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An embryonic and frequently updated list for English language readers.
Last updated December 15, 2016.
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See also "Reading Mexico: Recommendations for a Book Club of Extra-Curious & Adventurous English-Language Readers." Madam Mayo blog, November 21, 2016
 
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Anhalt, Diana, A Gathering of Fugitives: American Political Expatriates in Mexico, 1948-1965

Azuela, Mariano, The Underdogs: A Novel of the Revolution

This is the first and classic Mexican novel of the Revolution, translated by Sergio Waisman and with a foreword by Carlos Fuentes. The original title in Spanish is Los de abajo.
 

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Berger, Bruce, Almost an Island: Travels in Baja California
A poet-pianist's memoirs, often hilarious. One of the best books on Baja California.
Author's website.

Biggers, Jeff, In the Sierra Madre
Author's website.

Blasio, José Luis, Maximilian, Emperor of Mexico
The Emperor Maximilian's private secretary and also, during a dramatic intermediate period, serving the Empress Carlota in Europe in 1866 (in which he witnessed her psychotic breakdown), José Luis Blasio (1842 - 1923) published his memoir in Mexico City and Paris in 1905 as Maximiliano íntimo. It did not come out in English until Yale University Press published it in 1934. Never mind its less-than-correct political stance, Blasio's lushly vivid memoir is one of the literary treasures of Mexico. As Bernal Díaz's The True History of the Conquest of New Spain, so Blasio's Maximiliano íntimo is to Mexico's Second Empire.
Read my blog post about this book.

Burton, Tony, Western Mexico: A Traveler's Treasury

A unique guidebook chock full of surprises, plus beautiful illustrations and many maps.
Don't venture into Western Mexico without it.

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Caballero, Raymond, Lynching Pascual Orozco: Mexican Revolutionary Hero and Paradox

This is the first major biography in over 40 years of one of the most important figures of the Mexican Revolution. Caballero is the ex-mayor of El Paso, Texas and, in his words "a recovering lawyer"— a background that no doubt helped him unravel the conspiracy he found revealed in the one hundred year-old records of the Culberson County Courthouse, apparently intended to cover up what really happened to Pascual Orozco and his men in the High Lonesome Mountains south of Van Horn in 1915. Caballero's Lynching Pascual Orozco is an important contribution to the history of not only the Mexican Revolution, but of the state of Chihuahua and of the borderlands of Far West Texas.
Listen in (or read the transcript of) my podcast interview with Caballero

Cadena, Agustín, An Avocado from Michoacoán

A bilingual chapbook of a short story by one of Mexico's most accomplished and prolific literary writers, translated by Yours Truly. (Please note: unfortunately at this time only collectable editions from other sellers are available. I hope to be able to make copies available again at their original price soon.)

Calderon de la Barca, Frances, Life in Mexico
This deliciously vivid memoir of 1842 by the Scottish-born wife of Spain's first ambassador to Mexico should go at the top of the list for any Mexicophile.
Read my review for Tin House

Call, Wendy, No Word for Welcome: The Mexican Village Faces the Global Economy
A richly researched and passionate look at Mexico's Isthmus of Tehuantepec, a little known and yet culturally, economically, historcally, and politically vital part of Mexico. Winner of the Grub Street National Book Prize for Nonfiction.

Castañeda, Alfredo, Book of Hours / Libro de horas

No exaggeration, this is one of the most beautiful books I have ever seen: Poems and paintings by one of Mexico's most original and accomplished artists, Alfredo Castañeda, translated by the greatest living translator of Mexican literature, Margaret Sayers Peden.

Coe, Sophie D., and Michael D. Coe, The True History of Chocolate
Not just for chocolate nerds! A delightfully thorough history of Mexico's most delicious bean.

Corchado, Alfredo, Midnight in Mexico

Cortez, Sarah, and Sergio Troncoso, Our Lost Border: Essays on Life Amid the Narco-Violence
Lurid television, newspaper stories, and cliché-ridden movies about Mexico abound in English; rare is any writing that plumbs to meaningful depths or attempts to explore its complexities. And so, out of a concatenation of ignorance, presumption and prejudice, those North Americans who read only English have been deprived of the stories that would help them see the Spanish-speaking peoples and cultures right next door, and even within the United States itself, and the tragedies daily unfolding because of or, at the very least kindled by, the voracious North American appetite for drugs. For this reason, Our Lost Border: Essays on Life Amid the Narco-Violence, a treasure trove of one dozen personal essays, deserves to be celebrated, read, and discussed in every community in North America.
Continue reading my review in Literal Magazine.

