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Brazil & Argentina

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On Argentina

ARG110
Jorge Luis Borges
Penguin
2010
192
0143105736
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
This collection of essays provides a literary travel guide to the esteemed writer's hometown and is centered around the "taste for Buenos Aires," which Borges himself proclaimed as one of the three major themes in his writing.
$15.00

Tango, The Art History of Love

ARG56
Robert Farris Thompson
Vintage Books
2006
384
1400095794
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A probing cultural history of the tango, its working class origins in 19th-century Buenos Aires and Afro-Argentine roots.
$17.00

Culture Smart! Brazil

BZL54
Sandra Branco
Kuperard
2014
168
1857336895
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A concise, well-illustrated and practical guide to local customs, etiquette and culture.
$9.95

National Geographic Traveler Brazil

BZL120
Bill Hinchberger
National Geographic
2014
320
1426211643
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
From well-known destinations to locales off the beaten path, National Geographic provides an extensive list of handpicked hotels and restaurants, shopping and entertainment options, as well as walking and driving tours.
$27.95

Rough Guide Argentina

ARG132
Rough Guides
Rough Guides
2016
640
0241245761
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
Geared to the independent traveler, this Rough Guide combines an opinionated survey of culture and history with good information on sightseeing, food and accommodations. The writers even care about what books to read.
$26.99

Argentina Adventure Map

ARG12
National Geographic
National Geographic Maps
2011
2
0783400055
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
This double-sided map (1:2,000,000) highlights parks and preserves.
$11.95

Brazil Adventure Map

BZL59
National Geographic
National Geographic Maps
2011
2
1553411455
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A full color, double sided map of Brazil for travelers at 1:4,200,000, produced with Reise Know-how and the World Mapping Project.
$11.95

Iguazu Falls Map

ARG100
de Dios
de Dios Editores
2007
2
9879445899
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
This foldup laminated card shows seven maps of the falls, Puerto Iguazu, park and region.
$5.95

Brazil

BZL119
Michael Palin
St. Martin's Press
2013
320
1250032067
HARD COVER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
Produced in tandem with a BBC series, this collection of 74 off-the-beaten-path escapes is a potent mix of information and humor. Written by Michael Palin, the well-traveled comedy star of Monty Python fame.
$35.00

Complete Brazilian Portuguese

BZL112
Living Language (Editor)
Living Language
2013
0307972089
AUDIO CD
Language & Phrasebooks
0
0
0
0
Designed to teach language fluency, this 46-lesson program includes CDs, course books and online resources.
$49.99

The Authentic Bars, Cafes and Restaurants of Buenos Aires

ARG84
Gabriela Kogan
Little Bookroom
2008
144
1892145553
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
Kogan's great tips on where to eat, drink and dance the tango all night, including a map and a glossary of Argentine food.
$14.95

Brazilian Barbecue & Beyond

BZL118
David Ponte
Sterling Publishing Company
2014
192
1454913339
HARD COVER
Food
0
0
0
0
A delicious introduction to Brazilian BBQ, from new twists on traditional favorites like meat-and-bean stew and classic fruit-filled barbecue recipes to (the very flavorful) shrimp and lobster curry.
$24.95

The Vineyard at the End of the World

ARG127
Ian Mount
W. W. Norton & Company
2013
352
0393344177
PAPER
Food
0
0
0
0
Mount traces how the humble Malbec grape, ignored in its native France, helped transform Argentina into one of the world’s premier winemaking destinations in this tale of the making of wine, personalities, grapes and travel.
$15.95

Vino Argentino, An Insider's Guide to the Wines and Wine Country of Argentina

ARG117
Laura Catena
Chronicle Books
2010
239
0811873307
HARD COVER
Food
0
0
0
0
This detailed, lushly illustrated guidebook to Argentina's wine region includes recipes, travel information, historical anecdotes, photographs, conversations with winemakers and a useful wine glossary.
$27.50

A Short History of Brazil, From Pre-colonial Peoples to Modern Economic Miracle

BZL132
Gordon Kerr
Trafalgar Square
2014
160
1843441969
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A wonderfully succinct history of Brazil which sprints from its indigenous peoples, discovery in 1500 and days as an independent monarchy to the present day. Kerr finishes with the difficulties Brazil faces in the 21st century: economic inequality, ruthless exploitation of the country’s natural resources and political corruption.
$16.95

