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Oaxaca

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OAXACA. Buy these 4 items as a set for $75 including shipping, 15% off the retail price. With free shipping on anything else you order.  Buy Package

Fiesta, Days of the Dead & Other Mexican Festivals

MEX281
Chloe Sayer
University of Texas Press
2010
128
0292722095
HARD COVER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
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.
$29.95

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

Moon Handbook Oaxaca

MEX67
Justin Henderson
Avalon Travel Publishing
2015
512
1612388965
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
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.
$21.99

Oaxaca Map

MEX49
Mapas Independencia
ITMB
2014
1
9709811185
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
Published in Mexico, this full-color plan includes a regional map (1:650,000), Oaxaca (1:22,600), Santo Domingo Tehuantepec (1:22,000) and Puerto Escondido (1:27,400). With some legends and a brief history. Dual Spanish/English language.
$11.95

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

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

Oaxaca al Gusto

MEX283
Diana Kennedy
University of Texas Press
2010
460
0292722664
HARD COVER
Food
0
0
0
0
Diana Kennedy celebrates the diversity of the food, life and culture of Oaxaca in 300 exhaustively researched, authentic recipes.
$60.00

The Essential Cuisines of Mexico

MEX266
Diana Kennedy
Clarkson Potter
2009
525
030758772X
PAPER
Food
0
0
0
0
The thoroughly revised edition of Kennedy's influential and savory survey of the authentic food of Mexico, with 30 new recipes.
$25.00

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

Discovery and Conquest of Mexico

MEX32
Bernal Diaz del Castillo, A.P. Maudslay (Translator), Hugh Thomas (Introduction)
Da Capo Press
2004
478
030681319x
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
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.
$24.00

Many Mexicos

MEX38
Lesley Byrd Simpson
University of California Press
1983
389
0520011805
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
This widely known popular history of Mexico, first published in 1941, stands as an enjoyable, well-written introduction to the country and its history.
$33.95

Oaxaca Celebration, Family, Food and Fiestas in Teotitlan

MEX153
Mary Jane Gagnier Mendoza
Museum of New Mexico
2005
160
0890134456
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
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.
$24.95

Ancient Oaxaca, The Monte Alban State

MEX69
Richard Blanton, Gary Feinman, Stephen Kowalewski, Linda Nicholas
Cambridge University Press
1999
153
052157787X
PAPER
Archaeology
0
0
0
0
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.
$49.99

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

Zapotec Weavers of Teotitlan

MEX89
Andra Fischgrund Stanton, Jaye Phillips (Photographer)
Museum of New Mexico
1999
128
0890133344
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
A handsome, illustrated guide to the history, culture, techniques, weaving and design of the rugs and other textiles of Teotitlan del Valle, Oaxaca.
$29.95

Oaxaca Journal

MEX100
Oliver Sacks
Vintage Books
2012
160
0792242084
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
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.
$14.95

Skull Duggery

MEX259
Aaron J. Elkins
Penguin Putnam
2010
304
0425236021
PAPER
Mystery
0
0
0
0
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!
$7.99

Texas, The Great Theft

TEX97
Samantha Schnee (Translator), Carmen Boullosa
Aa Balkema
2014
304
1941920004
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Loosely based on the Mexican invasion of the US in 1859, this powerful and absorbing work of historical fiction tells the invasion story through Mexican eyes, with a diverse cast of characters. Shortlisted for the 2015 PEN Translation Award.
$15.95

The Death of Artemio Cruz

MEX332
Alfred MacAdam (Translator), Carlos Fuentes
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
2009
307
0374531803
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
A voyage into the soul of modern Mexico, this dramatic novel is considered a masterpiece of Mexican literature. From his death bed, newspaper magnate and land baron Artemio Cruz replays episodes from his life and his rise to power.
$16.00

Under the Volcano

MEX150
Malcolm Lowry
HarperCollins Publishers
2007
434
0061120154
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
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.
$15.99

