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.
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.
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.
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.
Author: Richard Fletcher
Description: This book on the history and culture of Islam in Spain is detailed but readable.
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.
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 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.