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Here at Allende Books, we have hundreds of books in a multitude of categories.  Listed below are just a few of the titles we carry in some of our more popular sections.

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Field Guides Recreation Guides


We have a large selection of recreation guides, including hiking guides, windsurfing guides, backroads guides, and tidepool combing guides (just to list a few types).  Below is a sample of some of them.

50 HikesOff-Trail Adventures in Baja California

by Markes E. Johnson

Off-Trail Adventures in Baja California describes, maps and illustrates nine hikes along outcrops on islands and peninsular shores where geography, geology, and ecology meet in singular ways.  

Each spot tells a story about the nature of the place, the cumulative effects of millions of years of natural forces at work.   This hiking guide by Markes E. Johnson offers a wealth of stories that seem to encompass everything and also clearly communicate Johnson's deep understanding of how our planet's ecosystems function.

Kayaking the Vermilion SeaKayaking the Vermilion Sea: Eight Hundred Miles Down the Baja

by Jonathan Waterman 

With two slender sixty-pound kayaks, a ten-pound medical kit, twenty pounds of books, triple-digit temperatures and no contact with the outside world, Jonathan and Deborah Waterman spent two months paddling through the violent tides and storms that define the mythically charged Sea of Cortez. Amid the lore and romantic past of the Baja they discovered that what began as a mutual exploration would soon become an unforgettable test of will.

Exhilarating and lyrical, filled with images of death, beauty, and adventure, this paradisiacal jorney depicts the past and present of a legendary body of water and the struggle of a man and a woman to find each other.

Fly Fishing the Baja and BeyondFly Fishing the Baja and Beyond 

by Mike Rieser

Fly Fishing the Baja and Beyond takes the reader from the fabled Sea of Cortez to the Pacific waters of Panama. Along the way, author Mike Rieser shares his years of fishing and guiding experience on the subjects of tackle, rigging, flies and most significantly a unique tactical approach to catching roosterfish, dorado, marlin, tuna and a host of other species. Mike is a long time student of fish feeding behaviour and in the pages of this book relates his observations to not only the how, but the why of catching salt water species on the fly.

Diving and Snorkeling the Sea of CortezDiving and Snorkeling the Sea of Cortez

by Susans Speck and Bruce Williams 

Diving and Snorkeling the Sea of Cortez is just the most complete guide to Baja California's Best sites, including the Revillagigedo or Socorro Islands. User friendly, this books covers the terrain and marine life of 91 Baja best dive sites, some of them little know, described in detail. This includes sites throughout the offshore islands along Baja's peninsula and shore diving along its coastline

Known for its desolate offshore islands and incredible marine life, the Sea of Cortez lures divers and snorkelers from all over the world. This great sea give divers chance encounters with the giant manta rays, hammerhead sharks, playful sea lions, wrecks and marine life endemic only to the Sea of Cortez.

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We have worked hard to bring you a large selection of useful field guides.  We have bird identification guides, insect identification guides, fish and marine invertebrate identification guides, seashell identification guides - and the list goes on...

Baja California Plant Field GuideBaja California Plant Field Guide

by Norman C. Roberts

An exhaustive compendium of native plants in Baja, this book describes over 550 plants and contains color photos of over 275 of them.  It also includes an overview of the geography, geology, climate, and phytogeography (plant distribution) in Baja. By using the book's family key to classify a plant by family, and then examining the descriptions and photos for species within each family, you will be able to correctly identify and learn about nearly any plant you encounter while hiking in Baja.

Mexico Marine Guide Pacific Coast and Sea of CortezMexico Marine Guide of the Pacific Coast and Sea of Cortez

by Rainforest Publications

This Laminated Foldout Pocket Field Guide is the perfect companion to take along while exploring Mexico's Pacific Coast and Sea of Cortez. It accordions out to give you detailed, full color, scientifically accurate illustrations of the marine mammals, reef fish, sport fish, and sea turtles you'll see. Names for the whales, the many species of dolphins, porpoises, seals, sharks, rays and the rest of the species that hang out on the reef.

Marine Guide Inside

The marlins and other sailfish names are all given in English, Latin and Spanish, along with their average sizes. These guides are printed with fade-resistant ink, and laminated with a durable UV resistant and waterproof coating. They are small and light but contain a lot of information at your fingertips for when you are unplugged and out enjoying nature, and after you get home, they are a great reminder of what you saw.

