Suggested Reading List
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.
Dreaming in Cuban
Author: Cristina Garcia
Description: A short, poetic novel of three generations of Cuban women, their reaction to the revolution and the complex relation between those who remained in Cuba and those who settled in the United States. Excellent reading.
Author: Wendy Guerra
Description: Nieve Guerra finds herself caught between the tides of her parents rocky relationship and a country in the midst of a revolution. Recording her daily thoughts and accounts of living with her abusive father, an alcoholic theater actor, Nieve uses her diary to express herself. From being sent away from her mother, her mothers free-spirited and loving boyfriend, and her childhood city of Cienfuegos to being forced to call herself a Cuban revolutionary Pioneer, Nieve records in honest detail a life in which she loses those she loves the most--and can do nothing about it.
Through her diary entries, Nieve reveals the intimate details of a turbulent family life while painting an authentic portrait of the social and political unrest in Cuba under the rule of Castro.
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.
Teachings of the Santeria Gods, The Spirit of the Odu
Author: Ocha'Ni Lele
Description: Ocha'Ni recounts 100 sacred stories of Santeria, collected from the oral tradition of the African diaspora, ranging from creation myths, to love stories and share the wisdom and spirituality of Yoruba people.
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 Sugar King of Havana
Author: John Paul Rathbone
Description: John Paul Rathbone recounts ""elegant, decadent and whirligig years" of pre-revolutionary Havana and the dramatic life of Julio Lobo, the richest man in Cuba (until Castro’s revolution did away with such men). Surviving assassin's bullets and making and losing two fortunes, Cuba's last tycoon went from glittering man about town in pre-Revolutionary Havana -- and one of the world's richest men -- to solitary exile in Spain. With a mother that traveled in those same circles in Havana, Rathbone brings depth and the prespective of an insider to this fantastic story.
This is Cuba
Author: Ben Corbett
Description: Corbett interviews everyday people living on the fringe's of Castro's official Cuba for this account, both a stinging indictment of government policy and a testimony to the Cuban spirit.
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.