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Culture Smart! Mexico: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture

Kuperard (Culture Smart!). Sept. 2023. 200p. ISBN 9781787023420. pap. $14.99. TRAV
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Travel journalist Maddicks (Culture Smart! Ecuador) gives readers a grand overview of Mexican culture in his latest guidebook. He offers potential travelers glimpses into what modern-day Mexico is like, covering everything from COVID-related restrictions and the local popularity of the WhatsApp phone and messaging platform to the country’s historic origins and development. The book’s descriptions of annual feasts, fiestas, and holidays are so vivid that readers will feel like they’re there. What makes this book different is its focus on the people of Mexico and their customs, cultures, and values. Maddicks enhances this section with his expertise about which regions commemorate these events differently than others. He also advises readers about hot spots and traveling dates to avoid, if readers don’t want to travel during the busiest periods. Note that the book’s numerous photographs are all in black-and-white, which may disappoint some readers who are expecting to see some of the festivals portrayed in traditional bright colors.
VERDICT Worth adding to collections. Readers will gain a realistic view of all that Mexico has to offer, not just the touristy things, but some will yearn for color photographs of the celebrations.
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