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Essential Reading Package-EXGML11

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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

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

Culture Smart! Guatemala

CAM119
Lisa Vaughn
Kuperard
2008
168
1857333489
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A concise and practical guide to local customs, etiquette and culture.
$9.95

Rough Guide Guatemala

CAM89
Rough Guide
Rough Guides
2015
376
0241181674
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This comprehensive guide features good cultural information and the best overview of where to go and what to do throughout the country. It's got consistently more -- and more accurate -- information on markets, towns and excursions than the competition. With chapters on Copan and the Honduran Bay Islands.
$24.99

Guatemala Adventure Map

CAM101
National Geographic Maps
National Geographic Maps
2013
2
1566956544
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
Water- and -tear proof with parks, preserves, underwater features and topography at a scale of 1:500,000.
$11.95

False Tongues and Sunday Bread: A Guatemalan and Mayan Cookbook

MYA97
Copeland Marks
Rowman & Littlefield
2014
408
1590772768
PAPER
Food
0
0
0
0
Food historian Marks traveled throughout Guatemala and nearby countries to showcase traditional Mayan flavor profiles through 300 savory recipes that pay homage to the ancient culture.
$22.95

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

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

Bitter Fruit, The Story of the American Coup in Guatemala

CAM82
Stephen Schlesinger, Stephen Kinzer
Harvard University Press
2005
331
067401930X
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A foreign policy classic first published in 1982, brilliantly written and devastating in its implications. Schlesinger and Kinzer provide a dramatic account of the CIA-backed overthrow of Guatemala's democratically elected government of Jacobo Arbenz in 1954.
$22.95

Rigoberta Menchu and the Story of All Poor Guatemalans

GML09
Elizabeth Burgos (Foreword), David Stoll
Perseus
2007
384
0813343968
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
This book alleges that Rigoberta Menchu took liberities with events depicted in her landmark autobiography. Updated with foreword by Elizabeth Burgos.
$39.00

The Chicken and the Quetzal

GML20
Paul Kockelman
Duke
2016
208
0822360721
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
In this very academic study, Kockelman discusses conservation and eco-tourism in relation to cultural values through the story of a small village in the Guatemalan highlands where citizens were encouraged to abandon farming methods that were endangering the Quetzal.
$23.95

The Guatemala Reader

GML18
Greg Grandin (Editor)
Duke
2011
648
0822351072
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
A lively, literate sourcebook on the politics, economy and society of Guatemala, aimed at students, travelers and scholars.
$29.95

The Maya, Voices in Stone

MYA96
et al., David Stuart
Turner
2016
516
8416354871
HARD COVER
History
0
0
0
0
Produced by a multi-national panel of scholars, this groundbreaking sourcebook is a comprehensive appraisal of Mayan culture (classical period through colonialism). The fresh, scholarly work is filled with over 300 maps, images and infographics.
$90.00

The Rigoberta Menchu Controversy

GML10
David Stoll, Arias Arturo (Editor)
University of Minnesota Press
2001
416
0816636265
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
This anthology examines the debate over the authenticity of "I, Rigoberta Menchu."
$23.50

Incidents of Travel in Central America, Chiapas and Yucatan: Volume One

MYA33
John Lloyd Stephens
Dover Publications
1969
396
048622404X
PAPER
Exploration
0
0
0
0
The first volume of Stephens' 1841 account, an instant bestseller and still an excellent introduction to the people, culture and archaeology of Central America. It follows Stephens through Belize and Guatemala, with several chapters on Copan. With 127 engravings by Frederick Catherwood. We also carry Volume Two. ($14.95, Item MYA05)
$17.95

The Code of Kings, The Language of Seven Sacred Maya Temples and Tombs

MYA13
Linda Schele, Peter Mathews
Touchstone
1999
432
0684852098
PAPER
Archaeology
0
0
0
0
A vivid guided tour of seven Maya sites, including Palenque, Tikal and Chichen Itza. This outstanding book features photos and line drawings throughout, and introductory chapters with a succinct introduction to Maya history and culture.
$25.99

The Maya

MYA10
Stephen Houston, Michael Coe
Thames & Hudson
2015
320
0500291888
PAPER
Archaeology
0
0
0
0
Coe's clear, concise, illustrated survey of the Maya highlights their chronology, accomplishments and legacy. Ninth edition.
$26.95

Traditional Weavers of Guatemala: Their Stories, Their Lives

GML19
Joe Coca (Photographer), Teresa Cordon, Deborah Chandler
Independent Publishers Group
2015
152
0983886075
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
Illustrated with colorful photos, this peak into the world of Mayan textiles profiles the artisans, who relied on the craft to survive a 36-year civil war and other unimaginable hardships.
$34.95

Guatemala: Never Again!

