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Havana

authorDue to recent changes in relations between Cuba and the United States, many books have been published about the island nation, but few have centered on its capital with the kaleidoscopic focus of award-winning author Mark Kurlansky’s Havana, A Subtropical Delirium. In accessible prose worthy of the elegant metropolis itself, Kurlansky, a longtime Caribbean correspondent, profiles Cuban music, literature, food and, of course, baseball. Kurlansky uses literary references to add color and context to his own experiences in Havana.

The Poetry of Place
CRB153In celebration of National Poetry Month, we're reading some of our favorite poets of place, including the renowned poet of the Caribbean, Derek Walcott, who passed away in March.   Collected Poems, 1948-1984. The St. Lucia-born Nobel laureate, who's been known to say he's "just an island boy," writes boggling, complicated, richly rhythmical poems -- which do, in fact, owe much to the oral traditions of Walcott's boyhood (but also to Homer, Aime Cesaire, Frantz Fanon and "The Wasteland"). Derek Walcott won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1992. The Portable Romantics.
Belize Barrier Reef
Kindly contributed by Longitude Assistant Editor Ben Hankey who recently returned from Belize and Guatemala where he discovered this favorite spot.
coast We were a long way from Minnesota now, in the teal waters off the Belize Barrier Reef. Up at the lake where I spend many summer days, the water is usually forest green or slate blue. This shade of water, a lustrous, Caribbean hue, had to be savored. Under sail from Caye Caulker, we had ridden for over an hour above the sun-filled shallows, a bottom of sugar sand, in which the tails of whale sharks slipped beneath the hull. Now we were within sight of Ambergris Caye and about half a mile from the breaker that surged white over the hidden reef. The foam rushed over the head of the coral wall.
Cuba, This Moment, Exactly So
Cuba, This Moment, Exactly So is exactly the right book for travelers in this moment. The immersive coffee table book drops its readers right into the heart and soul of Cuba, the next best thing to traveling there in person. Drawing on more than 50 trips to the island over the past 20 years, award-winning photographer Lorne Resnick presents over 250 passionate and heartwarming black-and-white and color photographs vividly depicting Cuba, the "Pearl of the Antilles." Interleaved with Resnick’s photos are 30 poignant micro-stories by Brian Andreas. Pico Iyer, who has written a novel about Cuba, introduces the book.
Empire's Crossroads
Many rum-punch-sipping travelers to the Caribbean may prefer that their destination remain “unspoiled” by history. But according to journalist-historian Carrie Gibson, they’d be missing a good story, full of clashes of civilization, economic empires, political upheaval and, of course, swashbuckling pirates. In her new book, Empire’s Crossroads, Gibson shows how the combination of Amerindian, European, African, North American and Asian peoples made the Caribbean an often violent, truly unique crossroads that was the first world region to experience globalization. Gibson places each of the islands in an international context.
Paramaribo, Suriname
Kindly contributed by Carrie Gibson, author of the new book Empire's Crossroads, a scholarly, readable history of the entire Caribbean from Cuba to Haiti, Jamaica to Trinidad. Gibson begins in 1492 and ends in the 20th century, covering five centuries with panache.
 
The Traveller’s Tree
Patrick Leigh FermorHaiti features prominently in Patrick Leigh Fermor's effortlessly erudite chronicle of a hop, skip and jump around the Caribbean with two friends (including Joan, later his wife), originally published in 1950. Just out in a new edition, the book offers the twin pleasures of a portrait of the islands before the advent of modern tourism (the threesome stayed in manor houses, not in resorts) and of PLF's razor-sharp opinions. Barbados, for example he found dull, staid, compared to the multi-hued glories (and people) of Trinidad. "We took advantage of an introduction from friends in England," he reports in his chapter on Dominica. 'If you want to see the Caribs,' Mrs.