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Enrich your travels with reading! Here's a hand-picked list prepared for your journey in conjunction with the book experts at Longitude.

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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)

Snorkeling Guide to Marine Life

Snorkeling Guide to Marine Life

by Paul Humann

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 80 PAGES

Humann's compact guide illustrates Caribbean fishes, corals, invertebrates and plants commonly encountered in shallower water. (DIV02, $14.95)

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)

Cuba, A Traveler's Literary Companion

Cuba, A Traveler's Literary Companion

by Ann Louise Bardach

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 234 PAGES

Bardach (Without Fidel) samples terrific contemporary writers for this anthology, organized geographically. (CBA58, $14.95)

Moon Cuba

Moon Cuba

by Christopher P. Baker

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 684 PAGES

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, $24.95)

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)

 
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)

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)

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)

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)

Inside Havana

Inside Havana


by Julio Cesar Perez Hernandez

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2011
  • HARD COVER
  • 240 PAGES

This handsome book showcases the diverse architecture of Havana, from modernist masterpieces to splendid baroque palaces and traditional businesses such as the Partagas cigar factory, one of Havana's oldest and finest. With expert writing by Hernandez and rich color photographs by Gianni Basso. (CBA102, $29.99)

On Becoming Cuban

On Becoming Cuban


by Louis A. Perez

  • HISTORY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 579 PAGES

A masterful scholarly history of Cubanidad and the love-hate relationship with the United States. (CBA43, $32.50)

The Brilliant Disaster: JFK, Castro, and America's Doomed Invasion of Cuba's Bay of Pigs

The Brilliant Disaster: JFK, Castro, and America's Doomed Invasion of Cuba's Bay of Pigs


by Jim Rasenberger

  • HISTORY
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 480 PAGES

Jim Rasenberger's gripping, revisionist account of the invasion of the Bay of Pigs, published to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the misguided adventure, draws on newly available information from the CIA and his own family history. (CBA162, $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)

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 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)

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)

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)

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, $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, $12.00)

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)

Birds of the West Indies

Birds of the West Indies


by Herbert Raffaele

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 216 PAGES

A magnificently illustrated guide, featuring 86 color plates, range maps, and island checklists. Includes the endemic species of Cuba, Puerto Rico, Hispaniola, Jamaica and other islands. (CRB161, $24.95)

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