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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)

Fodor's Madrid's 25 Best

Fodor's Madrid's 25 Best

by Fodor's

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 128 PAGES

This slim guide includes an excellent pull-out map of the center of Madrid and essential information on its highlights, including restaurant recommendations and sightseeing. (SPN172, $13.99)

Spain & Portugal Adventure Map

Spain & Portugal Adventure Map

by National Geographic

  • 2011
  • MAP

A double-sided full color map of Spain and Portugal at a scale of 1:1,000,000 with good shaded relief, topographic detail, roads and waterways. (SPN22, $12.95)

 
Eyewitness Guide Lisbon

Eyewitness Guide Lisbon


by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 192 PAGES

A compact illustrated guide to the city featuring excellent neighborhood maps and hundreds of color photographs. It also includes chapters on the surrounding areas and Lisbon's coast. (PGL04, $20.00)

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)

Rick Steves' Spanish Phrase Book & Dictionary

Rick Steves' Spanish Phrase Book & Dictionary


by Rick Steves

  • LANGUAGE & PHRASEBOOKS
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

A compact phrase book for travelers, organized thematically and with a brief dictionary. (SPN178, $8.95)

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 Portugal

The Food of Portugal


by Jean Anderson

  • FOOD
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

An award-winning cookbook featuring the cuisine of Portugal and background on Portuguese culture. Sure to please the palates of tourists interested in Portuguese food and of emigrants in search of that authentic taste of home. (PGL10, $21.99)

A Traveller's History of Portugal

A Traveller's History of Portugal


by Ian Robertson

  • HISTORY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

A lively, admirably concise survey from prehistory to the present, great for travelers to Portugal who would like an overview of the country's history and culture. (PGL32, $14.95)

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)

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 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 Inquisition

The Spanish Inquisition


by Cecil Roth

  • HISTORY
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 369 PAGES

This documents the events leading up to the Inquisition, the torment that spread from Spain to Portugal and the New World -- a fascinating exploration of the roots of the Inquisition and its effects on the country. (SPN91, $15.95)

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)

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)

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)

Homage to Catalonia

Homage to Catalonia


by George Orwell

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1987
  • PAPER
  • 234 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Orwell's portrait of the Barcelona uprising and the spirit of a city at war is a classic, an observant and heartfelt report from the streets. (SPN03, $14.95)

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)

Old Man Goya

Old Man Goya


by Julia Blackburn

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

Taking 1792--the year that Goya went deaf--as her starting point, Blackburn chronicles the painter's fruitful last 35 years in captivating, imaginative detail. (SPN171, $13.95)

Spanish Lessons, Beginnings of a New Life in Spain

Spanish Lessons, Beginnings of a New Life in Spain


by Derek Lambert

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES

A witty narrative of life as an ex-pat in a small town near Alicante by the erstwhile British journalist. The writer, who had spent a career covering conflicts across the globe, has a keen eye and deploys a sharp sense of humor in telling his tale. (SPN150, $19.00)

A Small Death in Lisbon

A Small Death in Lisbon


by Robert Wilson

  • MYSTERY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 440 PAGES

Set in Lisbon in 1941 and 1999, this award-winning mystery intertwines a present day murder, some unsavory arms production, and smuggling in Nazi Germany. Be warned, there are some graphic passages dealing with the horrors of war and concentration camps. (PGL22, $7.99)

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)

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)

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 History of the Siege of Lisbon

The History of the Siege of Lisbon


by Jose Saramago | Giovanni Pontiero

  • LITERATURE
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 314 PAGES

In this historical novel by the Nobel Prize-winning author, the past is rewritten when a Portuguese proofreader adds a false word to a history book, resulting in a whole new perception of the Siege of Lisbon. (PGL11, $14.00)

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)

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