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Kingdom of the Monarchs

Reading and Travel Guide
Enrich your travels with reading! Here's a hand-picked list prepared for your journey in conjunction with the book experts at Longitude. We have updated the original package. These are the current recommendations.
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Four Wings and a Prayer, Caught in the Mystery of the Monarch Butterfly

NAT52
Sue Halpern
Vintage Books
2002
212
037570194X
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
A lyrical account of travels and encounters on the trail of the migrating monarch. Halpern, who weaves her own experiences with science, interviews and commentary, includes a section on the butterfly wintering grounds in Mexico.
$15.00

Mexico in Mind

MEX178
Maria Finn Dominguez
Vintage Books
2006
235
0307274888
PAPER
Anthology
0
0
0
0
John Steinbeck, D.H. Lawrence, Graham Greene, Malcolm Lowry and others offer diverse impressions of the many Mexicos.
$14.95

Mexico Field Guide, Butterflies

MEX256
Rainforest Publications
Rainforest Publications
2003
1888538147
PLASTIC CARD
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
A handy, double-sided laminated card depicting 82 species of spectacular butterflies. Includes English and scientific names and dimensions.
$6.95

Moon Mexico City

MEX131
Julie Doherty
Avalon Travel Publishing
2016
400
163121408X
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A compact, comprehensive full-color travel guide with an excellent overview of history and culture.
$21.99

Mexico Central & Mexico City Map

MEX141
ITMB
ITMB
2007
2
1553415582
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
This colorful traveler's map, centered on Mexico City, Mexico covering the region including Tampico, Veracruz, San Luis Potosi and Acapulco, at a scale of 1:1,000,000. With Mexico City on the reverse.
$11.95

Lonely Planet Mexican Spanish Phrasebook

MEX257
Rafael Carmona
Lonely Planet Publications
2016
272
1743214480
PAPER
Language & Phrasebooks
0
0
0
0
This handy take-along phrasebook with essential vocabulay for travelers.
$9.99

Moon Handbook Puerto Vallarta

MEX78
Bruce Whipperman
Avalon Travel Publishing
2015
400
1631212311
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A comprehensive guide to Puerto Vallarta and surrounding areas.
$19.99

The Traveling Nature Photographer

PHT31
Steven Morello (Photographer)
Schiffer Publishing
2008
176
0764330551
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
Morello's handy guide to exploring the natural world through photography includes chapters on preparation, equipment (especially lenses), weather, exposure basics and composition.
$29.99

Conquest: Montezuma, Cortes and the Fall of Old Mexico

MEX06
Hugh Thomas
Touchstone
1995
812
0671511041
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
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.
$28.00

Migrations, Wildlife in Motion

BST253
Art Wolfe (Photographer), Barbara Sleeper (Introduction)
2016
168
1608877140
HARD COVER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
World-renowned photographer Art Wolfe draws readers into the primordial stirrings and energies of the planet's wildlife in this masterful photo collection, with unique compositions inspired by the work of artist M.C. Escher.
$35.00

Flight Behavior

USM205
Barbara Kingsolver
HarperCollins
2013
436
0062124269
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Kingsolver's latest follows a housewife worn down by the oppressive poverty of her failing Appalachian farm in rural Tennessee, only to experience a mysterious event that ignites a firestorm among religious and environmental groups alike.
$16.99

A World of Butterflies

BST102
Brian Cassie, Robert Michael Pyle (Introduction)
Bulfinch Press
2004
432
0821228935
HARD COVER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
Vivid color images and short descriptions of some the world's most beautiful butterflies fill this photographic celebration.
$26.00

Butterflies, A Complete Guide to Their Biology and Behavior

NAT309
Dick Vane-wright
Comstock
2015
128
1501700170
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
Butterfly specialist Vane-Wright draws on butterfly populations from around the world to introduce the colorful and complex world of the fascinating winged insect.
$19.95

Millions of Monarchs, Bunches of Beetles: How Bugs Find Strength in Numbers

BUG10
Gilbert Waldbauer
Harvard University Press
2001
272
0674006860
PAPER
Science
0
0
0
0
A fascinating collection of essays by a spirited entomologist on the occasional gathering of monarchs, ladybugs, locusts and other not-so-social insects. Delightful and instructive.
$18.00

The Monarch Butterfly, Biology and Conservation

BST103
Karen Oberhauser (Editor), Michelle Solensky (Director)
Cornell University Press
2004
256
0801441889
HARD COVER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
A collection of scholarly review articles on the monarch butterfly and its conservation, partly drawn from two citizen science projects: Journey North and the Monarch Larva Monitoring Project.
$39.95

