In 1925, the legendary British explorer Percy Fawcett ventured into the Amazon jungle, in search of a fabled civilization. He never returned. Over the years countless perished trying to find evidence of his party and the place he called “The Lost City of Z”. In this masterpiece of narrative nonfiction, journalist David Grann interweaves the spellbinding stories of Fawcett’s quest for “Z” and his own journey into the deadly jungle, as he unravels the greatest exploration mystery of the twentieth century.
In a salty, slashing style, Tristan Jones unfolds his extraordinary saga–a six year voyage during which he covered a distance equal to twice the circumference of the world. Even after dodging snipers on the Red Sea, capsizing off the Cape of Good Hope, starving in the Amazon, struggling for 3,000 miles against the mightiest sea current in the world, and hauling his boat over the rugged Andes three miles above sea level to find at last the legendary Island of the Sun, he would not give up.
The Matter of Desire is the story of Pedro, a Bolivian-American political scientist who teaches at an upstate New York university. Having become entangled in an erotically charged romance with Ashley, a beautiful red-headed graduate student, he returns to Bolivia to seek answers to his own life by investigating the mystery of his father’s past. Trapped between two cultures, Pedro ultimately finds himself in an existential dilemma of tragic dimensions.
Rocha’s Treasure of Potosi – By Fred Staff
When Francisco Rocha sets out to make his fortune in the 1650s, unimaginable hardship and adventure await him. Unprepared for what he will find in the wider world – including Potosi, the richest Spanish holding in the New World – Rocha will learn the terror of being under someone else’s control, powerless and facing death. This life-changing experience will inspire in him a passion for righting wrongs and issuing his own brand of justice. Based on a true story, Rocha’s Treasure of Potosi will take you on the inspiring epic adventure of a man who had the bravery, honor, and commitment to do the right thing, even at the risk of his life.
Bolivia: Between a Rock and a Hard Place – By Pete Good
My Mother’s Bolivian Kitchen – By by
More than a cookbook, My Mother’s Bolivian Kitchen is a memoir of a Bolivian childhood. In addition to a comprehensive collection of Bolivian recipes, Sánchez-H. takes the reader to his Aunt Nazarias sixty-ninth birthday party to feast on picante de pato con chuño (spicy duck with freeze-dried potatoes; to observe El Día de Todos Santos (All Saints Day) when bread is baked in honor of the deceased; and camping in the mountains where the memory of his mother’s food leads him home. These memories, among others, demonstrate the importance of food in Bolivian culture.
Empanadas offers a collection of the most delicious recipes and essential tips on creating the perfect mini pie for any occasion. With an introduction on the history of empanadas, a lesson on dough types and folding techniques, 60 succulent recipes, and mouthwatering color photographs throughout, Empanadas is a beautiful, practical, and definitive guide to making, serving, and enjoying everyone’s favorite hand-held pie.
Gran Cocina Latina – By
In one volume Gran Cocina Latina gives home cooks, armchair travelers, and curious chefs the first comprehensive collection of recipes from the Latin world. Maricel E. Presilla has spent more than thirty years visiting each country, gathering more than 500 recipes along the way. This one-of-a-kind cookbook is to be savoured as much for the writing as for its introduction to never-before seen recipes.
The South American Table – By Maria Kijac
15 years in the making, this award winning cookbook has 450 extraordinary recipes for everything from the tamales, cebiches, and empanadas that are popular across the continent to the specialities of individual regions, such as the barbecue of the south, the hearty stews and grain dishes of the interior, and the seafood preparations of the coast. This landmark cookbook is an accessible and authoritative guide to a fascinating world of food.
Note: The books I’ve listed above are in English. For those fluent in Spanish, be sure to visit Libreria Boliviana, where you can find an impressive selection of Bolivian works across a variety of subjects and genres.
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