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Moon Handbook Oaxaca

Moon Handbook Oaxaca

by Bruce Whipperman

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 533 PAGES

An invaluable travel guide featuring a good overview of the culture and history of the region, along with coverage of local events, recommendations on accommodations and dining. With photos, illustrations and dozens of local and city maps. (MEX67, $19.99)

The Labyrinth of Solitude

The Labyrinth of Solitude

by Octavio Paz

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1985
  • PAPER
  • 398 PAGES

These essays by the Nobel Prize-winning poet address Mexican culture and character. The chapters on the Mexican celebration of the Day of the Dead and the conquest are especially memorable. (MEX08, $15.95)

Fiesta, Days of the Dead & Other Mexican Festivals

Fiesta, Days of the Dead & Other Mexican Festivals

by Chloe Sayer

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2010
  • HARD COVER
  • 128 PAGES

Drawing on her travels all over Mexico, Chloe Sayer (The Skeleton at the Feast) mixes religious tradition, popular culture and folk art in this colorfully illustrated survey of Mexican celebrations. (MEX281, $29.95)

Oaxaca & Chiapas Map

Oaxaca & Chiapas Map

by Guia Roji

  • MAP

A regional map of southern Mexico from Mexico City to the western fringes of the Yucatan at 1:1,000,000, including a street plan of Oaxaca. (MEX49, $12.95)

 
Culture Smart! Mexico

Culture Smart! Mexico


by Sian Hughes

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 168 PAGES

A concise, no-nonsense guide to local customs, etiquette and culture with a short overview of the land and people along with practical travel advice. (MEX205, $9.95)

Lonely Planet Mexican Spanish Phrasebook

Lonely Planet Mexican Spanish Phrasebook


by Rafael Carmona

  • LANGUAGE & PHRASEBOOKS
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

This handy take-along phrasebook with essential vocabulay for travelers. (MEX257, $8.99)

Oaxaca al Gusto

Oaxaca al Gusto


by Diana Kennedy

  • FOOD
  • 2010
  • HARD COVER
  • 460 PAGES

Diana Kennedy celebrates the diversity of the food, life and culture of Oaxaca in 300 exhaustively researched, authentic recipes. (MEX283, $60.00)

The Food and Life of Oaxaca, Traditional Recipes from Mexico's Heart

The Food and Life of Oaxaca, Traditional Recipes from Mexico's Heart


by Zarela Martinez

  • FOOD
  • 1997
  • HARD COVER
  • 342 PAGES

A cultural history of the region as interpreted through its food, this book mixes 150 recipes with a fascinating discussion of ingredients, daily rituals and regional celebrations. (MEX42, $35.00)

Conquest: Montezuma, Cortes and the Fall of Old Mexico

Conquest: Montezuma, Cortes and the Fall of Old Mexico


by Hugh Thomas

  • HISTORY
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 812 PAGES

An entertaining and monumental tome on the conquest of Mexico. It's rare to find a work of such scholarship and importance that is also an enjoyable read. (MEX06, $25.00)

Discovery and Conquest of Mexico


by Bernal Diaz del Castillo | A.P. Maudslay | Hugh Thomas

  • HISTORY
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 478 PAGES

A vivid eyewitness account from a soldier's perspective. Diaz attempts to set the story straight and his classic first-person account is a richly detailed, well-written and essential narrative of the Spanish conquest of Mexico. (MEX32, $24.00)

Many Mexicos

Many Mexicos


by Lesley Byrd Simpson

  • HISTORY
  • 1983
  • PAPER
  • 389 PAGES

This widely known popular history of Mexico, first published in 1941, stands as an enjoyable, well-written introduction to the country and its history. (MEX38, $31.95)

Oaxaca Celebration, Family, Food, and Fiestas in Teotitlian

Oaxaca Celebration, Family, Food, and Fiestas in Teotitlian


by Mary Jane Gagnier Mendoza

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 160 PAGES

Gagnier Mendoza captures the rituals and celebrations of Day of the Dead, Fiesta of the Black Christ of Esquipalasm, Easter and wedding ceremonies in this overview featuring 100 color photographs. (MEX153, $24.95)

Ancient Oaxaca, The Monte Alban State

Ancient Oaxaca, The Monte Alban State


by Richard Blanton | Gary Feinman | Stephen Kowalewski | Linda Nicholas

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 153 PAGES

A scholarly account of the archaeology of the Valley of Oaxaca from 500 B.C. The four contributors cover the physical and social setting and origins of the civilization of Monte Alban. (MEX69, $45.00)

The Cities of Ancient Mexico

The Cities of Ancient Mexico


by Jeremy Sabloff

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

With 152 black-and-white photographs, illustrations and site diagrams, this portrait of ancient civilizations in Mexico features chapters on the Oaxaca Valley, Teotihuacan and Palenque. Written by a renowned Mayanist, it also includes insightful chapters on how archaeologists have reconstructed the past in Mexico. (MEX41, $18.95)

Zapotec Weavers of Teotitlan

Zapotec Weavers of Teotitlan


by Andra Fischgrund Stanton | Jaye Phillips

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 128 PAGES

A handsome, illustrated guide to the history, culture, techniques, weaving and design of the rugs and other textiles of Teotitlan del Valle, Oaxaca. (MEX89, $29.95)

Oaxaca Journal

Oaxaca Journal


by Oliver Sacks

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 160 PAGES

Talented essayist and neurologist Oliver Sacks shows his wide-ranging intellectual curiosity in this transporting tale, interweaving observations and travels with history, nature and culture of Oaxaca. (MEX100, $14.95)

Skull Duggery

Skull Duggery


by Aaron J. Elkins

  • MYSTERY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

This 16th book in Aaron Elkin's Gideon Oliver series finds the skeleton detective vacationing in charming Teotitlan del Valle in Oaxaca, where wife Julie's expatriate relatives, the Gallaghers, operate a dude ranch resort. What could possibly go wrong? Plenty! (MEX259, $7.99)

Under the Volcano

Under the Volcano


by Malcolm Lowry

  • LITERATURE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 434 PAGES

The former British consul drinks away the haunting troubles of his past on the Mexico's Day of the Dead in Lowry's celebrated novel. (MEX150, $14.99)

A Guide to the Birds of Mexico and Northern Central America

A Guide to the Birds of Mexico and Northern Central America


by Stephen Howell | Sophie Webb

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 849 PAGES

Serious birders will want this definitive guide to the 1,070 bird species. It may be awkward to carry but it covers, in detail, all the birds you will see in the region. (FG15, $49.95)

The Essential Cuisines of Mexico

The Essential Cuisines of Mexico


by Diana Kennedy

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2000
  • PAPER

The thoroughly revised edition of Kennedy's influential and savory survey of the authentic food of Mexico, with 30 new recipes. (MEX266, $22.50)

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