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Sri Lanka

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Essential Reading Package-EXSRL5

Item EXSRL5. Buy these 4 items as a set for $67 including shipping, 15% off the retail price. With free shipping on anything else you order.  Buy Package

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

Running in the Family

SRL04
Michael Ondaatje
Vintage Books
1993
207
0679746692
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Award-winning author Ondaatje returns to his native Sri Lanka in this hypnotic travelogue. His lovingly traced family memoirs are interspersed with poetry and ruminations on the island's post-colonial history.
$15.00

Bradt Guide Sri Lanka

SRL17
Royston Ellis
Bradt Publications
2014
320
1841624853
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A detailed overview of Sri Lanka, its history, wildlife, culture and major attractions, geared for the independent traveler.
$24.99

Sri Lanka Map

SRL08
Nelles
Nelles Guides
2016
2
3865740715
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A detailed, colorful map of the island, at a scale of 1:450,000.
$14.95

Culture Smart! Sri Lanka

IDA537
Emma Boyle
Kuperard
2009
168
1857334760
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A concise, no-nonsense guide to local customs, etiquette and culture with a short overview of the land and people along with practical travel advice.
$9.95

Lonely Planet Sinhala Phrasebook

SRL12
Lonely Planet
Lonely Planet Publications
2014
232
1743211929
PAPER
Language & Phrasebooks
0
0
0
0
A pocket guide and dictionary to the language of Sri Lanka for travelers.
$9.99

Hidden Kitchens of Sri Lanka

SRL36
Bree Hutchins
Independent Publishers Group
2014
272
174336055X
HARD COVER
Food
0
0
0
0
In each of Sri Lanka’s geographic regions, acclaimed food writer Bree Hutchins uncovers authentic recipes and reports on the heartwarming stories behind them.
$39.95

An Introduction to Buddhism

REL22
Peter Harvey
Cambridge University Press
2012
552
0521676746
PAPER
Religion
0
0
0
0
Harvey's wide-ranging overview of Buddhist thought, teachings and practice across the Buddhist world includes an excellent treatment of the varieties of Theravada Buddhism.
$34.99

Arrow of the Blue-Skinned God

IDA250
Jonah Blank
Grove Press
2000
370
0802137334
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
Blank's entertaining portrait of contemporary India and Sri Lanka mixes reporting, anecdote and myth as he travels, sometimes in the footsteps of India's great hero Rama.
$18.00

Sri Lanka, The New Country

SRL44
Padma Rao Sundarji
HarperCollins
2016
344
9351770303
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
Drawing on her experience as a foreign correspondent (covering the Sri Lankan civil war that ended in 2009) Padma Rao Sundarji writes dispassionately about the challenges facing the rapidly developing nation.
$19.99

Sri Lanka: The Struggle for Peace in the Aftermath of War

SRL45
Daniel Bass (Editor), Amarnat Amarasingam
Oxford University Press
2015
288
1849045739
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
This interdisciplinary examination of post-war development in Sri Lanka includes contributions from scholars in many fields, including sociology, law and history.
$35.00

The History of Sri Lanka

SRL22
Patrick Peebles
Greenwood
2006
216
0313332053
HARD COVER
History
0
0
0
0
A concise history geared toward students and general readers that focuses on recent events, including ethnic conflict and the 2004 tsunami, and includes an appendix with brief biographies of key figures.
$50.00

This Divided Island, Life, Death and the Sri Lankan War

SRL39
Samanth Subramanian
St. Martins
2015
352
1250069742
HARD COVER
History
0
0
0
0
Through travels and conversations, New Delhi-based journalist Subramanian covers the 30-year history of the Tamil Tiger guerrillas, their struggle and how their civil war may be remembered.
$27.99

Elephant Complex, Travels in Sri Lanka

SRL43
John Gimlette
Random House
2017
432
0345806999
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
This exuberant travelogue by an award-winning writer takes stock of Sri Lanka, from the capital city of Colombo through the remotest interior. Gimlette mixes his narrative with colonial history and plenty of lucid observations.
$17.00

