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Essential Reading Package-EXLAO7

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Southeast Asia, An Introductory History

SEA73
Milton Osborne
Trafalgar Square
2016
368
1760291684
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
In the 12th edition of this classic, Osborne (The Mekong) traces social, political and economic change in the region since the 18th century.
$23.95

The Mekong, Turbulent Past, Uncertain Future

SEA28
Milton Osborne
Grove Press
2001
320
0802138020
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A cultural history of the great river from prehistory to European exploration, colonial tensions and modern challenges. It's an engaging introduction to the history of Southeast Asia.
$16.00

Lonely Planet Laos

LAO02
Justine Vaisutis, Andrew Burke
Lonely Planet Publications
2014
352
1741799546
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This practical guide to Laos by Lonely Planet features maps, a 60-page overview of culture, history and nature and plenty of information on excursions, accommodations and sightseeing.
$27.99

Laos Map

LAO11
Reise Know How
Reise Know How
2014
2
3831772797
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
Presented at a scale of 1:600,000, Reise's map of Laos is printed on rip- and water-resistant paper and focuses on cities, rivers and topography. Sixth edition.
$14.95

Groovy Laos Map

LAO37
Groovy Map Co.
Groovy Maps
2012
1
9745251569
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
An easy-to-use, laminated map/guide to Laos. Includes map and insets of Greater Vientiane, downtown Vientiane, Greater Luang Prabang and downtown Luang Prabang alongside helpful listings. Folded size: 4 x 8.5 inches.
$8.95

Laos: The Mekong River From Source to Sea

LAO28
Odyssey Maps
Odyssey Maps
2014
1
9622178537
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
This double-sided map-guide features a detailed map of Laos (1:1,470,000km) with a shaded relief map of the Mekong River (1:3,150,000km) on the reverse.
$14.95

Insight Guide Laos & Cambodia

SEA44
Insight Guides
Insight Guides
2013
9814120421
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This beautiful guide features wonderful photographs and essays prepared by experts on Laos and Cambodia's attractions, history, culture and nature.
$24.99

Lonely Planet Lao Phrasebook

LAO25
Lonely Planet
Lonely Planet Publications
2014
224
174179336X
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This handy pocket phrasebook includes pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary.
$9.99

A History of Laos

LAO06
Martin Stuart-Fox
Cambridge University Press
1997
256
0521597463
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A comprehensive, scholarly history of the country, focusing on the modern period and emergence of Laos as a contemporary nation state. With chapters on the early kingdoms and French Laos.
$52.00

A Traveller's History of Southeast Asia

SEA36
J.M. Barwise, Nicholas J. White
Interlink Publishing Group
2015
352
1566564395
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A compact history of the region, including the Khmer and the various ancient kingdoms that produced Borobudur, Angkor and other architectural marvels.
$14.95

The Last Unicorn, A Search for One of Earth's Rarest Creatures

SEA89
William Debuys
Little Brown and Company
2015
368
0316232874
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
A simply-written, tender travelogue about a scientist's search for a rare, newly discovered animal in the mountain forests of Laos: the saola.
$18.00

The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down

VNM31
Anne Fadiman
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
1998
352
0374525641
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
American Scholar editor Fadiman gracefully documents the encounter between two worldviews in an intimate portrait of a Hmong refugee family in California.
$15.00

Tragic Mountains: The Hmong, the Americans, and the Secret Wars for Laos, 1942-1992

LAO12
Jane Hamilton-Merritt
Indiana University Press
1999
608
0253207568
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A portrait of the Hmong, their role in America's clandestine war in Laos during the Vietnam era and their persecution and plight in Laos since being abandoned by America in 1975.
$40.00

Arts of Southeast Asia

SEA45
Fiona Kerlogue
Thames & Hudson
2004
224
0500203814
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
A handsome guide to the art, architecture, textiles and crafts of Southeast Asia.
$16.95

