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Moon Oaxaca

Moon Oaxaca

This full-color guide includes vibrant photos and helpful maps.

Traveler and author Justin Henderson covers the best of Oaxaca, from bargaining at the Mercado Juárez to exploring the Castillo de Moctezuma Aztec pyramid. Henderson offers up unique trip strategies, including Best Beaches and Local Festivals & Native Markets, as well as experienced advice on where to go and what to see. Complete with information on sampling mezcal, Oaxaca’s native liquor, and enjoying the vistas and fresh seafood of Puerto Ángel, Moon Oaxaca gives travelers the tools they need to create a more personal and memorable experience.
Moon Oaxaca

Moon Oaxaca

With rugged mountain ranges and stunning Pacific coastline, savory mole and smoky mezcal, Oaxaca is more than just a stop along the way: it’s an adventure in itself. Stay a while with Moon Oaxaca. Inside you’ll find:
  • Strategic itineraries for backpackers, foodies, ecotourists, and more, whether you’re spending ten days or just a weekend in Oaxaca
  • The top activities and unique experiences: Spend a day strolling Oaxaca City’s cobblestone streets and stopping in trendy cafes, mezcal shops, artisan cooperatives, and art galleries. Tour the Zapotec ruins of Monte Albán, trek the mountain paths of the Sierra Norte, or surf the world-class swells off of Oaxaca’s coast. Revel in the blur of parades, fireworks, and friendly locals inviting you to view their ofrendas (altars) during Oaxaca’s legendary Day of the Dead celebration
  • The best local flavors: Indulge in steamy pozole from a street stand, try one of the seven types of mole, or snack on fried grasshoppers. Visit a mezcal distillery to sample the smoky spirit and explore the fields of spiky agave, or watch the sunset with a michelada in hand in the hippie hideaway of Mazunte
  • Local insight: Mexico City writer and former Oaxaca dweller Cody Copeland shares what inspires him about the region
  • Full-color photos and detailed maps throughout
  • Helpful background on the landscape, culture, history, and environment, plus tips for health and safety, how to get around, and a handy Spanish phrasebook
With Moon’s practical tips and local insight, you can experience the best of Oaxaca.

Looking for más Mexico? Check out Moon Yucatán Peninsula, Moon San Miguel de Allende, or Moon Mexico City.
Night of the Radishes

Night of the Radishes

Annie Rush has it all. A loving husband, adoring sons, an interesting job. But tragedy haunts her. Her identical twin sister died in a horrifying farm accident when the girls were nine years old, and in the wake of the grief and guilt that followed, her older brother left home for good. The death of her mother prompts Annie to seek her brother and revisit her long-lost past. Her search takes her to Oaxaca, where her brother was last seen, during the vibrant Christmas celebrations and the colorful Night of the Radishes festival; and ultimately, deep within herself.
The American Dream

The American Dream

For some, the American Dream is a pre-fab house in the suburbs with 2.5 kids and a two-week vacation at the end of the year. To others, it is working a push fruit cart in Oakland in order to put food on the family's table in Oaxaca. In The American Dream Harmon Leon draws upon his experiences of adopting personas and disguises to infiltrate the various institutions of everyday life, living among a diverse range of subcultures and learning first hand how they see their vision and utopia. His incursions include working as a marijuana farmer in a hippie commune in Northern California; becoming a carnie in rural Indiana; visiting a tourist attraction in Mexico (that allows people to simulate illegally crossing the border); venturing to Hollywood while trying to climb the ranks in the star-making machine; and working in the strawberries fields of California with newly arrived immigrants. The American Dream is a funny, satirical, and ultimately poignant take on what it means to be an American today.
199 Cemeteries to See Before You Die

199 Cemeteries to See Before You Die

A hauntingly beautiful travel guide to the world’s most visited cemeteries, told through spectacular photography and their unique histories and residents.

