Suggested Reading List
A Continent of Islands, Searching for the Caribbean Destiny
Author: Mark Kurlansky
Description: A wonderfully observed social history of the Caribbean by a far-ranging journalist and favorite author. Kurlansky has a knack for honing in on the small details that make the Caribbean culturally unique, offering frank insight on music, religion, healthcare and the influence of the United States.
A Small Place
Author: Jamaica Kincaid
Description: Antigua-born Kincaid meditates on the politics, history and culture of the islands in these remarkable short es-says. A useful antidote to the usual fun-in-the-sun ap-proach of the local tourist office, the book shines a light on the poverty, corruption and startling beauty of the Caribbean.
A Traveller's History of the Caribbean
Author: James Ferguson
Description: A concise history of the Caribbean Islands, beginning with a description of their formation and geologic attrib-utes and carrying through to the first civilizations in the region, right the way up to the modern tourism boom.
Description: A travel map of Bermuda, at a nice scale of 1:25,000.
Don't Stop the Carnival
Author: Herman Wouk
Description: For a sense of life in the Caribbean, we recommend this humorous tale of Norman Paperman, a middle-aged American running a hotel on the fictional island of Amerigo.
Author: Inc. (COR) Fodor's Travel Publications
Description: The up-to-date Fodor's guide features invaluable recommendations on where to stay and eat and what to do throughout Bermuda. Compact and portable, it's ideal for either a weekend trip or an extended visit.
Fodor's New York City's 25 Best
Description: A shirt-pocket guide to New York City, featuring a detailed, fold-out map centered on Midtown. With suggested itineraries, walks and top 25 sights.
Gone to New York, Adventures in the City
Author: Ian Frazier, Jamaica Kincaid (Introduction)
Description: Frazier writes with humor and warmth about his New York City in this collection of essays originally published in periodicals like The New Yorker and The Atlantic.
Great Fortune, The Epic of Rockefeller Center
Author: Daniel Okrent
Description: In this grand social history Okrent illuminates the remarkable cast of characters, the ambitions, and mind-bending complexity in creating the beloved New York City landmark.
Here is New York
Author: E.B. White
Description: Written in a hotel room over two hot days in the summer of 1948, White's timeless love letter (it's easily read in an hour) captures the spirit of New York. It's a swift, lyrical portrait of the city that moves from Broadway to Central Park and the Hudson River to favorite haunts on 3rd Avenue.
Resort to Murder, A Henrie O. Mystery
Author: Carolyn G. Hart
Description: Another Henrie O. mystery; this time that aging sleuth finds herself enmeshed in the roiling waters of intrigue and murder at a Bermuda hotel.
Snorkeling Guide to Marine Life
Author: Paul Humann
Description: Humann's compact guide illustrates Caribbean fishes, corals, invertebrates and plants commonly encountered in shallower water.
The Great Bridge, The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge
Author: David McCullough
Description: McCullough's classic history set the gold standard for accounts of the Brooklyn Bridge, and makes walking across the old behemoth all the more enriching.
The Island at the Center of the World
Author: Russell Shorto
Description: Shorto's popular history of New Amsterdam tells in colorful detail how the short-lived Dutch colony established principles of tolerance, multiculturalism and modern capitalism in New York City and colonial America.
Time and Again
Author: Jack Finney
Description: In this altogether wonderful novel, Simon Morley -- an illustrator and secret government operative, native to 1970 New York -- is transported back in time to the Manhattan of the 1880s.
Under the Black Flag, The Romance and Reality of Life Among the Pirates
Author: David Cordingly
Description: Meet Blackbeard and Captain Kidd along with lesser-known rogues and brigands in this rip-roaring portrait of pirates of the Caribbean.
Up in the Old Hotel and Other Stories
Author: Joseph Mitchell
Description: Mitchell's collection of loving, extraordinarily vivid, short pieces, depicting New York in the 40's and 50's. He was a master at painting character, and place, in swift strokes.
Waterfront, A Journey Around Manhattan
Author: Philip Lopate
Description: Essayist and consummate New Yorker, Philip Lopate pulls in history, ecology, archaeology, literature and urban planning in this delightful, discursive account of his rambles along the water's edge of Manhattan.