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Cuba, What Everyone Needs to Know

Cuba, What Everyone Needs to Know

by Julia Sweig

  • HISTORY
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

Director for Latin America Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, Julia Sweig traces the geography, history and identity of Cuba in this admirably succinct portrait of the island nation and its role in world affairs. (CBA126, $16.95)

Cuba, A Traveler's Literary Companion

Cuba, A Traveler's Literary Companion

by Ann Louise Bardach

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 234 PAGES
  • CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE
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Bardach (Without Fidel) samples terrific contemporary writers for this anthology, organized geographically. (CBA58, $14.95)

Cuba

Cuba

by Pierre Hausherr | Francois Missen

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

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. (CBA143, $24.95)

Our Man in Havana

Our Man in Havana

by Graham Greene

  • LITERATURE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

The classic story of a British vacuum cleaner salesman who gets accidentally drawn into Cold War espionage with disastrous results. (CBA19, $15.00)

Moon Handbook Cuba

Moon Handbook Cuba

by Christopher P. Baker

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 684 PAGES

Baker's comprehensive, indispensable guide leaves no stone unturned, covering the natural, cultural and political life of the island with style. (CBA04, $24.95)

Cuba Map

Cuba Map

by Borch Maps

  • 2011
  • MAP

A detailed, double-sided laminated map at a scale of 1:1,000,000. (CBA20, $10.95)

 
Havana & Cuba West Map

Havana & Cuba West Map


by ITMB

  • 2012
  • MAP

A full-color map to the city center of Havana, at a scale of 1:10,000. Plus, on the reverse, a regional map of Cuba at a scale of 1:600,000. (CBA64, $10.95)

Streetwise Cuba Map with Havana

Streetwise Cuba Map with Havana


by Streetwise Maps

  • 2013
  • MAP

This very convenient, accordion-fold, laminated map shows the island on one side and a very good inset of Central Havana on the reverse. (CBA39, $12.95)

Culture Smart! Cuba

Culture Smart! Cuba


by Mandy Macdonald

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 168 PAGES

A concise, well-illustrated and practical guide to local customs, etiquette and culture. (CBA105, $9.95)

Eyewitness Guide Cuba

Eyewitness Guide Cuba


by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 328 PAGES

A comprehensive, illustrated guide with excellent neighborhood maps, hundreds of photographs and succinct listings. Features innovative 3-D diagrams of cathedrals, palaces and museums. (CBA67, $25.00)

National Geographic Cuba

National Geographic Cuba


by Christopher P. Baker

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

A traveler's guide to the history, nature, culture and attractions of Cuba, thoroughly illustrated in dependable National Geographic style. (CBA109, $22.95)

Gran Cocina Latina, The Food of Latin America

Gran Cocina Latina, The Food of Latin America


by Maricel E. Presilla

  • FOOD
  • 2012
  • HARD COVER
  • 864 PAGES

A student of medieval Spanish history (she has a doctorate) and owner two restaurants in Hoboken, Presilla introduces the cuisines of Cuba, Mexico, Ecuador, Brazil, and other countries in this sumptuous overview of food and food traditions. (SAM177, $45.00)

Bacardi and the Long Fight for Cuba

Bacardi and the Long Fight for Cuba


by Tom Gjelten

  • HISTORY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 432 PAGES

Gjelten chronicles the rich intersection of power and politics, community and exile in contemporary Cuba through the saga of the Bacardi family. A fixture in making 1920s Havana a playground for the rich and famous in the Prohibition era, Bacardi -- and its proprietary yeast strain -- famously left Cuba for Puerto Rico during the revolution. (CBA117, $18.00)

Contesting Castro, The United States and the Triumph of the Cuban Revolution

Contesting Castro, The United States and the Triumph of the Cuban Revolution


by Thomas G. Paterson

  • HISTORY
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

A swift and powerful history of the complicated relationship between the United States and its island neighbor, beginning with Castro's triumph over Batista through the flowering of the Cuban Revolution and the Cold War. Paterson is a professor of history at the University of Connecticut with an interest in the Cold War. (CBA218, $24.99)

Cuba, A New History

Cuba, A New History


by Richard Gott

  • HISTORY
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

British journalist Gott casts a fresh eye on the history of the Caribbean island from its pre-Columbian origins to the present. (CBA165, $23.00)

