Fiction books about Mexico

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Flying Into the Sun: Surfboards, Airplanes and Weed Across the Mexican Border
16 Reviews
Flying Into the Sun: Surfboards, Airplanes and Weed Across the Mexican Border
  • Paul Ogier
  • Amistad Publishing
  • Kindle Edition
  • Edition no. 1 (11/14/2018)
  • English

In 1979, a Mexican army truck and a small U.S.-registered airplane race toward each other on a remote airstrip in southern Mexico. Their game of chicken marks the end of a young surfer’s true-life smuggling odyssey involving midnight powwows with indigenous Zapotecs of Oaxaca, paddling kilos of marijuana across the Rio Grande on surfboards, learning to fly, and a stint in the Oaxaca State Penitentiary.

Narrated by the main character, Flying Into the Sun is not just a true-crime adventure memoir. It is an introspective, coming-of-age tale that weaves through a secret Mexico and chronicles the fast-changing 1970s in the U.S. with its emergent culture of long hair and drugs, rebellious youth versus hostile law enforcement, and the music and pop themes of the times.

Treasure Isla (Isla Mujeres Mystery Series)
6 Reviews
Treasure Isla (Isla Mujeres Mystery Series)
  • Lynda L. Lock
  • Publisher: CISS
  • Paperback: 313 pages

Treasure Isla is a humorous Caribbean adventure set on Isla Mujeres, a tiny island off the eastern coast of Mexico. Two twenty-something women find themselves in possession of a seemingly authentic treasure map, which leads them on a chaotic search for buried treasure while navigating the dangers of too much tequila, disreputable men, and a killer. And there is a dog, a lovable rescue-mutt.

Leonora: A novel inspired by the life of Leonora Carrington
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Leonora: A novel inspired by the life of Leonora Carrington
  • PROFILE BOOKS
  • Elena Poniatowska
  • Publisher: Serpent's Tail
  • Edition no. 0 (01/01/1970)

Born in Lancashire as the wealthy heiress to her British father's textiles empire, Leonora Carrington was destined to live the kind of life only known by the moneyed classes. But even from a young age she rebelled against the strict rules of her social class, against her parents and against the hegemony of religion and conservative thought, and broke free to artistic and personal freedom.

Today Carrington is recognized as the key female Surrealist painter, and Poniatowska's fiction charms this exceptional character back to life more truthfully than any biography could. For a time Max Ernst's lover in Paris, Carrington rubbed elbows with Salvador Dali, Marcel Duchamp, Andre Breton and Pablo Picasso. When Ernst fled Paris at the outbreak of the Second World War, Carrington had a breakdown and was locked away in a Spanish asylum before escaping to Mexico, where she would work on the paintings which made her name. In the hands of legendary Mexican novelist Elena Poniatowska, Carrington's life becomes a whirlwind tribute to creative struggle and artistic revolution.

Mexico: A Novel
162 Reviews
Mexico: A Novel
  • James A. Michener
  • The Dial Press
  • Kindle Edition
  • Edition no. 0 (03/18/2014)
  • English

Pulitzer Prize–winning author James A. Michener, whose novels hurtle from the far reaches of history to the dark corners of the world, paints an intoxicating portrait of a land whose past and present are as turbulent, fascinating, and colorful as any other on Earth. When an American journalist travels to report on the upcoming duel between two great matadors, he is ultimately swept up in the dramatic story of his own Mexican ancestry—from the brilliance and brutality of the ancients, to the iron fist of the invading Spaniards, to modern Mexico, fighting through dust and bloodshed to build a nation upon the ashes of revolution. Architectural splendors, frenzied bullfights, horrific human sacrifice: Michener weaves them all into an epic human story that ranks with the best of his beloved bestselling novels.

Like Water for Chocolate: A Novel in Monthly Installments with Recipes, Romances, and Home Remedies
730 Reviews
Like Water for Chocolate: A Novel in Monthly Installments with Recipes, Romances, and Home Remedies
  • Laura Esquivel
  • Anchor
  • Kindle Edition
  • Edition no. 0 (08/13/2002)
  • English

The bestselling phenomenon and inspiration for the award-winning film.

Earthy, magical, and utterly charming, this tale of family life in turn-of-the-century Mexico blends poignant romance and bittersweet wit.

This classic love story takes place on the De la Garza ranch, as the tyrannical owner, Mama Elena, chops onions at the kitchen table in her final days of pregnancy. While still in her mother's womb, her daughter to be weeps so violently she causes an early labor, and little Tita slips out amid the spices and fixings for noodle soup. This early encounter with food soon becomes a way of life, and Tita grows up to be a master chef, using cooking to express herself and sharing recipes with readers along the way.