Brazil

BZL125
Regis St. Louis
Sterling Publishing Company
2014
320
1847960529
HARD COVER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
This well-designed coffee table book serves as an excellent, colorful primer to the country and its history, covering the varied landscapes, diverse cultures and regional customs, including Carnival and soccer.
$49.95

Brazil on the Rise, The Story of a Country Transformed

BZL92
Larry Rohter
St. Martins
2012
304
0230120733
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Former New York Times bureau chief in Rio de Janeiro, Rohter explores the history, economy, culture and contradictions of Brazil, delivering an insightful portrait of this increasingly powerful -- and endlessly fascinating -- country.
$18.99

Brazil, A Biography

BZL149
Heloisa M. Starling, Lilia Moritz Schwarcz
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
2017
688
0374280495
HARD COVER
History
6/20/2017
0
0
0
0
Whether read in its entirety or "a la carte," this epic history of Brazil provides exemplary coverage of the country's economic and political dysfunction as it leads readers from the 16th century to 2016.
$35.00

Brazil, A Celebration of Contemporary Brazilian Culture

BZL131
Rodrigo Fernandes Da Fonseca
Phaidon Press
2014
320
0714867497
HARD COVER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
An extensive overview of Brazil’s contemporary arts and culture in a beautiful coffee-table book. Fully illustrated with 600 color photos.
$69.95

Brazil: The Fortunes of War

BZL128
Neill Lochery
Hachette
2014
376
0465039987
HARD COVER
History
0
0
0
0
This groundbreaking account shows how Brazil flourished into a modern nation under politically shrewd authoritarian leader Getulio Vargas, who used a pro-Nazi stance to exploit the U.S. and bolster his country’s economy during WWII.
$29.99

Buenos Aires, The Biography of a City

ARG138
James Gardner
Macmillan
2015
272
1137279885
HARD COVER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
In his colorful biography of the second-largest city in South America, American art critic James Gardner covers Buenos Aires’ unique culture, a universe all its own, with history and entertaining asides.
$28.00

Estancias: The Great Houses and Ranches of Argentina

ARG62
Maria Saenz Quesada, Xavier Verstraeten (Photographer)
Abbeville Publishing Group
1992
200
1558592709
HARD COVER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
Two dozen magnificent country estates are detailed in this sumptuously illustrated volume, featuring 200 color photographs and a cultural and social history by Maria Saenz Quesada.
$75.00

The History of Argentina

ARG86
Daniel K. Lewis
St. Martins
2003
214
1403962545
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
This brief, scholarly history of Argentina from pre-Columbian times to 2001 focuses closely on the events of the last three decades of the 20th century, including the legacy of Juan and Eva Peron.
$24.99

Evita, The Real Life of Eva Peron

ARG03
Nicholas Fraser
W. W. Norton & Company
1996
222
0393315754
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
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.
$15.95

Far Away and Long Ago

SAM11
W.H. Hudson
Sickle Moon
2006
338
0907871747
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Hudson's enthralling childhood remembrances are rich with descriptions of the landscapes, birds and nature of Argentina.
$34.95

Argentina, A Traveler's Literary Companion

ARG97
Jill Gibian (Editor)
Whereabouts Press
2010
256
1883513197
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
These choice stories introduce the landscapes and culture of Argentina, from the Andes to the Pampas, through the eyes of its writers.
$14.95

Brazil, A Traveler's Literary Companion

BZL83
Alexis Levitin (Editor)
Whereabouts Press
2009
256
1883513219
PAPER
Anthology
0
0
0
0
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.
$14.95

Imagining Argentina

ARG01
Lawrence Thornton
Bantam Doubleday
2003
240
0553345796
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
A brilliant first novel that captures the hope and spirit of Argentina during the military rule of the late 1970s. This inventive tale focuses on Carlos Rueda and a group of citizens whose relatives disappeared.
$16.00

Night Flight

PAT09
Antoine de Saint Exupery
Harcourt Books
1986
87
0156656051
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Saint Exupery captures the thrill and mystery of early flight in this tale of a pilot alone in a storm over the Andes en route to Buenos Aires.
$12.95

Shantytown

ARG130
Cesar Aira
New Directions Publishing Corporation
2013
128
0811219119
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
The Argentine modernist turns to noir in this inventive short crime novel set in the slums of Buenos Aires.
$13.95

