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Costa Rica & Nicaragua

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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.
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Essential Reading Package-EXCAM174

Item EXCAM174. 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

The Jaguar Smile, A Nicaraguan Journey

CAM43
Salman Rushdie
Random House
2008
160
081297672X
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Rushdie's account of visit to the country at the height of the Contra war goes underneath the headlines. It's a cultural portrait -- simple, straightforward and "written with a novelist's eye for irony," according to the New York Times.
$15.00

Lonely Planet Nicaragua

CAM116
Alex Egerton, Bridget Gleeson
Lonely Planet Publications
2016
320
1786571161
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This practical guide to Nicaragua features maps, a good overview of culture, history and nature, and much nuts-and-bolts information on accommodations and sightseeing.
$24.99

National Geographic Costa Rica

CRC26
Christopher P. Baker
National Geographic
2013
272
1426211635
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This stylish and informative travel resource features 200 photographs, many maps and good information on the country's history, nature and culture.
$22.95

Central America Map

CAM20
ITMB
ITMB
2012
2
1553410645
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A detailed map of the Central American isthmus at a scale of 1:1,100,000.
$12.95

Nicaragua Map

CAM74
ITMB
ITMB
1
0921463634
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A map of Nicaragua at a scale of 1:750,000 with good topographic relief.
$12.95

Lonely Planet Costa Rican Spanish Phrasebook

CRC25
Lonely Planet
Lonely Planet Publications
2017
256
1786574179
PAPER
Language & Phrasebooks
0
0
0
0
A pocket guide to understanding idioms, slang and Spanish as it is spoken by the Ticos.
$9.99

A Brief History of Central America

CAM49
Hector Perez-Brignoll
University of California Press
1989
223
0520068327
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A good overview of the region’s economic, political and social history through the 1980s by a professor at the University of Costa Rica. Well-written, informative and concise.
$29.95

A Forest of Kings, The Untold Story of the Ancient Maya

MYA22
Linda Schele, David Freidel (Contributor)
Quill
1992
542
0688112048
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
The history of the Maya, as it was recorded in the previously undecipherable hieroglyphs of the Maya. This excellent account traces the kingships and politics of the Maya, and features narratives recreating scenes of burials, blood sacrifices, battles and other events.
$26.99

Banana, The Fate of the Fruit That Changed the World

CAM137
Dan Koeppel
Penguin Putnam
2008
304
0452290082
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Koeppel traces the history, natural and otherwise, politics and precarious current status of modern monoculture, touching down in India (world center of banana diversity), Ecuador (world's largest producer) and Guatemala.
$17.00

Forgotten Continent

SAM123
Michael Reid
Yale University Press
2009
400
0300151209
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
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.
$26.00

The Ticos

CRC32
Richard Biesanz
1999
307
1555877370
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
1
0
This insightful, fact-filled portrait of the Costa Rican people details their culture, history and society.
$24.50

Maya Art and Architecture

MYA20
Mary Ellen Miller
Thames & Hudson
2014
256
0500204225
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
An illustrated overview of the art and architecture of the Maya, making use of the latest discoveries at Tikal, Copan and Palenque to demonstrate the range of Mayan artistic influence. Revised and updated, this new edition includes color illustrations throughout.
$20.95

Costa Rica, A Traveler's Literary Companion

CRC03
Barbara Ras
Whereabouts Press
1994
238
1883513006
PAPER
Anthology
0
0
0
0
These 26 well-chosen stories by Costa Rican writers introduce the people, culture and land.
$14.95

Costa Rica, A Journey Through Nature

CRC68
Adrian Hepworth
Cornell University Press
2014
208
0801453062
HARD COVER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
Dividing the book by ecosystem and geographic area, BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year Hepworth's color photographs showcase the diversity of Costa Rica's wildlife and habitats.
$39.95

The Monkey's Bridge, Mysteries of Evolution in Central America

CAM56
David Rains Wallace
2007
280
1595340408
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
Opening this absorbing account of the history and biogeography of the Central American isthmus with the tale of Columbus, Wallace often weaves his own travels in the region with a crisp overview of exploration, nature and evolution. Natural history buffs and ecologically minded travelers will appreciate this valuable resource.
$18.95

