Help Me Reach 12 on the Manly Scale of Absolute Gender

If you like the patriotic work we're doing, please consider donating a few dollars. We could use it. (if asked for my email, use "")

Saturday, March 05, 2011

Department of Book Reports: Mexico

Some time ago, both SeattleTammy and I reported on a fine history book we both loved, Gods, Gauchupines and Gringos: A People's History of Mexico (paperback $24.95). The publisher, Editorial Mazatlan, has been busy since, producing two new books that are equally enticing.

Magic Made in Mexico: Live Your Mexico (Editorial Mazatlan $17.95) is written by Canadian native Joanna van der Gracht de Rosado. The first section is a memoir that tells the story of how, as a young woman, she came to Mexico, fell in love and married a Mexican national, and how she adjusted to a new manner of life in Merida, a town located in the Yucatan. She follows that with an alphabetical series of chapters on tips for living in Mexico for the non-native (A is for Attitude, H is for Heat, S is for Settling In and so on), each of which gives good advice along with fun and funny anecdotal stories of her own. She closes with a nice, and very brief history of Mexico, the Yucatan and her hometown. She includes a good recommended reading list..I know it is good because she listed two of my favorite author's books, Graham Greene's The Power and the Glory and The Honorary Consul.

The other book of note and new from Editorial Mazatlan is Ray Acosta's Revolutionary Days: A Chronology of the Mexican Revolution (hardcover $29.95). Obviously this book is of great use to any student of Mexican history. But it also reads well as a narrative for the interested reader of the events leading up to, and nearly a day by day account of the Revolution itself as it occurred from 1910 onwards. As one would expect of a scholarly work, there is a good bibliography, and an alphabetical list of names of those central to the period. And there is a lot of them.

All three books are available at our online store, or in historic downtown Hoquiam.
Visit us on Facebook Jackson Street Books. Order books at Jackson Street Books and other fine Independent bookstores.As always, books ordered here will have a freebie publishers Advance Reading Copy included as a thank you to our blogosphere friends.


  1. Since the topic is Mexico I would like to take a moment to pimp my cousin's book.

  2. My senorita and I took two driving trips through Baja California in back to back years ('95 & '96). We drove her dad's van (a Ram conversion not made for the rougher roads). We were rousted by Federales, got stuck in the middle of nowhere (around three or four times), went skinny dipping and saw the full moon rise above the Sea of Cortez--we drank white tequila and smoked a local plant, were chewed up by jejenes [no-see-ems], were nearly run off tight mountain roads by aggressive truckers, found an oasis in Baja Sur between the two coasts, made a road of shells to get the van out of a sandy patch, met a family who helped us change a tire south of Guerrero Negro, went to the observatory in San Pedro Martir, watched the city lights of a small seaside town all go out at once at 9:30 of an early July night--the sky was filled with all the stars of heaven. In Camalu we saw a dead whale wash up against the cliffs as waves pounded like giant fists against the land--our dog climbed on top of the 90 foot leviathan as seagulls wheeled and screeched above our heads. Truly a land of dreams and dreaming, at least for us.

  3. Wow, mjs, that was beautiful...thank you for sharing...


We'll try dumping haloscan and see how it works.