Mexico Bird Guide of the Pacific CoastMexico Bird Guide of the Pacific Coast

by Rainforest Publications

Field Guide to Birds in Baja California and Sea of Cortez, along Mexico's Pacific Coast. Folds up to fit perfectly in your pocket, accordions out to show approximately 250 of the birds you will see. Full color, detailes, scientifically accurate illustrations, printed in fade-resistant ink. The guide is laminated in UV resistant waterproof coating, extremely durable, and designed for use in the field as well as attractive enough to use as a quick reference when you return.

Marine Guide Inside

Illustrations by Robert Dean, who has been studying birds of Latin America since the 1990s, are all captioned with the name of the bird in English, Latin and Spanish, plus average sizes and types. Progressing from seabirds like the Anhinga through herons larger waders, to hunters such as the osprey, falcons, kites and hawks, smaller waders, owls, parrots, and 12 species of hummingbirds.

Baja BloomsBaja Blooms

by Kaia Thomson

Baja Blooms: The Gardens of Los Colibris Casitas is a pictorial celebration of the astounding biodiversity of the Baja peninsula. Mexico is one of only 12 mega-diverse countries in the world, meaning that it has between 60% and 70% of the total biodiversity of the planet. In the Baja peninsula there are many plant species that grow in other parts of the world, but there are also many species that can only be found here.

The gardens of Los Colibris Casitas are a microcosmos of this incredibly rich natural heritage, and Baja Blooms is an invitation to not only explore the remarkable nature of Baja California, but to actively engage in its conservation for the generations to come.

Birding in Baja California SurBirding in Baja California Sur

By Kaia Thomson

This book is a collection of over 140 stunning bird photographs captured by Kaia Thomson over the course of her 12 years of birding in the Baja peninsula. Taken in the many diverse eco systems that define Baja, these photos show the birds of Baja California Sur in their many facets.

Birding in Baja California Sur is an invitation to bird lovers of all kinds to not only explore the remarkable nature of Baja that attracted the birds in the first place, but to actively engage in the conservation of these habitats to ensure that birding in the peninsula is a joy that will ne available to all for generations to come.

Whales and DolphinsWhales and Dolphins of the North American Pacific

By Graeme Cresswell, Dylan Walker and Todd Pusser

The definitive whale-watching guide to Mexico, California, the Pacific Northwest, British Columbia and Alaska, this is an easy-to-use guide based on years of field experience. Designed for quick and sure identification of marine mammals as they actually appear in the wild, loads of in-depth information on all species found on the west coast from the Baja through southeast Alaska.

Whales and Dolphins of the North American Pacificincludes comprehensive sections on behavior, status, distribution and additional chapters on geography, climate and oceanography of the North American Pacific, packed with amazing photographs to help readers get more out of their whale-watching experience than ever before.

Reef Creature IdentificationReef Creature Identification: Tropical Pacific

By Paul Humann and Ned DeLoach

The most comprehensive field guide ever compiled for identifying over 1600 marine invertebrates from the tropical Pacific, ranging from Sea Slugs and Arthropods to Worms and Cephalopods. With more than 2000 photographs taken in their natural habitat, including sections on behavior, this volume covers Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines and beyond.

Reef Fish IdentificationReef Fish Identification: Baja to Panama

By Paul Humann and Ned DeLoach

The most comprehensive field guide ever compiled for identifying reef fish from the Gulf of California to the Pacific coast of Panama, including offshore islands. More than 500 photographs of 400 species taken in their natural habitat, includes sharks, rays and eels.

Baja California Sea ShellsBaja California Sea Shells

By Piero Gurgo Salice and Carlos Caceres

This informative field guide helps Baja Peninsula visitors identify all the local seashells. It includes more than a thousand species in high-definition colour photographs. The organization allows anyone to easily find the names and taxonomic clasification in modern Biology.

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We have a large selection of non-fiction books on different topics, from biology and anthropology to economics. Here's a brief example of what we have in stock.

SpinelessSpineless: the science of jellyfish and the art of growing a backbone

by Juli Berwald

Jellyfish have been swimming in our oceans for well over half a billion years, longer than any other animal that lives on the planet. Made of roughly 95 percent water, some jellies are barely perceptible virtuosos of disguise, while others glow with a luminiscence that has revolutionized biotechnology. Yet jellyfish remain among the most poorly understood of ocean dwellers.  

Juli Berwald travels the globe to uncover the role of jellyfish in our rapidly warming, overfished and acidified seas.   She meets the biologists who devote their career to jellies, hitches rides on Japanese fishing boats to see giant jellyfish in the wild, and marvels at the complexity of these alluring and ominous biological wonders.