Not Quite Paradise, An American Sojourn in Sri Lanka

SRL20
Adele Barker
Beacon Press
2010
320
0807000612
HARD COVER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
A deft, nuanced account of an American's year-and-a-half teaching stint. Baker weaves information about the history, traditions and daily life of Sri Lanka with reports on the 30-year war between the government and the Tamils, as well as the devastating 2004 tsunami.
$18.00

The Age of Kali, Indian Travels and Encounters

IDA152
William Dalrymple
Vintage Books
2012
392
0307948900
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
A journalist stationed in Delhi, Dalrymple recounts his travels and interviews, including memorable encounters with Tamil tigers, Benazir Bhutto and Imran Khan. Humorous, insightful and well-informed.
$16.95

The Teardrop Island, Following Victorian Footsteps Across Sri Lanka

SRL34
Cherry Briggs
Independent Publishers Group
2015
320
1849534144
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
In this engaging travelogue, a young biology teacher retraces the footsteps of a British nobleman who was a government official in Sri Lanka. Along the way, she compares the country’s colonial past against its contemporary realities.
$13.95

A Tale Told by Moonlight

SRL19
Leonard Woolf
Independent Publishers Group
2007
112
1843914247
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Based on Woolf's experiences in Ceylon, these stories are a brilliant depiction of colonial life.
$16.95

Anil's Ghost

SRL10
Michael Ondaatje
Vintage Books
2001
320
0375724370
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Ondaatje's novel follows the exploits of a forensic anthropologist, born in Sri Lanka but educated in America, who returns to her homeland to help uncover the truth behind a series of organized murders.
$15.95

Island of a Thousand Mirrors

SRL35
Nayomi Munaweera
St. Martin's Press
2016
256
1250051878
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
A passionate portrait of place, Munaweera’s debut novel follows the lives of two ordinary Sri Lankans as they are shaped by a brutal civil war. Winner of the Commonwealth Book Prize for Asia.
$15.99

Noontide Toll, Stories

SRL37
Romesh Gunesekera
New Press
2014
256
1620970201
HARD COVER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Named a master storyteller by the New York Times, Romesh Gunesekera writes affectingly about living in post-civil war Sri Lanka. His perceptive stories, narrated by a minibus driver and centering around his diverse passengers, paint a fine portrait of the ghosts and scars of war and what Sri Lanka’s future might hold.
$24.95

Reef

SRL05
Romesh Gunesekera
Riverhead Books
1996
190
1573225339
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
This slim novel tells the story of modern Sri Lanka through the eyes of a servant and his oblivious master. Haunting and atmospheric.
$14.00

The Sri Lanka Reader, History, Culture, Politics

SRL23
John Clifford Holt (Editor)
Duke
2011
816
0822349825
PAPER
Anthology
0
0
0
0
An exhaustive and literate sourcebook of Sri Lanka composed of myriad selections ranging from historical accounts to newspaper articles, essays, poems and modern analysis. Part of the World Readers series.
$34.95

Wild Sri Lanka

SRL32
Gehan de Silva Wijeyeratne
John Beaufoy Publishing
2014
208
1906780986
HARD COVER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
This in-depth primer to Sri Lanka's most sought-after wildlife includes stories, descriptions of the parks and reserves by habitat type, a wildlife watching calendar and a handy guide to specific habitats for blue whales, sperm whales, leopards, Asian elephants and sloth bears.
$49.95

A Field Guide to the Birds of Sri Lanka

SRL24
John Harrison
Oxford University Press
2011
208
0199585679
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
The fully revised second edition of this compact, comprehensive field guide features 49 stunning color plates by Tim Worfolk covering all 426 species in Sri Lanka.
$60.00

A Naturalist's Guide to the Birds of Sri Lanka

SRL42
Gehan de Silva Wijeyeratne
John Beaufoy Publishing
2015
176
1909612464
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
This handy field guide to 280 bird species common to Sri Lanka features colorful, high-quality photographs accompanied by detailed species descriptions, size, distribution, plumage, preferred habitats and nomenclature.
$17.95

