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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)

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)

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 & Portugal Adventure Map

Spain & Portugal Adventure Map

by National Geographic

  • 2011
  • MAP

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

 
Fodor's Madrid's 25 Best

Fodor's Madrid's 25 Best


by Fodor's

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2010
  • 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)

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)

Barcelona

Barcelona


by Robert Hughes

  • HISTORY
  • 1993
  • PAPER
  • 570 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

A Longitude favorite, this big, thoroughly enjoyable cultural history of the city touches on architecture, art, religion and literature from Roman outpost to today. (SPN01, $21.00)

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)

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)

Antonio Gaudi, Master Architect

Antonio Gaudi, Master Architect


by Juan Bassegoda Nonell

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2001
  • HARD COVER
  • 285 PAGES

This lavish little collection of Gaudi's work captures the evolution, imagination and exuberance of one of the most influential architects of the 20th century. (SPN374, $11.95)

Painting in Spain 1500-1700

Painting in Spain 1500-1700


by Jonathan Brown

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 283 PAGES

Velazquez and El Greco are but a few of the Spanish artists discussed in this in-depth study of the art produced during Spain's golden age. (SPN183, $40.00)

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)

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)

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)

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, finds a keen eye and sharp humor for telling his tale. (SPN150, $19.00)

A Season in Granada, Uncollected Poems & Prose

A Season in Granada, Uncollected Poems & Prose


by Garcia Lorca | Christopher Maurer

  • LITERATURE
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 128 PAGES

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

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)

Murder in the Central Committee

Murder in the Central Committee


by Manuel Vazquez Montalban

  • MYSTERY
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

The general secretary of the Spanish Communist Party is murdered, and Pepe Carvalho, gourmet private detective, is the ideal man to track down the killer. This, the best-known title in the Pepe Carvalho series, captures a vivid sense of contemporary Spain. (SPN402, $14.95)

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 form a “who's who” of contemporary Spanish literature, including writers from Galicia, Leon, the Basque Country, Madrid and Barcelona. (SPN173, $14.95)

The Shadow of the Wind

The Shadow of the Wind


by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

  • LITERATURE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 512 PAGES

Set in the brooding atmosphere of post-WW II Barcelona, this gripping story-within-a-story has it all: murder, doomed love and a mysterious book which draws the young hero, Daniel Sempere, into the city's dangerous underworld. (SPN298, $16.00)

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