Oct 7, 2013 — In softcover fiction, Will Self spelunks the depths of consciousness in a mental hospital; Amity Gaige divulges an East German immigrant's secrets; Cristina Garcia defines the space that separates a dictator from an exile; and Ayana Mathis follows the life of a mother during the Great Migration.
Nov 22, 2010 — In 1962, 11-year-old Carlos Eire was one of thousands of children airlifted out of Cuba and sent to Florida to escape Fidel Castro's regime. His parents thought he'd return when Castro was deposed — but he never went home again. Eire recounts the experience in a new memoir.
Jun 15, 2010 — If the Dead Rise Not, the latest book in Philip Kerr's Bernie Gunther detective series, shifts the saga from prewar Nazi Germany to 1954 Havana. Critic John Powers says the Chandleresque novel kept him glued to his deck chair for days.
Jun 5, 2009 — Before Tony Montana, there was Meyer Lansky. True-crime writer T.J. English recounts the history of a mob-ruled Havana before the 1959 revolution.
Jul 3, 2008 — Before Tony Montana, there was Meyer Lansky. True-crime writer T.J. English recounts the history of a mob-ruled Havana before the 1959 revolution.
Feb 28, 2006 — Leslie, who listens to KQED in the Bay Area, recommends this memoir of boyhood in 1950s Havana: "Any reader who has a life experience that makes them an exile (physical, emotional or spiritual) can intimately relate to this tale."
Nov 21, 2005 — Some things do improve with age. A Latin American literature scholar wants his friends and family to regift the books he's given them that they haven't read. Unlike the transparently regifted cologne — which he doesn't wear and doesn't want — a regifted book will reread and perhaps regifted again.
Jun 20, 2005 — Book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews two new novels set in Cuba: Dirty Blonde and Half-Cuban, the debut novel by Lisa Wixon, and Adios Hemingway by Cuban writer Leonardo Padura Fuentes. Translated by John King, Adios Hemingway is the latest in Fuentes' award-winning Inspector Mario Conde mysteries.