Suggested Reading List
Description: This double-sided map (1:2.5 million) shows both detail and the expanse of the great river basin from the Andes to the Atlantic.
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.
Brazil Adventure Map
Author: National Geographic
Description: A full color, double sided map of Brazil for travelers at 1:4,200,000, produced with Reise Know-how and the World Mapping Project.
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.
Culture Smart! Brazil
Author: Sandra Branco
Description: A concise, well-illustrated and practical guide to local customs, etiquette and culture.
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.
How to be A Carioca
Author: Priscilla Goslin
Description: An entertaining, useful guide to surviving and thriving in Rio de Janeiro.
In Trouble Again
Author: Redmond O'Hanlon
Description: As funny as he is insightful, O'Hanlon starts his comic masterpiece of a journey between the Orinoco and the Amazon with a litany of the insects, protozoa, snakes and predators that can do you harm.
Insight Guide Brazil
Author: Insight Guides
Description: A profusely illustrated overview of the country, this guide features concise essays by well regarded authors on natural history, politics and culture. With hundreds of photos and maps.
Author: Frans Lanting (Photographer), Christine Eckstrom
Description: The wildlife of Central America, the Congo, Amazon, Borneo and Madagascar are all featured in this portfolio of 120 extraordinary color photographs.
Rio de Janeiro Map
Author: National Geographic
Description: With an index, inset maps and points of interest.
Tales of a Shaman's Apprentice
Author: Mark Plotkin
Description: In this marvelous book, Plotkin recounts his work documenting the use of medicinal plants among remote tribes in the Northwest Amazon of Suriname, Venezuela, Guyana and French Guiana. A portrait of people and their environment, a tale of adventure and, most of all, a moving example of science in the service of preservation.
The Smithsonian Atlas of the Amazon
Author: Michael Goulding, Ronaldo Barthem, Efrem Ferreira
Description: This beautiful, profusely illustrated atlas of the river includes its major tributaries and 150 full-color maps. Goulding (Floods of Fortune) and Brazilian biologists Barthem and Ferreira provide the accompanying text.
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.