More than 3.5 million tourists flock to Paris’s Père Lachaise cemetery each year. They are lured there, and to many cemeteries around the world, by a combination of natural beauty, ornate tombstones and crypts, notable residents, vivid history, and even wildlife. Many also visit Mount Koya cemetery in Japan, where 10,000 lanterns illuminate the forest setting, or graveside in Oaxaca, Mexico to witness Day of the Dead fiestas. Savannah’s Bonaventure Cemetery has gorgeous night tours of the Southern Gothic tombstones under moss-covered trees that is one of the most popular draws of the city.

199 Cemeteries to See Before You Die features these unforgettable cemeteries, along with 196 more, seen in more than 300 photographs. In this bucket list of travel musts, author Loren Rhoads, who hosts the popular Cemetery Travel blog, details the history and features that make each destination unique. Throughout will be profiles of famous people buried there, striking memorials by noted artists, and unusual elements, such as the hand carved wood grave markers in the Merry Cemetery in Romania.
West of the West

West of the West

Teddy Roosevelt once exclaimed, “When I am in California, I am not in the West. I am west of the West,” and in this book, Mark Arax spends four years travelling up and down the Golden State to explore its singular place in the world. This is California beyond the clichés. This is California as only a native son, deep in the dust, could draw it.

Compelling, lyrical, and ominous, his new collection finds a different drama rising out of each confounding landscape. “The Summer of the Death of Hilario Guzman” has been praised as a “stunningly intimate” portrait of one immigrant family from Oaxaca, through harrowing border crossings and brutal raisin harvests. Down the road in the “Home Front,” right-wing Christians and Jews form a strange pact that tries to silence debate on the War on Terror, and a conflicted father loses not one but two sons in Iraq. “The Last Okie in Lamont,” the inspiration for the town in the Grapes of Wrath, has but one Okie left, who tells Arax his life story as he drives to a funeral to bury one more Dust Bowl migrant. “The Highlands of Humboldt” is a journey to marijuana growing capital of the U.S., where the old hippies are battling the new hippies over “pollution pot” and the local bank collects a mountain of cash each day, much of it redolent of cannabis. Arax pieces together the murder-suicide at the heart of a rotisserie chicken empire in “The Legend of Zankou,” a story included in the Best American Crime Reporting 2009. And, in the end, he provides a moving epilogue to the murder of his own father, a crime in the California heartland finally solved after thirty years.

In the finest tradition of Joan Didion, Arax combines journalism, essay, and memoir to capture social upheaval as well as the sense of being rooted in a community. Piece by piece, the stories become a whole, a stunning panorama of California, and America, in a new century.
 

Moon Los Angeles

Moon Los Angeles

Go hiking in Runyon Canyon, take a selfie with the Hollywood sign, and find the best taco truck in town: Experience the City of Angels with a local with Moon Los Angeles.
  • Explore the City: Navigate by neighborhood or by activity with color-coded maps, or follow a self-guided neighborhood walk
  • See the Sights: Browse the boutiques in Silver Lake, take surfing lessons in Venice, or take a sunrise yoga class on the beach. Listen to the classics at the Disney Concert Hall, stroll the quirky Santa Monica Pier, or go back in time at the Getty Villa
  • Get a Taste of the City: Dive into a kogi taco, savor soup dumplings, sample your way through a farmers market, and discover the best mole outside Oaxaca
  • Bars and Nightlife: Relax with a craft beer in a gastropub, find the hottest new nightclub, mingle at a beachfront bar, or sip expertly made cocktails in a trendy speakeasy
  • Honest Advice: LA local Halli Jastaran Faulkner shares her love of this sprawling metropolis
  • Strategic Itineraries and Day Trips: Make the most of your trip with ideas for foodies, outdoor adventurers, film buffs, beach bums, and art lovers, or follow itineraries for day trips to Disneyland, Catalina Island, Orange County, and more
  • Full-Color Photos and Detailed Maps
  • Handy Tools: Background information on LA’s landscape, history, and culture, plus an easy-to-read foldout map to use on the go
With Moon Los Angeles’ practical tips and local know-how, you can experience LA your way.

Hitting the road? Check out Moon California Road Trip. Heading further south? Try Moon San Diego.

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