Suggested Reading List
An Island Called Home, Returning to Jewish Cuba
Author: Ruth Behar
Description: Now a professor of anthropology in Michigan, Behar travels back to her native island to uncover the remarkable history of Jews in Cuba. Includes black-and-white photographs.
Author: Pierre Hausherr (Photographer), Francois Missen
Description: With full-page photographs, introductory essays on history, architecture, music, food and more, this oversized, illustrated paperback by Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Francois Missen and photographer Pierre Hausherr captures the spirit of Cuba, its people, nature and culture.
Author: Borch Maps
Description: A detailed, double-sided laminated map at a scale of 1:1,000,000.
Cuba, A Traveler's Literary Companion
Author: Ann Louise Bardach
Description: Bardach (Without Fidel) samples terrific contemporary writers for this anthology, organized geographically.
Cuba, Art and History from 1868 to Today
Author: Natha Bondil (Editor)
Description: With ravishing color reproductions of murals, posters, paintings and photographs, this magnificent book documents the history of art in Cuba from independence.
Cuba, What Everyone Needs to Know
Author: Julia Sweig
Description: Director for Latin America Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, Sweig traces the geography, history and identity of Cuba in this admirably succinct history of the island nation and its role in world affairs.
Culture Smart! Cuba
Author: Mandy Macdonald
Description: A concise, well-illustrated and practical guide to local customs, etiquette and culture.
Author: Zoe Bran
Description: Bran probes beneath the surface in this absorbing account of meeting locals, a Santeria ceremony and many questions about politics.
Havana, A Cultural and Literary Companion
Author: Claudia Lightfoot
Description: An illuminating guide to the city, its history and geography, as the inspiration for writers, artists, musicians and intellectuals.
Moon Handbook Cuba
Author: Christopher P. Baker
Description: Baker's comprehensive, indispensable guide leaves no stone unturned, covering the natural, cultural and political life of the island with style.
Our Man in Havana
Author: Graham Greene
Description: The classic story of a British vacuum cleaner salesman who gets accidentally drawn into cold war espionage with disastrous results.
The Cuba Reader: History, Culture, Politics
Author: Aviva Chomsky (Editor), Barry Carr (Editor), Pamela Maria Smorkaloff (Editor)
Description: Organized chronologically, this multi-faceted portrait of a nation, with most of the selections by Cuban writers, includes not only history, journalism and literature but also songs, paintings, poems and cartoons and speeches.
The Old Man and the Sea
Author: Ernest Hemingway
Description: Hemingway's brief story of a fisherman who after 84 days with no luck finally makes a big catch is also an affectionate portrait of life in Cuba. It won the 1953 Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
The Scattered Tribe
Author: Ben G. Frank
Description: The record of a lifetime of seeking out Jews in the strangest of places, Frank's odyssey includes sojourns in St. Petersburg, Irkutsk, Mumbai, Tahiti, Morocco, Havana and other far-flung and sometimes surprising places.
Trading with the Enemy
Author: Tom Miller
Description: Miller captures the openness, sensuality and pride of Cuba and the Cubans in this eloquent account of entertaining travels in Fidel's Cuba.
Author: Ann Louise Bardach
Description: A PEN award-winning journalist who has covered Cuba for 15 years, Bardach (Cuba Confidential) brings knowledge, tenacity and verve to this report on the future of the country.