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NEW TITLES


Chris Humphrey
Mexico City Handbook, Moon, 2008 (388 pages, $18.95)
- Fourth edition of this popular guidebook boasts a thorough update. The guide showcases popular and eclectic destinations in the Distrito Federal. The first edition won Mexico's Pluma de Plata Award, and this edition is even better. Sidebars examine environmental issues, Chilango-style cooking and nearby places to visit.

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Rob Sangster and Tim Leffel
Traveler's Took Kit: Mexico and Central America, Menasha Ridge, 2008 (550 pages, $22.95)
- Everything you need to know to eat well, stay healthy, travel safely, save money and have a ball! This book is a recommended overview of nine countries which allows readers to compare places and choose what best suits particular interests. It's best suited to travelers who are learning about the region's wonderful diversity.
g Book of the Year Award Winner!

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Bruce Whipperman
Guadalajara Handbook, Avalon, 2008
- Recommended guide to Mexico's third largest city and capitol of Jalisco.

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Shepard Barbash (Author), Vicki Ragan (Photographer)
Changing Dreams, Museum of New Mexico Press, 2007 156 pages, $39.95)
- This beautiful book documents a generation of wood carvers in Oaxaca.

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FOOD AND DRINK


Daniel Jaffee
Brewing Justice: Fair Trade Coffee, Sustainability, and Survival
- Coffee! The author explores what happens when a social justice movement based on an alternative market draws the participation of some of the biggest corporate food conglomerates.
g Book of the Year Winner
g Conversation with Daniel Jaffee

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Jeffrey M. Pilcher
Que vivan los tamales!, University of New Mexico Press, 1998
- Mexico's fiery cuisines stand in sharp contrast not only with traditional European cooking but also with each other. Author Jeffrey Pilcher uses food itself to provide a unique, insider's guide to Mexican history and politics. The author's clever synthesis of nutrition facts, national politics and regional idiosyncrasies breaks new ground.
g Planeta Review

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Joan and David Peterson
Eat Smart in Mexico, Ginkgo Press, 1998
- From the authors of Eat Smart in Brazil, comes this easy-to-use menu guide for travelers to Mexico. It contains useful phrases in Spanish when ordering and a collection of recipes for chefs who want to cook Mexican fare at home. It's one of our favorites and one of the few books that distinguishes among chiles de árbol, guajillo and pasilla. Excellente!


Sophie Coe
America's First Cuisines, University of Texas Press, 1994
- Detailed descriptions of the foods eaten by the Aztecs, Maya and Inca.


Alberto Ruy-Sánchez and Margarita de Orellana, editors
Tequila, Smithsonian Books, 2004 (239 pages, $25.00)
- Tequila is richly illustrated with photos of the art of tequila bottles, historical paintings, and portraits of Jalisco landscapes. The authors are the editors of Artes de Mexico, the leading art magazine of Mexico. Cheers!

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Ana G. Valenzuela-Zapata and Gary Paul Nabhan
Tequila: A Natural and Cultural History, University of Arizona Press, 2003


Ricardo Ayerza, Jr. and Wayne Coates
Chia, University of Arizona Press, 2005 (197 pages, $14.95)
- Get back to basics with the food of the Aztecs.

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TOP SHELF


Lane Simonian
Defending the Land of the Jaguar: Natural History of Mexico, University of Texas Press, 1995
- Kudos to author Lane Simonian for producing the definitive English-language account of Mexican environmental history. This book traces the history of conservation and environmentalism in Mexico from the pre-Conquest era to the early 90s. Available in Spanish from the National Institutute of Ecology -- La Defensa de la Tierra del Jaguar
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John Noble, editor
Mexico, Lonely Planet, 2008 (1,028 pages, $26.99)
- Fancy a fiesta? Eleventh edition of this guidebook is better than ever. One of the most popular country guides, this book provides detailed information for readers who want to visit destinations beyond the tourism resorts. It includes up-to-date information on Mexico's national parks and reserves.
g Conversation with John Noble

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Peter Hutchison
Mexico and Central America Handbook, Footprint, 2008 (1,320 pages, $27.95)
- The Handbook looks better than ever. This guide - now in hardcover - provides reliable information about general tourism as well profiles of national parks and reserves in Mexico and Central America.

