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Trekking in the Moroccan Atlas

Trekking in the Moroccan Atlas

by Richard Knight

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

A compact, practical guide to the High Atlas region in central Morocco, including route guides, maps and a section on flora and fauna. (MRC33, $22.95)

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)

Mogreb-El-Acksa, A Journey in Morocco

Mogreb-El-Acksa, A Journey in Morocco

by R B Cunninghame Graham

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 358 PAGES

Among the pleasures of this classic account of Cunninghame's trek to the forbidden city of Tarudant, originally published in 1898, is his portrait of Berber life in Morocco's High Atlas. (MRC11, $19.95)

Morocco Map

Morocco Map

by Michelin Travel Publications

  • 2012
  • MAP

A road map in the Michelin style, featuring city and town plans, as well as a full place name index. Tough cardboard cover. Scale 1:1,000,000. Two Sides. 28x36 inches. (MRC13, $12.95)

 
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)

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)

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)

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. The best short introduction to the subject. (ISL15, $15.95)

The Berbers

The Berbers


by Michael Brett | Elizabeth Fentress

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

A scholarly examination of the indigenous people of North Africa from antiquity through the Roman and Islamic periods to modern times. It surveys the history, literature and culture of the Berbers, exploring the identity they have forged in the region. (NAF02, $54.95)

Walking

Walking


by Henry David Thoreau

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 92 PAGES

Slip this pocket edition of Thoreau's meditations on the spiritual benefits of this most civilized form of travel in your daypack for inspiration. (WLK04, $9.99)

Islamic Arts

Islamic Arts


by Jonathan Bloom | Sheila Blair

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 445 PAGES

A comprehensive survey of 1,000 years of Islamic architecture, design and decoration. Illustrated throughout with color photographs, maps and site plans. (ISL01, $29.95)

Allah's Garden

Allah's Garden


by Thomas Hollowell

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 196 PAGES

The gripping memoir of a doctor who, with more than 1700 other Moroccans, was held as a POW in Western Sahara for 25 years. (MRC118, $14.95)

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)

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)

Morocco That Was

Morocco That Was


by Walter Harris

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

A piercingly funny and sharp eyewitness account of the Sultanate by the eccentric London Times correspondent in Tangier. Harris lived in the country for 30 years, which gave him unusual access to the Moorish court and civic life. (MRC59, $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)

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)

Berber Odes, Poetry from the Mountains of Morocco

Berber Odes, Poetry from the Mountains of Morocco


by Michael Peyron

  • LITERATURE
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 128 PAGES

Peyron draws on his rich oral recordings from the last of the traditional bards, collected over the last 50 years, for this illuminating collection. (MRC123, $16.95)

Leo Africanus

Leo Africanus


by Amin Maalouf

  • LITERATURE
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 360 PAGES

A fictional memoir of the first 40 years in the life of Leo Africanus, a Muslim whose travels led him throughout the Mediterranean and North Africa in the 15th and 16th centuries. (MED55, $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)

The Sand Child

The Sand Child


by Alan Sheridan | Tahar Ben Jelloun

  • LITERATURE
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 165 PAGES

The politically charged novel of Mohammed Ahmed, a girl raised as a boy to escape the limited life offered women in Islamic society. (MRC27, $22.95)

The Serpent's Daughter

The Serpent's Daughter


by Suzanne Arruda

  • MYSTERY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

With lots of colorful background on Moroccan history and culture, Jade del Cameron (what a name!) is accused by the French colonial authorities of killing a man. (MRC83, $16.00)

The Sheltering Sky

The Sheltering Sky


by Paul Bowles

  • LITERATURE
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

Bowles' most famous work, by turns stark and transcendent, is a tale of three people whose lives unravel in the desert of North Africa. Originally published in 1949. (NAF09, $15.99)

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)

Birds of Europe

Birds of Europe


by Lars Svensson

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 416 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Featuring 3,500 glorious paintings by Killian Mullarney and Dan Zetterstrom, the second edition of this exquisite guide has been updated with revised text and maps. (FG47, $29.95)

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