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Ghosts of Spain

Ghosts of Spain

by Giles Tremlett

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 396 PAGES

Tremlett captures the Spanish character, history and modern politics in this masterful portrait, interweaving the story of his love for the country (where he has lived for 20 years) with interviews, anecdotes and observation. (SPN323, $19.00)

Speak the Culture Spain

Speak the Culture Spain

by Andrew Whittaker

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 343 PAGES

This helpful guide with a sense of humor provides an overview of historic and contemporary Spanish culture, including theater, philosophy, architecture and food. (SPN391, $24.95)

Eyewitness Guide Spain

Eyewitness Guide Spain

by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 672 PAGES

This superb, colorful guide covering all of Spain features bright photography, dozens of maps and a region-by-region synopsis of the country's attractions. (SPN05, $30.00)

Michelin Castilla Y Leon, Madrid Map 575

Michelin Castilla Y Leon, Madrid Map 575

by Michelin

  • 2012
  • MAP

This road map at a scale of 1:400,000 covers Castilla y Leon in the northwest of Spain. (SPN492, $11.95)

 
Madrid Map

Madrid Map


by Borch Maps

  • 2007
  • MAP
  • 2007 PAGES

A detailed map of Madrid at a scale of 1:10,000, laminated and folded for easy reference. (SPN106, $7.95)

Spain & Portugal Adventure Map

Spain & Portugal Adventure Map


by National Geographic

  • 2011
  • MAP

A colorful, shaded relief map. (SPN22, $12.95)

Companion Guide Madrid and Central Spain

Companion Guide Madrid and Central Spain


by Alastair Boyd

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 480 PAGES

A scholarly, entertaining and thorough guide to Madrid and the surrounding areas of Segovia, Salamanca, Toledo and Avila. Organized geographically, it takes the form of a walking and driving guide with the rather old-fashioned narrative interrupted occasionally by maps and black-and-white photographs. (SPN24, $34.95)

Culture Smart! Spain

Culture Smart! Spain


by Marian Meaney

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 168 PAGES

This concise, no-nonsense guide to local customs, etiquette and culture provides a short overview of the land and people along with practical travel advice. (SPN342, $9.95)

Eyewitness Spanish Phrase Book & Audio CD

Eyewitness Spanish Phrase Book & Audio CD


by Eyewitness Guides

  • LANGUAGE & PHRASEBOOKS
  • 2003
  • AUDIO CD
  • 144 PAGES

A 114-page phrasebook and 90-minute audio cassette geared for the traveler (SPN147, $10.00)

iSpeak Spanish Beginner's Course

iSpeak Spanish Beginner's Course


by Jane Wightwick

  • LANGUAGE & PHRASEBOOKS
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 64 PAGES

An MP3 audio disc is bundled with a course book in this innovative language program, where you can see and hear 1,200 phrases on your iPod, iPhone, Zune or other portable device. (SPN384, $19.95)

Lonely Planet Spanish Phrasebook

Lonely Planet Spanish Phrasebook


by Izaskun Arretxe

  • LANGUAGE & PHRASEBOOKS
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

This handy pocket phrasebook includes pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary. (SPN182, $8.99)

Pocket Rough Guide Madrid

Pocket Rough Guide Madrid


by Simon Baskett

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 176 PAGES

By the savvy editors at Rough Guide, these just-right guides are bundled with a pullout map. (SPN507, $12.99)

A Late Dinner, Discovering the Food of Spain

A Late Dinner, Discovering the Food of Spain


by Paul Richardson

  • FOOD
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

A resident of Spain for the last 15 years, Richardson searches out the diversity and delight of Spain and its food in this engaging account of travels in search of a meal. (SPN344, $18.99)

Food and Wines of Spain

Food and Wines of Spain


by Penelope Casas

  • FOOD
  • 1982
  • HARD COVER
  • 457 PAGES

This classic collection of 400 recipes, interwoven with cultural commentary and culinary history, is a pleasure to read, but prepare to become hungry. (SPN100, $37.50)

The Food of Spain

The Food of Spain


by Claudia Roden

  • FOOD
  • 2011
  • HARD COVER
  • 576 PAGES

Claudia Roden brings her authenticity, vision and knowledge to little-known and classic dishes of Spain, a treasure trove of not just hundreds of recipes but also folk tales, proverbs, stories, poetry and local history. Lavishly illustrated with many sumptuous photos -- it will be hard to resist wanting to try your hand at these dishes, both classic and modern. (SPN466, $45.00)

A Traveller's History of Spain

A Traveller's History of Spain


by Juan Lalaguna

  • HISTORY
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

A swift survey from prehistory through the Romans, Goths and Moors to the present. (SPN06, $14.95)

Madrid, A Cultural and Literary Companion

Madrid, A Cultural and Literary Companion


by Elizabeth Nash

  • HISTORY
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

One in the excellent series, both a walking guide and history of the city. (SPN506, $15.00)