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

Volcanoes, Crucibles of Change

GEO02
Richard Fisher
Princeton University Press
1998
344
0691002495
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
A complete primer for the volcano lover, this heavily illustrated book covers types of volcanoes and eruptions, worldwide distribution and the physics of their formation.
$38.95

Wild Costa Rica

CRC69
Adrian Hepworth
MIT Press
2008
176
0262083833
HARD COVER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
This beautiful, informative survey of the habitats, wildlife and protected areas of Costa Rica features 200 color photographs and chapters on natural history and conservation.
$35.95

Costa Rica Butterflies & Moths

CRC57
James Kavanagh
Waterford Press
2007
1583553401
PLASTIC CARD
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
A handy, laminated fold-up card with color illustrations of Costa Rica’s more visible species of butterflies and moths. Includes the distinguishing markings or behaviors of each species.
$7.95

Costa Rica Wildlife Guide

CRC51
Rainforest Publications
Rainforest Publications
2010
1888538120
PLASTIC CARD
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
A richly colored fold-out, 14-panel laminated plastic card featuring beautifully rendered illustrations of the assortment of mammals, reptiles, birds, amphibians, butterflies and primates found in Costa Rica.
$7.95

Costa Rican Wildlife

CRC24
Pocket Naturalist
Waterford Press
2013
1583550739
PLASTIC CARD
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
This handy, fold-up card includes color illustrations of dozens of typical birds, mammals and reptiles. We also carry plastic cards for Costa Rica Birds (Item CRC56) and Costa Rica Butterflies & Moths (Item CRC57), $6.95 each.
$7.95

The Birds of Costa Rica

CRC53
Richard Garrigues, Robert Dean (Illustrator)
Cornell University Press
2014
425
0801479886
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
This new edition covers 903 species of birds with hundreds of new, supplemental or revised color illustrations by Robert Dean and revised color-coded range maps.
$29.95

The Wildlife of Costa Rica, A Field Guide

CRC77
Twan Leenders, Robert Dean, Jim Zook, Fiona Reid
Cornell University Press
2010
360
0801476100
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
This guide includes 450 of the most common, interesting and charismatic mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and arthropods that you are likely to encounter. With exquisite full-color illustrations for each.
$29.95

More Books

Costa Rica's National Parks and Reserves

CAM04
Joseph Franke
Mountaineers
2009
272
1594850356
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
With trails, maps and travel details for 46 parks and reserves from Guanacaste to Monteverde, Manuel Antonio, Tortuguero and La Amistad.
$21.95

Costa Rican Natural History

CAM05
Daniel Janzen
University of Chicago Press
1983
832
0226393348
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
A prize-winning reader on all aspects of the natural history of Costa Rica, this hefty and thorough illustrated book is remarkably well written and rewarding for the serious general reader.
$62.00

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

The New Neotropical Companion

GPS11
J.C. Kricher, Mark Plotkin (Introduction)
Princeton University Press
2017
448
0691115257
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
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. A revised second edition.
$35.00

Costa Rica Adventure Map

CAM22
National Geographic
National Geographic Maps
2008
2
1566953146
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A double-sided map at a scale of 1:500,000.
$11.95

Costa Rica, Travellers' Wildlife Guides

CRC11
Les Beletsky
Interlink Publishing Group
2004
448
1566565294
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
This handy field guide features 350 color illustrations of commonly encountered birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles. With chapters on habitats, parks and conservation.
$29.95

Rough Guide Costa Rica

CRC13
Jean McNeil
Rough Guides
2014
496
1409347885
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
An opinionated, thorough travel guide with region-by-region descriptions.
$24.99

Lonely Planet Costa Rica

CRC19
Mara Vorhees
Lonely Planet Publications
2016
544
1786571129
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This practical guide to Costa Rica features maps, a good overview of culture, history and nature, and plenty of information on excursions, accommodations and sightseeing. With color photographs and excellent travel information.
$24.99

501 Spanish Verbs

GEN134
Christopher Kendris
Barron's
2010
728
0764197975
PAPER
Language & Phrasebooks
0
0
0
0
The perennial favorite among students of Spanish.
$16.99

Field Guide to the Wildlife of Costa Rica

CRC27
Carrol Henderson, Alexander Skutch (Introduction)
University of Texas Press
2002
560
029273459X
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
A comprehensive photographic guide to 300 commonly encountered and unusual species of birds, mammals and other wildlife, with a good overview of the geographic setting and natural history of the region.
$39.95

