Top 10 Books on Antigua and Barbuda

 

If it were a contest of breathtakingly beautiful tourist destinations, Antigua and Barbuda would be through the finish line. Antigua and Barbuda is a twin-island nation popular for its picture-perfect landscape and its rich Caribbean culture.

Placed in the Caribbean, they are prone to multiple disasters and are also rich hubs of Caribbean culture in themselves.

 

Antigua and Barbuda: Island Guide

As a result of two years of research, this book provides an insight into the twin-islands’ culture and heritage. It’s a brief information guide that will help you navigate your way through the island. One can easily plan a trip by using this book.

Read it For:
There are 8 detailed maps, dining guides, elaborate details for tourists in the book. If you are planning your next vacation here, this is a book for you!
Don't Read it For:
If you are looking for information for research purposes, it does not give a complete picture. It is a preliminary book meant for tourists.
What makes this book stand out?:
its extensive components like the maps, dining information and information on the nation’s rich heritage.

The Antigua and Barbuda Companion

Melanie, an Englishwoman who adopted Antigua and Barbuda as her home is in love with this place. She is fond of the natural beauty, culture and claims to have found pure peace here. It’s a good attempt at enticing people to this place and witnesses the magical experience.

Read it For:
As someone who has moved here, Melanie gives convincing anecdotes on this place and why one should definitely pay one visit here. There are scenic pictures and information on various aspects of lifestyle, from food to nightlife in its latest edition.
Don't Read it For:
If you are looking for an insider’s perspective on the lifestyle here, it may not suffice your needs
What makes this book stand out?:
its pictures that gives a very rich picture of the environmental heritage on the islands.

A Small Place

Jamaica Kincaid's 'A Small Place' is a native’s account of Antigua as it has changed through the years. She gives a detailed history of this country, bringing forward things that are hidden below the scenic beauty that is her ancestral land, about how the effects of colonization still resonate in the places and people as a whole. The book is a vitriolic critique of how mismanagement of power has led to the degradation of an otherwise beguiling place

Read it For:
The rich, lyrical language and imagery makes the book a delightful read. Anyone interested in an insider perspective on the reality of lives of the Islanders would find solace in this book
Don't Read it For:
If a light read is what you are looking for, then this book may not be your cup of tea. The strong undertone of anger in her writing might make some readers uncomfortable.
What makes this book stand out?:
It is an emotionally charged rant against.

CARIBBEAN TIME BOMB: The United States’ Complicity in the Corruption of Antigua

In this book, Robert Coram uncovers certain hard-hitting truths about the presumed island paradise of Antigua. He provides a provoking account of the ruling family of the former British colony and investigates the increasing corruption that took over the island after it gained independence in 1978. The book is a scathing critique of the Prime Minister Vere Cornwall Bird- while he led his country to freedom from colonial rule, he seems to be recreating an extension of the very institution he protested against.

Read it For:
This book would be best suited to anyone looking for a well-researched and meticulously detailed political historiography. It provides a thorough overview of the happenings in the nation to anyone with no prior knowledge of the same.
Don't Read it For:
The expansive and vast nature of research may make this book a tedious read for some.
What makes this book stand out?:
Extensive research on the topic
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My Brother

As one of the finalists at the National Book Award 1997, this is a fascinating record of how a life that ended too early than expected. She is trying to find answers to her brother’s death that passed away at the age of 33. It speaks volumes on some of the difficult truths that exist in every family.

Read it For:
It is definitely a thrilling account of an uncertain death, so there’s an added bonus of mystery added to this story. The Carribean setting is an added perk that makes it more interesting.
Don't Read it For:
Some critics argue that there is definitely some scope for improvement in this work, but you are a fan of some thrilling drama, then this can be a good read.
What makes this book stand out?:
its drama specifically and for addressing issues of relatedness in blood ties. It is also very evocative in terms of grief, so it is powerful.

Antigua and Barbuda: A little bit of paradise

This volume features over 400 images of the vibrant life that goes on in the nation. Moreover, it accurately portrays the blend of culture and adaptation in the twin-Islands.

Read it For:
the visual representations in this volume are nothing short of stunning, simply proving how picturesque and enriched with culture the twin islands
Don't Read it For:
Although many, since these are primarily pictorial representations, one is limited to these alone.
What makes this book stand out?:
The careful curation of pictures that effectively capture the essence of the twin-island nation.

Story of the Arawaks in Antigua and Barbuda

A historical cum archaeological account of the Arawaks, this book effectively describes the story of the inhabitants of the twin-islands over the years. It also offers great insight into their culture, lifestyle, beliefs and everything that the Arawaks were part of.

Read it For:
The compilations of artifacts that belong to this local community have been featured in this explicit account.
Don't Read it For:
The read is short and not as elaborate as one would otherwise expect.
What makes this book stand out?:
The insightful details about the community and their relationship to this twin-island nation-state are what make this book a different one

The Salvage History of Antigua and Barbuda

The book is a concise representation of everything that there is to know about the twin-island nation state. Ranging from information about its inhabitants to weather-related encounters that the islands have come across like hurricanes and other disasters it is a crisp bag of details

Read it For:
It serves as the one-stop for those who are nautically inclined and also includes details of the uninhabited island of Redonda.
Don't Read it For:
As it covers multiple bases, it is difficult for one to consume complete information about a single attribute of the islands.
What makes this book stand out?:
The casual yet stylised writing that Fuller so effortlessly uses to transfer his knowledge to the reader

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