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February 27, 2004

Two Great Books

I recommend these titles for anyone interested in learning more about Cuba:

Isadora Tattlin [pseud.]. Cuba Diaries: An American Housewife in Havana.

A view of Cuba during the worst part of the "Special Period." While the writer had unusual privilege, her camera's-eye view of Cuban life at many levels is interesting and valuable. This is also a great book for anyone coping with a major move or life transition.

Ann Louise Bardach. Cuba Confidential : Love and Vengeance in Miami and Havana.

This is delightful, not only for the quality of Bardach's reporting and analyses, but also for her even-handed goring of all available oxes. The book is loosely organized around the Elian Gonzalez brouhaha, but is hardly limited by this conceit. It's a very fast, enjoyable read.

Note that for both titles, the Amazon "reader reviews" are highly suspect. If you're still uncertain, check out the major book reviews.

Posted by kgs at February 27, 2004 10:20 PM

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