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Costa Rica
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 238

Costa Rica

Table of Contents Northern Zone: Carmen Naranjo "Believe It or Not" Jose Leon Sanchez "The Girl Who Came from the Moon" Mario Gonzalez Feo "Bucho Vargas, Healer and Medicine Man" San Jose and the Central Valley: Yolanda Oreamuno "The Lizard with the White Belly" Rima de Vallbona "The Chumico Tree" Fabian Dobles "The Tagua Tree" Samuel Rovinski "The Adventure" Fernando Duran Ayanegui "Monday" Alfonso Chase "Faust in Hatillo" Guanacaste: Rima de Vallbona "Mystery Stone" Southern Pacific Coast Carlos Salazar Herrera "The Bongo" Alfonso Chase "She Wore a Bikini" Southern Zone: Carlos Salazar Herrera "The Carbonero" Atlantic Zone: Fabian Dobles "The Diary" Carlos Luis Fallas "In the Shadow of the Banana Tree" Quince Duncan "The Oropendolas" Abel Pacheco From "Deeper Than Skin" Julieta Pinto "The Blue Fish" Costa Rica: Yolanda Oreamuno "The Spirit of My Land" Carmen Lyra "Pastor's Ten Little Old Men" Joaquin Gutierrez "A Leaf of Air" Max Jimenez "The Palmitero" Louis Ducoudray "Here" Uriel Quesada "We Have Brought You the Sea" Alfredo Aguilar "Mint Flowers" Carmen Naranjo "When New Flowers Bloomed"

There Never was a Once Upon a Time
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 94

There Never was a Once Upon a Time

The 10 stories in this collection are narrated by children and adolescents that each have a fascinating grasp of everyday reality. The lush imaginative power of youth is revealed in the stories, as magical elements weave in and out and the narrators take over as creators—inventing imaginary girlfriends, older brothers, and ways to escape the harsh realities of growing up. While coping with the cruel reality of an exterior world in sharp conflict with their most intimate beliefs, the narrators provide lyrical insight into the fantastical realm of children through their first-person tellings.

The Rainforests
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 223

The Rainforests

Now available in paperback for the first time, this superbly illustrated volume captures the rainforests' extraordinary beauty and complexity while documenting the horrific rate at which these essential and irreplaceable environments are being destroyed. 200 full-color photographs.

The Grail Bird
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 288

The Grail Bird

What is it about the ivory-billed woodpecker? Why does this ghost of the southern swamps arouse such an obsessive level of passion in its devotees, who range from respected researchers to the flakiest Loch Ness monster fanatics and Elvis chasers? Since the early twentieth century, scientists have been trying their best to prove that the ivory-bill is extinct. But every time they think they've finally closed the door, the bird makes an unexpected appearance. It happened in the 1920s, and it’s happened in almost every subsequent decade. For more than 60 years, each sighting has been met with ridicule and scorn. Respected researchers and naturalists have been branded as quacks just for having...

The Laughing Falcon
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 432

The Laughing Falcon

William Deverell’s 11th novel is an adventure thriller layered with startling twists. All that Maggie Schneider, a romance writer from wintry Saskatoon, wants is a glorious holiday in the tropics and maybe a little real romance to reawaken her creative juices. What she gets instead, soon after she arrives in Costa Rica, is a nasty surprise. First she is robbed of most of her money. Then she is kidnapped and held for ransom somewhere in the steamy jungle by self-styled revolutionaries led by a charismatic man with a mysterious background. Kidnapped along with Maggie is the vivacious wife of a U.S. senator who has presidential ambitions. While the two women learn to deal with their captors, Jacques Cardinal, a jaded eco-tour guide who is desperately seeking to free himself from the demons of his past, undertakes a daring undercover rescue mission. Comical and fast-paced – and drawn from true events – The Laughing Falcon transports readers to the lush rainforest of Costa Rica, where the author himself has lived for much of the last 20 years. From the Hardcover edition.

Stories from Latin America/Historias de Latinoamerica, Second Edition
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 188

Stories from Latin America/Historias de Latinoamerica, Second Edition

Enjoy the tales of Latin America--in Spanish and in English! In Stories from Latin America/Historias de Latinoamerica, we've placed the Spanish and English stories side by side--lado a lado--so you can practice and improve your reading skills in your new language while enjoying the support of your native tongue. This way, you'll avoid the inconvenience of constantly having to look up unfamiliar words and expressions in a dictionary. Read as much as you can understand, and then look to the facing page for help if necessary. As you read, you can check your comprehension by comparing the two versions of the story. You'll also find a bilingual vocabulary list at the end of the book, so you'll ha...

Monkeys Are Made of Chocolate
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 240

Monkeys Are Made of Chocolate

Discover the mysterious and fascinating ways in which animals and plants-and people-interact with one another in the rainforests of Costa Rica. Author and naturalist Jack Ewing shares a wealth of observations and experiences, gathered from more than three decades of living in southwestern Costa Rica, home to some of the most prolific and diverse ecosystems on Earth. More than just a simple collection of essays, Monkeys are Made of Chocolate is a testament to the wonder of life in all its countless guises, as seen through the eyes of a man with a gift for subtle discernment and a natural flair for storytelling.

Cloud Forest
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 288

Cloud Forest

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 1987-01-06
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  • Publisher: Penguin

A classic work of nature and humanity, by renowned writer Peter Matthiessen (1927-2014), author of the National Book Award-winning The Snow Leopard and the new novel In Paradise Peter Matthiessen crisscrossed 20,000 miles of the South American wilderness, from the Amazon rain forests to Machu Picchu, high in the Andes, down to Tierra del Fuego and back. He followed the trails of old explorers, encountered river bandits, wild tribesmen, and the evidence of ancient ruins, and discovered fossils in the depths of the Peruvian jungle. Filled with observations and descriptions of the people and the fading wildlife of this vast world to the south, The Cloud Forest is his incisive, wry report of his...

The Ticos
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 307

The Ticos

This volume traces the development of Costa Rica's culture and institutions. The authors describe how Costa Rica's economy, government, educational and health-care systems, family structures, religion, and other institutions have evolved, and how this has affected the people's lives.

The stories of Tata Mundo
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 245