Suggested Reading List
A Traveller's History of Spain
Author: Juan Lalaguna
Description: A swift survey from prehistory through the Romans, Goths and Moors to the present.
Author: Robert Hughes
Description: A Longitude favorite, this big, thoroughly enjoyable cultural history of the city touches on architecture, art, religion and literature from Roman outpost to today.
Author: Borch Maps
Description: A detailed city map, laminated and folded for easy reference.
Eyewitness Guide Barcelona & Catalonia
Author: Eyewitness Guides
Description: Handsome, convenient and up-to-date, this superbly illustrated guide features color photography, dozens of local maps and detailed information on the region's attractions.
Ghosts of Spain
Author: Giles Tremlett
Description: 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.
Homage to Catalonia
Author: George Orwell
Description: 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.
I, Juan de Pareja
Author: Elizabeth De Trevino
Description: This Newbery Award-winning children's novel, based on a true story, chronicles the evolution of the friendship between the Spanish painter Velazquez and his African slave. Ages 9-12.
Secrets in the House of Delgado
Author: Gloria Miklowitz
Description: Set in Spain in 1492 in the thick of the Inquisition, this historical novel tells of what happens when a Catholic orphan, taken in by a Catholic family of Jewish ancestry, agrees to spy on her protectors. For ages 9-12.
Shadow of a Bull
Author: Maia Wojciechowska
Description: In this compelling award-winning, young-adult novel, everyone expects Manolo to become a bullfighter like his father. Not surprisingly, it features vivid descriptions of bullfights.
Spain or Shine
Author: Michelle Jellen
Description: Elena goes to Spain to strike out on her own, but the 16 year-old must first overcome her insecurities. The third book in the SASS (Students Across the Seven Seas) series.
Spain, A Traveler's Literary Companion
Author: Peter R. Bush (Editor)
Description: 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.
Spain, The People
Author: Tara Steele, Noa Lior
Description: A pictorial and factual introduction to the people of Spain, geared for middle-schoolers. Chapters cover traditions, history, city and village life, homes, school, entertainment and food.
Teach Yourself Catalan
Author: Alan Yates
Description: A basic course in Catalan, in the Teach Yourself series, this book is divided into 30 lessons. Each incorporates key grammar, vocabulary and phrases.
The Shadow of the Wind
Author: Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Description: 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.