Cuba Reading List 2.0

Since last month, I’ve been collecting book recommendations on my Facebook page as a way to broadcast a better understanding of all things Cuban. Here‘s the list—all in one place for all to share (along with some of the recommenders’ comments). Thanks everyone!

Reinaldo Arenas: Before Night Falls, The Color of Summer (If you want to have a great time, read Arenas’s Rabelaisian masterpiece, the hilarious, Color of Summer. Not only is it incredibly funny, but you will see the range of a great writer who can go from prose, to poetry, from hilarious to poignant. He even has 50 pages of rhymed couplets.)
Cristina García: Dreaming in Cuban
H.G. Carillo: Loosing My Espanish
Dan Vera: Speaking Wiri Wiri
Ana Menendez: Happy Homeland
Achy Obejas: Ruins, Days of Awe
Oscar Hijuelos: The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love
Emma Trelles: Tropicalia
Mia Leonin: Havana and Other Missing Fathers
Virgil Suarez: 90 Miles
Silvia Curbelo: The Secret History of Water
José Lezama-Lima: Paradiso
Janet Guerra: Sálvese quien pueda
Yoani Sánchez: Havana Real
Carlos Eire: Waiting For Snow in Havana
Ana Veciana-Suarez: The Chin Kiss King
Gustavo Perez Firmat: Next Year in Cuba, Life on the Hyphen: The Cuban-American Way
John Paul Rathbone: The Sugar King of Havana: The Rise and Fall of Julio Lobo, Cuba’s Last Tycoon
Nancy Stout: One Day in December: Celia Sánchez and the Cuban Revolution
Tom Gjelten: Bacardi and the Long Fight for Cuba
T.J. English: Havana Nocturne
Inverna Lockpez: Cuba: My Revolution
Orlando Ricardo Menes: Fetish (I’d add Orlando Ricardo Menes’s brilliant “Fetish” which contains some of the most moving poems on Cuba I’ve read.)
Daina Chaviano: El hombre, la hembra y el hambre
Chantel Acevedo: Love and Ghost Letters (From Miami and a current professor at Auburn University, she captures the Cuban and Cuban-American spirit in her novels.)
Isabel Parera: Cinco años y un día (prosa narrativa – entrevistas y manuscritos de mujeres disidentes en las carceles cubanas.)
Jorge Mañach Robato: Indagación del choteo (Un libro interesantísimo – trata de la “gracia criolla” del cubano)
Carmina Trueba de Mestre: El intenso aroma del café
Hugh Thomas: Cuba, or the Pursuit of Freedom
Edmundo Desnoes: Memorias del subdesarrollo
Guillermo Cabrera Infante: Tres triste tigres
Alejo Carpentier: El siglo de las luces
Mirta Ojito: Finding Mañana: A Memoir of a Cuban Exodus
Pablo Medina: Cubop City Blues
Ruth Behar: An Island Called Home
Gigi Anders: Jubana! (It’s a lighthearted and very funny book.)
Inés María Martiatu: Over the Waves and Other Stories
Armando Valladeres: Against All Hope: A Memoir of Life in Castro’s Gulag (Armando Valladares’s gut wrenching testimony of Cuba’s gulags)
Zoé Valdés: I Gave You All I Had

02.03.15 by Richard Blanco