Cuban Revelations

Cuban Revelations


by Marc Frank

  • HISTORY
  • 2013
  • HARD COVER
  • 336 PAGES

Travelogue, ode to Cuban soul and society and clear-eyed report on the economic reforms that are sweeping the island nation, Marc Frank's colorful chronicle shows daily life in contemporary Cuba from the inside. The dean of foreign reporters, (he's made Cuba his home for almost 25 years, married a Cuban nurse, raised two kids), Frank weaves his own story -- and the stories of his many friends and acquaintances -- into this indispensable first-hand report from the field. (CBA204, $29.95)

Havana Nocturne, How the Mob Owned Cuba... and Then Lost It to the Revolution

Havana Nocturne, How the Mob Owned Cuba... and Then Lost It to the Revolution


by T. J. English

  • HISTORY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 432 PAGES

English draws on historical sources and interviews in this riveting story of corrupt, decadent Havana during the times of Batista and the Mafia. A great read. (CBA139, $15.99)

Havana, A Cultural and Literary Companion

Havana, A Cultural and Literary Companion


by Claudia Lightfoot

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

An illuminating guide to the city, its history and geography, as the inspiration for writers, artists, musicians and intellectuals. (CBA49, $15.00)

Obi, Oracle of Cuban Santeria


by Ocha'Ni Lele

  • RELIGION
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 184 PAGES

Ocha'Ni describes the lore, ritual and customs surrounding the Obi, the oracle of the Santeria faith. (CBA172, $14.95)

Pitching Around Fidel, A Journey into the Heart of Cuban Sports

Pitching Around Fidel, A Journey into the Heart of Cuban Sports


by S. L. Price

  • SPORT
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

This thoughtful salvo by award-winning sports writer S.L. Price presents sport as a microcosm of the Cuban experience. He chronicles a cavalcade of talented athletes, a grimy system of politics and the ever-present the dream of making it to the American leagues. (CBA227, $19.95)

The Cuba Reader: History, Culture, Politics

The Cuba Reader: History, Culture, Politics


by Aviva Chomsky | Barry Carr | Pamela Maria Smorkaloff

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 723 PAGES

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, cartoons and speeches. (CBA93, $29.95)

The History of Cuba

The History of Cuba


by Clifford L. Staten

  • HISTORY
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 162 PAGES

Staten covers the sweep of Cuba's history from its earliest days as a Spanish colony through the 20th century -- all in under 200 pages. Highlights include the Cold War and the Special Period, when Cuba fell into crisis after the breakup of the Soviet Union. A Palgrave Essential History. (CBA195, $20.00)

Walker Evans, Cuba

Walker Evans, Cuba


by Andrei Codrescu | Walker Evans

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 96 PAGES

The original 1933 photographs of Cuba by the great social realist Walker Evans. (CBA56, $24.95)

Cuba and Its Music, From the First Drums to the Mambo

Cuba and Its Music, From the First Drums to the Mambo


by Ned Sublette

  • MUSIC
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 688 PAGES

A thorough and entertaining history of Cuba and its music by the popular radio producer, music historian and cofounder of Cuban record label QbaDisc. (CBA129, $21.95)

Cuba, A History in Art

Cuba, A History in Art


by Gary R. Libby

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 104 PAGES

This slim, yet comprehensive survey of Cuban art between 1725 and 1959 explains the development of artists' styles and how developments in Cuba (and especially Havana) changed their work. (CBA228, $34.95)

Great Houses of Havana, A Century of Cuban Style

Great Houses of Havana, A Century of Cuban Style


by Hermes Mallea

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2011
  • HARD COVER
  • 272 PAGES

A Cuban-American architect based in New York, Hermes includes a marvelous mix of contemporary and historic photographs in this lavish survey of colonial mansions, palaces and modernist gems. Cuba's social history is woven throughout the book. (CBA212, $75.00)

Havana, History and Architecture of a Romantic City

Havana, History and Architecture of a Romantic City


by Maria Luisa Lobo Montalvo | Hugh Thomas

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2009
  • HARD COVER
  • 320 PAGES

This magnificent history of Havana, featuring 480 color illustrations, shows the city and its growth from its founding as a Spanish colony to independence. (CBA46, $85.00)

Havana, Two Faces of the Antillean Metropolis

Havana, Two Faces of the Antillean Metropolis


by Joseph Scarpaci | Roberto Segre | Mario Coyula

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 437 PAGES

Two leading Cuban architects and a U.S. geographer present a historical overview of Havana's urban-social geography from 1519 until today. An American Library Association Choice Outstanding Book Award winner. (CBA91, $30.00)