Crimm, Carolina Castillo, De León: A Tejano Family History.
We often hear about the Tejanos (Mexican Texans or, as you please, Texan Mexicans) in Mexican and Texas history, but who were they? Crimm's De León provides an intimate glimpse of one of the first and most influential Tejano families though several generations, beginning with Don Martín de Léon and his wife Doña Patricia de la Garza, the founders of the de Léon colony and the town of Victoria on the coastal plains of Texas in the early 19th century. They and their descendants weathered Mexican civil wars; Comanche attacks; cattle rustlers; cholera; the Texas Revolution of 1835-36; the massive influx of "Anglo" immigrants; exile and legal battles to reclaim their land; the US Civil War and Reconstruction; and, into the late 19th century, the rise of the railroads and the cattle ranching industry.
Read my interview with the author here.

Crosby, Harry, The Last of the Californios
A fascinating and beautifully documented account of the ranch people of the remote valleys of Baja California's sierra.

—— The Cave Paintings of Baja California
The authoritative and full-color work on the great murals of Baja California, the most spectacular— and very remote— rock art of the Americas.
Author's website

 
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Delpar, Helen, The Enormous Vogue of Things Mexican: Cultural Relations Between the United States and Mexico, 1920-1935
Starting with the title, a very fun and informative read.

DeLay, Brian, War of a Thousand Deserts: Indian Raids and the US-Mexican War
A powerful book about a powerfully important yet strangely neglected episode in US-Mexican history.

Díaz, Bernal, The True History of the Conquest of New Spain
One of the greatest books every written about one of the greatest adventures of all time.

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Eisenhower, John S.D., So Far From God: The U.S. War with Mexico 1846-1848
A good introduction to a very consequential episode.

Esquivel, Laura, Like Water for Chocolate
The charming novel made into a major motion picture.
 
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Fère, Marie de la, My Recollections of Maximilian

Edited and introduced by Yours Truly. A most unusual English language eyewitness memoir which offers rare insight into the Mexican monarchists' perspective. Free PDF download.

Flandrau, Charles Macomb, Viva Mexico!
A witty memoir of a 1920s Mexican coffee plantation. A little classic of English writing on Mexico.

Freidel, David, and Linda Schele,
A Forest of Kings: The Untold Story of the Ancient Maya

Fuentes, Carlos, The Buried Mirror: Reflections on Spain and the New World

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Gallo, Rubén, Freud's Mexico: Into the Wilds of Psychoanalysis

Garrison, Philip, The Permit That Never Expires: Migrant Tales from the Ozark Hills to the Mexican Mountains

Anyone who wants to understand Mexican immigration should read this book— and it's a gripping read, for Garrison is at once stylish, unusually perceptive, wryly humorous, and, above all, both compassionate and deeply knowledgeable. This is an astonishingly original and important work.

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Because I Don't Have Wings: Stories of Mexican Immigrant Life
In this brilliant , original, and astonishingly intimate book, Garrison eloquently shows us that borders are not always where we think they are. Every page is both a pleasure and a surprise.

Gilman, Nicholas, Good Food in Mexico City
The hands-down best and frequently updated and outstanding guide book to, like the title says, good food in Mexico City. Don't visit Mexico City without it.

Gooch, Fanny,  
Face to Face with the Mexicans
First published in 1887, Gooch's Face to Face with the Mexicans, is on-line here in a very readable format. It includes 200 charming illustrations by Isabel V. Waldo, as well as portraits of the characters in my novel, Agustin de Iturbide y Green and his mother, Dona Alicia Green de Iturbide. An edited (severely abridged) version with an introduction by C.H. Gardiner was published by Southern Illinois University Press in 1966. However, said version does not include the material about the Iturbides, which strikes me as rather like leaving the meat out of the taco. The original is a hefty leather-bound collector's item with full-color illustrations. If you look for it on, say, www.abebooks.com, make sure you're getting a first edition of 1887. I paid USD$100 for mine, found in an antiquarian bookshop, some 15 years ago.