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

A Photographic Guide to the Birds of Sri Lanka

SRL11
Dr. T. S. U. de Zyla, D. Warakagoda, Silva Wijeyeratne
Ralph Curtis Publishing
2001
144
1859745113
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
A convenient, pocket-sized guide to 252 species with color photographs, range maps and brief descriptions. It includes Sri Lanka's 26 endemic species and notes for the birder.
$15.95

Pocket Photo Guide to the Birds of Sri Lanka

SRL48
Gehan de Silva Wijeyeratne
Bloomsbury USA
2017
144
1472932935
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
With clear color photographs and brief, authoritative descriptions Bloomsbury's field guide to Sri Lanka 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 Sri Lanka

SRL47
Gehan de Silva Wijeyeratne
Bloomsbury USA
2017
128
1472932900
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
With clear color photographs and brief, authoritative descriptions Bloomsbury's field guide to Sri Lanka depicts 40 of the island's most common mammals with clear color photographs and brief descriptions. The book easily slips in a pocket or daypack.
$16.00

Reef Fishes of the Indo-Pacific

DIV63
Matthias Bergbauer
John Beaufoy Publishing
2015
352
1909612316
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
A handy field guide to over 800 species of reef fish common to the Indo-Pacific. In beautiful John Beaufoy style, the guide’s colorful and high-quality photographs are accompanied by detailed information on identifying features, size, biology and distribution.
$35.00

Sri Lankan Wildlife

SRL18
Gehan de Silva Wijeyeratne
Bradt Publications
2007
144
1841621749
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
A concise, illustrated field guide to the plants, animals and habitats of Sri Lanka in the popular British series.
$23.95

For Kids

Buddha in Your Backpack: Everyday Buddhism for Teens

REL84
Song Yoon (Illustrator), Franz Metcalf
Ulysses Press
2002
244
1569753210
PAPER
Religion
0
0
0
0
YOUNG ADULTS
This illustrated primer introduces teens to the Buddha and his spiritual leanings while instructing them how to incorporate Buddhist teachings into their daily lives.
$14.95

The Wheels on the Tuk Tuk

IDA743
Kabir Sehgal
Simon and Schuster Inc.
2016
40
1481448315
HARD COVER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
A zany twist on the classicchildren's song "The Wheels on the Bus," this children’s book brings readers aboard a three-wheeled taxi in India that rolls around the town -- encountering elephants, fireworks and much more! Written for readers ages 4 to 8.
$17.99

When the Rain Comes

SRL49
Kim La Fave (Illustrator), Alma Fullerton
Ingram Publisher Services
2017
32
177278012X
HARD COVER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
Award-winning author Alma Fullerton delivers an exciting story about a young girl's bravery, set in rural Sri Lanka. As Malini helps plant rice for the first time, suddenly a flash flood separates her from her family. Alone in the downpour, Malini summons the courage to save her family's livelihood.
$17.95

More Books

Footprint Sri Lanka Handbook

SRL06
Sue Chare
Footprint Handbooks
2016
448
1910120677
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A practical guide by the respected British publisher of the South American Handbook, this completely revised handbook is an excellent introduction to the geography, culture and history of Sri Lanka.
$24.99

Monkfish Moon

SRL03
Romesh Gunesekera
New Press
1996
140
1565840771
HARD COVER
Literature
0
0
0
0
In these stories Gunesekera sketches myriad characters, all of whom wonder "what's happened?" as they deal with the reality of a nation embroiled in Tamil-Sinhala strife.
$16.95

Insight Guide Sri Lanka

SRL02
Insight Guides
Insight Guides
2015
328
1780053231
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
An illustrated overview of Sri Lanka with essays on its attractions, history and culture complemented by many pictures and maps.
$24.99

Funny Boy

SRL01
Shyam Selvadurai
William Morrow & Company
2015
320
0062392980
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Building a complex portrait through detail of family, society and place, this prize-winning novel is a gay coming-of-age story set in contemporary Sri Lanka. Splendidly written.
$14.99

