Two uncommonly observant and thoughtful field biologists offer a lucid portrait of the tropics through 17 marvelous essays that introduce the habitats, ecology, plants and animals of the Central and South American rainforests.
Travels with Myself and Another, A Memoir
The other, of course, being Ernest Hemingway, Gelhorn's husband at the time. A marvelous, incisive writer who covered every important conflict from from the Spanish Civil War to Vietnam and Nicaragua, Martha Gelhorn writes of her time in East Africa with Heminway, a visit with Chiang Kai-Shek, Soviet Moscow and other unforgettable journeys in this collection, first published in 1979.
The World Atlas of Coffee, From Beans to Brewing
A global history of the addictive brown bean organized by country, with a look at regional techniques and traits, fair trade efforts and the role of colonialism. Includes colorful maps and photos.
Perfect for trailside identification, this 12-panel guide easily slips into a pocket. Full-color illustrations. Folded size: 3.5 x 8.75 inches. Unfolded size: 24 x 8.75 inches.
Banana, The Fate of the Fruit That Changed the World
Koeppel traces the history, natural and otherwise, politics and precarious current status of modern monoculture, touching down in India (world center of banana diversity), Ecuador (world's largest producer) and Central America.
Breaking Out of Beginner's Spanish
Idioms, common mistakes in word usage and other helpful advice on tackling spoken Spanish. You'll need some foundation to take full advantage of this book -- but even a complete novice will appreciate the author's playful sense of humor.
The first English-language translation of Ramirez’s hilarious, beautifully constructed novel is set in the Nicaraguan city of Leon in the 1930s. The plot is bursting with passion, money, sex, corruption and political intrigue, all wrapped up in a courtroom drama.
The Ladies of Managua
This intimate novel captures the lives of three women -- and three generations of life in Nicaragua. When Maria Vazquez returns to the country for her grandfather’s funeral, her arrival reignites age-old struggles with her mother and grandmother. All three confront their complicated, passionate relationships with each other and their native country.
Nicaragua in Focus, A Guide to the People, Politics and Culture
Essential reading for Nicaragua, this compact, illustrated travel guide focuses on politics, economy, history and culture. It's especially strong on the difficult history of relations with the U.S. but also includes a good short summary of traditional culture and history from colonial times to the present.
Nature of the Rainforest, Costa Rica and Beyond
Our favorite biologist-writer returns to the Neotropics in this beautifully illustrated, oversized overview of the rainforest. With chapters on Monteverde and Guanacaste, plants, frogs and snakes, birds, monkeys and jaguars, the sloth, peculiar insects and biodiversity; A marvelous, anecdotal introduction to ecology, evolution and conservation.
Stories and Poems, A Dual-Language Book
A selection of poems and stories by the beloved Nicaraguan writer, with Spanish and the English translation on facing pages.
The Naturalist in Nicaragua
A reprint of the 1874 original by Thomas Belt, trained as an engineer, who lived four years in Nicaragua. Praised by Darwin and other Victorian luminaries, his classic account is a richly detailed natural history of the region.
A Guide to the Birds of Panama with Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Honduras
This comprehensive field guide, noteworthy for its beautiful color plates, covers additional species found in Nicaragua, Honduras and Costa Rica.
The Jaguar Smile, A Nicaraguan Journey
Rushdie's account of visit to the country at the height of the Contra war goes underneath the headlines. It's a cultural portrait -- simple, straightforward and "written with a novelist's eye for irony," according to the New York Times.
Teach a Woman to Fish, Overcoming Poverty Around the Globe
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.
Nicaragua, Living in the Shadow of the Eagle
The fifth edition of Walker's invaluable portrait of the country, focusing on U.S. influence since the Somoza era and the Sandinista Revolution.
A Brief History of Central America
A good overview of the region’s economic, political and social history through the 1980s by a professor at the University of Costa Rica. Well-written, informative and concise.
Moon Handbook Nicaragua
A handy, practical guide to Nicaragua, this book is a good resource for planning a trip, featuring extensive, up-to-date listings, maps, volcano hikes, and other background information.
A map of Nicaragua at a scale of 1:750,000 with good topographic relief.
The Country Under My Skin
The memoir of a young, upper-class Nicaraguan woman who joins the revolutionary Marxist Sandinistas while continuing to work her bourgeois day job at an advertising agency.