Into the Beautiful North: A Novel
225 Reviews
Into the Beautiful North: A Novel
  • Luis Alberto Urrea
  • Little, Brown and Company
  • Kindle Edition
  • Edition no. 1 (04/29/2009)
  • English

Nineteen-year-old Nayeli works at a taco shop in her Mexican village and dreams about her father, who journeyed to the US to find work. Recently, it has dawned on her that he isn't the only man who has left town. In fact, there are almost no men in the village--they've all gone north. While watching The Magnificent Seven, Nayeli decides to go north herself and recruit seven men--her own Siete Magníficos--to repopulate her hometown and protect it from the bandidos who plan on taking it over.

Filled with unforgettable characters and prose as radiant as the Sinaloan sun, Into the Beautiful North is the story of an irresistible young woman's quest to find herself on both sides of the fence.

The Devil's Highway: A True Story
337 Reviews
The Devil's Highway: A True Story
  • Luis Alberto Urrea
  • Back Bay Books
  • Kindle Edition
  • Edition no. 1 (10/23/2008)
  • English

In May 2001, a group of men attempted to cross the Mexican border into the desert of southern Arizona, through the deadliest region of the continent, the 'Devil's Highway.' Three years later, Luis Alberto Urrea wrote about what happened to them. The result was a national bestseller, a Pulitzer Prize finalist, a 'book of the year' in multiple newspapers, and a work proclaimed as a modern American classic.

The Old Gringo: A Novel (FSG Classics)
43 Reviews
The Old Gringo: A Novel (FSG Classics)
  • Carlos Fuentes
  • Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Kindle Edition
  • Edition no. 1 (05/14/2013)
  • English

In The Old Gringo, Carlos Fuentes brings the Mexico of 1916 uncannily to life. This novel is wise book, full of toughness and humanity and is without question one of the finest works of modern Latin American fiction.

One of Fuentes's greatest works, the novel tells the story of Ambrose Bierce, the American writer, soldier, and journalist, and of his last mysterious days in Mexico living among Pancho Villa's soldiers, particularly his encounter with General Tomas Arroyo. In the end, the incompatibility of the two countries (or, paradoxically, their intimacy) claims both men, in a novel that is, most of all, about the tragic history of two cultures in conflict.

Aztec
438 Reviews
Aztec
  • Gary Jennings
  • Forge Books
  • Kindle Edition
  • Edition no. 1 (04/12/2016)
  • English

Gary Jennings's Aztec is the extraordinary story of the last and greatest native civilization of North America. Told in the words of one of the most robust and memorable characters in modern fiction, Mixtli-Dark Cloud, Aztec reveals the very depths of Aztec civilization from the peak and feather-banner splendor of the Aztec Capital of Tenochtitlan to the arrival of Hernán Cortás and his conquistadores, and their destruction of the Aztec empire. The story of Mixtli is the story of the Aztecs themselves---a compelling, epic tale of heroic dignity and a colossal civilization's rise and fall.

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City of Promises: A Romance of Mexico City's Golden Age
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Down the Rabbit Hole: A Novel
Juan Pablo Villalobos - Publisher: FSG Originals - Edition no. 0 (10/02/2012) - Paperback: 96 pages
$10.08
Faces in the Crowd
Valeria Luiselli - Coffee House Press - Kindle Edition - Edition no. 0 (04/21/2014)
For Your Damned Love (A Doc Hardesty Adventure)
Linton Robinson - Adoro Books - Kindle Edition
Mary Of Angels (Borderland Book 1)
Linton Robinson - Kindle Edition
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News from the Empire
Fernando Del Paso - Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press - Edition no. 0 (04/07/2009) - Paperback: 704 pages
$16.45
Notes from Exile
T. M. Spooner - Publisher: Floricanto Press - Paperback: 304 pages
$39.00
Signs Preceding the End of the World
Yuri Herrera - And Other Stories - Kindle Edition
Silver Bullets (A Lefty Mendieta Novel Book 1)
Elmer Mendoza - MacLehose Press - Kindle Edition
Texas: The Great Theft
Carmen Boullosa - Deep Vellum Publishing - Kindle Edition
The Adventures of Thomas the Cat: Las Aventuras de Tomás el Gato (The Adventures of Thomas & Sparky Book 1)
Lynda L. Lock - Lynda L. Lock & Diego Medina - Kindle Edition - Edition no. 1 (04/09/2015)
The Death of Artemio Cruz: A Novel (FSG Classics)
Carlos Fuentes - Farrar, Straus and Giroux - Kindle Edition
The Fifth Codex (Murder in Mexico Book 2)
John Scherber - San Miguel Allende Books - Kindle Edition
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The Life and Times of Mexico
Earl Shorris - Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company - Edition no. 0 (01/17/2006) - Paperback: 800 pages
$23.97
The Years with Laura Diaz: A Novel
Carlos Fuentes - Farrar, Straus and Giroux - Kindle Edition
Three Messages and a Warning: Contemporary Mexican Short Stories of the Fantastic
Chris Brown, Bruce Sterling Eduardo Mayo - Small Beer Press - Kindle Edition
Where Gringos Don’t Belong
Robert Stout - Anaphora Literary Press - Kindle Edition