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10 books about Colombia
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National Geographic Traveler: Colombia, 2nd Edition by Christopher P Baker
This book was published 4 years ago by National Geographic and takes approximately 10.7 hours to read.
From the storied capital of BogotB to MedelYn to the Amazon Basin, this guide to Colombia, South America, offers readers practical advice on planning your trip and explains the country in the context of its history, culture, cuisine, landscape, and flora and fauna. Acclaimed travel writer Christopher Baker explores the Eastern Highlands, the Caribbean Lowlands, the Western and Southern Highlands, the Pacific & San AndrUs, and Los Llanos & the Amazon Basin. Contemporary editorial features and experiential sidebars highlight every aspect of life and every activity under the Colombian sun- how emeralds are mined and marketed, the history of pirates off Colombia's shores, parrots and macaws, volcanoes, whale watching, and poison dart frogs. Gorgeous National Geographic photography and useful maps help you navigate your way around Colombia and its many landscapes- Take a walk through BogotB's historic Candelaria district, take a drive through coffee country, follow in the footsteps of Gabriel GarcYa MBrquez, or enjoy a drive around San AndrUs.
Digging for Words: José Alberto Gutiérrez and the Library He Built by Angela Burke Kunkel
Category: Central & South America
This book was published last year by Schwartz & Wade and takes approximately 1.3 hours to read.
A gorgeous and inspiring picture book based on the life of José Alberto Gutiérrez, a garbage collector in Bogotá, Colombia who started a library with a single discarded book found on his route. In the city of Bogata, in the barrio of La Nueva Gloria, there live two Joses. One is a boy who dreams of Saturdays-- that's the day he gets to visit Paradise, the library. The second Jose is a garbage collector. From dusk until dawn, he scans the sidewalks as he drives, squinting in the dim light, searching household trash for hidden treasure . . . books! Some are stacked in neat piles, as if waiting for José́. Others take a bit more digging. Ever since he found his first book, Anna Karenina, years earlier, he's been collecting books--thick ones and thin ones, worn ones and almost new ones-- to add to the collection in his home. And on Saturdays, kids like little Jose run to the steps of Paradise to discover a world filled with books and wonder. With an evocative text by a debut author, and rich, stunning illustrations from an up-and-coming Colombian illustrator, here is a celebration of perseverance, community, and the power of books.
Biblioburro: A True Story from Colombia by Jeanette Winter
Category: Books & Libraries
This book was published 11 years ago by Beach Lane Books and takes approximately 1.1 hours to read.
A man, his burros, and his books bring joy to children in remote Colombian villages in this inspiring book based on a true story.
Magdalena: River of Dreams: A Story of Colombia by Wade Davis
This book was published last year by Knopf and takes approximately 14.4 hours to read.
A captivating new book from Wade Davis that brings vividly to life the story of the great Río Magdalena, illuminating Colombia's complex past, present, and future Travelers often become enchanted with the first country that captures their hearts and gives them license to be free. For Wade Davis, it was Colombia. Now in a masterful new book, the bestselling author tells of his travels on the mighty Magdalena, the river that made possible the nation. Along the way, he finds a people who have overcome years of conflict precisely because of their character, informed by an enduring spirit of place, and a deep love of a land that is home to the greatest ecological and geographical diversity on the planet. Only in Colombia can a traveler wash ashore in a coastal desert, follow waterways through wetlands as wide as the sky, ascend narrow tracks through dense tropical forests, and reach verdant Andean valleys rising to soaring ice-clad summits. This wild and impossible geography finds its perfect coefficient in the topography of the Colombian spirit: restive, potent, at times placid and calm, in moments tortured and twisted. Both a corridor of commerce and a fountain of culture, the wellspring of Colombian music, literature, poetry and prayer, the Magdalena has served in dark times as the graveyard of the nation. And yet, always, it returns as a river of life. At once an absorbing adventure and an inspiring tale of hope and redemption, MAGDALENA gives us a rare, kaleidoscopic picture of a nation on the verge of a new period of peace. Braiding together memoir, history, and journalism, Wade Davis tells the story of the country's most magnificent river, and in doing so, tells the epic story of Colombia.
The Colombia Reader: History, Culture, Politics (The Latin America Readers) by Ann Farnsworth-Alvear
This book was published 4 years ago by Duke University Press Books and takes approximately 21.6 hours to read.
Containing over one hundred selections ranging from songs, artwork, and poetry, to journalism, oral history, and scholarship most of which published in English for the first time "The Colombia Reader" presents a rich and multi-layered account of this complex nation from the colonial era to the present."
Losing War, The: Plan Colombia and Beyond (SUNY series, James N. Rosenau series in Global Politics) by Jonathan D. Rosen
This book was published 6 years ago by State University of New York Press and takes approximately 6.7 hours to read.
Critical analysis of Plan Colombia, a multibillion dollar US counternarcotics initiative.
Bolivar: American Liberator by Marie Arana
This book was published 7 years ago by Simon & Schuster and takes approximately 20.8 hours to read.
An authoritative portrait of the Latin-American warrior-statesman examines his life against a backdrop of the tensions of nineteenth-century South America, covering his achievements as a strategist, abolitionist, and diplomat.
Mastering Essential Math Skills: 20 Minutes a Day to Success, Book 1: Grades 4-5 by Richard W. Fisher
This book was published 14 years ago by Math Essentials and takes approximately 5.5 hours to read.
Offers short, self-contained math lessons for grades four and five featuring review exercises, word problems, speed drills, and teacher tips.
We estimate total reading time by multiplying a book's page count by an average reading speed of 2 minutes per page. Summaries sourced from Google Books.
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