Visitors to the Dominican Republic and foreign residents now have a useful guide that will introduce them to the country’s cultural, social and historical context, so that they can learn about the country, understand the people and their quirks and find out about their customs in a practical and straightforward format.
“Culture Smart Dominican Republic – An Essential Guide to Customs and Culture”, by Ilana Benady and the late Ginnie Bedggood, both longtime British residents in the DR, gives the visitor and newcomer essential information about the country, and the authors hoped it would prevent many all-too common socio-linguistic gaffes and misunderstandings.
The book is available from major bookstores in the US, Canada and the UK, the main online book retailers like Amazon and locally from Paper Moon Books, in Punta Cana Village. It is part of an international series of more than 80 Culture Smart Guides by British publishing house Kuperard together with US publisher Random House.
Sadly, Ginnie Bedggood, a retired sociology lecturer who lived in Puerto Plata for over 17 years, passed away before she could see the fruits of her labour, a reflection of her great love, respect and admiration for her adopted country and its people.
Ilana Benady, who has lived in the DR for more than 12 years, is an anthropolpogy graduate with more than 20 of communications and development work in Latin America and the Caribbean. Based in Punta Cana, she is married to well-known Dominican photojournalist Pedrito Guzmán, who took the cover photo and several of the inside illustrations.
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Paper Moon Books, Galerías Puntacana, Puntacana Village (near the airport).
TJ MurrayBavaro, Dominican Republic
TJ Murray is a writer/photographer and an expert on travel in the Dominican Republic. He has wandered the country's furthest reaches and smallest corners and has a passion for highlighting his favorite destinations through travel articles and photography. When TJ isn't traveling in the Dominican Republic, he is trekking in South America or surfing where he lives in Bavaro, Dominican Republic.