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

For Kids

Spanish Picture Word Book

SPN581
Hayward Cirker
Dover Publications
1994
32
0486277798
PAPER
Language & Phrasebooks
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
A simple and enjoyable language introduction to Spanish for young readers. Each scene contains dozens of familiar objects (household items, clothing, foods, furniture, people, animals and much more). To make things more fun, all the pictures can be colored!
$3.99

The Princess and the Warrior, A Tale of Two Volcanoes

MEX338
Duncan Tonatiuh
Harry N. Abrams
2016
40
1419721305
HARD COVER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
Written for ages 6 to 9, this children's book reimagines a traditional legend from Mexico. Before he can wed the beautiful Princess Izta, the warrior Popoca must defeat an enemy of the kingdom.
$16.95

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

Like Water for Chocolate

MEX37
Laura Esquivel
Doubleday
1994
256
038542017X
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
This lovely novel uses elements of magical realism to portray themes of family, duty, sacrifice love and freedom.
$15.00

Pedro Paramo

MEX09
Margaret Sayers Pedén (Translator), Juan Rulfo
Grove Press
1994
124
0802133908
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
This poetic novel is an early, great example of magic realism set in Rulfo's native Jalisco. In a complicated series of flashbacks, the prodigal son returns to his birthplace, now an abandoned village haunted by ghosts. Originally published in Mexico in 1955.
$16.00

The Power and the Glory

MEX05
Graham Greene
Penguin Putnam
2015
221
0143107550
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Redolent with vultures, the blazing sun, corruption and other Mexican cliches, this classic novel is set in Villahermosa -- and based on Greene's own travels by mule throughout the state of Tabasco.
$18.00

Birder's Mexico

MEX14
Roland H. Wauer
Texas A&M University Press
1999
304
0890969183
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
A personal, informative account of travels in Mexico. It's a wonderful introduction to the natural history of this diverse country, including the northern deserts, Baja California, Oaxaca, Palenque and the Yucatan.
$18.95

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

MEX18
B. Traven
Hill and Wang
2010
320
0809092972
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Published in 1927, this atmospheric novel of three desperate men searching for gold in the mountains of Mexico was the basis for the classic American movie. The true identity of this author, who contributed so much to the pop mythology of the Wild West, is still unknown.
$17.00

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

Distant Neighbors, A Portrait of the Mexicans

MEX28
Alan Riding
Vintage Books
1989
352
0679724419
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
With insightful portraits of Mexico's recent presidents and leaders, this best-selling profile of the contemporary Mexico and its people covers politics, culture and economics.
$19.95

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 Code of Kings, The Language of Seven Sacred Maya Temples and Tombs

MYA13
Linda Schele, Peter Mathews
Touchstone
1999
432
0684852098
PAPER
Archaeology
0
0
0
0
A vivid guided tour of seven Maya sites, including Palenque, Tikal and Chichen Itza. This outstanding book features photos and line drawings throughout, and introductory chapters with a succinct introduction to Maya history and culture.
$25.99

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

Bordering on Chaos, Mexico's Roller-Coaster Journey to Prosperity

MEX50
Andres Oppenheimer
Little Brown and Company
1998
379
0316650250
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
An outstanding analysis of modern Mexico since the Chiapas uprising in 1994.
$22.99

Mexico, Biography of Power, A History of Modern Mexico, 1810-1996

MEX52
Enrique Krauze
HarperCollins
1998
896
0060929170
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
In fluid translation from the Spanish, this widely praised, sweeping political and social history of Mexico covers the last two centuries.
$22.99

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

The Buried Mirror

SPN71
Carlos Fuentes
Houghton Mifflin Company
1999
399
0395924995
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
A fascinating, illustrated survey of Latin American culture and history by the great Mexican author Carlos Fuentes. With hundreds of color illustrations.
$29.95

South Mexico Map

MEX65
ITMB
ITMB
2
155341568X
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A double-sided map covering Mexico from Mexico City to Merida at a scale of 1:1:350,000.
$12.95

The People's Guide to Mexico, Wherever You Go, There You Are!