River Road to China, The Search for the Source of the Mekong, 1866-73

SEA29
Milton Osborne
Atlantic Monthly Press
1999
247
0871137526
PAPER
Exploration
0
0
0
0
An excellent modern account of a 19th-century French expedition 4,000 miles from Vietnam and Cambodia into unknown regions of China in search of the source of the Mekong.
$16.95

The Golden Lands, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand & Vietnam

SEA88
Vikram Lall
Abbeville Publishing Group
2014
280
0789211947
HARD COVER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
The product of 25 years of research into Buddhist architecture, this survey takes us from the monastic complexes of India to the dzongs of Bhutan, inside the wats of Southeast Asia and through the simple wooden shrines of Japan. Gorgeously illustrated throughout with color photos and 3D renderings.
$95.00

A Dragon Apparent, Travels in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam

SEA40
Norman Lewis
Sickle Moon
2003
358
090787133X
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
1
1
0
A classic account of travels and adventure during the last years of French Indochina, strong on atmosphere with wonderfully detailed descriptions of local cultures and archaeological treasures. First published in 1951.
$33.95

The River's Tale, A Year on the Mekong

SEA33
Edward Gargan
Vintage Books
2003
352
0375705597
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
A personal, probing chronicle of a 3,000-mile journey on the river from its source in China through Tibet, Burma, Laos, Thailand and Cambodia to the Mekong Delta in Vietnam.
$16.95

Collected Short Stories, Volume 4

SEA01
W. Somerset Maugham
Penguin
1995
464
0140185925
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Maugham can evoke turn-of-the-century colonial Asia like no other. This collection of stories features many set in Malaysia, Borneo and other Southeast Asian locales, including the well-known tale "The Letter."
$18.00

Curse of the Pogo Stick

LAO18
Colin Cotterill
Soho Press
2009
240
1569475903
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
A pogo stick brings a curse on a Hmong village (which our hero, the septuagenarian national coroner Dr. Siri, is improbably asked to remove) in this thrilling fifth quirky mystery set in Laos.
$15.95

The Coroner's Lunch

LAO21
Colin Cotterill
Soho Press
2015
304
1616956496
PAPER
Mystery
0
0
0
0
The first in Colin Cotterill's wonderful Dr. Siri Paiboun mystery series follows the septuagenarian national coroner of Laos as he navigates both the criminal underworld of communist Laos and the spiritual world of his ancestors.
$9.99

Birds of Southeast Asia

SEA49
Craig Robson
Princeton University Press
2005
304
0691124353
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
This authoritative, masterfully illustrated guide, featuring 140 color plates covering 1,270 species throughout the region, includes Malaysia, Burma, Borneo and Indonesia.
$37.50

Pocket Photo Guide to the Birds of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos

SEA97
Peter Davidson
Bloomsbury USA
2017
144
1472932846
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
With clear color photographs and brief, authoritative descriptions Bloomsbury's field guide to Southeast Asia depicts 252 of the country's most common birds with clear color photographs and brief descriptions. The book easily slips in a pocket or daypack.
$16.00

Pocket Photo Guide to the Mammals of South-East Asia

SEA99
Charles Francis
Bloomsbury USA
2017
128
147293797X
PAPER
Field Guide
5/9/2017
0
0
0
0
With clear color photographs and brief, authoritative descriptions Bloomsbury's field guide to Southeast Asia depicts 192 of the country's most common mammals with clear color photographs and brief descriptions. The book easily slips in a pocket or daypack.
$16.00

Southeast Asia Birds, A Folding Pocket Guide to Familiar Species

SEA90
James Kavanagh
Waterford Press
2015
1583559612
PLASTIC CARD
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
A laminated, pocket-sized reference to 140 birds common to Southeast Asian. Each is profiled with detailed illustrations and easy-to-read descriptions.
$7.95