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Bruce Whipperman
Oaxaca Handbook, Avalon, 2006 (480 pages, $17.95)
- Fourth edition. Bruce is one of our favorite writers. This book is perfect for those planning an extended visit to Oaxaca. Coverage is first-rate and includes great tips for visiting archaeological sites, resorts and mountain communities.

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Bruce Berger with photos by Miguel Ángel de la Cueva
Oasis of Stone: Visions of Baja California, Sunbelt Publications (202 pages, $49.95)
- Bruce Berger is one of our favorite writers and his latest book about Baja California is one of his best. Superb photos!
g Book of the Year Winner!
b Author website

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Bruce Whipperman
Acapulco, Moon, 2006 (396 pages, $18.95)
- Acapulco is the largest and most storied tourism resort on the Mexican Pacific. This book shows you how to make the most of your visit.

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Ben Greensfelder and Michael Reed
Puerto Vallarta, Lonely Planet, 2006 (332 pages, $18.99)

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Ron Mader
Mexico: Adventures in Nature, John Muir Publications, 1997
- Shameless plug. I wrote this book. This is a concise review of environmental policy and travel tips. Research lasted from 1994-1997 and cemented a lifetime love of Mexico for the author. Unfortunately, this book is out of print. The good news is that much of the text has been recycled into regional and topical travel guides regularly updated on Planeta.com. Will there be an edition #2? Perhaps, if one believes in fair trade.
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C.M. Mayo, Editor
Mexico: Traveler's Literary Companion, Whereabouts Press, 2006 (238 pages, $14.95)
- Stereotype-shattering stories cross the Pacific to the Gulf of Mexico and from the Yucatán to the northern borderlands. One of our favorite writers, C.M. Mayo, has collected an exemplary collection of contemporary writing.

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Mary Jane Gagnier de Mendoza
Oaxaca Celebration, Museum of New Mexico Press, 2005 (160 pages, $14.95)
- Family, food and fiestas in Teotitlán del Valle.

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Nick Rider
Yucatan and Mayan Mexico, Cadogan Guides, 2005 (508 pages, $19.95)
- This guide takes traveler beyond the frequently visited sites and provides insight into the region and its people.

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Enrique Florescano
The Myth of Quetzalcoatl, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000
- Translated by Lysa Hochroth and illustrated by Raul Velazquez, this remarkable academic work traces the worship of the Plumed Serpent (Quetzalcoatl). Archaeological evidence from Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Nicaragua is used to show how the myth spread throughout Mesoamerica.


Marcus Winter
Oaxaca: The Archaeological Record, Mexics, 1992) (303 pages, $10.00)
- A concise and informative introduction to the archaeology of Oaxaca, Mexico.

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Bruce and June Conord
Adventure Guide to the Yucatan, Hunter Publishing, 2004
- Third edition of a recommended guidebook to this fascinating corner of Mexico, a region which the authors describe as "a big hitch-hiking thumb." Their interest and hard work has paid off. It's one of our favorite Mexico books. Eco travelers will love the Adventure Guide.
b Author Website

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Jeffrey Cohen
Cooperation and Community: Economy and Society in Oaxaca, University of Texas Press, 1999
- Based on fieldwork conducted in Santa Ana del Valle, this book reviews cooperative and reciprocal relationships and developments and specifically how villagers participate--or not--in community networks.
b Author website

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Jeanine Lee Kitchel
Where the Sky is Born: Living in the Land of the Maya, Enchanted Island Press, 2003
- This book leads the reader on an incredible journey to the Yucatan and will delight anyone who knows and loves Mexico.
b Author website

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Pierre Van Den Berghe
The Quest for the Other, University of Washington Press, 1994
- "Ethnic tourism" in Chiapas comes under scrutiny in this well-written tome by anthropologist Van Den Berghe. San Cristóbal has long been one of the hotspots on the "Gringo Trail" but never has one book attempted to explore the impact with much depth. Published the same year as the Zapatista Uprising, the book could use an update, but as is, it's an enlightening and engrossing tale.
b Top 10 Travel Books - Transitions Abroad


Ben Feinberg
Devil's Book of Culture, University of Texas Press, 2003
- Highly recommended
g Conversation with Ben Feinberg