The Buenos Aires Quintet

ARG48
Manuel Vazquez Montalban
Meliville House Publishing
2012
377
1612190340
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
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.
$14.95

Birds of Northern South America, Vol. 2: Field Guide

SAM103
Robin Restall, Clemencia Rodner, Roger Williams
Yale University Press
2006
656
0300124155
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
This comprehensive field guide, featuring an astounding 6400 paintings and 2308 maps, covers all the birds from Ecuador to Guiana.
$75.00

Birds of South America, Passerines

SAM221
Ber Van Perlo
Princeton University Press
2015
464
0691167966
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
This sturdy guide to the perching birds of South America covers every known species, even those found on offshore islands like the Galapagos. The illustrated profiles cover 1,952 birds and include range maps and information on habitat, identification and vocalizations.
$29.95

Birds of Southern South America and Antarctica

SAM12
Martin D. la Pena, Maurice Rumboll
Princeton University Press
2001
224
0691090351
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
With color plates, range maps and brief descriptions, this is a compact regional guide.
$29.95

Brazil Birds

BZL141
James Kavanagh
Waterford Press
2016
1583559892
PLASTIC CARD
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
A folding wildlife guide designed for quick reference in the field. With full-color images and text, it features more than 140 birds often seen in Brazil.
$7.95

Brazil Wildlife

BZL140
James Kavanagh
Waterford Press
2016
1583559906
PLASTIC CARD
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
A folding wildlife guide designed for quick reference in the field. With full-color images and text, it features more than 140 creatures often seen in Brazil.
$7.95

Neotropical Rainforest Mammals, A Field Guide

GPS12
L.H. Emmons
University of Chicago Press
1997
298
0226207218
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
Compact enough to slip into your daypack, this field guide to the mammals of Central and South America features 29 color plates of more than 200 species.
$49.00

For Kids

Lonely Planet Not for Parents South America

SAM196
Lonely Planet Publications
Lonely Planet Publications
2013
96
1743219164
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
From the lost city of the Incas to the cowboys of the southern world, this fun-filled guide for young travelers introduces kids to everything they can expect to encounter on a trip to South America. Perfect for the eight-year-old explorer.
$12.99

Soccer Star

BZL127
Mina Javaherbin
Candlewick Press
2014
32
0763660566
HARD COVER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
A children's story about a group of young Brazilians, soccer and letting a girl play with them.
$16.99

Spanish Flash Cards

GEN203
Inc. Berlitz International
Berlitz
2016
50
1780044658
BOXED
Language & Phrasebooks
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
A standard playing card-size deck of 50 nicely illustrated flashcards geared for younger children. Each card features a colorful illustration with the Spanish word on the reverse.
$8.99

Brazil

BZL99
Marion Morrison
Heinemann
2011
48
1432952218
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
One in the illustrated and informative Countries Around the World series, geared for ages 8-11.
$9.95

More Books

Angels With Dirty Faces, How Argentinian Soccer Defined a Nation and Changed the Game Forever

ARG143
Jonathan Wilson
2016
448
1568585519
PAPER
Sport
0
0
0
0
Writing from the intersection of zeitgeist and sport, award-winning author Jonathan Wilson contrasts the style and substance of Argentine soccer against the country's political history, showing how the relatively small nation produced world-famous soccer stars like Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi.
$17.99

The Argentina Reader, History, Culture, Politics

ARG114
Graciela Montaldo (Editor), Gabriela Nouzeilles (Editor)
Duke
2003
580
082232914X
PAPER
Anthology
0
0
0
0
A lively, literate sourcebook with selections ranging from historical accounts to newspaper articles, essays, poems and comic strips. Includes photographs of art and architecture, maps and classic and contemporary texts, most of them by Argentineans.
$29.95

Dancing With the Devil in the City of God, Rio De Janeiro on the Brink

BZL137
Juliana Barbassa
Touchstone
2015
336
1476756252
HARD COVER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
This kaleidoscopic portrait of Rio brings key players into focus, revealing a fast-moving city on the rise, struggling to become a true global city and transcend its history of wild inflation, drug wars, corrupt leaders and dying neighborhoods.
$27.00

Digging Up Butch and Sundance

USW351
Anne Meadows
Bison Books
2003
396
0803282907
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A woman and her husband try to uncover the truth behind the story of the famous outlaws.
$24.95

Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands

BZL35
Jorge Amado
Vintage Books
2006
576
0307276643
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
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.
$16.95

