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is dreamlike,” the authors write. An example is their celebration of the Days of the Dead, October 31 to November 2. Families display photos of dead relatives and prepare the deceased’s favorite foods and drinks to welcome them back for a visit. Nobody objects to processions that feature animal figures from pre-Christian festivals. It’s not unusual to see people walking on the street in costume on ordinary days - one striking photo in the introduction to the book features a woman striding down a street with bouffant angel wings on the back of her shirt and slacks. In another photo, a man poses in the traffic-stopping costume of a

realistic human-sized cockroach. “If the visitor knows even a smattering of Spanish, use it,” Karen advises. “They’re delighted to hear tourists speak to them in their own tongue, no matter how we mangle it. They’re flattered that we make the effort.” With such a warm reception, and beguiled by the photos in this book, this reader is tempted to book a ticket. Vamonos! Your book critic’s schedule forbids chores like ironing until at least October, leaving more time to loll with book in hand. Here’s one I thoroughly enjoyed. Not new (published in 2003), it’s one I also read twice.

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Tidewater Times August 2011  

August 2011 Tidewater Times