No One is Too Small to Make a DifferenceNo One is too Small to Make a Difference

by Greta Thunberg 

In August 2018 a fifteen-year-old Swedish girl decided not to go to school one day in order to protest the climate crisis. Her actions sparked a global movement, inspiring millions of students to go on strike for our planet, forcing governments to listen.  No One is too Small to Make a Difference brings you Greta Thunberg in her own words, for the first time.

Collecting her speeches that have made history across the globe, from the United Nations to mass street protests, her book is a rallying cry for why we must all wake up and fight to protect the living planet, no matter how powerless we feel. Our future depends upon it.

Requiem for the American DreamRequiem for the American Dream 

by Noam Chomsky 

In his first major book on the subject of income inequality, Noam Chomsky skewers the fundamental tenets of neoliberalism and casts a clear, cold, patient eye on the economic facts of life. To createRequiem for the American Dream, Chomsky and his editors spent countless hours together over the course of five years to create a document that is the most succinct and tightly woven of Chomsky's long career, a beautiful vessel in which to carry his bold and uncompromising vision on the economic reality and its impact on our political and moral well-being as a nation.

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Cruising is very popular in the Sea of Cortez.  We have a number of books that will make your cruising experience easier and more enjoyable.  Below is a small sample.

Cruisers GuideSea of Cortez: A Cruiser's Guidebook

by Shawn Breeding and Heather Bansmer

This is an up-to-date, comprehensive guide detailing the remote and pristine anchorages of the Baja peninsula and Mexican mainland within the Sea of Cortez.  The harbors and anchorages listed in this guide are illustrated with over 100 GPS-accurate chartlets, derived from satellite photography and first-hand exploration.  GPS waypoints, along with prime anchorage locations, accompany each chartlet.

Vivid color photography, illustrating the serene beauty and life of the Sea of Cortez, makes this book not only a valuable aid to mariners, but also a fantastic way to plan your next trip or just to daydream of sunny days in the Sea of Cortez.

Pacific Mexico GuidePacific Mexico: A Cruiser's Guidebook

by Shawn Breeding and Heather Bansmer

This second edition of the most up to date and comprehensive guide includes new aerial photography, coverage on anchorage, ports, soundings and waypoints used by cruising boats traveling along the Mexican mainland coast from Mazatlan to Zihuatanejo. For boats traveling further south, updated harbor charts are included for the more remote section of coast south to Chiapas.

Sea of Cortez Cruising GuideSea of Cortez Cruising Guide Volume 1: The Lower Gulf of California

by Gerry Cunningham

This Guide covers over 85 areas with their anchorages, personally surveyed by Cunningham. It describes hidden coves and wilderness anchorages on the east coast of Baja from Cabo San Lucas to Puerto Escondido, where it overlaps the Cruising Guide to the Middle Gulf. It includes the anchorages on the islands of Cerralvo, Espiritu Santo, Partida, San Francisco, San Jose, San Diego, Santa Cruz, Santa Catalina, Monserrat, and San Cosme.

Cruisers Handbook of FishingCruiser's Handbook of Fishing

by Scott Bannerot and Wendy Bannerot

This book gives you everything you need to know about catching fish in tropical or middle-latitude seas - from a cruising boat underway or at anchor, from a dinghy, in the surf, and while diving reefs.  This is a richly-detailed guide that will walk you through everything you need to know, step by step.

Spanish for CruisersSpanish for Cruisers, 2nd Edition

by Kathy Parsons

This practical, easy-to-use guide provides the language skills and unique vocabulary necessary when cruising to and visiting Spanish-speaking countries.  Whether your travel plans include Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central or South America, Spanish for Cruisers has the essential tools you need to communicate.

Charlie's ChartsCharlie's Charts: A Cruising Guide for Mariners

by Captain Holly Scott

Charlie's Charts intended to assist in selecting and identifying small boat anchorages and marina facilities along the west coasts of Mexico and throughout the Sea of Cortez. Local land form details, depth lines and land contour lines, lights and navigational data are included for each.

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If you are planning to move here or are just visiting for a few days, your time in Mexico will be more enjoyable with a few words of Spanish. Whether you are looking for a beginning guide to learning Spanish, an advanced grammar guide, a Spanish-English dictionary, or just a Spanish phrase book, we have what you are looking for!

MadrigalsMadrigal's Magic Key to Spanish: A Creative and Proven Approach

by Margarita Madrigal

Even the most reluctant learner will be astonished at the ease and effectiveness of Margarita Madrigal's method of teaching a foreign language.  Completely eliminating rote memorization and painfully boring drills, Madrigal's Magic Key to Spanish is guaranteed to help you.