Stories and Poems, A Dual-Language Book

CAM107
Ruben Dario, Stanley Appelbaum (Translator)
Dover Publications
2002
256
0486420655
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
A selection of poems and stories by the beloved Nicaraguan writer, with Spanish and the English translation on facing pages.
$22.95

Costa Rica Reader: History, Culture, Politics

CRC40
Steven Palmer (Editor), Ivan Molina (Editor)
Duke
2004
392
0822333724
PAPER
Anthology
0
0
0
0
A lively, literate sourcebook on the politics, economy and society of Costa Rica
$28.95

Eyewitness Guide Costa Rica

CRC43
Eyewitness Guides
DK Publishing
2016
328
1465441158
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This superb guide, divided geographically, features color photographs, dozens of excellent maps and a strong focus on wildlife.
$25.00

Tropical Plants of Costa Rica

CRC55
Willow Zuchowski
Cornell University Press
2007
529
0801473748
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
Organized by habitat, this photo guide to 400 species has chapters on popular destinations, including Monteverde and Tortuguero.
$35.00

Costa Rica Birds

CRC56
James Kavanagh
Waterford Press
2007
1583553398
PLASTIC CARD
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
A handy, laminated fold-up card with full-color illustrations of birds commonly found in Costa Rica. Great for kids, too.
$7.95

Selected Writings, Ruben Dario

CAM123
Ruben Dario
Penguin
2005
667
0143039369
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
This anthology of the beloved Nicaraguan modernist poet includes his best-known work presented in English and Spanish, along with short stories, fables, profiles, travel writing, journalism and letters.
$20.00

Nature of the Rainforest, Costa Rica and Beyond

CRC67
Adrian Forsyth, E.O. Wilson (Introduction)
Cornell University Press
2008
200
0801474752
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
Our favorite biologist-writer returns to the Neotropics in this beautifully illustrated, oversized overview of the rainforest. A marvelous, anecdotal introduction to ecology, evolution and conservation.
$29.95

A Bird-Finding Guide to Costa Rica

CRC73
Barrett Lawson
Cornell University Press
2009
360
0801475848
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
With bird lists, directions, descriptions and lodges for 53 sites in Costa Rica.
$29.95

Frommer's EasyGuide to Costa Rica

CRC88
Frommer's
Frommer's
2016
320
1628872624
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
EasyGuides are full of practical, easy to absorb information and emphasize authentic experiences. This lightweight guide highlights important attractions with expert advice on accommodations and meals.
$14.95

Teach a Woman to Fish, Overcoming Poverty Around the Globe

TVL588
Ritu Sharma
St. Martins
2014
288
1137278587
HARD COVER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Sharing her travels through Sri Lanka, Burkina Faso, Honduras and Nicaragua, Ritu Sharma details how women are battling scarcity, government corruption, lack of infrastructure and inequality to overcome poverty.
$36.99

For Kids

The Most Beautiful Roof in the World

FST04
Kathryn Lasky, Christopher Knight (Photographer)
Gulliver
1997
48
0152008977
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
A tropical botanist and her sons climb among the ropes and walkways of a rainforest canopy in this photographic odyssey. For ages 9-12.
$9.99

Eyewitness Jungle

FST06
Theresa Greenaway, Geoff Dann (Photographer)
DK Publishing
2009
63
0756645441
HARD COVER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
FAMILY
Geared for ages 9 to 12, the hundreds of eye-popping photographs of birds, monkeys, towering trees, orchids and all manner of rainforest life will also appeal to the whole family.
$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

Nancy Drew, The Scarlet Macaw Scandal

CRC50
Carolyn Keene
Aladdin Books
2004
160
0689868448
PAPER
Mystery
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
Nancy and her friends head for Costa Rica's Corcovado National Park to relax and study monkeys when they stumble upon, naturally, a mystery to be solved.
$5.99

Monkeys are Made of Chocolate, Exotic and Unseen Costa Rica

CRC72
Jack Ewing
PixyJack Press
2005
224
0965809811
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
FAMILY
Ewing, founder of Hacienda Baru in southern Costa Rica, weaves tales of the rainforest, wildlife, ecology and conservation in these 32 marvelous essays for the whole family.
$19.95