Around the World: Cuba

Around the World: Cuba

Counting down the days to Cuba now!  I am so excited.  To get ready I have put together a  reading list for the planes rides.  You know, only 20 hours in the air to kill.


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The Red Umbrella
by Christina Diaz Gonzalez

 

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Series: no
Published: May 11th 2010

“Different is not always a good thing.” 

90 Miles to Havana by Enrique Flores-Galbis cover

90 Miles to Havana
by Enrique Flores-Galbis 

 

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Series: no
Published: August 3rd 2010

"I like being around Bebo because he’ll explain how to read a compass or how a complicated carburetor works and never once say that I’m too young to understand."


The Firefly Letters by Margarita Engle cover

The Firefly Letters
by Margarita Engle

 

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Series: no
Published: March 16th 2010

“Night simply drapes itself over the day
As if someone had lowered a curtain.
The sky glitters and moves,
Filled with shooting stars and fireflies.” 

Dreaming in Cuban by Cristina García cover

Dreaming in Cuban
by Cristina García

 

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Series: no
Published: February 10th 1993

“I imagine these men sitting in fashion control centers around the world thinking of new ways to torture women, new ways to make them wince twenty years from now when they look at old photographs of themselves.” 

The Motorcycle Diaries by Ernesto Che Guevara cover

The Motorcycle Diaries
by Ernesto Che Guevara

 

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Series: no
Published: October 1st 1993)

“I knew that when the great guiding spirit cleaves humanity into two antagonistic halves, I will be with the people.”

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway cover

The Old Man and the Sea
by Ernest Hemingway

 

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Series:
Published: 1952

“Every day is a new day. It is better to be lucky. But I would rather be exact. Then when luck comes you are ready.” 

The Other Side of Paradise: Life in the New Cuba by Julia Cooke cover

The Other Side of Paradise: Life in the New Cuba
by Julia Cooke 

 

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Series: no
Published: April 1st 2014

"Nothing in Cuba had clear associations with anything in my past. I never read anything that matched my experience of the place, freeing me to interpret alone, and time seemed to slow there, accordioning out in days and weeks during which my task was to edit those interpretations."


Queens of Havana: The Amazing Adventures of Anacaona, Cuba's Legendary All-Girl Dance Band by Alicia Castro and Ingrid Kummels cover

Queens of Havana: The Amazing Adventures of Anacaona, Cuba's Legendary All-Girl Dance Band
by Alicia Castro and Ingrid Kummels

 

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Series: no
Published: August 1st 2002

"I would have told the reporter that, for me, there was nothing I enjoyed more than going every evening from humdrum Lawton to the vibrant nightlife of Old Havana; or that initially Father was dead against us performing in the open-air cafés, saying there was no way his daughters were going to work at night near the sleazy bars and brothels."


Trading With The Enemy: A Yankee Travels Through Castro's Cuba by Tom Miller cover

Trading With The Enemy: A Yankee Travels Through Castro's Cuba
by Tom Miller

 

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Series: no
Published: November 23rd 1992)

"A few blocks down Obispo Street, Sabado del Libro was scheduled to begin at Moderna Poesia, Havana’s main bookstore. Every Saturday a new book gets launched, often with the author present to talk about it and field questions from the crowd. I got there late, but the author of the day’s featured selection never made it at all— traffic problems, we were told.  "

Dancing With Cuba by Alma Guillermoprieto cover

Dancing With Cuba
by Alma Guillermoprieto

 

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Series: no
Published: February 8th 2004

“Yet this is not a novel. It is a faithful transcription of my memories, some of them hazy, others riddled with holes left by the passage of the years, others patched up by time and the filters of experience and distance, and still others, no doubt, completely invented by the stubborn narrator we all have within us, who wants things to be the way they sound best to us now, and not the way they were.” 

Does anyone have any other recommendations for books about or set in Cuba?

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