A Year in Marrakesh
This brilliantly entertaining, insightful classic account of Marrakesh captures the rhythm and spirit of life in the alleyways of the Medina in the 1950s.
Dreams of Trespass, Tales of a Harem Girlhood
This captivating memoir by one of Morocco’s most outspoken women opens, “I was born in a harem in 1940 in Fez, a ninth-century Moroccan city.” Mernissi captures not only the spirit of the place, but also the hierarchy and decorum of a Muslim family compound.
Culture Smart! Morocco
History, religion, daily life, food, health and safety are all covered in this accessible pocket guide to Moroccan customs, etiquette and culture, by an author who lives and teaches there.
Eyewitness Guide Morocco
Gorgeously illustrated and filled with excellent maps, this compact guide introduces Morocco’s history, culture and attractions.
Michelin Travel Publications
A road map featuring city and town plans at a scale of 1:1,000,000. Two sides. 28 x 36 inches.
Lonely Planet Moroccan Arabic Phrasebook
This handy phrasebook includes pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary.
The Food of Morocco
A Mediterranean cuisine icon brings a lifetime of experience and taste to this gorgeously illustrated cookbook and cultural guide.
Claudia Roden (Introduction), Madame Guinaudeau
Traditional Moroccan Cooking, Recipes from Fez
First published in 1958, Madame Guinaudeau’s charming guide to Moroccan cuisine explores the rich culinary traditions of Fez with anecdotes, recipes, drawings and chapters on everything from choosing spices and preserving lemons to the art of making and drinking tea.
Susan Gilson Miller
A History of Modern Morocco
Miller puts the history of Morocco from 1830-2000 into a global context in this incisive, readable survey.
A Traveller’s History of North Africa
Wide-ranging, accessible and effectively condensed, this brief history marches confidently through the centuries, covering key events and personalities in Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria to 1999.
Islam, A Short History
Armstrong brings authority and experience to this vivid, clear-headed survey of the history and impact of Islam, from the birth of Mohammad to present-day challenges.
Morocco, The Islamist Awakening and Other Challenges
A penetrating look at political, social and cultural life in Morocco under King Mohammed V, by a former New York Times correspondent.
Tangier, City of the Dream
An elegant and scathingly honest history of Tangier’s golden age (1920s-1950s). In crisp prose and witty vignettes, Finlayson lays bare Tangier’s vices, virtues and the exploits of famous visitors including: Beat poets, heirs and heiresses, Tennessee Williams and Truman Capote.
How to Read Islamic Carpets
A handy, instructive guide to judging Persian rugs’ quality, origin and level of craftsmanship, useful for travelers, students, professionals and collectors alike.
Achva Benzinberg Stein
Morocco Courtyards and Gardens
Splendid color photographs and aerial views of the palaces, mosques and signature walled gardens of Fez, Marrakech and Rabat.
A House in Fez
Clarke’s poignant, gorgeously illustrated, tale of restoring Riad Zany, a traditional courtyard house in the heart of the ancient city.
In Arabian Nights, A Caravan of Moroccan Dreams
Shah (The Caliph’s House) weaves his own family tradition of storytelling with commentary on Moroccan spiritual traditions, culture and history in this account of his adopted home on the sea in Casablanca.
Wharton’s enjoyable account of her month-long journey through Morocco after WWI captures the landscapes, architecture and many aspects of Muslim culture and history with emphasis on the cities of Rabat, Fez and Marrakech.
Lords of the Atlas
A classic account of the tribal warlords of the Atlas Mountains – and of life in French colonial Morocco. A rousing tale and excellent introduction to Marrakech.
Traveling across the Sahara from Algiers to Dakar, Langeweische has written an uncommonly good memoir of the desert, with meditations on its history, inhabitants and allure.
The Spider’s House
Set in Fez during a 1954 nationalist uprising, this richly descriptive novel may be the most evocative of Bowles’ many works based in Morocco. Originally published in 1955.
Barnaby Rogerson (Editor), Stephen Lavington
Marrakesh, Through Writers’ Eyes
A choice collection of travel writing on the Red City by 40 luminaries, including George Orwell, Winston Churchill, Gavin Maxwell and Peter Mayne.
The Sheltering Sky
Bowles’ most famous work, by turns stark and transcendent, is a tale of three people whose lives unravel in the desert of North Africa. Originally published in 1949.