Southeast Asia Wildlife, A Folding Pocket Guide to Familiar Animals

SEA91
James Kavanagh
Waterford Press
2015
1583559620
PLASTIC CARD
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
A laminated, pocket-sized reference to 140 birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians common to Southeast Asian. Each is profiled with detailed illustrations and easy-to-read descriptions.
$7.95

Wildlife of Southeast Asia

SEA94
Susan Myers
Princeton University Press
2016
288
0691154856
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
Designed for quick identification, this field guide covers the area's common fauna with descriptions, distribution maps and 500 color photos.
$22.95

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

Nine-In-One Grr! Grr!, A Folktale from the Hmong People of Laos

LAO31
Cathy Spagnoli, Blia Xiong
Children's Press
1993
32
0892391103
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
When the great god Shao promises Tiger nine cubs each year, Bird comes up with a clever trick to prevent the land from being overrun by tigers. Based on the lore of the Hmong people of Laos.
$9.95

Laos

LAO32
A. Kamala Dalal
National Geographic
2009
64
1426303882
HARD COVER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
Explore the geography, people, history, culture and government of Laos through the photographs, maps and illustrated text of this book designed for readers age 8 to 12.
$27.90

Laos

LAO35
Stephen Mansfield
Marshall Cavendish
2008
144
0761430350
HARD COVER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
This book introduces the geography, history, religious beliefs, government and people of Laos.
$47.07

Folk Stories of the Hmong, Peoples of Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam

SEA84
Dia Cha
Greenwood
2000
135
0872878546
HARD COVER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
YOUNG ADULTS
This book contains interpretations of the oral folk stories of the Hmong people, with photographs of the native dress and illustrations depicted in the style of Pa Ndau story cloth.
$40.00

Lao Folktales

LAO34
Wajuppa Tossa
Greenwood
2008
205
1591583454
HARD COVER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
YOUNG ADULTS
A collection of over 50 folktales from Laos, including information on the country's geography, people, history and more.
$40.00

More Books

Anarchy and Old Dogs

LAO22
Colin Cotterill
Soho Press
2008
272
1569475016
PAPER
Mystery
0
0
0
0
With the help of his old friend comrade Civilai, now a senior member of the Laos politburo; Nurse Dtui; Phosy, a police officer; and Aunt Bpoo, a transvestite fortune-teller, Dr. Siri solves a mystery and foils a plot to overthrow the government of Laos.
$15.95

Fodor's Bangkok's 25 Best

TLD40
Sylvie Franquet, Anthony Sattin
Fodor's
2015
128
1101879416
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This slim guide to Bangkok includes an excellent pullout map of the center of the city along with essential information on its highlights.
$13.99

Footprint Laos Handbook

LAO10
Boobbyer, Claire,, Claire Boobbyer
Footprint Handbooks
2015
336
1910120294
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A sturdy practical guide in the British Footprint series, featuring in-depth practical information, 42 sketch maps and an overview of history and culture.
$27.99

Footprint Vietnam, Cambodia & Laos

SEA52
Footprint Guides
Footprint Handbooks
2015
576
1910120332
PAPER
Guidebook
7/22/2016
0
0
0
0
With practical information on attractions, transportation, food, activities and lodgings. Includes Bangkok.
$25.99

A Fortune-Teller Told Me, Earthbound Travels in the Far East

SEA35
Tizanio Terzani
Crown
2002
371
060980958X
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
A peripatetic journalist sets off to Laos, Cambodia, Burma, Thailand, Mongolia, China, Japan and other far-flung destinations in this warm, anecdotal account.
$16.00

In Search of Southeast Asia: a Modern History

SEA18
David P. Chandler, David J. Steinberg (Editor)
University of Hawaii Press
1988
590
0824811100
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
An outstanding scholarly overview of Southeast Asia's social, economic and political history with contributions by seven experts on the region.
$34.00

It's Easier Than You Think, The Buddhist Way to Happiness

GEN264
Sylvia Boorstein
HarperCollins
1997
145
0062512943
PAPER
Religion
0
0
0
0
A down-to-earth, warm-hearted introduction to the basic teaching of Buddhism.
$14.99