CAM88
Thomas Quigley
Aa Balkema
1999
424
157075294X
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Eyewitness testimony of the war conducted by the military against Guatemala's indigenous population during the 36-year civil war.
$34.00

Guatemalan Journey

GML03
Stephen Connely Benz
University of Texas Press
1996
212
0292708408
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Opening with a long chapter on life in Guatemala City, Benz’s memoir moves on to the remote highlands and other little-visited regions. An excellent account of Guatemala’s political history, traditions, and indigenous cultures.
$25.00

I, Rigoberta Menchu: An Indian Woman in Guatemala

GML01
Rigoberta Menchú, Elisabeth Burgos-Debray
Verso
2009
304
1844674185
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1992, Menchu speaks eloquently of her struggles against the military for a decent way of life. Although some of the book's events have been called into question, it is a compelling testimony to the power of a strong-minded, ordinary person and her love for her land.
$23.95

Jungle of Stone

MYA99
William Carlsen
HarperCollins
2017
544
0062407406
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Alongside his own 2,500-mile journey through Central America, William Carlsen retraces the Catherwood-Stephens Expedition, one of the first excursions to the Mayan temples of present-day Honduras, Guatemala and Mexico.
$17.99

Antigua and My Life Before

CRB121
Marcela Serrano, Margaret Sayers Peden (Translator)
Doubleday
2000
368
0385498020
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Set in Santiago, Chile, and the Guatemalan city of Antigua, this is the story of two women --- one a famous singer, the other an artist/architect -- and a tragic shooting that sparks off memories of their friendship.
$16.95

Popol Vuh, The Mayan Book of the Dawn of Life

MYA14
Dennis Tedlock (Editor)
Touchstone
1996
327
0684818450
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
The definitive, unabridged collection of creation myths and stories of the Quiche people, fundamental to understanding the worldview of the highland Maya.
$16.99

Guatemala Pacific Slope Birds

CAM162
Rainforest Publications
Rainforest Publications
2014
188853818X
PLASTIC CARD
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
Perfect identifying the birds of Guatemala’s Pacific Slope, this 12-panel guide easily slips into a pocket. Full-color illustrations. Folded size: 3.5 x 8.75 inches. Unfolded size: 24 x 8.75 inches.
$7.95

Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Northern Central America

CAM167
Jesse Fagan
Houghton Mifflin Company
2016
416
054437326X
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
This updated Peterson field guide covers all the species recorded in Central America (about 800) with behavioral vignettes, full-color range maps and 1,000 illustrations. Ideal for birders traveling to Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.
$25.00

Lost Worlds: Life in the Balance (IMAX)

MYA91
Bayley Silleck
Slingshot
2002
630692695X
DVD
Film
0
0
0
0
A journey into the ancient Mayan city of Tikal, the ruins of which are located in present-day Guatemala. Narrated by Harrison Ford, the film wonders what its fate means about the decline of global civilization as it "hurtles towards 2012."
$14.95

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

Rain Forest Coloring Book

AMZ124
Annika Bernhard
Dover Publications
1998
48
048640112X
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
A great way to occupy travelers ages 8 and up, these detailed line drawings realistically depict the South American rain forest and come ready to color!
$4.99

Mystery of the Maya

MYA90
R. A. Montgomery
Aa Balkema
2006
131
1933390050
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
A classic "choose your own adventure" story. While on assignment in Mexico, your friend Tom disappears while searching for clues about the sudden collapse of the Mayan civilization. Your search for him could uncover human sacrifice, alien spacecraft -- even time travel!
$6.99

Rain, Rain, Rain Forest

AMZ141
Brenda Z. Guiberson
Aa Balkema
2015
32
1250056772
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
A vibrant, sensory introduction to the animals of the rainforest. When downpour wakes the creatures of the jungle they begin their wild cacophony. The narrative and fun facts are accompanied by colorful collage illustrations. Written for ages 4 to 8.
$7.99

Let's Explore... Jungle

AMZ142
Lonely Planet Publications
Lonely Planet Publications
2016
48
1760340383
PAPER
Exploration
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
Part of Lonely Planet’s "Let’s Explore..." series, this sticker activity book takes explorers ages 5 to 8 deep into the jungle with fascinating facts, puzzles and plenty of pages to color and complete. The colorful kids’ book includes over 250 stickers.
$9.99

What's Up in the Amazon Rainforest

AMZ143
Ginjer L. Clarke
Penguin Putnam
2015
144
0448481030
PAPER
Science
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
Geared for ages 8-12, this informative science book uncovers the plants and animals of the Amazon Rainforest, including 500-year-old trees, pink dolphins, poison dart frogs, howler monkeys and many more!
$8.99

More Books

Breaking Out of Beginner's Spanish

CAM06
Joseph Keenan
University of Texas Press
2015
240
0292761937
PAPER
Language & Phrasebooks
0
0
0
0
Idioms, common mistakes in word usage and other helpful advice on tackling spoken Spanish. You'll need some foundation to take full advantage of this book -- but even a complete novice will appreciate the author's playful sense of humor.
$19.95

