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Eyewitness Guide Morocco

Eyewitness Guide Morocco

by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 408 PAGES

Gorgeously illustrated and filled with excellent maps, this compact guide introduces Morocco's history, culture and attractions. (MRC58, $30.00)

Dreams of Trespass, Tales of a Harem Girlhood

Dreams of Trespass, Tales of a Harem Girlhood

by Fatima Mernissi

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 242 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

This captivating memoir by one of Morocco's most outspoken women opens, "I was born in a harem in 1940 in Fez, a ninth-century Moroccan city." Mernissi captures not only the spirit of the place, but also the hierarchy and decorum of a Muslim family compound. (MRC10, $17.00)

Living in Morocco

Living in Morocco

by Stoeltie, Barbara and Rene

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2011
  • HARD COVER
  • 280 PAGES
  • CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

From exquisite rugs and textiles to vibrant mosaics, courtyards and homes, this gorgeous photographic collection celebrates the beauty and allure of Morocco's architecture, with a particular focus on interiors. (MRC71, $29.99)

The Caliph's House, A Year in Casablanca

The Caliph's House, A Year in Casablanca

by Tahir Shah

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 343 PAGES

A great storyteller, of Afghan descent and English-raised, Shah leads us through Moroccan society and culture with deft portraits of ordinary neighbors and craftsmen as he and his wife transform a crumbling palace in old Casablanca. (MRC66, $16.00)

Morocco Map

Morocco Map

by Michelin Travel Publications

  • 2012
  • MAP

A road map featuring city and town plans at a scale of 1:1,000,000. Two sides. 28 x 36 inches. (MRC13, $12.95)

 
Marrakesh & Northern Morocco Map

Marrakesh & Northern Morocco Map


by ITMB

  • 2009
  • MAP

Featuring a detailed walking map of the Medina and surrounding New Town on one side and a map of Northern Morocco at 1:740,000 on the reverse. With insets of Rabat and Tangier. (MRC105, $10.95)

Culture Smart! Morocco

Culture Smart! Morocco


by Jillian York

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 168 PAGES

History, religion, daily life, food, health and safety are all covered in this accessible pocket guide to Moroccan customs, etiquette and culture, by an author who lives and teaches there. (MRC70, $9.95)

Eat Smart in Morocco

Eat Smart in Morocco


by Joan Peterson

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 160 PAGES

This handy brief guide is subtitled "How to Decipher the Menu, Know the Market Foods & Embark on a Tasting Adventure." (MRC76, $12.95)

Footprint Morocco Handbook

Footprint Morocco Handbook


by Justin McGuinness

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • FLEXI-BOUND
  • 480 PAGES

With an overview of culture and history, color maps, site diagrams and detailed practical information, this comprehensive guide reflects the spirit of its author, an Arabic speaker who taught at the University of Tunis. (MRC18, $24.95)

Lonely Planet Fez Encounter

Lonely Planet Fez Encounter


by Virginia Maxwell

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 136 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

A lively shirt pocket guide to the imperial city. (MRC90, $11.99)

Lonely Planet Moroccan Arabic Phrasebook

Lonely Planet Moroccan Arabic Phrasebook


by Lonely Planet

  • LANGUAGE & PHRASEBOOKS
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

This handy phrasebook includes pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary. (MRC15, $8.99)

Arabesque, A Taste of Morocco, Turkey, and Lebanon

Arabesque, A Taste of Morocco, Turkey, and Lebanon


by Claudia Roden

  • FOOD
  • 2006
  • HARD COVER
  • 352 PAGES

With 100 color photos of food, people and places, this enchanting cookbook by a leading authority is filled with not just subtle, simple recipes but also stories, culture and history. (MED99, $37.50)

Couscous and Other Good Food from Morocco

Couscous and Other Good Food from Morocco


by Paula Wolfert

  • FOOD
  • 1987
  • PAPER
  • 330 PAGES

Wolfert's classic introduction to Moroccan food cuisine highlights the country and its cuisine, with great results. First published in 1973 and recently inducted into the James Beard Cookbook Hall of Fame. (MRC43, $19.99)

Traditional Moroccan Cooking, Recipes from Fez

Traditional Moroccan Cooking, Recipes from Fez


by Claudia Roden | Madame Guinaudeau

  • FOOD
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 208 PAGES

First published in 1958, Madame Guinaudeau's charming guide to Moroccan cuisine explores the rich culinary traditions of Fez with anecdotes, recipes, drawings and chapters on everything from choosing spices and preserving lemons to the art of making and drinking tea. (MRC44, $14.95)