The Great Hill Stations of Asia

ASA13
Barbara Crossette
Hachette
1998
272
0465014887
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
A modern tour of the mountain enclaves of colonial Asia -- appreciative, magnificently researched and engaging.
$16.00

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

The Holder of the World

IDA190
Bharati Mukherjee
Ballantine Books
1994
304
0449909662
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
A daring novel of ideas, travel and history. Mukherjee interweaves the story of a modern American researcher with the travels of her 17th-century ancestor who roamed through Mughal India.
$16.00

Buddhist Art and Architecture

ASA30
Robert Fisher
Thames & Hudson
1993
216
0500202656
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
A wide-ranging, illustrated survey of Buddhist art, architecture and iconography in the excellent World of Art series. It includes examples from throughout Asia.
$21.95

Modern South Asia: History, Culture, Political Economy

IDA192
Ayesha Jalal, Sugata Bose
Routledge
2011
270
041577943X
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
This scholarly, brief history of India up to the 1990s is particularly good at its coverage of the post-Independence political landscape. It's a popular textbook, co-authored by a Pakistani and an Indian.
$44.95

Blooming in the Desert, Favorite Teachings of the Wildflower Monk Taungpulu Sayadaw

BMA35
Anne Teich (Editor), Andrew Harvey (Introduction)
North Atlantic Books
1996
90
1556432232
PAPER
Religion
0
0
0
0
A collection of the straightforward teachings of the venerable Burmese monk Taungpulu Sayadaw, as recorded by Anne Teich (who also provides an overview of Buddhist practices and history).
$11.95

Lonely Planet Sri Lanka

SRL13
Verity Campbell
Lonely Planet Publications
2015
336
1742208029
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This practical guide to Sri Lanka 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

Their Heads Are Green and Their Hands Are Blue: Scenes from the Non-Christian World

MRC60
Paul Bowles, Edmund White (Introduction)
HarperCollins
2006
192
0061137375
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Bowles' classic collection of essays about place, originally published in the 1950s, including his travels to Morocco, Istanbul, South America and Sri Lanka.
$13.99

Buddhism, A Concise Introduction

ASA41
Huston Smith, Philip Novak
HarperCollins
2004
256
0060730676
PAPER
Religion
0
0
0
0
A brief yet illuminating overview, discussing Theravada and other South Asian traditions in the first half and then Western traditions in the second.
$14.99

Story-Wallah, Short Fiction from South Asian Writers

ASA43
Shyam Selvadurai (Editor)
Mariner Books
2005
448
0618576800
PAPER
Anthology
0
0
0
0
This fine anthology samples short fiction from South Asian authors like Salman Rushdie, Michael Ondaatje and Jhumpa Lahiri. The settings range from Australia to colonial Trinidad and Sri Lanka.
$23.95

A Woman's Asia

ASA49
Marybeth Bond (Editor)
Traveler's Tales
2005
310
1932361197
PAPER
Anthology
0
0
0
0
These thirty-five personal, often hilarious accounts of women's adventures from China to Sri Lanka to Turkey to Bhutan, not only illuminating the everyday, oft-overlooked cultural practices of Asia, but also giving a glimpse into the thoughts and feelings of the female traveller.
$17.95

A Village in the Jungle

SRL16
Leonard Woolf
Sickle Moon
2006
216
0907871291
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
A classic novel of colonial Ceylon by the Bloomsbury member and husband of Virginia Woolf, originally published in 1913.
$33.95

The Spice Route, A History

ASA52
John Keay
University of California Press
2007
288
0520254163
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
John Keay draws on ancient logs, traveler's accounts and maps for this rousing history of trade in cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, pepper, gums, resins and other costly goods from antiquity to the 17th century.
$29.95

South Asia

IDA308
Sumit Ganguly (Editor)
NYU
2006
256
0814731775
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A scholarly history of modern South Asia, including India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka.
$25.00