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

An Album of Maya Architecture

MYA06
Tatiana Proskouriakoff
University of Oklahoma Press
2003
164
0806113510
PAPER
Archaeology
0
0
0
0
Scholar, artist and architect Proskouriakoff presents breathtaking artistic reconstructions of what Maya cities may have looked like in their heyday in this classic work, first published in 1946.
$34.95

Guatemala Map

CAM24
ITMB
ITMB
2008
2
0921463642
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A detailed, double-sided travel map of Guatemala at the very good scale of 1:470,000.
$12.95

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

Guatemala in Focus, A Guide to the People, Politics and Culture

GML04
Trisha O'Kane
Interlink Publishing Group
2000
94
1566562422
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
This slim guide focuses on the history of Guatemala, its cultural heritage and current political, environmental and economic challenges. An excellent synopsis from an unabashedly left-leaning perspective.
$12.95

The Massacre at El Mozote: A Parable of the Cold War

CAM67
Mark Danner
Vintage Books
1994
067975525X
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A reconstruction of a 1981 massacre in El Salvador and the role of the United States.
$15.95

Unfinished Conquest, The Guatemalan Tragedy

CAM83
Daniel Chauche (Photographer), Victor Perera
University of California Press
1993
297
0520203496
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
An oral history of devastating 30-year civil war; Perera interviewed hundreds of people for this astonishing book, not only the resilient Maya but also landowners, government officials, military personnel and clergy.
$34.95

Time Among the Maya, Travels in Belize, Guatemala, and Mexico

CAM84
Ronald Wright
Grove Press
2000
464
0802137288
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Wright combines journalism, archaeology and an ear for dialogue in this engaging account of travels among the contemporary Maya.
$16.00

Lonely Planet Guatemala

CAM85
Lonely Planet
Lonely Planet Publications
2016
320
1786571145
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A comprehensive, practical guide to Guatemala with 35 local and city maps, color photographs and extensive information on where to go and what to do.
$24.99

Reading the Maya Glyphs

MYA26
Mark Van Stone, Michael Coe
W. W. Norton & Company
2005
160
0500285535
PAPER
Archaeology
0
0
0
0
This compact, illustrated guide to commonly encountered Maya hieroglyphs provides an excellent introduction to Maya writing for the traveler. We also carry Coe’s classic text The Maya. ($24.95, Item MYA10)
$19.95

Travelers' Tales Central America

CAM96
Larry Habegger (Editor), Natanya Pearlman (Editor)
Traveler's Tales
2001
277
1885211740
PAPER
Anthology
0
0
0
0
Organized thematically with contributions set in Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama, this collection of eyewitness reports includes Joan Didion, P.J. O'Rourke and Paul Theroux.
$17.95

A Short History of Progress

WLD62
Ronald Wright
Carroll & Graff
2005
132
0786715472
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
These succint essays, originally presented as a radio broadcast, analyze the rise and fall of great societies, including Maya, Roman, Sumerian, Ancient Chinese and Easter Island.
$15.99

Daily Life in Maya Civilization

MYA60
Robert J. Sharer
Greenwood
2009
256
0313351295
HARD COVER
History
0
0
0
0
In this second edition of this important textbook, revised to incorporate the latest archaeological discoveries, Sharer describes Mayan political life, economy, social structure, religion, writing, warfare and scientific methods.
$55.00

The Modern Maya, Incidents of Travel and Friendship in Yucatan

MYA92
MacDuff Everton
University of Texas Press
2012
352
0292726937
HARD COVER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
In his superb photo essay on the lives of the modern Maya, Everton, who spent more than four decades living among the Maya, updates our perception of the people by revealing how the Maya live, work and preserve their rich culture today.
$50.00

Dawn of the Maya

MYA94
National Geographic Society
National Geographic Video
2004
0792248120
DVD
Film
0
0
0
0
National Geographic investigates the Preclassic Maya, discrediting the belief that they were a primitive culture and revealing instead a flourishing society that created elaborate art and massive pyramids. Runtime: 60 minutes.
$24.95

Quest for the Lost Maya

MYA95
National Geographic Society
National Geographic Video
2012
6315942903
DVD
Film
0
0
0
0
After discovering a forgotten Mayan society in the Yucatan, American archaeologists George Bey and Bill Ringle dig deeper to find an ancient royal palace complex buried beneath an old pyramid. Runtime: 60 minutes.
$19.99

Wings of Resistance: The Giant Kites of Guatemala

GML21
Scott Skinner, Christopher Ornelas
Drachen
2013
102
0615551548
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
In the Guatemalan highlands, the town of Sumpango celebrates the Day of the Dead annually by flying beautifully ornate giant kites that can be seen from miles away. This unique festival is also a salve for a community still suffering from the aftermath of a deadly 30-year civil war. Includes color photos.
$29.95