A Traveller's History of North Africa

A Traveller's History of North Africa


by Barnaby Rogerson

  • HISTORY
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 408 PAGES

Wide-ranging, accessible and effectively condensed, this brief history marches confidently through the centuries, covering key events and personalities in Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria to 1999. (NAF01, $15.95)

Islam, A Short History

Islam, A Short History


by Karen Armstrong

  • HISTORY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 230 PAGES

Armstrong brings authority and experience to this vivid, clear-headed survey of the history and impact of Islam, from the birth of Mohammad to present-day challenges. (ISL15, $15.95)

Morocco, The Islamist Awakening and Other Challenges

Morocco, The Islamist Awakening and Other Challenges


by Marvine Howe

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2005
  • HARD COVER
  • 428 PAGES

A penetrating look at political, social and cultural life in Morocco under King Mohammed V, by a former New York Times correspondent. (MRC75, $20.00)

Morocco Courtyards and Gardens

Morocco Courtyards and Gardens


by Achva Benzinberg Stein

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2007
  • HARD COVER
  • 240 PAGES

Splendid color photographs and aerial views of the palaces, mosques and signature walled gardens of Fez, Marrakech and Rabat. (MRC94, $50.00)

Rough Guide Music Morocco

Rough Guide Music Morocco


by Rough Guide World Music

  • MUSIC
  • 2004
  • AUDIO CD
  • OUT OF PRINT

This album features two of Morocco's musical giants, Jil Jilala and Nass El Ghiwane; the best-loved Moroccan female group, Bnet Marrakech; and the greatest al aita star of modern times, Fatna Bent El Houcine. (MRC69, $14.95)

A Year in Marrakesh

A Year in Marrakesh


by Peter Mayne

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 190 PAGES

This brilliantly entertaining, insightful classic account of Marrakesh captures the rhythm and spirit of life in the alleyways of the Medina in the 1950s. (MRC55, $35.00)

In Arabian Nights, A Caravan of Moroccan Dreams

In Arabian Nights, A Caravan of Moroccan Dreams


by Tahir Shah

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES

Shah (The Caliph's House) weaves his own family tradition of storytelling with commentary on Moroccan spiritual traditions, culture and history in this account of his adopted home on the sea in Casablanca. (MRC80, $16.00)

In Morocco

In Morocco


by Edith Wharton

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 223 PAGES

Wharton's enjoyable account of her month-long journey through Morocco after WWI captures the landscapes, architecture and many aspects of Muslim culture and history with emphasis on the cities of Rabat, Fez and Marrakech. (MRC02, $10.95)

Lords of the Atlas

Lords of the Atlas


by Gavin Maxwell

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 316 PAGES
  • HARD TO FIND ELSEWHERE

A classic account of the tribal warlords of the Atlas Mountains -- and of life in French colonial Morocco. A rousing tale and excellent introduction to Marrakech. (MRC35, $34.95)

Sahara Unveiled

Sahara Unveiled


by William Langewiesche

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 302 PAGES

Traveling across the Sahara from Algiers to Dakar, Langeweische has written an uncommonly good memoir of the desert, with meditations on its history, inhabitants and allure. (NAF05, $16.00)

Scheherazade Goes West: Different Cultures, Different Harems

Scheherazade Goes West: Different Cultures, Different Harems


by Fatima Mernissi

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES

With humor and depth, Mernissi (Dreams of Trespass) weaves biography, culture and a witty meditation on the myth and meanings of harems, sex and beauty in the Western and Muslim worlds. An independent-thinking modern Moroccan, Mernissi is a sociology professor in Rabat. (MRC87, $16.95)

Marrakesh, Through Writers' Eyes

Marrakesh, Through Writers' Eyes


by Barnaby Rogerson | Stephen Lavington

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 306 PAGES

A choice collection of travel writing on the Red City by 40 luminaries, including George Orwell, Winston Churchill, Gavin Maxwell and Peter Mayne. (MRC72, $34.95)

Morocco, The Traveller's Companion

Morocco, The Traveller's Companion


by Margar Bidwell

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 309 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

Pepys, Defoe, Twain, Orwell and Wharton, as well as famous Muslim travelers such as Leo Africanus and a host of others -- merchants, sailors, consuls and scholars-- are all included. (MRC113, $26.00)

The Spider's House

The Spider's House


by Paul Bowles

  • LITERATURE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 406 PAGES

Set in Fez during a 1954 nationalist uprising, this richly descriptive novel may be the most evocative of Bowles' many works based in Morocco. Originally published in 1955. (MRC08, $14.99)

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