Wherever you go these days, you can hear people talking about Mexico City. Food, art, culture, and books from the Mexican metropolis are increasingly influential in this country, and more and more people are visiting. Here’s our list of our favorite books about Mexico City, in stock in our store now. Pick one (or three!) up before hopping on a plane…

THE MONOCLE TRAVEL GUIDE TO MEXICO CITY — It’s no secret that we are thrilled that one of our favorite publishers finally put out a guide to one of our favorite cities. Monocle’s cosmopolitan, curated guide offers the best of Mexico City, from street food to luxury hotels to the hippest bars for locals. A great guide for tourists who don’t want to feel like tourists.

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THE MEXICO READER, ed. Gilbert M. Joseph & Thomas J. Henderson — For the scholar and/or obsessive, there is nothing better than this series published by Duke University Press. Over 80 selections of writing that examine Mexican history and culture, both high and low, since pre-Colombian days to the present.

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FRIDA KAHLO, UNA BIOGRAFIA, María Hesse — The Blue House, the beautiful urban villa Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera shared in Mexico City, is one of the most popular and delightful local spots to visit. This book, in simple Spanish with illustrations, is a great way to brush up on your Spanish and learn more about Frida before your trip!

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STOLEN ORANGES, Max Yeh — When we think of literature about Mexico City, we think about Bolaño and other complex, cosmopolitan, surrealist writers. Max Yeh’s book fits into this category, telling the twisted tale of a mysterious manuscript found in a Mexico City bookshop that seem to reveal a correspondence between Cervantes and a 17th century Chinese emperor.

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UMAMI, Laia Jufresa — In a courtyard in the middle of Mexico City, a young girl tries to discover the truth behind the drowning of her sister and her mother’s disappearance years earlier, while the private griefs and losses of the neighbors who share the courtyard create a portrait of life in contemporary Mexico City.

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