Jumping into the world books about a place is one of the best ways to get excited about visiting somewhere new. Mexico City has an incredible selection of books to choose from to inspire you! Check out my recent travel guide for more inspiration.
El Monstruo: Dread and Redemption in Mexico City
John Ross, 2009
Just days after the 1985 earthquake, the journalist/poet John Ross left New York and checked into room 102 of the not-so-classy Hotel Isabel in the Centro Historico of Mexico City, and stayed for 25 years. In that time, he reported on and loved Mexico City with a passion. El Monstruo is his ode to the city.
Down and Delirious in Mexico City
Daniel Hernandez, 2011
Mexico City’s subcultures, from punk and emo to glamorous drag to Virgin of Guadelupe pilgrims, come alive in this personal account of exploring contemporary Mexico City.
Nothing, Nobody: The Voices of the Earthquake
Elena Poniatowska, 1995
This oral-history account of the devastating 1985 earthquake and its tragic, revolutionary, and even inspiring aftermath, is a classic. Elena Poniatowska has often been compared to Studs Terkel for her insistent attention to people’s stories, and they truly come alive in these surprising accounts of life in the rubble of a shaken megacity.