New Art of Cuba

New Art of Cuba


by Luis Camnitzer

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 456 PAGES

A survey of Cuban art since 1981, all by young artists who have come-of-age since the revolution, and revised to reflect more recent developments. Twenty-four new color plates augment the 200 black and white illustrations. (CBA79, $29.95)

The Spaces Between, Contemporary Art in Havana

The Spaces Between, Contemporary Art in Havana


by Antonio Eligio Fernandez

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 128 PAGES
  • COMING IN MAY

This study of shared, communal spaces for Havana artists examines the context of contemporary Cuban art. Including major contemporary figures, the work discusses artists' techniques, their major themes and the environments in which they create. (CBA229, $24.95)

Before Night Falls

Before Night Falls


by Reinaldo Arenas | Delores Koch

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

A deeply moving autobiography, highly critical of the Castro regime. Arenas tells the story of his youth in poor, rural Cuba, his time with Castro's rebels, and his emergence as a writer. Seen as a political dissident both for his political views and his homosexuality, Arenas fled to New York, where he died of AIDS in 1991 (shortly after this book was completed). (CBA37, $17.00)

Cuba Diaries

Cuba Diaries


by Isadora Tattlin

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

In this rousing memoir, subtitled An American Housewife in Havana, Tattlin writes with verve of her family's "rowdy, ambiguous, ironic and sometimes exhilarating time" living in 1990s Cuba. (CBA74, $15.00)

The Other Side of Paradise, Life in the New Cuba

The Other Side of Paradise, Life in the New Cuba


by Julia Cooke

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

Cooke's narrative glimmers with jazz musicians, run-down clubs, lavish nightspots frequented by America's 1950s jet set and the best drinks in Havana. Through wealth of personal experience, she brings to light recent cultural shifts in the island nation as well as pieces of history and economics. (CBA226, $17.00)

The Sugar King of Havana

The Sugar King of Havana


by John Paul Rathbone

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

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 perspective of an insider to this fantastic story. (CBA170, $16.00)

This is Cuba

This is Cuba


by Ben Corbett

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

Corbett interviews everyday people living on the fringes of Castro's official Cuba for this account, both a stinging indictment of government policy and a testament to the Cuban spirit. (CBA157, $18.00)

Trading with the Enemy

Trading with the Enemy


by Tom Miller

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Miller captures the openness, sensuality and pride of Cuba and the Cubans in this eloquent account of entertaining travels in Fidel's Cuba. (CBA11, $18.00)

Waiting for Snow in Havana

Waiting for Snow in Havana


by Carlos Eire

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 383 PAGES

A lyrical memoir of a privileged, eccentric boyhood in 1950s Havana. Eire, a historian at Yale, fled with his brother to the United States in the wake of the revolution. (CBA78, $16.00)

Dreaming in Cuban

Dreaming in Cuban


by Cristina Garcia

  • LITERATURE
  • 1993
  • PAPER
  • 244 PAGES

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. (CBA18, $15.00)

King of Cuba

King of Cuba


by Cristina Garcia

  • LITERATURE
  • 2013
  • HARD COVER
  • 256 PAGES

Garcia's richly satisfying tale revolves around a fictionalized Fidel Castro and an octogenarian Cuban exile obsessed with revenge. (CBA203, $26.00)

Telex from Cuba

Telex from Cuba


by Rachel Kushner

  • LITERATURE
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

Kushner re-imagines the world of her mother in this astonishingly wise first novel set in the American enclave in 1950s Cuba. Riveting. (CBA111, $16.00)

The Old Man and the Sea

The Old Man and the Sea


by Ernest Hemingway

  • LITERATURE
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 127 PAGES

Hemingway's brief story of a fisherman who, after 84 days with no luck, finally makes a big catch. It's an affectionate portrait of life in Cuba and winner of the 1953 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. (CBA02, $12.00)

What the Body Told

What the Body Told


by Rafael Campo

  • LITERATURE
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 136 PAGES

A gay Cuban-American and practicing physician at Harvard Medical School and the Beth Israel Hospital of Boston, Campo explored themes of gender, identity and body in his vivid, provocative poems. (CBA213, $19.95)

Natural Cuba

Natural Cuba


by Alfonso Silva Lee

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 173 PAGES

A natural history of the Caribbean's largest tropical island. (CBA25, $24.95)

Birds of Cuba

Birds of Cuba


by Orlando Garrido | Arturo Kirkconnell | Lester Short

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 253 PAGES

A compact field guide to the birds of Cuba, featuring 51 color plates, detailed species accounts and 144 local maps. The authors are curators at the National Museum of Natural History of Cuba. (CBA28, $29.95)

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