Suggested Reading List
Andalucia Map 578
Author: Michelin Travel Publications
Description: A travelers' map of Andalucia and the Costa del Sol at a scale of 1:400,000 with city plans of Seville, Malaga and Granada.
Bracebridge Hall, Tales of a Traveller, the Alhambra
Author: Washington Irving
Description: This collection of Irving's writing, published by the Library of America, is the only book in print that contains "The Alhambra," his romantic account of travels in Southern Spain.
Author: Marion Trutter (Editor)
Description: Organized by region, this profusely illustrated guide to virtually all aspects of Spanish cuisine is full of recipes, tips and cultural information.
Death and the Sun, A Matador's Season in the Heart of Spain
Author: Edward Lewine
Description: A glimpse into Spanish culture by way of the celebrated art of bullfighting. Lewine spent a year with one of Spain's most celebrated matadors, and writes with a visible reverence for the exciting tradition in this cultural portrait.
Death in the Afternoon
Author: Ernest Hemingway
Description: Hemingway's ode to the sport of bullfighting, considered one of the best on the sport.
Driving over Lemons, An Optimist in Andalucia
Author: Chris Stewart
Description: 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.
Eyewitness Guide Seville and Andalusia
Author: Eyewitness Guides
Description: This wonderfully organized and visually rich guide features excellent maps and essays on the culture, history and geography of the region. With a pullout city map of Seville.
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.
Granada, A Novel
Author: Radwa Ashur, William Granara (Translator)
Description: A beautiful and haunting cultural tale about a Muslim family living in Granada at the time of its conquest by Ferdinand and Isabella.
Granada: A Pomegranate in the Hand of God
Author: Steven Nightingale
Description: Nightingale illuminates the long obscured medieval zenith of Granada, once considered an intellectual hotbed until it was sacked by Ferdinand and Isabella in 1492. Granada’s cultural accomplishments include the first modern translations of Greek philosophy and the introduction of algebra.
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.
If You Were There in 1492, Everyday Life in the Time of Columbus
Author: Barbara Brenner
Description: A "you-were-there" history of medieval Spain, written for middle-schoolers and fun for the family. This clever illustrated history gives the facts of life in the cities and countryside from a child's point of view.
Lonely Planet Spanish Phrasebook
Author: Izaskun Arretxe
Description: This handy pocket phrasebook includes pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary.
Author: Richard Fletcher
Description: This book on the history and culture of Islam in Spain is detailed but readable.
Only in Spain, A Foot-Stomping, Firecracker of a Memoir About Food, Flamenco and Falling in Love
Author: Nellie Bennett
Description: In this exuberant memoir, an enthusiastic young Australian discovers a passion for Spanish culture (especially flamenco) as she explores Seville and Madrid.
Platero and I
Author: Juan Ramon Jimenez, Eloise Roach (Translator)
Description: This lyric portrait of life -- and the little donkey, Platero -- in a remote Andalusian village is the masterpiece of Juan Ramon Jimenez, the Spanish poet awarded the 1956 Nobel Prize for Literature.
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.
Author: Streetwise Maps
Description: A laminated, folded walking map of Seville. Two Sides. 8.5x27 inches.
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, The Root and the Flower
Author: John A. Crow
Description: 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.
Author: Robert Irwin
Description: Irwin's brief, indispensable guide introduces the stunning Moorish palace and fortress complex, revealing its mysteries, myths and significance with wit and insight.
The Face of Spain
Author: Gerald Brenan
Description: Brenan searches for Lorca's unmarked grave (and knows not if he has found it), travels to the great mosque in Cordoba, the Synagogue of Toledo and other touchstones of Spain's history, in this immensely pleasurable portrait of Spain in 1949, the wounds of the war still fresh.
The Ornament of the World, How Muslims, Jews, and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain
Author: Maria Rosa Menocal, Harold Bloom (Introduction)
Description: A lively, illuminating portrait of the Andalucian Kingdom, its cultural achievements and religious tolerance from the eighth century to 1492.
The Story of Spanish
Author: Jean-Benoit Nadeau
Description: What began as a small dialect spoken in northern Spain became the world’s most spoken language after English. The husband-and-wife team responsible for The Story of French (FRA98) are here to tell you how, with an emphasis on the pervasiveness of Spanish culture.