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Annette Sandoval
Homegrown Healing: Traditional Home Remedies from Mexico, Berkeley Books, 1998
- Using herbs as food as preventive medcine and special treatments for medical problems.
g The Origin of Mexican Folk Medicine


Tony Burton
Western Mexico: A Traveller's Treasury, Perception Press, 2001
- Veteran author Tony Burton spins some captivating tales from his favorite places near Guadalara and Lake Chapala. He has led hundreds of fieldwork and ecotourist programs throughout Mexico, specializing in Lake Chapala, Paricutin Volcano, the Monarch Butterfly reserves. Bonuses include a great index and bibliography
b Author website

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MEXICO CITY


Chris Humphrey
Mexico City Handbook, Moon, 2008 (388 pages, $18.95)
- Fourth edition of this popular guidebook boasts a thorough update. The guide showcases popular and eclectic destinations in the Distrito Federal. The first edition won Mexico's Pluma de Plata Award, and this edition is even better. Sidebars examine environmental issues, Chilango-style cooking and nearby places to visit.

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Jim Johnston
Mexico City: Opinionated Guide for the Curious Traveler, iUniverse, 2006 (185 pages, $13.95)
- A compact guide to the one of the world's largest cities, this book provides timely tips and walking tours for those visiting DF. Great recommendations on dining out and visiting markets and museums.

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Elena Poniatowska
Nothing, Nobody: The Voices of the Mexico City Earthquake, Temple University Press, 1995
- Powerful testimonials by one of Mexico's most distinguished writers.

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Virgil Elizondo
Guadalupe: Mother of the New Creation, Orbis Books, 1997
- Author Elizondo sorts through religious text and popular culture in this challenging and inspiring review of the Guadelupano story in which the Virgin Mary makes her first appearance in the Americas. Excellent reading for anyone visiting the Basilica of Guadalupe.

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John Mini
The Aztec Virgin, Trans-Hyperborean Institute, 2000. 352 pages, $14.95
- The Secret Mystical Tradition of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Excellent reading for those visiting the Basilica of Guadalupe.

 

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Jonathan Kandell
La Capital, Henry Holt and Company, 1988
- A sweeping chronicle of the life of Mexico's capital city.


Michael Johns
The City of Mexico in the Age of Diaz, University of Texas Press, 1997
- Colorful history of Mexico City at the turn of the previous century.


John C. Cross
Informal Politics: Street Vendors and the State in Mexico City, Stanford University Press, 1998
- Engaging history and analysis of how Mexican entrepreneurs have turned to the informal economy - aka street vending to earn a living. This book focuses on the social and political implications of informal markets. Fascinating!
b Author Website

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CRAFTS


Arden and Anya Rothstein
Mexican Folk Art from Oaxacan Artist Families, Schiffer Publishing, 2007
- Highly recommended for everyone interested in crafts from Oaxaca.
b Authors website

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Margarita de Orellana and Alberto Ruy-Sánchez, editors
The Crafts of Mexico, Smithsonian Books, 2004 (359 pages, $45.00)
- Authoritative work with more than 400 color photographs and illustrations. The authors are the editors of Artes de Mexico, the leading art magazine of Mexico.

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Ron Krannich
The Treasures and Pleasures of Mexico: Best of the Best in Travel and Shopping, Impact Publications, 2004
- Great advice on purchasing crafts and getting good bargains while supporting regional artisans.

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Michael Chibnik
Crafting Tradition: The Making and Marketing of Oaxacan Woodcarvings, University of Texas Press, 2002

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E. Michael Whittington, editor
The Sport of Life and Death: The Mesoamerican Ballgame, Thames & Hudson, 2001 (201 pages)
- Mesoamerica ballgames were great public spectacles in which art played a central role. This anthology was published on the occasion of an exhibition organized by the Mint Museum of Art.

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David Barton Bray, editor
The Community Forests of Mexico
, University of Texas Press

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Richard Perry
Mexico's Fortress Monasteries, Espadana Press, 1993 (223 pages, $20.00)
- More than 60 colonial churches are profiled in this book.
b Author Website

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Vivian Díaz Balsera
The Pyramid Under the Cross, University of Arizona Press, 2005 (270 pages, $45.00)
- This study reviews how the Franciscans interpreted Nahua religious, spiritual and economic practices during the colonization of Mexico.