MEX71
Carl Franz, Lorena Havens (Editor)
Avalon Travel Publishing
2012
573
1566917115
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A classic, entertaining guide to travel in Mexico, the original hippie handbook and still a treasure trove of practical and cultural detail.
$24.99

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

Conquest of the Sierra, Spaniards and Indians in Colonial Oaxaca

MEX94
John Chance
University of Oklahoma Press
2001
252
0806133376
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A scholarly history of the Zapotecs, which focuses on the impact of Spanish colonization on local communities and culture.
$24.95

Cortes and Montezuma

MEX95
Maurice Collis
New Directions Publishing Corporation
1999
254
0811214230
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A vivid tale of the bloody conquest of Mexico, originally publsihed in 1954.
$18.95

Mexican Folk Art from Oaxacan Artist Families

MEX110
Anya Leah Rothstein, Arden Aibel Rothstein
Schiffer Publishing
2002
192
0764315986
HARD COVER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
Spotlighting 87 artists from 45 Oaxacan families, this compendium covers the range of Oaxacan folk arts, from ceramics to carving, textiles and dried flowers.
$39.95

Frida Kahlo, The Paintings

MEX120
Hayden Herrera
HarperCollins Publishers
2002
255
0060923199
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
A survey of Kahlo's work by her art historian biographer with ith 80 full color and many black-and-white illustrations.
$34.99

Seven Myths of the Spanish Conquest

SAM52
Matthew Restall
Oxford University Press
2004
272
0195176111
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
In this provocative book, Restall tackles Columbus, Cortes, Pizarro and the misconceptions surrounding them. The conquisadores most certainly did not conquer the Americas with a handful of men, nor were they received as gods.
$19.99

Pimsleur Quick & Simple Spanish

SPN257
Pimsleur Language Method
Simon and Schuster Inc.
2005
0743523555
AUDIO CD
Language & Phrasebooks
0
0
0
0
Four audio CDs with eight 30-minute lessons in basic Spanish, covering elementary vocabulary and phrases used in travel and everyday situations.
$19.95

Ancient Maya, New Perspectives

MYA46
Heather McKillop
W. W. Norton & Company
2006
460
0393328902
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
An overview for the general reader.
$29.95

Across a Hundred Mountains, A Novel

MEX161
Reyna Grande
Washington Square Press
2007
266
0743269586
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
This novel set in a small town in Mexico, California and a jail in Tijuana addresses issues of poverty, loss, family and immigration.
$16.00

A Concise History of Mexico

MEX162
Brian Hamnett
Cambridge University Press
2006
368
0521618029
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A chronological and thematic history of Mexico, including cultural developments and contemporary issues, through Vincente Fox's presidency.
$35.99

The Lawless Roads

MEX164
Graham Greene, David Rieff (Introduction)
Penguin
2006
240
0143039733
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
A riveting account of Graham's journeys through Tabasco and Chiapas in the 1930s, including his time in San Cristobal de Las Casas and Palenque. Greene was in Mexico investigating the impact of the anti-Church policies of President Calles.
$15.00

The Cloud People, Divergent Evolution of the Zapotec and Mixtec Civilizations

MEX233
Kent V. Flannery (Editor)
David Brown
2003
391
0971958742
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
This collection of scholarly review articles, an update of the 1983 edition, is an essential resource on the development of the two pre-Columbian civilizations in the Oaxaca Valley.
$43.50

Mexico, A Culinary Quest

MEX337
Ana Paula Gerard (Editor), Hossein Amirsadeghi
W. W. Norton & Company
2017
528
0500970823
HARD COVER
Food
0
0
0
0
Distilling a personal, culinary journey into 100 profiles, this well-produced tribute to Mexican food looks at the country's original personalities and their tables, menus, local specialties and more with 1,000 commissioned photographs.
$60.00