Spain, The Root and the Flower

Spain, The Root and the Flower


by John A. Crow

  • HISTORY
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 455 PAGES

Take this book with you to Spain: it's an absorbing, well-written account of Spanish cultural history from prehistory to the Romans, Jews, Moors, Golden Age and on to Franco and his legacy in modern Spain. (SPN13, $29.95)

The Ornament of the World, How Muslims, Jews, and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain

The Ornament of the World, How Muslims, Jews, and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain


by Maria Rosa Menocal | Harold Bloom

  • RELIGION
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

A lively, illuminating portrait of the Andalucian Kingdom, its cultural achievements and religious tolerance from the eighth century to 1492. (SPN185, $16.00)

The Spanish Holocaust

The Spanish Holocaust


by Paul Preston

  • HISTORY
  • 2012
  • HARD COVER
  • 700 PAGES

Preston, a scholar of the Spainish Civil War, explores Franco's reign of terror in 20th-century Spain through the activities of four key men: General Mola, Quiepo de Llano, Major Vallejo Najera and Captain Don Gonzalo Aguilera. (SPN517, $35.00)

Goya

Goya


by Jose Gudiol

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2008
  • HARD COVER
  • 128 PAGES

Each painting is given a full page, with commentary on the facing page, in this authoritative overview of Goya and his art. (SPN79, $34.00)

The Arts in Spain, From Prehistory to Modernism

The Arts in Spain, From Prehistory to Modernism


by John Moffit

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

From the cave painting at Altimira through the Golden Age, to the works of Picasso and Miro, this book documents the course of art in Spain, with 150 illustrations. (SPN102, $19.95)

Grammar Lessons

Grammar Lessons


by Michele Morano

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2007
  • HARD COVER
  • 184 PAGES

Morano, who lived in Oviedo in the early 1990s, reflects on the humor and trials of living in a new language in these 13 essays on travel in Spain and search for self. (SPN345, $22.50)

Iberia, Spanish Travels & Reflections

Iberia, Spanish Travels & Reflections


by James Michener

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1989
  • PAPER
  • 960 PAGES

In this best-selling travelogue, Michener presents a compulsively readable and well-observed account of his love affair with Spain and all things Spanish. It has achieved the status of a classic, rich in detail and insightful. (SPN16, $8.99)

Spanish Recognitions, The Roads to the Present

Spanish Recognitions, The Roads to the Present


by Mary Lee Settle

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 358 PAGES

A magical, meditative account of Spanish history, art, archaeology and travels by the noted writer. Settle (Turkish Reflections) conjures Cervantes, El Cid, the Moors, Visgoths, Romans, Lorca and Balboa as she writes of a road trip from Castile in central Spain to the southern coast. (SPN205, $15.95)

Don Quixote

Don Quixote


by Miguel de Cervantes | John Rutherford

  • LITERATURE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 1072 PAGES

The most famous work in Spanish literature, rendered in a lively, modern translation. It is the picaresque tale of a romantic, mad gentleman who imagines himself a knight errant. (SPN23, $16.00)

Monsignor Quixote

Monsignor Quixote


by Graham Greene

  • LITERATURE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 194 PAGES

A village priest, elevated to the rank of monsignor through a clerical error, travels to Madrid accompanied by his best friend, Sancho, the Communist ex-mayor of the village, in Greene's lighthearted variation on Cervantes. (SPN436, $16.00)

Spain in Mind

Spain in Mind


by Alice Powers

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 372 PAGES

This literary A-to-Z includes selections by Auden, Hemingway, Michener, Twain, Orwell, Trollope, Wharton and other luminaries. (SPN290, $16.95)

Spain, A Traveler's Literary Companion

Spain, A Traveler's Literary Companion


by Peter R. Bush

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 242 PAGES

This collection of 30 stories from a who's who of contemporary Spanish literature, including writers from Galicia, Leon, the Basque Country, Madrid and Barcelona. (SPN173, $14.95)

The Portable Cervantes


by Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra

  • LITERATURE
  • 1976
  • PAPER
  • 854 PAGES

This anthology of the writing of Cervantes contains an abridged version of Don Quixote in Samuel Putnam's acclaimed translation, two Exemplary Novels and Foot in the Stirrup, Cervantes's extraordinary farewell to life from The Troubles of Persiles and Sigismunda. (SPN285, $20.00)

The Sun Also Rises

The Sun Also Rises


by Ernest Hemingway

  • LITERATURE
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

Hemingway's great novel, which encapsulates the angst of the post-WWI "Lost Generation," is the story of unmoored American and British expats travelling from Paris to Pamplona. (SPN33, $15.00)

Two Spanish Picaresque Novels: Lazarillo de Tormes, The Swindler

Two Spanish Picaresque Novels: Lazarillo de Tormes, The Swindler


by Francisco de Quevedo | Michael Alpert

  • LITERATURE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

Admired by Cervantes, this pair of picaresque novels focus on the adventures of two unlikely heroes -- delinquent picaros living by their wits among corrupt priests and prostitutes, beggars and idle gentlemen, thieves and tricksters. (SPN108, $15.00)

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