 
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Hämäläinen, Pekka, The Comanche Empire

Essential for understanding the historical relationship between the U.S. and Mexico.

Haslip, Joan,
The Crown of Mexico: Maximilian and His Empress Carlota
A deeply researched work that reads like a novel. If you're interested in learning more about Mexico's French Intervention, start here. (Or, if you prefer a novel, start with mine. Better yet, read both.)

Hart, John Mason,
Revolutionary Mexico: The Coming and Process of the Mexican Revolution
A crunchy intro, now in its tenth edition.

Hogan, Michael,
The Irish Soldiers of Mexico
Catalog description: "On the eve of Mexican-American War of 1848, a group of recently arrived Irish immigrants deserted the U.S. army and joined the Mexican army as the Saint Patrick's Battalion. This excellent study explores the motivations of the Irishmen, their valiant contributions to the Mexican cause, and the consequences for them when they were ultimately captured. While investigating this, the book asks new questions about Manifest Destiny, anti-Catholicism in the U.S., imperialism and political and cultural dissent. More than a reevaluation of a little-known secret of one of the Northern Hemisphere least-studied wars, it is a compelling narrative of sacrifice and honor."

—— Abraham Lincoln and Mexico: A History of Courage, Intrigue and Unlikely Friendships
In this shining contribution to the literature on Abraham Lincoln and that of the US-Mexican War, Michael Hogan illuminates the stance of a young politician against that terrible war, telling a story that is both urgently necessary and well more than a century overdue.

Holden, William Curry,
Teresita
The product of prodigious original research on both sides of the US-Mexico border, this is first full-length biography of Mexico's folk saint and would-be Joan of Arc.

Herrera, Heyden, Frida: A Biography of Frida Kahlo
The best introduction to Mexico's most famous and uniquely flamboyant artist of the 20th century.

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Isaac, Claudio, Midday with Buñuel: Memories and Sketches, 1973 - 1983

I was both charmed and moved by Midday with Buñuel, Mexican filmmaker and writer Claudio Isaac's personal and very poetic recollection of his friendship with his mentor, the Spanish surrealist Luis Buñuel, who died in Mexico City in 1983. I do not have the original Spanish for a comparison, but the English is so vivid and smoothly elegant, I am sure that Brian T. Scoular's must be a superb translation. This slender volume, published by the remarkable Swan Isle Press, goes on my top 10 list for 2009, sin duda. (For insight into the impossible-to-underestimate influence of Buñuel on Mexican cinema, and cinema in general, make this is your go-to book.)

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Jordan, Mary, and Kevin Sullivan, The Prison Angel: Mother Antonia's Journey from Beverly Hills to a Life of Service in a Mexican Jail
Mary Jordan and Kevin Sullivan, husband-and-wife correspondents for The Washington Post, open Prison Angel with a thunderclap. During a combined 40 years as journalists, "we have interviewed presidents and rock stars, survivors of typhoons in India, and people tortured by the Taliban in Afghanistan. We had never heard a story quite like hers, a story of such powerful goodness." The story is that of Mother Antonia, an elderly nun who voluntarily lives in a cramped, smelly cell in Tijuana's notorious La Mesa prison. It's hardly where one would expect to find the woman born Mary Clark in 1926, a pretty blonde raised in Beverly Hills who married and divorced twice, had seven children, and achieved professional success selling office supplies and real estate.
Continue reading my review in The Wilson Quarterly

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Kandell, Jonathan,
La Capital: The Biography of Mexico City
This is one of my favorite books about Mexico. It reads like a novel but is beaufully researched.

Kaplan, Janet A., Remedios Vario: Unexpected Journeys

Katz, Friedrich, The Life and Times of Pancho Villa
Pray that it comes out in Kindle... it's wonderful, but at over 1,000 pages, a total doorstop.

Kennedy, Diana, The Essential Cuisines of Mexico
One of Mexico's national treasures: well, I mean both the cuisines and the author, who is English, a long-time resident of Michoacán, a splendid writer and tireless and most original researcher. If you get one book on Mexican cuisine, make it one by Diana Kennedy.