Esteros del Ibera, The Great Wetlands of Argentina

ARG133
Douglas Tompkins, Juan Ram Colodrero (Photographer)
Perseus
2014
368
0984693254
HARD COVER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
A beautiful portrayal of the preeminent wildlife habitat in Argentina. Colodrero’s life-affirming photographs move from close-ups of dragonflies, butterflies and colorful birds to portraits of gauchos and sweeping views over freshwater marshland.
$150.00

Futebol Nation, The Story of Brazil Through Soccer

BZL126
David Goldblatt
2014
320
1568584679
PAPER
Sport
0
0
0
0
A brilliant portrait of Brazil through its national obsession: soccer, futebol, "O Jogo Bonito" (The Beautiful Game).
$16.99

San Martin

SAM197
John Lynch
Yale University Press
2009
268
0300126433
HARD COVER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
John Lynch shines new light on San Martin and on the story of Spanish America's revolutionary wars in this penetrating biography of the great leader, including a marvelous account of San Martin's trek from Mendioza across the Andes to liberate Chile.
$85.00

South America, The Andes Map

SAM47
Nelles
Nelles Maps
2005
2
3865740677
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
The full range of the Andes and the Pacific coast of South America.
$13.95

Tango, Sex and Rhythm of the City

SAM204
Mike Gonzalez
Reaktion Books
2013
216
1780231075
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
A nice, concise history of the tango, its origins, key figures and a profile of the generation that rediscovered it.
$25.00

Rio de Janeiro Map

BZL25
National Geographic
National Geographic Maps
2011
1
1597752037
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
With an index, inset maps and points of interest.
$7.95

Buenos Aires Map

ARG38
Berndtson & Berndtson
Borch Maps
2015
2
3866090692
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A laminated street map of Buenos Aires and surroundings at a scale of 1:15,000.
$9.95

Say It in Portuguese, Brazilian Usage

BZL37
Alexander Prista, Francisco Da Costa
Dover Publications
1985
118
0486208095
PAPER
Language & Phrasebooks
0
0
0
0
A handy, palm-size phrasebook for travelers with 1,100 useful words and expressions. It provides the English phrase, Portuguese equivalent and transliteration.
$4.95

The Brazilians

AMZ16
Joseph Page
Perseus
1996
540
0201441918
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
A clear, comprehensive and compelling introduction to Brazil, covering politics, history, economics, ecology, conservation and culture.
$22.95

Buenos Aires, A Cultural History

ARG21
Jason Wilson
Interlink Publishing Group
2000
249
156656347x
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
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.
$15.00

Bossa Nova, The Story of the Brazilian Music That Seduced the World

BZL47
Ruy Castro
Chicago Review Press
2003
372
1556524943
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Journalist Ruy Castro interviewed everyone who had anything to do with Bossa Nova for this animated history, capturing not only the personalities of pioneers like Antonio Carlos Jobim and Joao Gilberto but also the spirit of Rio de Janeiro in the 1960s.
$18.95

Samba

BZL38
Alma Guillermoprieto
Vintage Books
1991
244
067973256X
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
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.
$16.95

Fodor's Rio de Janeiro 25 Best

BZL103
Fodor's
2012
176
0876371454
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This slim guide, with handy full-color maps, has everything you need to know for a short visit to the city, including recommended sightseeing, restaurants, hotels and shops.
$12.99

The House of the Spirits

CHI02
Isabel Allende, Magda Bogin (Translator)
Dial Press
1993
433
0553273914
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
A remarkably imagined tale of four generations, much in the spirit of Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude, centered on a land-owning tyrant, and his wife, daughter and grandchild.
$16.00

Once Upon a Time in Rio

BZL123
Francisco Azevedo
Atria Books
2014
320
1451695578
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
This bestselling debut novel by Brazilian playwright Francisco Azevedo is a family saga about magic, happiness, tradition and a strain of rice that will never spoil.
$19.99

State of Wonder, A Novel

AMZ130
Ann Patchett
HarperCollins
2012
368
0062049801
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Pharmacologist Marina Singh travels to the heart of the Amazon to investigate the reported death of her colleague, a field researcher for a top-secret fertility drug.
$19.99

Tropical Nature

GPS13
Adrian Forsyth, Ken Miyata
Scribner
1984
248
0684187108
PAPER
Natural History
0
1
0
0
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.
$16.00