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Our Favorite Mexico Books Part 2

Scroll throught this page for a complete Recommended Reading list. Click on a Bookshelf Topic below to jump to its page in the Reviews sections. Links from individual book titles will take you to a review of that book. Click on any book cover and you'll jump either to its review or to that book at or Powell's Bookstore, where you can then buy the book or read more reviews.

Recommended Reading Bookshelves:

Mexico City
Copper Canyon & Northern Mexico
Pacific Coast
Colonial Highlands
Lake Chapala
Gulf of Mexico
The Maya

Live & Retire in Mexico
RV & Camping
Natural Mexico
Healthy Living in Mexico
Speaking Spanish
¡Viva Mexico!
For the armchair traveler
Introduction to Our Favorite Mexico Books

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Lorena's Note: This list has gotten so long as I am updating it, I have had to break it into two parts.


The People's Guide to Mexico

By Carl Franz, Lorena Havens & Steve Rogers.

Live and Retire in Mexico

•Mexico’s Lake Chapala and Ajijic: The Insider’s Guide by Teresa Kendricks
Living Abroad in Mexico
: How to Relocate, Retire, and Increase Your Standard of Living by Ken Luboff...
On Mexican Time : A New Life in San Miguel
by Tony Cohan [Kindle]
Mexican Days: Journeys into the Heart of Mexico
by Tony Cohen
Live Better South of the Border in Mexico
by "Mexico" Mike Nelson... Love with San Miguel: Retiring to Mexico on Social Security
, by Carol Schmidt & Norma Hair
Choose Mexico For Retirement by John Howells, Don Merwin
Belize Retirement Guide How to live in a Tropical Paradise on $450 a Month by Bill & Claire Gray
Under the Tabachín Tree by Celia Wakefield
Mexico Living and Travel by Jean and John D. Bryant
Gringo's Investment Guide
by Ginger Combs-Ramirez

Casas & Haciendas


How To Keep Your Volkswagen Alive: A Manual of Step-by-Step Procedures for the Compleat Idiot by John Muir, Tosh Gregg, Peter Aschwanden (Illustrator)
Mexico West Book: A Road and Recreation Guide to Today’s West Coast of Mexico

RV & Camping

Traveler's Guide To Mexican Camping, by Mike & Terry Church
Traveler's Guide to Camping Mexico's Baja: Explore Baja and Puerto Penasco with Your RV or Tent, by Mike & Terry Church
The People’s Guide to Camping, Backpacking & Boating in Mexico, by Carl Franz & Lorena Havens
The People's Guide to RV Camping
, by Carl Franz, Steve Rogers & Lorena Havens
RVing in Mexico, Central America and Panama, by John S Plaxton, Elizabeth A Plaxton (Photographer)
Moon Baja RV Camping, by Laura Martone


Mexico Trails: Your Adventure Guide to 43 Short Hikes and Walking Trails in Mexico, by Gerry Recksiedler...
Bicycling Mexico by Ericka Weisbroth & Eric Ellman
Backcountry Mexico: A Traveler's Guide and Phrase Book
by Bob Burleson, David H. Riskind (Photographer)
A Hiker’s Guide to Mexico’s Natural History
Mexico: Adventures in Nature
by Ron Mader...

Natural Mexico

A Desert Country Near the Sea: A Natural History of the Cape Region of Baja California by Ann Zwinger
On the Road to Tetlama: Mexican Adventures of a Wandering Naturalist by Jim Conrad
A Handbook of Mexican Roadside Flora by Charles T. Mason Jr. and Patricia B. Mason...
Gathering the Desert by Gary Nabhan...
Handbook of Indian Foods and Fibers of Arid America, by Ebeling
•A Flower Lover's Guide to Mexico, by Phil Clark
Mexican Flowering Trees and Plants
, by Helen O'Gorman
Exotic Plants
, by Julia F Morton
Tropical Blossoms of the Caribbean
, by Dorothy & Bob Hargreaves
Tropical Trees and Tropical Blossoms of the Caribbean,
by Dorothy & Bob Hargreaves
Baja California Plant Field Guide
, by Norman Roberts
Field Guide to the Birds of Mexico and Central America by L. Irby Davis...

Birds of Belize, (The Corrie Herring Hooks Series), by Dana Gardner...
Fish & Sealife
Fishes of the Pacific Coast: Alaska to Peru, Including the Gulf of California
Fishes of the Atlantic Coast: Canada to Brazil, Including the Gulf of Mexico
Reef Fish Identification: Baja to Panama, by Ned DeLoach
Whales and Other Marine Mammals of California and Baja, by Tamara Eder
Sea of Cortez Marine Animals: A Guide to the Common Fishes and Invertebrates Baja California to Panama, by Daniell W. Gotshall
Other Creatures
Amphibians and Reptiles of Baja California
Amphibians and Reptiles of Northern Guatemala, the Yucatan, and Belize, by Jonathan A. Campbell
A Guide to the Reptiles of Belize, by Peter J. Stafford & John R. Meyer

Healthy Living in Mexico

Staying Healthy In Asia, Africa, and Latin America by Dirk G. Schroeder...
Where There Is No Doctor by David Werner, Carol Thuman, Jane Maxwell...
•Spas & Hot Springs of Mexico By "Mexico" Mike Nelson...


