LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES BOOKS FOR COURSES 2008
TESTIMONY OF AN IRISH SLAVE GIRL
Set in 17th-century Barbados, this novel tells
the story of one of more than 50,000 Irish sold
as indentured servants to plantation owners of
the Caribbean. “An engrossing story with an
important reminder: that Britain’s colonies in
the New World were built by the labor of white
slaves as well as black.”—J. M. Coetzee.
Penguin • 240 pp. • 978-0-14-200183-7 • $13.00
Translated by John and Doreen Weightman
A chronicle of the author’s search for a civilization “reduced to its most basic expression.” “A
magical masterpiece.”—Robert Ardrey.
Includes five chapters not present in the original English text. Photos, Illustrations.
Penguin • 432 pp. • 978-0-14-016562-3 • $20.00
f THE THIEF AT THE END OF THE WORLD
Rubber, Power, and the Seeds of Empire
The story of how Englishman Henry Wickham
got his hands on the rubber tree seeds in
Brazil’s rainforests—a prize for which many
suffered and died—that fueled the great rubber boom of the early 20th century. “An
absorbing account of perhaps the most spectacular boom and bust in the history of
resource extraction, and of interest to us all
these days, as resources across the board are
running out. I was particularly fascinated by
the life story of Henry Wickham—which has
not been told before, as far as I’m aware—and
the evocation of his times, both in Victorian
England and in the remote tropical outposts of
the Empire. Jackson’s book will occupy an
honored place in my library on Amazonia.”—
Alex Shoumatoff, author of The Rivers Amazon.
8-page b/w insert.
Viking • 448 pp. • 978-0-670-01853-6 • $27.95
Carolina Maria de Jesus
CHILD OF THE DARK
The Diary of Carolina Maria De Jesus
Translated by David St. Clair
New Afterword by Robert Levine
A powerful first-hand account of life in the
streets of São Paulo from 1955 to 1960 that
drew international attention to the plight of
the poor. “A rarely matched essay on the
meaning and feeling of hunger, degradation,
and want.”—The New York Times Book Review.
Signet Classics • 208 pp. • 978-0-451-52910-7 • $6.95
f CHASING THE FLAME
Sergio Vieira de Mello
and the Fight to Save the World
Harvard professor and Pulitzer Prize winner
Power recounts the political career of the
humanitarian and tireless U.N. worker who
was killed in a terrorist attack in Iraq in 2003.
Penguin Press • 520 pp. • 978-1-59420-128-8 • $29.95
TALES OF A SHAMAN’S APPRENTICE
An Ethnobotanist Searches for New
Medicines in the Amazon Rain Forest
“A passionate account of the rich cultural tradition of indigenous people and their interactions
with plants.”—Peter H. Raven, Director,
Missouri Botanical Garden. Photographs.
Penguin • 352 pp. • 978-0-14-012991-5 • $16.00
Frances Moore Lappé and Anna Lappé
The Next Diet for a Small Planet
“Describing their journeys through Brazil,
Pakistan, Holland and the U.S., the Lappés
question the economic status quo as well as
discuss the way different countries handle
food production in times of scarcity and plenty.”—Publishers Weekly.
Tarcher • 400 pp. • 978-1-58542-237-1 • $14.95
Nautilus Book Award Winner
HEADING SOUTH, LOOKING NORTH
A Bilingual Journey
“Dorfman's memoir shakes up the term Latino,
as he plots the course of ‘a hybrid, part Yankee,
part Chilean, a pinch Jew, a mestizo in search
of a center,’ who becomes an outspoken
Chilean exile campaigning for the self-determination of the Americas.”—Kirkus.
Penguin • 288 pp. • 978-0-14-028253-5 • $15.00
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