Theres a Word for ItThere's a Word for It in Mexico: The Complete Guide to Mexican Thought and Culture

by Boye Lafayette De Mente

By examining the underlying meaning of over 130 key words and expressions, this comprehensive guide provides a unique insight into the thought and culture of contemporary Mexico, illuminating the role of language, culture, and history on the character and personality of the Mexican people and their customs.

This is an ideal introduction to Mexican thought and culture, as well as a practical guide to anticipating Mexican behavior and avoiding cultural faux pas.  It is the ideal companion for anyone with an interest - personal, business, or travel - in Mexico.

Lonely Planet Mexican Spanish Phrasebook and DictionaryMexican Spanish Phrasebook and Dictionary

by Lonely Planet

This pocket phrasebook and dictionary guides you through Mexican Spanish, how to build your own sentences and pronounce words correctly. Starting from the basics and the most practical sentences, it includes ready-made phrases for every situation, buy a ticket, book a hotel, order in a restaurant, socialize and much more.

Stories from MexicoStories from Mexico - Historias de Mexico

by Genevieve Barlow and William Stivers

Practice and improve your reading skills in your new language while enjoying the support of your native tongue with Stories from Mexico, Third Edition. Both insightful and practical, this book features Spanish and English stories presented in a side-by-side format that saves you the inconvenience of constantly having to look up unfamiliar words and expressions in a dictionary.

The best way to learn about a new culture is through its folktales and legends. The sixteen fascinating stories offer valuable insights into the rich culture of Mexico.

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When they are in La Paz, many people wish to learn more about the politics, history, or culture of the region.  Many people want to read travelogues, or fiction written about the area.  We carry both non-fiction and fiction books of local interest - one of our most popular categories!

A Desert HarvestA Desert Harvest: New and Selected Essays

by Bruce Berger

Occupying a space between traditional nature writing, memoir, journalism, and prose poetry, Bruce Berger's essays are beautiful, subtle, and haunting meditations on the landscape and culture of the American Southwest. Wasteland architecture, mountaintop astronomy, and the numerous eccentric personalities who call the desert their home all come to life in these portraits of America's supposedly desolate terrains.

A Desert Harvest combines unpublished essays with selections from Berger's acclaimed trilogy of "desert books" -The Telling Distance, There Was a River, Almost an Island-, in a career-spanning selection of the best work by this unique and undervalued voice.

Baja LegendsBaja Legends

By Greg Niemann

Get to know the "founding fathers" of Baja, the padres, pirates and pioneers who scratched a living from the desert and the sea, plus the world-famous faces that keep this tiny finger of land in the international spotlight. All of the pertinent history and lore, and scores of amazing Baja stories, fill the pages of Baja Legends to overflowing, making it a must have for seasoned Bajaphiles as well as those who are planning their first trip south of the border.

The Adventures of Stickeen in Lower California 1874The Adventures of Stickeen in Lower California 1874

by Captain John F. Janes

This book features the letters of Captain John F. Janes, also known as Stickeen, who sailed to La Paz in 1874 under a contract to superintend a pearl fishing expedition. Originally published in the Thistleton's Illustrated Jolly Giant, these letters narrate Stickeen's adventures in Lower California, detailing his trip down the coast, his activities in Baja California, and his version of the El Triunfo War.

Royal Officer in Baja California Joaquin Velazquez de LeonRoyal Officer in Baja California Joaquin Velazquez de Leon

by Iris Wilson Engstrand

Don Joaquin Velazquez de Leon was a public servant during a period full with important activities in the Baja, effecting a reorganization after the expulsion of the Jesuits. This royal officer was key participant of two unique events: the launching of the expedition for colonization and religious conversion of Upper California and the observation of Venus across the sun. Engstrand gathers letters and documents that describe the color and excitement of Velazquez accomplishments.

The Cave Paintings of Baja CaliforniaThe Cave Paintings of Baja California: Discovering the Great Murals of an Unknown People

by Harry W. Crosby

This full-color account depicts the author's discovery and documentation of a world-class archaeological region in remote central Baja California. The origin of these great murals, which were unveiled to the modern world in the 1960's, remain mysterious to this day.

Camino Real MissionsEl Camino Real y las Misiones de la Peninsula de Baja California - The Camino Real and the Missions of the Baja California Peninsula

Introduction by Miguel Leon-Portilla

Discover and journey down the former routes of the legendary Camino Real!  The royal roads of the Spanish crown to the missions of old California are traced on this unique four-meter-long screenfold.

