First Stop in the New World

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Penguin, Jun 12, 2008 - Travel - 384 pages
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The definitive book on Mexico City: a vibrant, seductive, and paradoxical metropolis-the second-biggest city in the world, and a vision of our urban future.

First Stop in the New World is a street-level panorama of Mexico City, the largest metropolis in the western hemisphere and the cultural capital of the Spanish-speaking world. Journalist David Lida expertly captures the kaleidoscopic nature of life in a city defined by pleasure and danger, ecstatic joy and appalling tragedy-hanging in limbo between the developed and underdeveloped worlds. With this literary-journalist account, he establishes himself as the ultimate chronicler of this bustling megalopolis at a key moment in its-and our-history.

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User Review  - wademlee - LibraryThing

One of the better books I've read on Mexico City. I'm not sure if it is because the author's time period of coverage overlaps with my own visits to the city, or if it is that the writing is both ... Read full review

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User Review  - kalypso619 - LibraryThing

Wonderful. Insightful. An insiders look at one of the most chaotic, dynamic and vibrant cities in the world. Through a series of short vignettes David Lida provides the reader with an interesting if ... Read full review


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Where the Money Is and Isnt
Santa Fe and Santa
Our Rodeo Drive
Wim Wenders with Skin
The Crater
Globalization and Malinchismo

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David Lida is an American who has lived in Mexico City for much of the last fifteen years. His journalism has been published in "The New York Times," the "Los Angeles Times, The Forward, Interview, Gourmet," and "The Village Voice," among others. He is also the author of a book of short stories that take place in Mexico, "Travel Advisory,

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