Mangoes & Curry Leaves, Culinary Travels Through the Great Subcontinent

IDA320
Jeffrey Alford, Naomi Duguid
Workman Publishing Company
2005
416
1579652522
HARD COVER
Food
1/1/2112
0
0
0
0
In this latest book the roving, food-loving authors (Hot Sour Salty Sweet, Item SEA80) travel the seven countries of the Indian Subcontinent: Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and the Maldives, collecting not only 200 recipes but also engaging tales of the people, history and adventures. With color photographs of food and places throughout.
$50.00

When Memory Dies

SRL28
Ambalavaner Sivanandan
Arcadia
2013
412
1905147597
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
This powerful novel follows a Sri Lankan family over three generations in the 20th century. Sivanandan traces the degeneration of Tamil-Sinhala relations from before independence until the outbreak of the civil war.
$19.95

The Legend of Pradeep Mathew

SRL29
Shehan Karunatilaka
Graywolf Press
2012
397
1555976115
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
A retired hard-drinking sports journalist searches for truths about cricket and about Sri Lanka in this daring first novel, winner of the 2012 Commonwealth Prize. "This fabulously enjoyable read will keep you entertained and rooting for the protagonist until the very end, while delivering startling truths about cricket and about Sri Lanka," said Margaret Busby, chair of the prize.
$16.00

At the Water's Edge

SRL30
Pradeep Jeganathan
South Focus Press
2004
128
0974883905
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
A Sri Lankan social anthropologist and novelist, Jeganathan draws on his own experiences in these seven interconnected stories spanning 30 tumultuous years of his country's recent past.
$12.95

The Cage, The Fight for Sri Lanka and the Last Days of the Tamil Tigers

SRL31
Gordon Weiss
Consortium
2012
342
1934137545
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
An incisive first account of the formation, history, and bloody dissolution of the rebel Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka.
$19.95

Theravada Buddhism

REL75
Richard F. Gombrich
Rutledge Hill Press
2006
234
0415365090
PAPER
Religion
0
0
0
0
Gombrich explores controversies over the date of the Buddha and current social and political developments in Sri Lanka in this book in the Library of Religious Beliefs and Practices.
$42.95

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.
$26.00

Midnight's Descendants, A History of South Asia Since Partition

ASA96
John Keay
Hachette
2014
392
0465021808
HARD COVER
History
0
0
0
0
An illuminating history of South Asian countries India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, their interconnectedness and present challenges.
$29.99

Eyewitness Guide Sri Lanka

SRL33
Inc. Dorling Kindersley
DK Publishing
2016
288
1465441166
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A compact illustrated travel guide featuring bright color photography, dozens of excellent maps, background on history and culture and a region-by-region synopsis of Sri Lanka's attractions.
$25.00

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

Rough Guide to Sri Lanka

SRL38
Rough Guides
Rough Guides
2015
464
0241203570
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A comprehensive guide to Sri Lanka in the hip, literate and very infomative Rough Guide style. It's divided cleanly between practical information and illuminating background on culture and history.
$24.99

Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises, A Natural History and Species Guide

OCE217
Annalisa Berta
University of Chicago Press
2015
288
022618319X
HARD COVER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
This beautifully illustrated overview is the most comprehensive book available on marine cetaceans, covering the natural history, anatomy, diet, distribution, characteristics and conservation status of 98 species.
$45.00

A Naturalist's Guide to the Butterflies & Dragonflies of Sri Lanka

SRL40
Gehan de Silva Wijeyeratne
John Beaufoy Publishing
2015
176
1909612502
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
Divided into two sections, this handy field guide to the butterflies and dragonflies of Sri Lanka profiles 280 species that a visitor is likely to see with photos, distributions, habitats, tips to identifying species and checklists.
$17.95

Insight Guides Explore Sri Lanka

SRL41
Gavin Thomas
Insight Guides
2017
144
1786715333
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
Perfect for the self-guided explorer, this easy-to-use guide to Sri Lanka recommends 12 tours around the island. Each route features trademark Insight coverage of dining, sites, shopping and entertainment plus full-color photographs and a pull-out map.
$12.99