Thursday, October 8, 2009

Can't Judge a Book by its Cover

If you're like us, "in the garlic," does not sound like a place you want to be. Thank goodness Valerie Collins and Theresa O'Shea wrote their book to keep you in the loop - or in the garlic as you'll find when you read it.

Both authors are British transplants to Spanish soil who, in their combined 50+ years in Spain, have had to learn the hard way that "bikbaporoob" is the local pronunciation of a common cold remedy from the Vick company and can enlighten us with priceles sultural tidbits like the true origins of foosball (just a teaser - they involve the Spanish Civil War, a kidnapping an a plane hijacking.)

This hilarious vocabulary checklist is great for anyone visiting or living in Spain or who is simply curious about this culture and its 13 (yes that's right, a fact we didn't know until we read In the Garlic,) living languages. Valerie and Theresa were tired of stereotypical or just plain factually inaccurate descriptions of the country so decided the time had come to put their hard-won knowledge and experience to work describing the culture from an insider/outsider's perspective.

In the Garlic is available at BCN Books:
Roger de Llúria 118
tel. 93 457 7692