I haven’t been to Morocco yet. I came close while in southern Spain a few years back, but there just wasn’t enough time. The two hours ferry ride each way would have left me with a brief moment in Tangiers and a race against time to get to my plane in Sevilla. I am left to wonder about sand dunes, northern African Islamic architecture and dreamily riding the Marrakesh Express with Crosby, Stills & Nash bubbling in my head.

Now I can wonder just a little less with a new book by DK Eyewitness Travel, Top 10 Marrakech. It is a little book (part of a larger Top 10 series by DK Eyewitness Travel Guides), which juices and removes the pulp of what most regular guide books offer — it gets straight to the point with out any fluff. I have been perusing it for the past week. I like its compact size, cleverly designed pull-out map, and, of course, its lists of most everything a traveler may need to know — I love lists!

I think what works best is the section called Streetsmart, which covers the most important and basic information for travel and accommodations in about 15 skinny pages offering excellent bite-sized nuggets. Overall, the series focuses on large cities or small countries and go for about $12 a piece.

Unfortunately, this book does not quell my curiosity for visiting Morocco; it only has enhanced it.