Articles tagged "Cuba"

#BookBday (12/11/18)

Location, location, location–from Cold War Cuba to frenzied modern London, join us on an international tour for today’s #pubday celebration.

THIS IS CUBA: An American Journalist Under Castro’s Shadow by David Ariosto 
An exploration of Cuba’s Cold War mindset and a people in the throes of transition, with tales of run-ins with spies, secret backrooms, and empty grocery shelves. “Ariosto’s insights are plentiful, and amid erratically evolving Cuba-U.S. relations, such personal perspectives…provide the best portals to mutual understanding.”Booklist

A crackling debut novel–a snapshot of London’s diverse, frenzied corners–that was inspired by the real-life murder of a British Army soldier by religious fanatics and the rampant burning of mosques that ensued. “Gunaratne’s polyvocal tale, longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, etches a rich picture of contemporary London and the recurring, historically rooted racial tensions that dominate it.”Booklist

Nonfiction Stars

The stars are aligning for these new and forthcoming nonfiction books:

HAVANA: A Subtropical Delirium by Mark Kurlansky
“This little gem of a book by the prolific Kurlansky is a revelation. At a most auspicious moment in the history of Cuba and Havana, Kurlansky, who has spent much time in the country as a journalist, writes an eloquent love letter to one of the world’s great cities.” — Booklist, starred review

“This extremely readable book is not preachy, not dogmatic, not shrill. As in life, there is a mixture of both good and evil, and Kurlansky, a frequent Cuba correspondent, covers it well.” Library Journal, starred review

FEAR CITY: New York’s Fiscal Crisis and the Rise of Austerity Politics by Kim Phillips-Fein
“Phillips-Fein, professor of history at NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, makes municipal bonds exciting in this painstakingly researched revisionist account of the 1970s fiscal crisis that shook New York to its core. The book should be required reading for all those interested in the past, present, and future of democratic politics.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Sobering, smart reading with many pointed lessons for activists.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Happy #BookBday (6/9/15 Edition)

We’re seeing stars for our #BookBday new releases!

VALLEY FEVER by Katherine Taylor
A Kirkus Reviews Summer Must-Read Novels pick, Taylor evokes the rich textures and rhythms of California’s Central Valley in this lush novel of inheritance, family, and betrayal. “This story is rich with sensory details. Readers can feel the heat and humidity of the California summer. Taylor brings the scent of the harvest to the table with wonderful descriptions of meals that include grapes, figs, pistachios, almonds, and wine. This is a novel to lose yourself in.” — Library Journal

A multi-starred and gripping collection of linked stories about a couple whose passionate but explosive affair alters the course of their lives, changing how they define themselves in the years and relationships that follow. “Brilliantly constructed… Gornick captures all the heartbreak and joy of what it is to be human.” — Publishers Weekly, starred & boxed review

THE DOMINO DIARIES: My Decade Boxing with Olympic Champions and Chasing Hemingway’s Ghost in the Last Days of Castro’s Cuba by Brin-Jonathan Butler
A powerful and lively work of immersive journalism, THE DOMINO DIARIES is Brin-Jonathan Butler’s story of his time chasing the American dream through Cuba. “Focusing on Dickensian characters as well as boxing, Butler’s gonzo journalism should have broad appeal.” — Library Journal, starred review readmoreremove