Cuba Movie and Reading List

by Nadine Dirksen - Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Literature on Cuba

  • Tastes Like Home, by Eduardo Machado and Michael Domitrovich. “In his eccentric and often affecting memoir “Tastes Like Cuba,” Machado, a noted Cuban-American playwright, tells the story of his rootless, self-invented life, using food as his connecting thread.” (Read the full NY Times review)
  • Dreaming in Cuban, by Cristina García. A story about three generations of women and how the decision to stay or flee the country affected their lives.
  • Waiting for Snow in Havana, by Carlos Eire. The exiled author’s memoir about growing up in Cuba.
  • A Cuban Affair, by Nelson DeMille. The novel features an U.S. Army combat veteran Daniel “Mac” MacCormick, now a charter boat captain, who is about to set sail on his most dangerous cruise. The book’s depiction of Cuba’s infrastructure and culture is extremely accurate.
  • The other Side of Paradise, by Julia Cooke.  Change looms in Havana, Cuba’s capital, a city electric with uncertainty yet cloaked in cliché, 90 miles from U.S. shores and off-limits to most Americans. Journalist Julia Cooke, who lived there at intervals over a period of five years, discovered a dynamic scene: baby-faced anarchists with Mohawks gelled with laundry soap, whiskey-drinking children of the elite, Santería trainees, pregnant prostitutes, university graduates planning to leave for the first country that will give them a visa.

Movies about or set in Cuba

  • Buena Vista Social Club. A documentary film about an ensemble of legendary Cuban musicians, painting a picture of music, friendship, live, and culture in Cuba. Also don’t miss listening to the studio album of the same name.
  • The Cuba Libre Story. A fascinating and informative documentary on Cuba’s history from the domination of Spain up to Fidel’s death, a multi-country co-production of France, Germany and Russia.

Nadine Dirksen - A German native, Nadine is a happy Colorado transplant who moved from lush Bavaria when she married. She left the land of pretzels in 2012 and has been enjoying a fun life full of cycling, mountain biking, CrossFit, hiking, running and any other outdoor activity that involves her little black Dachshund-mix. When not having fun outside or at work, she tries her hand at different craft projects with varying success. She helps our travelers by answering all their questions before their tours and she can't wait to help you bring your dream trip to reality!

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