I collected an excellent reading list on all things Cuban before I departed last winter for a one month trip to the island of dance and dreams. Here are some great books—gotta reads—if you are going or are curious:
Cuba Diaries: An American: Housewife in Havana
Telex From Cuba
Chasing Che: A Motorcycle Journey in Search of the Guevara Legend
Dreaming in Cuba
Welcome to Havana, Señor Hemingway
Havana: Autobiography of a City
Cuba Moon Guide by Christopher P. Baker
Mi Moto Fidel also by the esteemed Christopher P. Baker
The Other Side of Paradise: Life in the New Cuba
Here is an excellent round-up of the guesthouses I stayed in on my month-long travels through Cuba: Casa Particulars in Cuba—My “A”List”.
Also here is an intriguing story about my dance experience: Dancing with the Saints in Cuba.
I’m currently working on Cuba stories for my next book, Dance Life. If you are also interested in travel tips from my Cuban journey, please contact me. I will send you suggestions on activities, hikes, national parks, favorite towns, and casa particulars where you stay in people’s homes. Speaking Spanish is highly recommended unless you go on a tour with an English-speaking guide (which I did not.)
(photos by Lisa Alpine in Camagüey, Cuba)