Ample images accompany succinct, readable text by foremost experts.  Important information is provided on the Peninsula's rich biodiversity: landscapes, climate, flora, and fauna.

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Art Books

We have a nice selection of art books starring the beautiful wilderness of the Baja peninsula, as captured by outstanding photographers. These are some we have available.

Oasis of StoneOasis of Stone

Photographs by Miguel Angel de la Cueva, Text by Bruce Berger

With its soaring and fissured rock, its clefts of darkness, its burnt ochres and coagulated reds that drought has bared to the sun and wind, Baja California Sur appears the survivor of ancient calamities. Most representations of Baja California have focused on its famous coasts and marinescapes. In Oasis of Stone the authors have gone inland to deliver the volcanic landmass: its sweep, intimate corners, the upheaval between seas that makes this a landscape like no other.

A voyage by word and image to Mexico's legendary peninsula, an upheaval between seas where life is pared to extravagance. Also makes a lovely gift!

Tendiendo RedesTendiendo Redes

Photographs by Alejandro Rivas Sanchez, Text by Diana Cuevas Angulo

With a camera and time to travel the arid pathways to explore the hidden marine coves and inlets of nearly half of the Baja California peninsula, Alejandro Rivas has become a witness to the life of fishing communities, the members of which reflect the human tenacity to survive in a harsh natural environment.

Fishing is an activity that provides an open window through which we can observe humanity's beginnings. Alejandro's photographs show us the adaptations made and challenges faced by the men and women who are responsible for the Baja California Sur fisheries.

The Bare-Toed VaqueroThe Bare-Toed Vaquero: Life in Baja California's Desert Mountains

By Peter J. Marchand

Rarely visited by outsiders, the ranchers of Sierra de la Giganta in Baja California Sur live much as their ancestors have for the past two centuries. They raise goats and cattle and grow a magnificent variety of fruits, vegetables and flowers in one of the driest places on the continent. The men, women and children depicted in this book have never known the luxury of municipal water or electricity on their ranches, yet they are remarkably self-sufficient by using windmills, wood fire, planting, harvesting all done by hand.

In this book a gifted photojournalist introduces us to individual ranchers and their families, describing their traditional practices from an intimate point of view. His introduction to this little-known corner of Mexico will delight travelers and scholars alike.

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Not only do we carry the Latin American authors you are familiar with - Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Isabel Allende, Carlos Fuentes, etc. - we also carry works by some authors you might not be familiar with.  Come in and browse our Latin American authors section.  You might discover a new favorite!

Pedro ParamoPedro Paramo

by Juan Rulfo

A masterpiece of the surreal, this stunning novel from Mexico depicts a man's strange quest for his heritage.  Beseeched by his dying mother to locate his father, Pedro Paramo, whom they fled from years ago, Juan Preciado sets out for Comala.  Comala is a town alive with whispers and shadows - a place seemingly populated only by memory and hallucinations.  Built on the tyranny of the Paramo family, its barren and broken-down streets echo the voices of tormented spirits sharing the secrets of the past.

Like Water for ChocolateLike Water for Chocolate

by Laura Esquivel

With more than two million copies in print, Like Water for Chocolate has taken its place as a treasured part of America's literary memory. Deceptively simple and simply wonderful, this is a tall tale, fairy tale, soap-opera romance, Mexican cookbook and home-remedy handbook all rolled in one.

AuraAura (Bilingual Edition)

by Carlos Fuentes

This novella of horror and beauty is a brilliant tour de force, involving a young scholar, Felipe Montero, who is employed in the house of an aged widow to edit her deceased husband's memoirs. There, he meets her beautiful green-eyed niece, Aura. His passion for her and his gradual discovery of the true relationship between the young woman and her aunt propel the story to an extraordinary conclusion.

Latin American critics have called it "one of the most beautiful and powerful stories ever written in the Western Hemisphere". When first published in English, Newsweek called it "...a total experience, a beautiful horror story, a horrifying story of beauty".

The Labyrinth of SolitudeThe Labyrinth of Solitude

by Octavio Paz

In this international classic, Paz has written one of the most enduring and powerful works ever created on Mexico and its people, character and culture. The Labyrinth of Solitude, a beautifully written and deeply felt discourse on Mexico's quest for identity that gives us an unequaled look at the country hidden behind "the mask". This edition also includes The Other Mexico, Return to the Labyrinth of Solitude, Mexico and the United States and The Philanthropic Ogre, all of which develop the themes of the title essay and extend his penetrating commentary to the United States and Latin America.

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Bilingual books

We have a nice selection of bilingual books for children, and also a few for adults.