Laos and Cambodia Map

LAO07
ITMB
ITMB
2012
2
1553412907
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
This double-sided map, with index, shows Laos (1:725,000) with Cambodia (1:1,200,000) on the reverse. With Ventienne and Phnom Penh.
$12.95

Love Songs from a Shallow Grave

LAO26
Colin Cotterill
Soho Press
2011
304
1569479615
PAPER
Mystery
0
0
0
0
Lured to Cambodia , Dr. Siri runs afoul of the genocidal Khmer Rouge in this seventh mystery. Will this be the end of our hero?
$15.95

The Merry Misogynist

LAO23
Colin Cotterill
Soho Press
2010
288
1569476543
PAPER
Mystery
0
0
0
0
Dr. Siri investigates a loathsome serial killer wooing and wedding country girls in this sixth book in the mordant series.
$15.95

The Naked Tourist, In Search of Adventure and Beauty in the Age of the Airport Mall

SEA50
Lawrence Osborne
North Point Press
2007
256
0865477094
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
New York Times Magazine writer Lawrence Osborne takes off on a six-month journey from the fabricated islands of Dubai to India, Bangkok, Bali and Papua New Guinea. Along the way, he is funny and insightful about the Western mind, the exotic and primitive, asking: "Why travel at all?"
$20.00

A Photographic Guide to the Birds of Southeast Asia

SEA39
Morten Strange
Gardners Books
2014
400
0804844518
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
A compact photographic guide to almost 700 species of birds in the region, featuring concise descriptions and distribution maps.
$24.95

The Rough Guide to Laos

LAO36
Steven Vickers
Rough Guides
2014
336
1409348830
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A comprehensive guide to Laos in the literate, infomative Rough Guide style.
$25.99

Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia Map

SEA75
Nelles
Nelles Maps
2016
1
3865745482
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A great folded map of Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia at a scale of 1:1,500,000. With inset maps for Central Vientiane, Hanoi, Luang Prabang, Phnom Penh and Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon).
$13.95

Eyewitness Cambodia & Laos

CBD74
Eyewitness Guides
DK Publishing
2016
288
1465440062
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
Sumptuously illustrated, up-to-date and with excellent maps and site plans, this Eyewitness guide covers history, culture and attractions.
$25.00

What the Buddha Taught

SEA41
Walpola Sri Rahula
Grove Press
1994
151
0802130313
PAPER
Religion
0
0
0
0
A classic introduction to Buddhism by a respected monk and scholar from Sri Lanka. Provides translations from original texts with explanations for Western readers. A good foundation for anyone interested in understanding the foundations of Buddhism.
$16.00

Travels in the East

ASA63
Donald Richie, Stephen Mansfield (Introduction)
Stone Bridge
2007
180
1933330619
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
The unmatchable, exuberant Richie (who winningly writes "New countries are like new clothes") muses on Egypt, India, Bhutan, Mongolia, China, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Borneo, Thailand, Yap, Korea, and Japan in this kaleidoscope of travel essays.
$14.95

Worth Looking For

Angkor Map

CBD16
River Books
Antique Collector's Club
2007
1
9748900703
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
1
A site plan and pocket guide to the city of Angkor at a scale of 1:40,000.
$12.95

Shooting at the Moon, The Story of America's Clandestine War in Laos

LAO05
Roger Warner
Steerforth Press
1997
436
1883642361
PAPER
History
0
0
0
1
Soldiers, diplomats, Hmong villagers and CIA strategists are all depicted fully in this engrossing, well-reported history of the secret war in Laos.
$24.95

Culture Shock! Laos

LAO13
Robert Cooper
Marshall Cavendish
2011
211
1558683011
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
1
A practical guide to Laotian customs, etiquette and culture, perfect for the business traveler, casual visitor or resident.
$15.95