June 19, 2010

Take Me Away...to Honduras!

Take Me Away Saturday

For those of you unfamiliar with Take Me Away Saturday:
I started it because I love books that take place in different cultures and are about different cultures. Take Me Away is a way to share with other readers books that can transport them into another culture. Each week I feature a different country or culture (ex. Cherokee, Jewish, etc. that do not have a specific country per se) and list some books that can transport you there. (Note: ex. not necessarily books by a German or an Australian, but books set in Germany or Australia.) I try to provide a variety of fiction genres as well as nonfiction selections.

I am keeping a map of the countries we visit, which you can see at the bottom of this post. There is also a list of both countries and cultures visited in past Take Me Away posts. Check them out and discover some good books to read.

This week we are visiting the Central American country of Honduras.
Here is an easy to see map of Honduras:
For more information on this country click here.

Click on the titles of the books below to read reviews and/or purchase the book. Disclaimer: I do not receive commissions if you purchase a book through the link I provide, whether from Amazon, Indiebound, or otherwise.

The Mosquito Coast by Paul Theroux

In a breathtaking adventure story, the paranoid and brilliant inventor Allie Fox takes his family to live in the Honduran jungle, determined to build a civilization better than the one they've left. Fleeing from an America he sees as mired in materialism and conformity, he hopes to rediscover a purer life. But his utopian experiment takes a dark turn when his obsessions lead the family toward unimaginable danger.

Take No Prisoners (Black Ops, Inc. Series #2) by Cindy Gerard

A Dangerous Attraction...
Abbie Hughes no longer trusts men, but despite her cool indifference, her long legs and showgirl face still draw plenty of attention. Between working as a blackjack dealer, going to school, and keeping an eye on her younger brother, Cory, there's no time for romantic adventures — until the night a sexy, mysterious stranger places a wager at her table.

Spurred by revenge...Sam Lang left Black Ops, Inc. when tragedy struck his family. Although he's determined to retire his M-16 rifle to lead a quiet life on his ranch, a vengeful quest will send him on a manhunt for the ruthless multimillionaire who murdered his sister.

...Reveals a savage threat they can't ignore. Though Sam suspects Abbie is in on a lucrative gem-smuggling deal her brother made with the enemy, their attraction is undeniable. Now Cory is missing, and together they search the wild Honduras backcountry to find him. With danger on their trail, they must trust each other completely or face certain death alone....

Diving and Snorkeling Honduras' Bay Islands by David Behrans

Once a haven for pirates, 67 sleepy islands and cays off the Honduras mainland are now a budding ecotourism destination. The clear, warm waters are home to every fish species found in the Caribbean, as well as most hard corals, gorgonians and sponges. Renowned for wall diving, the region also boasts several wrecks, shallow reefs and fascinating blue water sites. Visitors can swim with dolphins, while lucky divers may spot a passing whale shark. This book describes 74 of the best dive sites, with full-color photos throughout.

Cultures of the World- Honduras by Leta McGaffey

This thorough resource tool provides a detailed account of the traditions of the Honduran people as well as their island. As part of the "Cultures of the World" series, readers are given background information on the Honduran geography, history, government, lifestyle, language, food, and more. Everything from literacy rates to telecommunications systems to festivals is discussed. The text is accompanied by vivid photographs of the people and the island. Quick notes on the land area, population, capital, and such are provided, along with a glossary of terms, bibliography, and index. While learning about the fascinating world of Honduras, readers can also develop valuable research skills.

Mesoamerica's Ancient Cities by William A. Ferguson

A thoroughly revised edition of the classic photographic portrayal of the major pre-Columbian ruins of Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, and Honduras.

Live Well in Honduras: How to Relocate, Retire, and Increase Your Standard of Living by Frank Ford

Honduras offers a lower cost of living than Costa Rica, Belize, or Mexico; amenable tax, real estate, and investment laws; and more ease in starting a business than can be found in any other country in the region. This book provides the only complete guide to retirement living in this increasingly popular Central America destination. 25 photos.

The Common Grief: Poetry by Roberto Sosa

This bilingual edition introduces English-speaking readers to a Honduran poet who seems very much a man without a country: "It's a landscape, not a land." Anxious to locate himself, he personifies-and hence personalizes-cities, buildings, and rivers. Poem after poem is dedicated to a friend. Written over four decades in which strife and change continually threatened his small country, these gently innocent poems wend their way toward death, stopping here and there to capture the games that lovers play in the face of death. Sosa is a true romantic born into a highly political time, his language frequently awkward, and his imagery symbolic, cliched, or vague. Optimistically refusing to engage in diatribes against war and murder, he does his best to praise with a pointing finger. Unfortunately, the writing often falls short of its target. Recommended for larger poetry collections.

This is not an exhaustive list, but books on Honduras are hard to find (Attn: writers! Void to fill!).
Do you know of any books that take place in Honduras that you would like to recommend? Or do you want to share other thoughts? Please leave a note in the comments! I love the feedback!

Be sure to check back for another trip in books! Here is what is coming up next:

Middle Eastern country of Israel
North American country of Canada

Amish Culture
African country of Morocco

Where we've been and the books that take us there:
The Americas and the Caribbean
Triple Threat-Baltic States
Middle East
Sierra Leone
Australia, Pacific Islands
New Zealand
Cultures Across the World
Australian Aborigines
Sioux Nation
Inuit Culture


  1. For some reason I've missed your past Take Me Away posts...forgive me!! Honduras isn't a place I want to visit-scares me!! but I could always get there via a book!!

  2. I've got Mosquito Coast on my shelves to read. It will be nice to visit Honduras through my reading!

  3. Staci- Well, you are here now and that's what matters. ;) I used to do them every Saturday but these posts are a lot of work so I cut back some. I don't really find Honduras to be a place that scares me too much. I know there's a lot of violence, but there are countries that make me more nervous I guess.

    Kathleen- I hope you enjoy it! I want to read it as well. It has received some high marks from readers.


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