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This book on the history and culture of Islam in Spain is detailed but readable.
Spain or Shine
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
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.
The Ornament of the World, How Muslims, Jews, and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain
A lively, illuminating portrait of the Andalucian Kingdom, its cultural achievements and religious tolerance from the eighth century to 1492.
Organized by region, this profusely illustrated guide to virtually all aspects of Spanish cuisine is full of recipes, tips and cultural information.
A laminated, folded walking map of Seville. Two Sides. 8.5x27 inches.
Driving over Lemons, An Optimist in Andalucia
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.
The Face of Spain
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.
Irwin's brief, indispensable guide introduces the stunning Moorish palace and fortress complex, revealing its mysteries, myths and significance with wit and insight.
Bracebridge Hall, Tales of a Traveller, the Alhambra
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.
Secrets in the House of Delgado
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.
Ghosts of Spain
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.
If You Were There in 1492, Everyday Life in the Time of Columbus
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.
Platero and I
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.
Lonely Planet Spanish Phrasebook
This handy pocket phrasebook includes pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary.
Eyewitness Guide Seville and Andalusia
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.
Death in the Afternoon
Hemingway's ode to the sport of bullfighting, considered one of the best on the sport.
The Story of Spanish
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.
Andalucia Map 578
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.
Death and the Sun, A Matador's Season in the Heart of Spain
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.
Granada: A Pomegranate in the Hand of God
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.
Shadow of a Bull
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.
I, Juan de Pareja
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.
Granada, A Novel
A beautiful and haunting cultural tale about a Muslim family living in Granada at the time of its conquest by Ferdinand and Isabella.
Only in Spain, A Foot-Stomping, Firecracker of a Memoir About Food, Flamenco and Falling in Love
In this exuberant memoir, an enthusiastic young Australian discovers a passion for Spanish culture (especially flamenco) as she explores Seville and Madrid.