Read Trip: Mexico City

Welcome to the third stop on our Read Trip, where we recommend the books and audiobooks you’ll need to get through your vacation. This time we’re visiting Mexico City, the beautiful, bustling capital of Mexico. 

Learn Spanish — Ultimate Getting Started With Spanish

Before your trip and when you get there…

Sure you took Spanish in high school, but do you remember how to ask where the bathroom is? Or how much something costs? Freshen up your basic Spanish skills with an easy learning tool. Even better: Download it to listen offline, so you can freshen up while on the plane. 

Lonely Planet Mexico

Once you arrive, what better way to get the lay of the land than with Lonely Planet’s renowned guide? It’s especially helpful if you want to get out of the city for a day, with color maps, insider tips, and tons of essential info. 

Opening Mexico: The Making of a Democracy

Mexico’s political climate…

Populist, leftist, and anti-establishment Andrés Manuel López Obrador was nominated president in early July, in a landslide victory that’s the biggest political shakeup the country has seen in decades — and could pave the way for how politics is done for many more to come. 

Learn more about the rocky road that led to the latest election in this comprehensive look at Mexico’s political history of the last 100 years. 

Under the Volcano

Go back in time…

British author Malcolm Lowry’s novel details the final day in the life of a doomed British consul, Geoffrey Firmin, an alcoholic who lives alone with his demons under the shadow of two active volcanoes. It’s a brilliant masterpiece of love and redemption, and although it’s set in 1938, it has withstood the test of time. Under the Volcano is considered one of the best books of the 20th century, and once you pick it up, you’ll understand why. 

The Story of My Teeth

It’s a vacation, after all…

You’ve learned a little about the language, know where you’re going, understand some local politics, and have read a classic. Now it’s time to relax and lose yourself in a good book, and what better way to do that than with the charming and quirky story of a man who buys Marilyn Monroe’s teeth and replaces them for his own. Valeria Luiselli’s second novel — much like in her first, Faces in the Crowd — blends fiction with historical points of reference that will keep you entertained for the duration of the trip. 

Frida Kahlo

For when you get home…

Just because you’re back home doesn’t mean you have to leave your vacation behind. Take something with you, like the beautiful artwork you may have seen at the Frida Kahlo Museum. Frida Kahlo takes you inside the artist’s life, and includes prints of her works, so you can show your friends at home what you got to see in real life. 

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