The Rarest of the Rare, Vanishing Animals, Timeless Worlds

BST26
Diane Ackerman
Random House
1996
208
0679776230
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
This collection of six marvelous essays includes Ackerman's visit to the Poco das Antas Biological Reserve, home to the world's only remaining population of wild golden lion tamarin. She also includes chapters on the Hawaiian monk seal, short-tailed albatross and monarch butterfly.
$15.00

Mexico Pacific Marine Guide, Pacific Coast

MEX324
Rainforest Publications
Rainforest Publications
2014
1888538074
PLASTIC CARD
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
Perfect identifying marine animals on Mexico’s Pacific, this 12-panel guide easily slips into a pocket. Full-color illustrations. Folded size: 3.5 x 8.75 inches. Unfolded size: 24 x 8.75 inches.
$7.95

Monarchs in a Changing World, Biology and Conservation of an Iconic Butterfly

NAT308
Karen S. Oberhauser
Comstock
2015
248
0801453151
HARD COVER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
This educational study of the popular monarch butterfly examines issues of conservation for monarch populations in eastern and western North America, South America, the Pacific and Caribbean Islands and Europe.
$35.00

Smithsonian Handbook: Butterflies and Moths

BST101
David A. Carter
DK Publishing
2002
304
078948983X
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
This photographic field guide to butterflies and moths is illustrated in the attractive Eyewitness style, and includes key identification features for each species.
$22.00

More Books

Breaking Out of Beginner's Spanish

CAM06
Joseph Keenan
University of Texas Press
2015
240
0292761937
PAPER
Language & Phrasebooks
0
0
0
0
Idioms, common mistakes in word usage and other helpful advice on tackling spoken Spanish. You'll need some foundation to take full advantage of this book -- but even a complete novice will appreciate the author's playful sense of humor.
$19.95

The Art of Mesoamerica, from Olmec to Aztec

MYA09
Mary Ellen Miller
Thames & Hudson
2012
288
0500204144
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
An excellent survey of Mesoamerican art and architecture from 1500 BC to the Spanish conquest. Compact and profusely illustrated, it includes drawings, photographs and site plans.
$24.95

The Maya

MYA10
Stephen Houston, Michael Coe
Thames & Hudson
2015
320
0500291888
PAPER
Archaeology
0
0
0
0
Coe's clear, concise, illustrated survey of the Maya highlights their chronology, accomplishments and legacy. Ninth edition.
$26.95

The Labyrinth of Solitude

MEX08
Octavio Paz
Grove Press
1985
398
080215042X
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
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.
$17.00

A Guide to the Birds of Mexico and Northern Central America

FG15
Stephen Howell, Sophie Webb
Oxford University Press
1995
849
0198540124
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
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.
$63.00

Mexico Adventure Map

MEX20
National Geographic
National Geographic Maps
2011
2
1848361688
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
Printed on tear- and water-resistant paper, this colorful map shows topography, sites, cities and roads from at a scale of 1:2,425,000.
$11.95

The Cities of Ancient Mexico

MEX41
Jeremy Sabloff
Thames & Hudson
1997
224
0500279292
PAPER
Archaeology
0
0
0
0
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.
$18.95

Insight Guide Mexico

MEX35
Insight Guides
Insight Guides
2014
400
1780051743
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A profusely illustrated overview of Mexico, featuring concise essays by well regarded authors on history, politics and culture, hundreds of photos and maps, and some limited practical information.
$22.99

Field Guide to the Birds of Mexico and Adjacent Areas, Belize, Guatemala and El Salvador

MEX47
Ernest Preston Edwards
University of Texas Press
1998
288
0292720912
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
1
0
This classic guide illustrates all the regularly occurring birds of Mexico and neighboring areas, including details of distribution, abundance, habitat and identification features for 850 species.
$24.95

The Aztecs

MEX54
Richard F. Townsend
Thames & Hudson
2009
248
0500287910
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Teotihuacan, Xochicalco and Tula are all covered in depth in this survey of Aztec civilization from its origins in the 12th century to its defeat at the hands of Cortes. Illustrated throughout in color and black-and-white.
$24.95

Southern Mexico, Travellers' Wildlife Guides

FG32
Les Beletsky
Interlink Publishing Group
2007
487
1566566401
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
A popular guide to the birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians and reef fishes of southern Mexico, featuring 100 excellent color plates.
$27.95

