Bhutan

BHU43
Karma Phuntsho
University of Chicago Press
2014
661
1908323582
HARD COVER
History
0
0
0
0
This is the first book to offer a comprehensive history of Bhutan, a very young nation and the happiest country in Asia.
$50.00

From the Land of the Thunder Dragon

BHU01
Susan S. Bean (Editor), Diana K. Myers (Editor)
Serindia
2008
248
0906026334
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
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.
$50.00

Beyond the Sky and the Earth

BHU08
Jamie Zeppa
Riverhead Books
1999
303
157322815X
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
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.
$16.00

Married to Bhutan

BHU36
Linda Leaming
Hay House
2011
256
1401928463
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Enraptured by the customs, land and people of Bhutan, where she has lived and worked for 10 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.
$14.95

Radio Shangri-La

BHU35
Lisa Napoli
Crown
2012
304
0307453030
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
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.
$15.00

A Photographic Field Guide to the Birds of India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh

IDA758
Bikram Grewal
Princeton University Press
2017
792
0691176493
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
All of the greater Indian Subcontinent's birds are represented in this Princeton field guide. Designed for easy field identification, it profiles over 1,375 species with over 4,000 color photos, up-to-date maps and the latest distribution information.
$45.00

Birds of India

FG43
Richard Grimmett, Carol Inskipp, Tim Inskipp
Princeton University Press
2012
384
0691049106
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
Thoroughly revised, with 73 new plates and many others updated or repainted, the second edition of the masterful Birds of India now features all maps and text opposite the plates for quicker and easier reference.
$39.50

Travellers and Magicians

BHU22
Khyentse Norbu (Director)
Baker & Taylor Video
2005
5975107237
DVD
Film
0
0
0
0
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.
$29.99

For Kids

Buddha Stories

ASA16
Demi
Henry Holt and Company
1997
32
0805048863
HARD COVER
Religion
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
Intended for ages 4 to 8, this book tells 10 of the author's favorite "jakatas," or moral tales of the Buddha. She has sumptuously illustrated the volume in gold printed on deep, dark blue (in the tradition of an ancient Buddhist text).
$25.99

Crane Boy

BHU45
Diana Cohn
Consortium
2015
40
1941026176
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
A charming story set in Bhutan that involves nature, conservation and dance. Kinga and his friends compose a dance to honor the cranes and create awareness of their plight. Written for ages 8-10.
$8.95

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City of Djinns: A Year in Delhi

IDA06
William Dalrymple
Penguin Putnam
2003
350
0142001007
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
1
0
0
Dalrymple infectiously interweaves his own experiences over a year in Delhi with its art, architecture, history and literature.
$17.00

India

IDA04
Stanley Wolpert
University of California Press
2009
281
0520260325
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Wolpert's reflections on India -- its religion and philosophy, its art, culture and politics -- make for a literate, succinct primer.
$34.95

The Snow Leopard

NPL03
Peter Matthiessen
Penguin
2008
368
0143105515
PAPER
Exploration
0
1
0
0
The most perceptive, acutely observed and personal of all his books, Matthiessen's account of a five-week journey through Nepal with naturalist George Schaller combines their quest for the elusive cat with a moving introduction to Buddhism and the people and culture of the Himalayas.
$17.00

The Wheel of Life, The Autobiography of a Western Buddhist

HML76
John Blofeld
Shambhala
1988
316
0877730342
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Blofeld's ( (1913-1987) enchanting account of Buddhist worlds now largely vanished, including his life and travels in China, Tibet, Mongolia, India and Burma.
$30.00

The Life and Revelations of Pema Lingpa

BHU24
Sarah Harding
Random House
2003
200
1559391944
PAPER
Religion
0
0
0
0
A translation of the stories, meditations and discussions of Pema Lingpa (1450-1521), an important figure in Bhutanese religious history.
$21.95

To a Mountain in Tibet

TBT134
Colin Thubron
HarperCollins
2012
256
0061768278
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
The intrepid, soulful Colin Thubron journeys from Nepal to Kailash, the revered mountain, "source of the universe, created from cosmic waters and the mind of Brahma," in his most revealing book yet. A New York Times Notable Book.
$15.99

Beneath Blossom Rain

BHU38
Kevin Grange
Bison Books
2011
352
0803234333
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
From his arrival at Paro International Airport to the last of 11 mountain passes, 24 days and 216 miles later, Grange writes with verve of his adventures on his trek across Bhutan.
$19.95

Buttertea at Sunrise, A Year in the Bhutan Himalaya

BHU39
Britta Das
2007
221
1550026801
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
When Das goes to Bhutan to work as a physiotherapist in a remote village, her good intentions are put to the test amid monsoons and startling conditions. Yet she soon falls for the culture and ancient traditions of the Hidden Kingdom, and these stories of her time there have a spirited, exuberant quality.
$24.99

Bhutan, Between Heaven and Earth

BHU42
Mary Peck
University of New Mexico Press
2012
144
0615499333
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
Peck portrays the people and landscapes of Bhutan in 50 beautifully reproduced duotone images.
$35.00

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

IDA731
Bikram Grewal
John Beaufoy Publishing
2015
176
1909612073
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
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.
$17.95

