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Tuesday, February 19, 2008


The news today told of Fidel Castro's resignation after 50 years in power. Maybe we'll see the day when Cuba will be a vacation destination that Americans can enjoy--I guess it all depends on who is next in charge (both here and in Cuba). I checked the catalog under the subject heading, "Cuba--Description and Travel" and was surprised to find we had a book listed under that heading. When I clicked on it I found the title to be, Two Years before the Mast and Other Voyages by Richard Henry Dana, Jr. [910.45 DAN]. Two Years before the Mast was originally published in 1840! Wanna bet the island has changed somewhat in the past 168 years?

We may also start receiving more works of fiction about Cuba. Quite a number have been published about the Cuban-American experience, but it will be nice to get a taste of contemporary Cuban fiction. In the meantime, enjoy some of these works (both fiction and nonfiction):

  • Chao, Patricia. Mambo Peligroso. [F CHA]
  • Eire, Carlos. Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy. [B EIR].
  • Garcia, Cristina. The Aquero Sisters. [F GAR].
  • Menéndez, Ana. Loving Che. [F MEN]
  • Shetterly, Aran. The Americano: Fighting for Freedom in Castro's Cuba, an Untold Story. [972.9106 SHE]
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