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Cuba, What Everyone Needs to Know

Cuba, What Everyone Needs to Know

by Julia Sweig

  • HISTORY
  • 2016
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES
  • BEST SELLER

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
  • BEST SELLER

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
  • BEST SELLER

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
  • BEST SELLER
  • FAVORITE

The classic story of a British vacuum cleaner salesman who gets accidentally drawn into Cold War espionage with disastrous results. (CBA19, $16.00)

Moon Cuba

Moon Cuba

by Christopher P. Baker

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 600 PAGES
  • BEST SELLER

A practical guide in the Moon series, packed not only with travel necessities (hotels, restaurants, sights), but also with a good overview of history and destinations throughout Cuba. (CBA04, $24.99)

Cuba Map

Cuba Map

by Borch Maps

  • 2016
  • MAP
  • BEST SELLER

A detailed, double-sided laminated map at a scale of 1:1,000,000. Includes insets of Havana and Santiago de Cuba. (CBA20, $11.95)

 
Cuba Adventure Map

Cuba Adventure Map


by National Geographic Society

  • 2012
  • MAP

This excellent double-sided map in the popular series shows the island at a scale of 1:750,000. (CBA66, $11.95)

Culture Smart! Cuba

Culture Smart! Cuba


by Mandy Macdonald

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2016
  • PAPER
  • 168 PAGES

A concise, well-illustrated and practical guide to local customs, etiquette and culture. (CBA105, $11.99)

Moon Handbook Havana

Moon Handbook Havana


by Christopher P. Baker

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

An up-to-date guide to Havana that includes maps, information on restaurants and attractions, and short introductory chapters on the people, history and culture. (CBA35, $16.99)

Cuba! Recipes and Stories from the Cuban Kitchen

Cuba! Recipes and Stories from the Cuban Kitchen


by Jody Eddy | Dan Goldberg

  • FOOD
  • 2016
  • HARD COVER
  • 256 PAGES

This timely collection of stories and recipes features 75 endlessly delicious dishes from the typical Cuban kitchen, with Cuban Fried Chicken, Tostones Stuffed with Lobster, plus desserts like Mojito Cake with Rum-Infused Whipped Cream. (CBA293, $30.00)

Cuban Cocktails

Cuban Cocktails


by Alla Lapushchik | Jane Danger | Ravi Derossi

  • FOOD
  • 2015
  • HARD COVER
  • 240 PAGES

In 240 full-color pages, three foodies highlight 100 Cuban cocktails, from the classics, like the Daiquiri, to more modern creations, such as the Cienfuegos Shake and the Isla de Tesoros. Includes recipes and entertaining sidebars alongside quotes and facts about the Cuban bar and nightclub scene. (CBA262, $24.95)

The Cuban Table

The Cuban Table


by Ana Sofia Pelaez | Ellen Silverman

  • FOOD
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 336 PAGES

Through evocative writing and gorgeous photographs, Pelaez and Silverman have crafted a Cuban cookbook that is "lleno de vida" (full of life) with enticing, easy-to-follow recipes for classic Cuban coffees, simple dinners and leisurely lunches. (CBA242, $35.00)

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 famously left Cuba for Puerto Rico during the revolution. (CBA117, $18.00)

Cuba Unfinished, Photographs 1989-2015

Cuba Unfinished, Photographs 1989-2015


by Manuello Paganelli

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2016
  • HARD COVER
  • 192 PAGES

Capturing over 25 years of Cuban history, the photographs of Manuello Paganelli brilliantly explore a land and people that, to most Americans, lay out of sight and out of mind. (CBA300, $60.00)

Cuba, This Moment, Exactly So

Cuba, This Moment, Exactly So


by Lorne Resnick

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2015
  • HARD COVER
  • 320 PAGES

This deluxe coffee table book organizes 250 black-and-white photographs around micro-stories that immerse readers in the heat and culture of Cuba, the "Pearl of the Antilles." Includes a foreword by the great travel writer Pico Iyer. (CBA261, $75.00)

Cuban Revelations

Cuban Revelations


by Marc Frank

  • HISTORY
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 344 PAGES

Travelogue, ode to Cuban soul and report on the economic reforms that are sweeping the island nation, Frank's colorful chronicle shows daily life in Cuba from the inside. He weaves his own story and the stories of his many friends and acquaintances into an indispensable field report. (CBA204, $19.95)

Havana Without Makeup, Inside the Soul of the City

Havana Without Makeup, Inside the Soul of the City


by Herman Portocarero

  • HISTORY
  • 2017
  • PAPER
  • 248 PAGES
  • COMING IN AUGUST

The E.U.'s ambassador to Cuba gives an intimate, insider's view of Havana, "the most sensual ruin on the planet." His unique, anti-tourist guide captures the soul of the city, just when it faces great transformation. (CBA306, $18.95)

