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.
Dreaming in Cuban
by Cristina García
“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 Other Side of Paradise: Life in the New Cuba
by Julia Cooke
"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
"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
"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
“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.”