Krauze, Enrique,
Biography of Power
The big enchilada of Mexican history in bite-sized and very readable biographies.

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Levinson, Irving W., Wars Within War 
From the jacket text: "Traditional characterizations of the 1846-1848 war between the United States and Mexico emphasize the conventional battles waged between two sovereign nations. However... [this work] examines two little-known guerrilla wars that took place at the same time and that proved critical to the outcome of the conflict."

León-Portilla, Miguel, The Broken Spears: The Aztec Account of the Conquest of Mexico
Translated by Lysander Kemp.

Lida, David,
First Stop in the New World: Mexico City, the Capital of the 21st Century
A long-time resident of Mexico City and a prolific writer in both English and Spanish, David Lida is one of the most knowledgable Americans writing about Mexico. Don't miss his blog. >Visit his website and blog

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Mackintosh, Graham,
Into a Desert Place: A 3000 Mile Walk Around the Coast of Baja California

By the author of many Baja Buff classics, including Journey on a Baja Burro, Nearer My Dog to Thee, and Marooned with Very Little Beer.
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Author's website

Mastretta, Angeles, Women with Big Eyes
Translated by Amy Schildhouse Greenberg. 

Mayo, C.M., ed.,
Mexico: A Traveler's Literary Companion
A portrait of Mexico in the work of 24 contemporary Mexican writers, many translated for the first time.
Visit this book's website for excerpts podcasts and more.

——The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire
A novel based on extensive archival research into the strange but true story of the half-American grandson of Agustin de Iturbide in the court of Maximilian von Habsburg. A Library Journal Best Book 2009.
Visit this book's website for excerpts, reviews, photos and more

——Miraculous Air: Journey of a Thouand Miles through Baja California, the Other Mexico
A journey from Los Cabos to Tijauna, rich with history and interviews.
Visit this book's website for excerpts, photos, and more

——From Mexico to Miramar or, Across the Lake of Oblivion
A nonfiction novela about a fairytale: a visit to the Emperor of Mexico's Italian castle.

——Metaphysical Odyssey Into the Mexican Revolution: Francisco I. Madero and His Secret Book, Spiritist Manual
It pretty much knocks the huaraches off most people's understanding of the Mexican Revolution, and its leader.

McAllen, M.M.
Maximilian and Carlota: Last Empire in Mexico
A deeply researched book about a period of Mexican history that, while vital for understanding modern Mexico and its relations with the United States and Europe, is of perhaps unparalleled cultural, political, and military complexity for such a short period.
Listen in anytime to my conversation with m.M. McAllen about this splendid book. Recorded in the Twig Book Shop in San Antonio, October 2015.


Monsiváis, Carlos,
Mexican Postcards
Edited, Introduced and Translated by John Kraniauskas.

Morábito, Fabio,
Toolbox
Translated by Geoff Hargreaves. By one of the most inventive writers in Mexico.

Morganthaler, Jefferson,
The River Has Never Divided Us: A Border History of La Junta de los Ríos

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Novo, Salvador, Pillar of Salt: An Autobiography, with 19 Erotic Sonnets

Introduced by Carlos Monsiváis; Translated by Marguerite Feitlowitz. Novo was one of the outstanding literary figures of 20th century Mexico.
 
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Paz, Octavio,
Sor Juana or, The Traps of Faith

Translated by Margaret Sayers Peden.

Perry, Richard, and Rosalind Perry,
Maya Missions: Exploring Colonial Yucatan
Don't go to Yucatan without this outstanding guidebook.

Perry, Richard D., More Maya Missions: Exploring Colonial Chiapas
Don't go to Chiapas without this one, either.

——Exploring Yucatan: A Traveler's Anthology
A sparkler. Essential reading for anyone interested in the peninsula.

——Exploring Colonial Oaxaca: The Art and Architecture
Essential for anyone visiting or interested in Oaxaca.

——Mexico's Fortress Monasteries

——Blue Lakes and Silver Cities: The Colonial Arts and Architecture of West Mexico

Richard Perry's blog is Colonial Mexico


Poniatowska, Elena, Massacre in Mexico 
The title in English is a sad echo of the original, La noche de Tlatelolco. One of the most important works of journalism in Mexico, an oral history of the massacres of student protestors in in Mexico City in 1968.
Listen in to my interview with her biographer, Michael K. Schuessler.

