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The Alhambra

The Alhambra

by Robert Irwin

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 213 PAGES

Irwin's brief, indispensable guide introduces the stunning Moorish palace and fortress complex, revealing its mysteries, myths and significance with wit and insight. (SPN226, $16.00)

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)

Driving over Lemons, An Optimist in Andalucia

Driving over Lemons, An Optimist in Andalucia

by Chris Stewart

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

Stewart's memoir about moving with his wife to a farm in Alpujarras is charming and insightful. Unlike many expatriates, Stewart manages to ground himself far enough into the community to make lasting friends -- as well as a home for his young daughter. (SPN135, $14.95)

Eyewitness Guide Seville and Andalusia

Eyewitness Guide Seville and Andalusia

by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

This wonderfully organized and visually rich guide features excellent maps and essays on the culture, history and geography of the region. With a pullout city map of Seville. (SPN15, $23.00)

Andalucia Map 578

Andalucia Map 578

by Michelin Travel Publications

  • MAP

A travelers' map of Andalucia and the Costa del Sol at a scale of 1:400,000 with city plans of Seville, Malaga and Granada. (SPN107, $11.95)

 
Seville Map

Seville Map


by Streetwise Maps

  • MAP
  • FAVORITE

A laminated, folded walking map of Seville. (SPN221, $7.95)

Cadogan Guide Granada, Seville & Cordoba

Cadogan Guide Granada, Seville & Cordoba


by Dana Facaros

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 208 PAGES

Cadogan's expert authors focus on the three great cities of al-Andalus, covering the history, culture and arts of the region along with the best places to eat and stay, suggested excursions and other travel information. (SPN14, $17.95)

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)

Dancing in the Fountain, How to Enjoy Living Abroad

Dancing in the Fountain, How to Enjoy Living Abroad


by Karen McCann

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 232 PAGES

Filled with wacky and fun anecdotes from her move from Cleveland, Ohio to Seville, Spain, Karen McCann's narrative guide makes living abroad seem well within reach. (TVL602, $9.95)

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)

Rick Steves' Snapshot Sevilla, Granada & Southern Spain

Rick Steves' Snapshot Sevilla, Granada & Southern Spain


by Rick Steves

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 346 PAGES

A slim guide to Sevilla, Granada and Southern Spain, with Steves' expert-selected hotels, travel advice, major sites and places to relax. (SPN549, $13.99)

Wallpaper City Guide Seville

Wallpaper City Guide Seville


by Jeremy Case

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 102 PAGES

A stylish, thin (it fits in your back pocket) city guide compiled by the design magazine Wallpaper's local reporters. Well-organized, with chapter tabs, many photographs and of-the-moment recommendations. (SPN562, $11.95)

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)

Moorish, Flavors from Mecca to Marrakech

Moorish, Flavors from Mecca to Marrakech


by Greg Malouf | Lucy Malouf

  • FOOD
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

A celebration of the spices and flavors of the Middle East, North Africa, Spain and the Mediterranean, this collection of recipes includes dishes such as mango tart filled with orange blossom water and Atlantic salmon grilled with sumac. Written to encourage everyday cooks to become comfortable with exotic ingredients. Features full-colored photographs. (MDE213, $29.95)

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)

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)

Granada: A Pomegranate in the Hand of God

Granada: A Pomegranate in the Hand of God


by Steven Nightingale

  • HISTORY
  • 2015
  • HARD COVER
  • 320 PAGES

Nightingale illuminates the long obscured medieval zenith of Granada, once considered an intellectual hotbed until it was sacked by Ferdinand and Isabella in 1492. Granada's cultural accomplishments include the first modern translations of Greek philosophy and the introduction of algebra. (SPN570, $26.00)

Moorish Spain

Moorish Spain


by Richard Fletcher

  • HISTORY
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 189 PAGES

This book on the history and culture of Islam in Spain is detailed but readable. (SPN110, $30.95)

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 New Spaniards

The New Spaniards


by John Hooper

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 458 PAGES

This survey of the cultural, political and economic changes in Spain since the death of Franco offers an authoritative and compelling look the everyday life of Spaniards. (SPN08, $17.00)

The Story of the Moors in Spain

The Story of the Moors in Spain


by Stanley Lane-Poole

  • HISTORY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 285 PAGES

A wonderfully readable, sweeping tale of splendor and tragedy, first published in 1866. (SPN12, $18.95)

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)

A Season in Granada, Uncollected Poems & Prose

A Season in Granada, Uncollected Poems & Prose


by Federico Garcia Lorca | Christopher Maurer

  • LITERATURE
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 128 PAGES

A selection of poems and prose in celebration of Granada, where Frederico Garcia Lorca was raised, studied and spent much of his short life. (SPN117, $16.95)

Bracebridge Hall, Tales of a Traveller, the Alhambra

Bracebridge Hall, Tales of a Traveller, the Alhambra


by Washington Irving

  • LITERATURE
  • 1991
  • HARD COVER
  • 1104 PAGES

This collection of Irving's writing, published by the Library of America, is the only book in print that contains "The Alhambra," his romantic account of travels in Southern Spain. (SPN45, $40.00)

For Whom the Bell Tolls

For Whom the Bell Tolls


by Ernest Hemingway

  • LITERATURE
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 471 PAGES

Hemingway's great novel about the Spanish Civil War is a love story set during the four-day fight of anti-fascist units in the mountains. (SPN19, $17.00)

Platero and I

Platero and I


by Juan Ramon Jimenez | Eloise Roach

  • LITERATURE
  • 1983
  • PAPER
  • 218 PAGES

This lyric portrait of life -- and the little donkey, Platero -- in a remote Andalusian village is the masterpiece of Juan Ramon Jimenez, the Spanish poet awarded the 1956 Nobel Prize for Literature. (SPN214, $19.95)

The Arabian Nights

The Arabian Nights


by Husain Haddawy

  • LITERATURE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 518 PAGES

Translator Husain Haddawy grew up hearing his grandmother's friends re-tell these tales on winter nights in Baghdad. A wonderful introduction to Islamic Andalucia, the tales, translated from the oldest remaining Arabic version, bring to life the culture and society of the Islamic world at its height. (ARB10, $17.95)

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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