These are all available from your local independent bookstore or library loan system -- or you can buy on line. You probably have a favorite or two as well, please let us know and we'll add them to the list.

  1. Cuban Revelations: Behind the Scenes in Havana by Marc Frank (published October, 2013) “Marc Frank is the best foreign journalist reporting from Cuba today. We now have a behind-the-scenes look at the changes large and small taking place as the Cuban revolution molts from Fidel to Raúl to the next generation.”—Julia Sweig, author of Cuba: What Everyone Needs to Know
  2. Anything and everything by Jane Franklin her website
  3. CUBA AND ITS NEIGHBOURS: Democracy in Motion by Arnold August. A look, through Canadian eyes, at how democracy works in Cuba -- and in some other Latin American countries. published in January, 2013.
  4. That Infernal Little Cuban Republic: The United States and the Cuban Revolution by Lars Schoultz. recommended by Emily Thomas. The title, (a quote from Theodore Roosevelt) and the cover (with the Statue of Liberty screaming in frustration) tell it all. This book has a LOT of history of US-Cuban relations, written mostly from US sources, but with a writing style that makes you think you're reading a novel.
  5. Cuba Unspun by Rosa Jordan; recommended by Ruth Caspel from British Columbia. Here's a link to a review from a BC paper.
  6. Cuba and Its Music: From the First Drums to the Mambo by Ned Sublette. recommended by Emily Thomas. You can't understand Cuban history or culture without knowing its music -- and this very thorough book is the classic in its field. You may start by browsing or reading at random, but you'll be caught up in the sweep of history.
  7. Cuba: What Everyone Needs to Know by Julia Sweig A great overview, lots of information in quick chapters.
  8. Cuba for the Misinformed: Facts from the Forbidden Island by Mick Winter. The book is now available in paperback and e-book versions. By going to the website you can read more about the book, see a slide show on the book and download fact sheets on the book and author.

  1. Monkey Hunting: by Christine Garcia Cuba's story told through four generations of a Cuban family, moving from China to Cuba to China to the US to Vietnam back to the US and always in Cuba. Great story, and great way to get an understanding of Cuban history and culture. And gives insight as to why there is a saying in Cuba "it's so messed up that not even a Chinese doctor can fix it".