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Jill Leslie McKeever Furst
The Natural History of the Soul in Ancient Mexico, Yale University Press, 1997 (270 pages, $45.00)
- Drawing on linguistic, ethnographic and iconographic sources, McKeever Furst argues the Mexica turned to what they experienced through the senses to understand the soul.

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Amy Butler Greenfield
A Perfect Red, Harper Collins, 2005 (352 pages, $26.95)
- Subtitled "A Perfect Red: Empire, Espionage, and the Quest for the Color of Desire" this is the history of the European appeal for cochineal, a dye capable of producing the "brightest, strongest red the Old World had ever seen." Must-reading for anyone visiting Oaxaca.

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Teresa Kendrick
Mexico's Lake Chapala and Ajijic: The Insiders Guide to the Northshore for International Travelers, Greenleaf Publishing, 2003
b Author website

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David Brackney
Baja California, Automobile Club of Southern California, 2004
- From the U.S. border to Cabo San Lucas, this excellent guide has been revised and expanded. The guide covers attractions, dining, nightlife and lodging. For those familiar with AAA (American Automobile Association), it comes as no surprise that one of the best features of the book is the excellent maps and driving instructions.
g Baja's Wild West - David Brackney


Markes E. Johnson
Discovering the Geology of Baja California, University of Arizona Press, 2003

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Jeff Biggers
In the Sierra Madre, University of Illinois Press, 2006 (184 pages, $18.99)
b Author website

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C.M. Mayo
Miraculous Air: Journey of a Thousand Miles through Baja California, the Other Mexico, University of Utah Press, 2002


Joel Simon
Endangered Mexico : An Environment on the Edge, Sierra Club, 1997
- The author examines Mexico's environmental policy from 1990s and covers the topic quite well. This must-read book provides a compelling account of Mexico from the U.S.-Mexico border to the jungles of Chiapas.


Les Beletsky
Tropical Mexico: The Ecotravellers' Wildlife Guide, Academic Press, 1999
- Another impressive first edition and a terrific wildlife guide. Chapters provided detailed information (with photos!) of amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals found in southern Mexico. Recommeneded for any serious student of biology.


Selma Holo
Oaxaca at the Crossroads, Smithsonian Books, 2004 (284 pages, $39.95)
- This book highlights the artists and museums of Oaxaca, Mexico, famous worldwide for its cultural heritage. The author looks at how individuals and groups use museums to advance particular views of history and identity.
b Author website

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Leticia Arriaga Stranksy
Ruta de la Niebla, Latin America Stock, 2001
- Highly recommended. For travelers heading to Veracruz, this book is simply a must. Niebla -- roughly translated as fog -- is an excellent way of describing the mists that shrowd the central part of the state.


Catherine Palmer Finerty
In a Village Far from Home : My Years Among the Cora Indians of the Sierra Madre, University of Arizona Press, 2001
- Eight years Finerty spent in the village of Jesus Maria. This was not the typical retirement plan for 60-somethings, but the author is not your typical retiree. This fascinating tale reveals much about indigenous culture in the state of Nayarit.


John Reed
Insurgent Mexico
- Milestone coverage of the Mexican Revolution by a U.S. journalist.


Alan Riding
Distant Neighbors: A Portrait of the Mexicans
- Synthesis of Mexican culture, politics and economics by a U.S. journalist in the 1980s.


Don Adams
Head for Mexico: The Renegade Guide, Trafford, 2003
- This guide is well-written and is downright clever and insightful. Highly recommended.
b Author Website

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FICTION


Les Barba
Life Imitating Death, Artful Codger, 2003 (192 pages, $15.95)
- Subtitled 'Making Dollars and Sense in Chiapas' this novel tells a tale of indigenous people in Southern Mexico.

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Charmayne McGee
So Sings the Blue Deer, Atheneum, 1994
- Wonderful children's novel that provides a colorful picture of rural Nayarit and the Huichol Indians.
b Author Website


David Lira
Travel Advisory: Stories of Mexico, William Morrow & Company, 2000
- This collection of short stories is composed by a pro. Lida weaves together dark tales of witches, run-aways, maids, travel writers and exploitative tourists.
g Visiting the Witches of Veracruz

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