As a former librarian in public libraries, I have to admit that I am a big fan of the “For Dummies” books. They have a level of quality control that means you can trust them to be quite good, with very few exceptions in their hundreds (or is it now thousands?) of published books.
So I went to Amazon and did a search on Spanish for Dummies. Not surprisingly, readers generally like it though many of them point out that no one book is going to do everything for you. There are complaints about typos and the like, but I will spare you my librarianly rant on the lower standards of book publishing these days!
For an enjoyable all-round introduction to Spanish, with aspects of Hispanic culture tossed in, it’s a good choice and it sells well at Amazon.
 Next, I came across a 3 CD set. (The book above comes with one CD.) Customer reviews were rather varied, but that’s pretty normal at Amazon! This looks like a good thing for a road trip, and at well under $20 it won’t break the bank.
I will spare you any more yellow and black art work. Here are the others that I found:
Even if you are not a dummy, these books are worth a look!
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