The Path Between the Seas
A great story, admirably told in vivid, page-turning detail, this is the one book to read on the creation of the Panama Canal.
Talented essayist and neurologist Oliver Sacks shows his wide-ranging intellectual curiosity in this transporting tale, interweaving observations and travels with history, nature and culture of Oaxaca.
The Robber of Memories, A River Journey Through Colombia
Inspired by a chance encounter with Gabriel Garcia Marquez in Cartagena, the adventurous Michael Jabobs travels to Baranquilla to journey 1,000 miles across western Colombia on the great Magdalena, the "river of our lives." He captures the conflicts, troubled past and spirit of isolated communities along the way.
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.
Eyewitness Top Ten Los Angeles
A shirt-pocket guide to Los Angeles, this slim book includes an excellent map of the center of the city and essential information on its highlights.
The Snorkeller's Guide to the Coral Reef, From the Red Sea to the Pacific Ocean
This take-along guide covers coral reefs, fish, invertebrates and plants of the Indo-Pacific and includes 200 color photographs.
The Turks and Caicos Islands
Julia and Phil Davies capture the coral reefs and fishes, beaches, nature and history fo the islands in this handsome photographic portrait.
Empire's Crossroads, A History of the Caribbean from Columbus to the Present Day
A scholarly, readable history of the entire Caribbean from Cuba to Haiti, Jamaica to Trinidad. Gibson begins in 1492 and ends in the 20th century, covering five centuries with panache.
Liberators, Latin America's Struggle for Independence 1810-1830
Focused on the heroism and derring-do of seven legendary men, Harvey tells the story of Simon Bolivar, General Jose de San Martin and other greats in the fight for independence.
National Geographic Panama
Award-winning travel writer and photographer Christopher Baker introduces the history, nature and attractions of Panama, thoroughly illustrated in National Geographic’s style.
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.
Culture Smart! Mexico
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.
Love in the Time of Cholera
A glorious tale of great love consummated after fifty years, nine months and four days, memorably set in a dusty 19th-century town on the Caribbean coast of Colombia.
The Penguin History of Latin America
Beginning with the Spanish conquest, this brisk history covers questions of empire, colonialism and nationalism through the 1980s.
Portrait of the Panama Canal, from Construction to the Twenty-First Century
Featuring 60 color and 10 archival images, this photo-essay includes contemporary and archival photographs of the Panama Canal as well as a short history.
California the Beautiful
Rowell's exquisite photographs are accompanied by excerpts from Joan Didion, M.F.K. Fisher, Jack London, William Saroyan and many other luminaries in this celebration of the nature and spirit of California.
Caribbean Islands Explorer Map
A double-sided, full-color visitor's map in the growing series of Ocean Explorer maps. Featuring The Lesser Antilles, Jamaica, Barbados, Cuba, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Bermuda, Turks and Caicos, Martinique, Dominica and Virgin Islands.
Acclaimed essayist Jon Didion looks to Miami in this book of astute commentary. The drug war, Cuba, political scandals and race relations all find their way into this trenchant examination of a completely unique American city.
Infinite City, A San Francisco Atlas
Solnit's quirky collection of maps documents the cultural riches and diversity of San Francisco.
Culture Smart! Colombia
A concise and practical guide to local customs, etiquette and culture.