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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)

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)

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)

 
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)

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)

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)

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 History of Modern Morocco

A History of Modern Morocco


by Susan Gilson Miller

  • HISTORY
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 303 PAGES

Miller puts the history of Morocco from 1830-2000 into a global context in this incisive, readable survey. (MRC141, $29.99)

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)

Traveling Spirit Masters, Moroccan Gnawa Trance and Music in the Global Marketplace

Traveling Spirit Masters, Moroccan Gnawa Trance and Music in the Global Marketplace


by Deborah Kapchan

  • MUSIC
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 325 PAGES

The first English book on Gnawa (or Gnaoua) music offers a history and analysis of the Moroccan trance music that incorporates elements of jazz and sub-Saharan influences accompanied by enactments and incense to galvanize the senses. (MRC144, $29.95)

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)

Glory in a Camel's Eye, A Perilous Trek Through the Greatest African Desert

Glory in a Camel's Eye, A Perilous Trek Through the Greatest African Desert


by Jeffrey Tayler

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

The you-are-there narrative of a 535-mile trek on camel-back across the Draa Valley in the Moroccan Sahara. (NAF35, $14.95)

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)

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 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)

Camel

Camel


by Robert Irwin

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

Irwin traces the camel from its origins to its role in the development of Arabic society to the present -- including the plight of camel herders in Darfur and its endangered status in Mongolia and China -- in this illustrated, informed survey of the camel and its role in society and history. (BST149, $19.95)

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