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Quinones, Sam, Antonio's Gun and Delfino's Dream: True Tales of Mexican Migration

——True Tales from Another Mexico: The Lynch Mob, the Popsicle Kings, Chalino and the Bronx
"Poor Mexico," lamented the dictator Porfirio Díaz, "so far from God and so close to the United States." Most Americans writing on their neighboring country fall deep into this well-worn groove of portraying a Mexico that is to be pitied. And so True Tales from Another Mexico is a wonder and a delight. In this beautifully written collection of essays, Sam Quinones tells the stories of Mexicans as diverse as Queen Abenamar I, a Mazatlán red-light district transvestite and beauty queen, and Zeus García, bus boy by day, "high priest" of Zapoteco basketball by night and weekend.
Continue my reading review from The Wilson Quarterly

——Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic
This is a grenade of a book. Based on extensive investigative reporting on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border, Sam Quinones’ Dreamland tells the deeply unsettling story of the production, smuggling, and marketing of semi-processed opium base— or “black tar heroin”— originating in and around Xalisco, a farm town in the state of Nayarit, and in tandem, the story of the aggressive marketing of pain pills in the U.S.— in particular, of Purdue Pharma’s OxyContin—and the resulting conflagration of addiction and death. Unlike previous drug epidemics—heroin in the 70s, crack in the 90s— this one involved more deaths and more users, and not so many in urban slums but “in communities where the driveways were clean, the cars were new, and the shopping centers attracted congregations of Starbucks, Home Depot, CVS, and Applebee’s.” Mexican black tar heroin trafficking isn’t anything like what you’ve seen on TV or in the movies or, for that matter, most books about narcotrafficking.
Continue my reading review from Literal Magazine

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Reed, Alma,
Peregrina: Life and Death in Mexico

Edited and with an introduction by Michael K. Scheussler; Foreword by Elena Poiatowska. This is the memoir of Alma Reed, a San Francisco journalist, a feminist far head of her time, who came to Mexico and fell in love with Yucatan's charismatic left-leaning governor, Felipe Carrillo Puerto. They were engaged to be married when he was murdered in 1924.
Listen in to my interview with her biographer, Michael K. Schuessler.

Romo, David Dorado, Ringside Seat to a Revolution: An Underground Cultural History of El Paso and Juarez, 1893-1923

Ross, Stanley R., Francisco I. Madero
The classic 1955 biography. (But Ross was mistaken: the "I" stands for Ignacio, not Indalecio.)

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Schneider, Paul,
Brutal Journey: Cabeza de Vaca and the First Epic Frist Crossing of America 
It is verily peculiar that Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca is not better known among English speaking peoples, and especially in the Unites States. That old saw, "truth is stranger than fiction" applies in his case, or at least his version of events, which one might as well believe because the fantastic fact is, Cabeza de Vaca did reappear in northern Mexico in late April of 1536, one of only four survivors of the 400 who participated in the Narváez expedition to Florida in March of 1528. He left a memoir, translated as Castaways, and based on this, as well as other documents and archaelogical research about the peoples he encountered, Paul Schnieder has written a jaw-stopping story that reads like a novel.

Schuessler, Michael K.,
Elena Poniatowska: An Intimate Biography
Listen in to my interview with Michael K. Schuessler.

Smith, Jack,
God and Mr. Gomez

A Los Angeles Times reporter's memoir of building a house in Baja California. The topic and tone are light but the narrative structure is a many-faceted jewel. When the histories of late 20th century Mexico are written, the second householder gringo invasion of Baja California will be a chapter; here is a participant with a splendid sense of humor. Bibliographers take note.

Stavans, Ilán,
Octavio Paz: A Meditation
Poet, essayist, critic, translator, and editor, Octavio Paz was, writes Stavans, "the quintessential surveyor, a Dante's Virgil, a Renaissance man [p.3]... and a believer in reason and dreams and poetic invention as our only salvation. [p.4]" Born in 1914 in Mexico City, Paz lived past the age of eighty, having written over forty books of poetry and essays, among the latter, the classic Labyrinth of Solitude, in which, writes Stavans, "he articulated, in lucid, erudite, nonacademic prose, and with Olympian authority, the key to the question he nurtured in his heart for years: What does it mean to be a Mexican in today's world?" [p.30] Stavans' small book is not hagiography; rather, a series of personal reflections and explorations on Paz's influence both on the Mexican cultural scene and on Stavans' own development as writer and editor.
Continue reading my review for the Hyde Park Review of Books.

