Suggested Reading List
Argentina, A Traveler's Literary Companion
Author: Jill Gibian (Editor)
Description: These choice stories introduce the landscapes and culture of Argentina, from the Andes to the Pampas, through the eyes of its writers.
Birds of Northern South America, Vol. 2: Field Guide
Author: Robin Restall, Clemencia Rodner, Roger Williams
Description: This comprehensive field guide, featuring an astounding 6400 paintings and 2308 maps, covers all the birds from Ecuador to Guiana.
Bossa Nova, The Story of the Brazilian Music That Seduced the World
Author: Ruy Castro
Description: Journalist Ruy Castro interviewed everyone who had anything to do with Boss 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.
Author: Borch Maps
Description: A handy folded, laminated map.
Brazil on the Rise, The Story of a Country Transformed
Author: Larry Rohter
Description: 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.
Brazil, A Traveler's Literary Companion
Author: Alexis Levitin (Editor)
Description: The latest in the excellent series, the diverse stories in this enticing anthology edited by Alexis Levitin introduce Brazil and a host of contemporary writers, including not just Jorge Amado, Machado de Assis and other greats but also newcomers.
Buenos Aires, A Cultural History
Author: Jason Wilson, Alberto Manguel (Introduction)
Description: This well-referenced book offers a look into the geographical history of the city and goes in hand nicely with a more traditional guidebook. The city's underlying themes are laid out: Jorge Luis Borges, Julio Cortazar and the European literary tradition; tango, the longing and despair of the music and its roots; the cult of Evita Peron; European-influenced architecture and cafe life; totalitarian politics; and the nearly religious importance of soccer.
Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands
Author: Jorge Amado
Description: 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.
Field Guide Birds of Brazil
Author: Ber Van Perlo
Description: This comprehensive field guide features 187 beautiful full-color plates with 1796 species accounts, including a distribution map for each.
Author: Michael Reid
Description: 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, and its prospects in the face of globalization.
Insight Guide South America
Author: Insight Guides
Description: This profusely illustrated, comprehensive guide features hundreds of color photographs, excellent maps and insightful essays on history, art, architecture and attractions.
Modern Latin America
Author: Thomas E. Skidmore, Peter Smith
Description: A succinct history of 20th-century Latin America that examines the politics, economy and people of Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Peru, Mexico, Cuba, Central America and the Caribbean.
Rio de Janeiro Map
Author: National Geographic
Description: With an index, inset maps and points of interest.
Author: Alma Guillermoprieto
Description: A memorable account of life and music on the coast of Brazil by the talented and wide-ranging Guillermoprieto. A dancer herself, she lived for a year in Manguiera, a favela near Rio known for its samba school. Nominated for a National Book Award.
The Accidental President of Brazil, A Memoir
Author: Bill Clinton (Introduction), Fernando Henrique Cardoso
Description: Brazil's former president, in office from 1995-2002, offers a candid, wry, illuminating view of the gloriously ungovernable, irrepressibly attractive country in this vibrant memoir.
Author: Joseph Page
Description: A clear, comprehensive and compelling introduction to Brazil, covering politics, history, economics, ecology, conservation and culture.
Time Out Buenos Aires
Author: Time Out
Description: A practical guide to the city and surroundings (including recommended excursions), jam-packed with detailed listings of hotels, bars and restaurants, shops and services.
Author: Adrian Forsyth, Ken Miyata
Description: A lucid portrait of the tropics as seen by two uncommonly observant and thoughtful field biologists. Its 17 marvelous essays introduce the habitats, ecology, plants and animals of the Central and South American rainforest.