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Kathie's Burma Bookshelf

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I’m a reader and I always read about the places I visit. But I’ve never done as much background research for a trip as I’ve done for my upcoming Burma trip. Here is a list of the books we bought (haven’t finished reading all of them) for our 2009 trip. There were a number more that I tried to order, but are out of print, like Land of a Thousand Eyes.


Lonely Planet Myanmar (Burma), 10th Edition, May 2009
To Myanmar with Love: A Travel Guide for the Connoisseur

The Piano Tuner by Daniel Mason
The Glass Palace by Amitav Ghosh
Burmese Days by George Orwell
The Flame Tree by Keith Dahlberg
Saving Fish from Drowning by Amy Tan

Twilight over Burma: My Life as a Shan Princess by Inge Sargent
In the Land of the Green Ghosts by Pascal Khoo Thwe

Travel Writings:
The Trouser People by Andrew Marshall
Under the Dragon by Rory Maclean
Golden Earth by Norman Lewis
Finding George Orwell in Burma by Emma Larkin
The Native Tourist: A Holiday Pilgrimage in Myanmar by Ma Thanegi

River of Lost Footsteps by Thant Myint-U
Down the Rat Hole by Edith Mirante
Perfect Hostage: A Life of Ang San Suu Kyi by Justin Wintle
Beyond the Last Village by Alan Rabinowitz
Pagan by Paul Strachan
Mandalay by Paul Strachan
Letters from Burma by Ang San Suu Kyi
The Shan Conundrum in Burma by Henri-Andre Aye
The Burman: His Life and Notions by Shway Yoe (pen name of James George Scott)

Visions of Myanmar by JamesMuecke

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