March 1, 2010

My Reading List: Guatemala


Antigua Guatemala: The City and Its Heritage by Elizabeth Bell.

Travelers’ Tales Central America by Larry Habegger  and Natanya Pearlman, Eds.

Guatemala Rainbow by Gianni Vecchiato. A stunning photographic tribute to the culture, daily life, festivals and textile arts of Guatemala featuring 150 color photographs.

Chronicle of the Maya Kings and Queens, Deciphering the Dynasties of the Ancient Maya by Simon Martin and Nikolai Grube The history of the Maya dynasties, encompassing biographies of 152 kings and queens, as gleaned from recently deciphered hieroglyphs. It’s an unusual, rewarding book, illustrated in color and black-and-white.

Breaking the Maya Code by Michael Coe. A broadly considered history. Michael Coe chronicles the centuries-long search for the “rosetta stone” of the Mayan language, a search which received an enormous boost in 1952 when Yuri Knorosov successfully translated the Dresden Codex, a Mayan bark-paper text. The book also includes an extensive discussion of Maya studies and political activism in the wake of Knorosov’s discovery.

Fiction: Hummingbird House by Patricia Henley.

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