Department of self-congratulation

When you write a book, you never know what’s going to happen. Sadly, most of them disappear into black holes, never to be heard from again. I am relieved that the critical response to First Stop in the New World, my panoramic look at Mexico City, published last June by Riverhead, was so overwhelmingly positive. (Click here to get to its Amazon page and read fragments of the reviews.)


There were more surprises at the end of last year. It was named one of the best fifty non-fiction books of the year by the San Francisco Chronicle (click here) and one of the ten best books of the year by an internet site called The Globalist (click here).


My other book, Las llaves de la ciudad — a collection of magazine pieces about some of Mexico City’s most extraordinary citizens was named one of the 12 best books of the year by Críticas, a magazine that reviews books in Spanish in the U.S. (Click here.) It is in bookstores all over Mexico. After a long delay, it is finally available on Amazon (click here), at Barnes & Noble (click here) and at Borders (click here).

11 thoughts on “Department of self-congratulation

  1. Julie - March 6, 2009

    I’ve never been happier to read self-congratulatory words because they’re so deserved. First Stop was definitely the best book I read in 2008 and I recommend it all the time– and reviewed it here:

  2. Judy - March 6, 2009

    Well deserved, my dear David.

  3. Onesimo - March 6, 2009

    Wow. Congratulations! I will get a copy soon…

  4. Melissa Gould (MeGo) - March 7, 2009

    Bravo, David!

  5. jim johnston - March 7, 2009

    Bravo! When’s the next one coming out?
    We’re all waiting.

  6. La Bibi - March 7, 2009

    Muchísimas felicidades, David! All very well-deserved!

  7. Mexico Cooks! - March 7, 2009

    Fantástico, muchacho! Felicidades, nos dio muchísimo gusto saber esto. Las dos estamos muy orgullas que eres nuestro amigo.

    Cristina y Judy

  8. shelora - March 9, 2009

    Hardy felicidades David Lida! Your book is much cherished in our household, especially as a reference for our next trip to D.F.
    You’ve captured so many of the unusual, the surreal and surprising – and delicious – aspects of a city we think about all the time.
    Can hardly wait to return.

  9. C.M. Mayo - March 9, 2009

    Felicidades David!

  10. Susana Castro - March 10, 2009

    Great book and thanks for the FB add!

  11. Guy Courchesne - March 26, 2009

    I really enjoyed First Stop, David and now recommend it to all the foreign teachers I bring into Mexico City. I’m just finishing Travel Advisory, which is quite different to say the least (and one I probably shouldn’t be lending to the newly arrived!).

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