Michoacan Map

MEX75
Ediciones Independencia
Guia Roji
2013
1
9687140682
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A colorful, locally produced map of the Mexican state of Michoacan, at a scale of 1:570,000. The revese side has city plans of the five biggest towns; the text is in Spanish.
$7.95

Butterflies through Binoculars, The West

BUG11
Jeffrey Glassberg
Oxford University Press
2001
374
0195106695
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
A photographic identification guide to butterflies found throughout the western United States.
$55.00

Butterflies in Flight

NAT58
Roger Camp
Thames & Hudson
2002
104
0500510903
HARD COVER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
A collection of hyperreal photographs of butterflies. Camp, who collected butterflies from around the world for this handsome art book, sets the images against a black background.
$27.50

Eyewitness Guide Mexico

MEX127
Eyewitness Guides
DK Publishing
2014
392
1465412085
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A compact visually appealing guide to Mexico.
$25.00

Rough Guide Mexico

MEX138
Roger Norum
Rough Guides
2016
880
0241239931
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
Neatly divided between practical information and a good roundup of culture, history and nature, this lively handbook provides a comprehensive look at Mexico.
$27.99

Butterflies of North America

NAM23
Kenn Kaufman
Houghton Mifflin Company
2006
392
0618768262
FLEXI-BOUND
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
This compact, comprehensive guide to North America's lepidoptera features digitally enhanced color photographs, brief descriptions and range maps.
$19.95

Mexico, A Traveler's Literary Companion

MEX148
C. M. Mayo (Editor)
Whereabouts Press
2005
256
1883513154
PAPER
Anthology
0
0
0
0
A who's who of contemporary Mexican authors from Carlos Fuentes and Laura Esquivel to Agustin Cadena and other young stars.
$14.95

For Love of Insects

BST96
Thomas Eisner
Belknap Press
2005
464
0674018273
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
An enchanting, enthusiastic survey of the diversity, wonder and weirdness of insects. Eisner, a professor of chemical ecology, hones in on bombardiers, pheromones and other chemical wizardry.
$35.00

A Traveller's History of Mexico

MEX172
Kenneth Pearce
Interlink Publishing Group
2003
416
1566565235
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
This wide-ranging, accessible and effectively condensed Mexican history book marches confidently through the 1990s with useful chronology and historical gazetteer.
$14.95

Culture Smart! Mexico

MEX205
Sian Hughes
Kuperard
2017
168
1857333667
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
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.
$11.99

No Way Home, The Decline of the World's Great Animal Migrations

CON41
David Wilcove
Island Press
2010
256
1597268232
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
A conservation biologist at Princeton, Wilcove argues powerfully that we must protect the habitats and byways of the grand migratory assemblages on the ground, in the air and on the water
$25.00

The Lacuna

MEX275
Barbara Kingsolver
HarperCollins
2010
507
0060852585
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Kingsolver uses news reports and the facts of the fascinating lives of Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, Leon Trotsky, J. Edgar Hoover and Roosevelt in Mexico and the U.S., weaving a wide-ranging that takes in the momentous events of the 1930s and 1940s in America.
$16.99

Great Migrations

BST162
K.M. Kostyal
National Geographic
2010
304
1426206445
HARD COVER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
This companion book to the National Geographic series captures the drama of not just the Africa plains but of diverse creatures from butterflies and crabs to penguins and whales on the move across land and sea.
$35.00

The Interior Circuit, A Mexico City Chronicle

MEX310
Francisco Goldman
Grove Press
2015
352
0802123775
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Taking us deep into Mexico City, Goldman explores his relationship with the megacity of 22 million souls, comparing its approaches to death, friendship and grief with attitudes in the United States.
$16.00

Central Mexico Map

MEX176
Guia Roji
Guia Roji
2002
1
9706211608
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A folded, regional, road map of central Mexico, produced by Mexican cartographers. Guia Roji shows all major and minor roads, cities and towns, at a scale of 1:1,820,000 (1 inch to about 30 miles). Dual language, but legend is in Spanish. 27x36 inches.
$9.95

Mexico Pacific Coast Birds

MEX323
Rainforest Publications
Rainforest Publications
2014
PLASTIC CARD
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
Perfect identifying feathered friends near Mexico’s Pacific, this 12-panel guide easily slips into a pocket. Full-color illustrations. Folded size: 3.5 x 8.75 inches. Unfolded size: 24 x 8.75 inches.
$7.95

