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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.

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