Oaxaca Crafts and Sightseeing by Barbara Hopkins
The Shoppers Guide to Mexico by Steve Rogers & Tina Rosa

Food: Cooking & Eating

Good Food in Mexico City: A Guide to Food Stalls, Fondas and Fine Dining by Nicholas Gilman

Diana Kennedy's The Essential Cuisines of Mexico, paperback. Hardback

Speaking Spanish

Breaking Out of Beginner’s Spanish by Joseph J. Keenan
Backcountry Mexico: A Traveler's Guide and Phrase Book, Bob Burleson and David H. Riskind;
Mexican Spanish, Dictionary Phrasebook (The Rough Guide) by Mike Gonzales (Compiler), Sally Davies (Editor)
Mexican Spanish Phrasebooks (Lonely Planet ) by Cecelia Carmona
Mexican Slang Plus Graffiti by Elizabeth Reid, Charlene Lopez and Linton H. Robinson
Spanish Lingo for the Savvy Gringo: A Do-It-Yourself Guide to the Language, Culture and Slang
by Elizabeth Reid
Langenscheidt's Pocket Spanish Dictionary

Cassell’s Colloquial Spanish by Arthur Bryson Gerrard, A. Bryson Gerard
Larousse Diccionario Moderno by Ramon Garcia Pelayo
501 Spanish Verbs
Schaum's Outline of Spanish Grammar
Schaum's Outline of Spanish Vocabulary
Spanish Verb Tenses [Kindle] by Dorothy Richmond
Spanish Pronouns and Prepositions
[Kindle] by Dorothy Richmond
More Spanish Book Reviews

Helping Mexican's Learn English

Conversando En Ingles/English Conversational Grammar for Spanish Speakers
This book gives Spanish phonetic pronunciation for English words)
Domine Lo Basico-Ingles : Master the Basics of English for Spanish Speakers
El Ingles Practico Para Personas De Habla Espanola
Practical English for Spanish Speakers (Book and 2 Cassettes)
Gramatica De La Lengua Inglesa: A Complete English Grammar Workbook for Spanish-Speakers
Ingles Sin Maestro Para Estudiantes

¡Viva Mexico!

¡Gringo! by Nick Threndyle
Geo-Mexico: the geography and dynamics of modern Mexico
, by Richard Rhoda and Tony Burton
A War Of Witches: A Journey into the Underworld of the Contemporary Aztecs by Dr.Timothy Knab
Indo-Hispanic Folk Art Traditions Vol. I & II by Bobbi Salinas-Norman
A Treasury of Mexican Folkways: The Customs, Myths, Folklore, Traditions, Beliefs, Fiestas, Dances, and Songs of the Mexican People
Distant Neighbors by Alan Riding
Beyond Culture
The Art of Crossing Cultures by Craig Storti
Mexico South: The Isthmus of Tehuantepec by Covarrubias


•Midlife Mavericks: Women Reinventing Their Lives In Mexico By Karen Blue


The Life and Times of Pancho Villa, Freidrich Katz
Judas at the Jockey Club and Other Episodes of Porfirian Mexico
by William H. Beezley...
The Conquest of Mexico by Hugh Thomas
Many Mexicos by Lesly Byrd Simpson

Quest For The Lost City by Dana and Ginger Lamb
Enchanted Vagabonds by Lamb and Cleveland
A Vagabond in Mexico by S. Guzmán-C
A Small Mexican World by Spratling
Viva Mexico! a Traveller’s Account of Life in Mexico by Charles Flandrau
The Mexicans: A Personal Portrait of a People by Patrick Oster
The Volcanoes from Puebla by Kenneth Gangemi
Travelers’ Tales: Mexico by James O’Reilly and Larry Habegger
Face to Face with the Mexicans by Fancis Gardiner Gooch
The Man Who Likes Mexico by Wallace Gillpatrick
The Three Pigs: Los Tres Cerdos by Bobbi Salinas
Where the Strange Roads Go Down by Mary Del Villar, Fred Del Villar, Mary Del Villar & Susan Hardy Aiken
The Bakery of the Three Whores (poetry) by James
Old Mother Mexico by Harry Carr
God's Middle Finger: Into the Lawless Heart of the Sierra Madre, Richard Grant
The Apache Diaries: A Father-son Journey, Goodwin & Goodwin
Trail of Feathers: Searching for Phillip True, Robert Rivard
In the Sierra Madre, Jeff Biggers
Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen, Christopheer McDougall

The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire by C. M. Mayo...
King of The Moon

Rain of Gold by Victor E. Villasenor
Stones for Ibarra by Harriet Doerr
Under the Volcano by Malcolm Lowry
Gringos by Charles Portis
The Long Night of White Chickens by Francisco Goldman
by Gary Jennings
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
by Bruno Traven
Xtabentum: A Novel of Yucatan by Rosy Hugener

Would you like to write a book review and send it to us? Email: Carl & Lorena

Found any good websites on Mexico that we ought to include? Send us an email so we can check it out!

Index to Reviews of our Favorite Mexico Books

•1) Guides, People & Places: Mexico General • Mexico City • Copper CanyonBajaGulf of Mexico • Highlands • Oaxaca
•2) Guides, People & Places of the Mayan World • Yucatan • The Maya • Guatemala • Belize
•3) Live & RetireWomen
•4) Driving • RV & Camping • Adventures • Natural Mexico
•5) Food • Healthy Living • Shopping • Speaking Spanish
•6) Viva Mexico • History • Armchair Travelers • Novels

Would you like to write a book review and send it to us?

email to Carl & Lorena

Found any good websites on Mexico that we ought to include? Send us an email so we can check it out!

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