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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)

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)

Footprint Marrakech, the High Atlas & Essaouira

Footprint Marrakech, the High Atlas & Essaouira

by Julius Honnor

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES

This compact, informative guide zeroes in on highly recommended excursions, experiences and itineraries, including a concise overview of the region, its history, nature, architecture and culture. With enticing color photographs, helpful travel details and maps. (AFR254, $21.95)

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)

 
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)

Cadogan Guide Marrakesh, Fez and Rabat

Cadogan Guide Marrakesh, Fez and Rabat


by Barnaby Rogerson

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

This personal, comprehensive handbook combines Rogerson's insightful cultural and historical background with his savvy practical information and recommendations on what to see and where to stay and eat. (MRC50, $21.95)

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)

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)

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)

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)

A Street in Marrakech, A Personal View of Urban Women in Morocco

A Street in Marrakech, A Personal View of Urban Women in Morocco


by Elizabeth Warnock Fernea

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1988
  • PAPER
  • 382 PAGES

Fernea's account of her unpredictable journey though the private and public world's of a traditional Muslim city includes marvelous descriptions of daily life in and around the medina in Marrakech. (MRC29, $26.95)

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)

The Voices of Marrakesh, A Record of a Visit

The Voices of Marrakesh, A Record of a Visit


by Elias Canetti

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 104 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

Canetti portrays the people and life of the city's bazaars, cafes, and streets in a series of acutely observed essays, including vivid sketches of the storytellers in the Djema el Fna, the everpresent beggars and rituals of Moroccan family life in the 1950s. Canetti is particularly good on the Marrakesh Mellah, the old but then still living Jewish quarter. (MRC112, $12.95)

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 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)

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