Books About Mexico

I love reading books set in and about the countries or areas that I’m visiting. They add to the excitement and anticipation during the preparation phase, they give extra flavour and texture to the actual experience and they extend that delicious holiday feeling long after the visit is nothing more than a memory.

Mexico is a vast country with a very long history. My list will never be complete. Therefore, my plan is to focus on books that I have read, or would like to read, or have had recommended to me.

Links are to reviews on my book blog, Brona’s Books.

Novels and Short Stories about Mexico

The Power and the Glory (1940) by Graham Greene

Under the Volcano: A Novel (2007) by Malcolm Lowry

The Pearl (1947) by John Steinbeck

The Lacuna (2009) by Barbara Kingsolver

All the Pretty Horses (1992) by Cormac McCarthy

The Crossing (1994) by Cormac McCarthy

Cities of the Plain (1996) by Cormac McCarthy

Novels and Short Stories by Mexicans

Like Water for Chocolate (1989) by Laura Esquivel

Pedro Paramo (1955) by Juan Rulfo

Xtabentum: A Novel of Yucatan (2011) by Rosy Hugener

Sun, Stone and Shadows: 20 Great Mexican Short Stories (2008) by Jorge F. Hernandez

The Years With Laura Díaz (1999) by Carlos Fuentes

Non-Fiction and Memoirs about Mexico

Travelers’ Tales Mexico (2001) by James O’Reilly & Larry Habegger

The Lawless Roads (1939) by Graham Greene

The Course of Mexican History (2002) by Michael C. Meyer, William L. Sherman & Susan M. Deeds

Jungle of Stone: The True Story of Two Men, Their Extraordinary Journey, and the Discovery of the Lost Civilization of the Maya (2016) by William Carlsen

Travel Guides for Mexico

Tulum: Including Chichen Itza & the Si’an Ka’an Biosphere Reserve – Moon (2016) by Gary Chandler &Liza Prado

DK Eyewitness Mexico (2017)

Lonely Planet Cancun, Cozumel & the Yucatan (2016) by John Hecht & Lucas Vidgen

Lonely Plant Mexico (2016) by John Noble, Kate Armstrong, Stuart Butler, John Hecht et al

Mexican Bloggers

My Heart of Mexico with Fabiola

Mexico Retold with Susannah Rigg – a British expat now living in Mexico


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