Havana, A Cultural and Literary Companion

Havana, A Cultural and Literary Companion


by Claudia Lightfoot

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2016
  • 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)

One Minute to Midnight: Kennedy, Khrushchev, and Castro on the Brink of Nuclear War

One Minute to Midnight: Kennedy, Khrushchev, and Castro on the Brink of Nuclear War


by Michael Dobbs

  • HISTORY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 426 PAGES

Dobbs, a Washington Post reporter, tells the harrowing story of the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis with great skill, using new American, Russian, and Cuban sources. (CBA217, $18.00)

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, $17.99)

Unseen Cuba

Unseen Cuba


by Marius Jovaisa

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2015
  • HARD COVER
  • 439 PAGES

Fueled by a passion for Cuba's stunning landscapes, Jovaisa persisted through years of bureaucratic obstacles to receive permission to photograph the island nation from above. The result is over 400 pages of never before photographed vistas, ranging from the misty mountains of the Sierra Cristal range to the sandbars, reefs and turquoise waters of the coasts to glittering Havana. (CBA303, $89.00)

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, $26.95)

Cuba, A History in Art

Cuba, A History in Art


by Gary R. Libby

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2015
  • 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)

Cuban Art in the 20th Century, Cultural Identity and the International Avant Garde

Cuban Art in the 20th Century, Cultural Identity and the International Avant Garde


by Niell, Paul | Segundo J. Fernandez

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2016
  • PAPER
  • 112 PAGES

To explain the complex modern art movement that has been evolving in Havana since 1927, this slim overview provides a wealth of background information and analysis of major works. (CBA302, $40.00)

Havana Modern: Twentieth-Century Architecture and Interiors

Havana Modern: Twentieth-Century Architecture and Interiors


by Michael Connors

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

In vivid, original photographs, Connors ushers us through 100 examples of Havana's best-preserved Nouveau and Art Deco architecture, built between the early 1900s and 1965. (CBA241, $65.00)

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)

Old Cuba

Old Cuba


by Alicia E. Garcia

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2017
  • HARD COVER
  • 208 PAGES
  • COMING IN MARCH

Ushering reader through splendid colonial-era architecture from Old Havana to Santiago de Cuba, this coffee table overview features a treasure trove of grand apartments, magnificent cathedrals and plantation homes that are incredibly well-preserved. (CBA304, $55.00)

Havana, A Subtropical Delirium

Havana, A Subtropical Delirium


by Mark Kurlansky

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2017
  • HARD COVER
  • 272 PAGES
  • COMING IN MARCH

Award-winning author Mark Kurlansky provides an electrifying portrait of the Cuban capital. His insider's view mixes history, travelogue, music, baseball, literature, cuisine and features Kurlansky's own hand-drawn illustrations. (CBA305, $26.00)

Hemingway's Boat

Hemingway's Boat


by Paul Hendrickson

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 531 PAGES

Focusing on the years 1934 to 1961, Paul Hendrickson traces the writer's life through the story of his beloved boat, Pilar, which can be found at Hemingway's Finca La Vigia in San Francisco de Paula, east of Havana. (USA454, $18.00)

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. (CBA170, $17.00)

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 reactions to the revolution and the complex relations between those who remained in Cuba and those who settled in the United States. (CBA18, $16.00)

King of Cuba

King of Cuba


by Cristina Garcia

  • LITERATURE
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 235 PAGES

Garcia's richly satisfying tale revolves around a fictionalized Fidel Castro and an octogenarian Cuban exile obsessed with revenge. (CBA203, $16.00)

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, $12.99)

Natural Cuba

Natural Cuba


by Alfonso Silva Lee

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 173 PAGES

A well illustrated overview of the hummingbirds, frogs, boas, butterflies, orchids and other indigenous flora and fauna of the Caribbean's largest island. Presented in both English and Spanish. (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)

Cuba Birds

Cuba Birds


by James Kavanagh

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2016
  • PLASTIC CARD
  • 12 PAGES

A folding wildlife guide designed for quick reference in the field. With full-color images and text, it features more than 140 birds often seen in Cuba. (CBA281, $7.95)

Reef Libre, Cuba, The Last, Best Reefs in the World

Reef Libre, Cuba, The Last, Best Reefs in the World


by Robert Wintner

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2015
  • HARD COVER
  • 280 PAGES

A photographic journey through Cuba's coral reefs. Master snorkeler Robert Wintner traveled to Cuba once the country opened up to tourists, discovering the state of Cuba's coral reefs (they're pristine!). He documents his findings with clarity in large photographs and narrative text. Size: 11 x 9 inches. (CBA252, $45.00)

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