Worth Looking For

The Raven Crown

BHU02
Michael Aris
Serindia
2005
160
1932476210
HARD COVER
History
0
0
0
1
Aris chronicles the rise of the Wangchuk dynasty in this beautifully illustrated history of Bhutan and its 20th-century monarchy, featuring 106 rare photographs.
$60.00

Memoirs of a Political Officer's Wife in Tibet, Sikkim, and Bhutan

BHU05
Margaret D. Williamson
Wisdom Publications
1987
0861710568
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
1
Williamson, the wife of a British political officer stationed in Gangtok in the 1930s, captures the culture, society and flavor of the region in this wonderfully personal account.
$18.95

Bhutan, Mountain Fortress of the Gods

BHU07
Francoise Pommaret (Editor), Christian Schicklgruber (Editor)
Shambhala
1998
280
157062352X
HARD COVER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
1
Gorgeous photographs and informative essays on the history, culture and arts of Bhutan.
$75.00

Concise Flowers of the Himalaya

HML17
Oleg Polunin, Adam Stainton
Oxford University Press
1998
424
019564414X
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
1
A condensed version of the classic Flowers of the Himalayas featuring the same 700 color photographs and 315 line drawings but with shorter descriptive information.
$25.00

Of Rainbows and Clouds: The Life of Yab Ugyen Dorji as Told to His Daughter

BHU10
Ashi Dorji Wangmo
Serindia
1999
128
0906026490
HARD COVER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
1
A memoir of her father by one of Bhutan's four current queens. It's a vivid, personal account of the Wangchuck dynasty -- and of life and society in the Himalayan Kingdom -- as told by the 70-year-old Yab Ugyen Dorji to his daughter.
$39.95

A Painter's Year in the Forests of Bhutan

BHU14
A.K. Hellum
Michigan State Univ Press
2001
148
0888643233
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
1
An informal account of travels, ecology and art in Bhutan, featuring paintings of 100 mountain plants by a Norwegian-born forestry consultant.
$18.95

Footprint Bhutan Handbook

BHU18
Gyurme Dorje
Footprint Handbooks
2010
352
190347132X
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
1
An up-to-date practical guide by a Buddhist scholar and expert in the region, this is a nice balance of cultural and historical overview and choice details for the traveler.
$25.95

Bhutan, A Visual Odyssey Across the Last Himalayan Kingdom

BHU20
Michael Hawley
2004
218
0974246905
HARD COVER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
1
Hawley's little big book, still an impressive five pounds, features hundreds of photographs of the landscapes, places, festivals and especially the people of Bhutan. Drawn from the world's largest book, a 150-pound technical marvel. All proceeds from the book are donated by the publisher to education in Bhutan.
$100.00

In the Shadow of the Himalayas, A Photographic Record by John Claude White 1883-1908

HML71
Kurt Meyer, Pamela Deuel Meyer
Antique Collectors Club
2005
189020661X
HARD COVER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
1
A collection of 144 remarkable documentary photographs of Tibet, Bhutan, Nepal and Sikkim at the turn of the 20th century by John Claude White (1853-1918), the first British Political Officer to Sikkim.
$65.00

The Circle of Karma, A Novel

BHU26
Kunzang Choden
Penguin Putnam
2005
328
8186706798
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
1
The first novel by a Bhutanese woman, this lyrical coming-of-age story explores the rituals of daily life in Bhutan. When Tsomo's mother suddenly dies, the young girl must travel alone across Bhutan and into India.
$14.00

Treasures of the Thunder Dragon, A Portrait of Bhutan

BHU28
Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck
Penguin Putnam
2007
224
0670999016
HARD COVER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
1
Her majesty Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck's vivid portrait of Bhutan, its history and folklore, villages, palaces and monasteries.
$19.95

Seeing with the Third Eye

BHU29
T. Sangay Wangchuk
Q ReproGrphics
2006
176
9993669202
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
5/4/2010
0
0
0
1
Wangchuk recalls with warmth and earthy detail the daily rhythms, festivals and traditional ways of life in rural Bhutan in this affectionate tribute to his grandmother, a superb overview of Bhutanese beliefs and culture.
$16.00

Bhutan, the Early History of a Himalayan Kingdom

BHU32
Michael Aris
Aa Balkema
1979
344
PAPER
History
0
0
0
1
An illustrated history of the kingdom of Bhutan and its 20th-century monarchy.
$0.00

Bhutan, Hidden Lands of Happiness

BHU30
John Wehrheim
University of Chicago Press
2011
280
1932476512
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
1
Wehrheim pairs black-and-white photographs of the people, monasteries, villages and festivals with stories, journal entries, teachings and lore in this striking, personal portrait of the Buddhist kingdom.
$65.00

Bhutan, The Land of Serenity

BHU34
Matthieu Ricard
Thames & Hudson
2012
232
050029044X
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
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.
$19.95

Within the Realm of Happiness

BHU40
Kinley Dorji
Aa Balkema
2008
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
1
The Bhutanese journalist and editor evokes both the recent past of his childhood and hope for the future in this collection of short stories.
$27.00