SELECTED READING LIST FOR SPAIN
Travel

Miracle in Seville
by: James A. Michener

Part travelogue, part history, part fictional adventure, James Michener's heavily researched books edify as they entertain.

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Discovering Spain : An Uncommon Guide
by: Penelope Casas

A personal guide book based on many years of travel in Spain

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To the Heart of Spain : Food and Wine Adventures Beyond the Pyrenees
by Ann Walker, Larry Walker (Contributor)

An enchanting book, rich in detail, written with emotion and laced with passion. A complete guide to the heart of Spain and the Spanish heart reflected through wine, food, culture, history, and lifestyle.

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Michelin THE GREEN GUIDE Spain
by Michelin Travel Publications

Discover the rich cultural and artistic heritage behind the sun, sea and sand traditionally associated with Spain. This captivating land of contrasts has something to offer everyone, whether skiing in the Pyrenees, museum-hopping in Madrid, sun-worshipping in the Canary Islands....

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Lonely Planet Spain (Spain, 3rd Ed)
Lonely Planet Spain (Spain, 3rd Ed) by Damien Simonis

From Antarctica to Zimbabwe, if you're going there, chances are Lonely Planet has been there first. With a pithy and matter-of-fact writing style, these guides are guaranteed to calm the nerves of first-time world travelers, while still listing off-the-beaten-path finds sure to thrill even the most.......

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Eyewitness Travel Guide to Spain
by Deni Bown

You'd be hard-pressed to find a more comprehensive, engrossing and just plain fun-to-read guidebook than the Eyewitness Travel Guide: Spain. Spilling over with all sorts of useful information for the traveler, you'll find three-dimensional drawings, floor plans, and detailed neighborhood maps, as...

General Information and History

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The New Spaniards
by John Hooper

Fascinating account of Spanish society and culture.

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Homage to Barcelona
by Colm Toibin

Another fascinating account of Spanish society and culture.

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The Story of Spain
by Mark Williams

A thorough survey of Spanish history.

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Barcelona
by Robert Hughes

A history from a cultural perspective and look into the Catalan psyche.

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A History of Islamic Spain
by W.H. Watt and Pierre Cachia

 

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Iberia
by James Michener

"Massive, beautiful...Unquestionably some of the best writing on Spain...The best that Mr. Michener has ever done on any subject...Stunning...Memorable." THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

Art

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Velazquez : Painter and Courtier
by Jonathan Brown

Best place to start, or continue study. Having never read a book on Velazquez, I took a suggestion from one of my teachers and picked this one up at the library (art books are too expensive!). Being a fine arts/art history student, this was like discovering gold. The book is very well-written. I was able to travel the halls of the Spanish...

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Goya in the Twilight of Enlightenment
by Janis A. Tomlinson

 

Children's Books
Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists: Dali, Picasso
by: Miroslav Sasek

These are short, 32-page, children’s books which provide a neat introduction to some of the most important artists of the Renaissance.

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