Stevenson, Sara Yorke, Maximilian in Mexico: A Woman's Reminiscences of the French Intervention 1862-1867
One of the best memoirs of the period, by a woman who went on to become a noted archeologist of the 19th century.

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Tenorio-Trillo, Mauricio,
I Speak of the City: Mexico City at the Turn of the Twentieth Century
Catalog: "In this dazzling multidisciplinary tour of Mexico City, Mauricio Tenorio-Trillo focuses on the period 1880 to 1940, the decisive decades that shaped the city into what it is today."

Thomas, Hugh,
Conquest: Montezuma, Cortés, and the Fall of Old Mexico
Better than a novel. Makes the story of the Mayflower and those Pilgrims look pretty pipsqueakie.

Traven, B.,
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
The most famous novel by the enigmatic German politiucal refugee. Made into a movie starring Humphrey Bogart.

Tree, Isabella,
Sliced Iguana: Travels in Mexico
One of my favorites. And Isabella offers this guest-blog post for my blog, Madam Mayo, on her five favorite books on Mexico.

Troncoso, Sergio,
Crossing Borders: Personal Essays
Read my review for Literal Magazine
Listen to the interview in Conversations with Other Writers

Turner, John Kenneth, Barbarous Mexico
The Uncle Tom's Cabin of the 1910 Revolution, a classic of gruesome reading.

Tutino, John, Making a New World: Founding Capitalism in the Bajío and Spanish North America
Tutino, John, ed., Mexico and the Mexicans in the Making of the United States 
The Bajío, a rich agricultural, mining and industrial region north of Mexico City, does not even appear on most English-speaking peoples' mental maps of Mexico. North of the U.S.-Mexico border, the best word to describe the image of Querétaro, the Bajío's first and still thriving major city, would probably be "obscure." And yet Querétaro, founded by Otomís and Franciscan friars in 1531, may be the hometown of capitalism- so argues John Tutino in Making a New World: Founding Capitalism in the Bajío and Spanish North America, a nearly 700 page tour de force of original research heavy with appendices, yet with such a wealth of novelistic detail, the reading itself trips along like a novel.
Continue reading my review in Literal Magazine.
Listen to the podcast interview with John Tutino, "Looking at Mexico in New Ways"

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Urrea, Luis Alberto,
The Hummingbird's Daughter

The novel based on the true story of his great aunt, the folk saint and healer Teresita Urrea, la Santa de Cabora (Cabora is in Chihuahua).

More of Urrea's several books will be listed soon.

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Vanderwood, Paul, The Power of God Against the Guns of Government: Religious Upheaval in Mexico at the Turn of the Nineteenth Century

A deeply researched and vivid read into what really happened at Tomochic and who the Tomochitecos really were. Essenrial reading for anyone interested in the roots of the Mexican Revolution and the strange, memesmering figure of the "Santa de Cabora," Teresa de Urrea.

Von Feilitzsch, Heribert, In Plain Sight: Felix A. Sommerfeld Spymaster in Mexico, 1908 to 1914
Reads like a thriller, but it's true. A magnificently researched paradigm-smasher of a book which brings Madero's Mexico alive.
Visit the author's website for more information and photos
 
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Wells, William V., "A Court Ball at the Palace of Mexico" Overland Monthly, August 1868
A fabulously detailed report on the "high noon" of Maximilian's Empire.

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So where are Alice Adams, D.H. Lawrence, Malcolm Lowry, Graham Greene, John Steinbeck, Paul Theroux, et al? I send these fine writers blessings and salaams, and a little cyber-shower of jpeg lotus petals, too. But if your goal is to learn about Mexico, my recommendation is that you start with the cornucopia listed above. There may be other writers, well known to you, whom I have not listed and it may be the case that I just haven't read them yet. Also, I am still going through my bookshelves... like the title says, this list is embryonic and to-be-frequently-updated. Your recommendations are always most welcome.