Mexico Butterflies, Quintana Roo, Yucatan, Campeche

MEX325
Rainforest Publications
Rainforest Publications
2014
0984010750
PLASTIC CARD
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
Perfect identifying the butterflies of Mexico, this foldout plastic card guide features full-color illustrations.
$7.95

For Kids

Spanish Flash Cards

GEN203
Inc. Berlitz International
Berlitz
2016
50
1780044658
BOXED
Language & Phrasebooks
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
A standard playing card-size deck of 50 nicely illustrated flashcards geared for younger children. Each card features a colorful illustration with the Spanish word on the reverse.
$8.99

The Tree is Older Than You Are, A Bilingual Gathering of Poems and Stories from Mexico with Paintings by Mexican Artists

MEX90
Naomi Shihab Nye (Editor)
Simon and Schuster Inc.
1998
112
0689820879
PAPER
Anthology
0
0
0
0
YOUNG ADULTS
The anthology features Mexico's most famous literary figures, including Octavio Paz and Rosario Castellanos. It's an excellent introduction to Mexican culture and creativity for kids ages 10 and up.
$18.99

Popol Vuh

MYA28
Victor Montejo, Luis Garay (Illustrator)
Douglas & McIntyre
2009
85
0888999216
PAPER
Religion
0
0
0
0
FAMILY
Children will thrill to the tale of the fateful ball game between the underworld gods and the Hero Twins (and parents will appreciate the commentary on the conquering Spaniards) in this marvelous retelling of the sacred Maya text.
$14.95

The Corn Grows Ripe

MYA35
Dorothy Rhoads, Jean Charlot (Illustrator)
Puffin
1993
88
0140363130
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
A coming-of-age tale set in modern-day Yucatan that draws on Mayan lore and tradition. Tigre, a 12-year-old boy, must sow and harvest the crops to support his family and appease the gods after his father is injured.
$5.99

Esperenza Rising

USW426
Pam Munoz Ryan
Scholastic Inc.
2002
272
043912042X
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG ADULTS
An engaging coming-of-age tale infused with history. When her father dies, 14-year-old Esperanza must abandon her privileged life on a Mexican ranch for the grim reality of 1930s agricultural labor camps in California.
$6.99

Heart and Salsa

MEX170
Suzanne Nelson
Puffin
2006
224
0142406473
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG ADULTS
In the sixth book in the Students Across the Seven Seas series, Cat is volunteering in Mexico and having a blast on her own.
$6.99

Too Many Tamales

MEX190
Gary Soto
Penguin Putnam
1996
32
0698114124
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
South American Christmas traditions are deftly portrayed in Soto's warm and amusing tale of young Maria and her family during the holidays.
$8.99

Ancient Maya, Archaeology Unlocks the Secrets of the Maya's Past

MYA64
Nathaniel Harris
2008
64
1426302274
HARD COVER
Archaeology
0
0
0
0
FAMILY
This captivating, illustrated overview of the Maya and their discovery for ages 10 and up features hundreds of color photographs, maps, glossary and interviews. It's an excellent overview of archaeology for the whole family.
$17.95

Ancient Aztec, Archaeology Unlocks the Secrets of Mexico's Past

MEX253
Tim Cooke
2007
64
1426300727
HARD COVER
Archaeology
0
0
0
0
FAMILY
Journey to the center of this elevated ancient civilization, to a huge oval basin 7,500 feet above sea level, in the Valley of Mexico.
$17.95

Just In Case, A Trickster Tale and Spanish Alphabet Book

MEX254
Yuyi Morales
Millbrook
2008
40
1596433299
HARD COVER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
With Grandma Beetle's birthday approaching, Senor Calvera, the skeleton from Day of the Dead celebrations, decides to do something extra special and get her a gift for each letter of the alphabet, including an accordion (una acordeon) and some funny tickles (cosquillas) in this ALA Notable Book, the sequel to Morales award-winning Just a Minute.
$18.99

Just a Minute! A Trickster Tale and Counting Book

MEX255
Yuyi Morales
Chronicle Books
2003
0811837580
HARD COVER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
What's a grandma supposed to do when a skeleton (death!) comes knocking on the door? Find out in this richly illustrated, entertaining introduction to Mexican culture and tradition.
$15.99

Mexico

MEX291
Ali Brownlie Bojang
Heinemann
2011
48
1432952382
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
One in the illustrated and informative Countries Around the World series, geared for ages 8-11.
$9.95