Take Me to Cuba

By Richard C.

Even with tourism to Cuba increasing and relations warming, my bank account says I’ll still be getting my taste of Cuban food, fiction, and history the vicarious way. My favorite lately is the instant documentary – Spanish or English anytime, right!?

Find The Mojito Coast in the SPL catalogFind Havana Blue in the SPL catalogFind Havana World Series in the SPL catalog

After that it’s fiction. Crime fiction. In Havana Blue, it’s a troubled past catching up to Lieutenant Mario Conde when an investigation leads to the disappearance of an old friend. A sense of emotional authenticity and a detailed setting make this a quick and worthy summer read! Continue reading “Take Me to Cuba”

Immigration from the Tops of Trains

By Richard C.

Click here to view Enrique's Journey in the SPL catalogEnrique’s Journey
By Sonia Nazario

I remember so vividly the beginning of Moby Dick when Ishmael says “…whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul… then, I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I can.” The full quote is truly golden. Like Ishmael, whenever I have a similar drizzly feeling – lately about the news – I make my way to the library.

Recently doing so, I found Pulitzer winner Sonia Nazario’s Enrique’s Journey: The True Story of a Boy Determined to Reunite With His Mother. Enrique is a sixteen year old boy in Honduras who sets out to find his mother who’s working in the United States. From the tops of trains to run-ins with criminals, crooked cops, and other perils I can hardly imagine, Enrique’s story humanizes a topic that, while not new at all, is so currently notable in the news today. An updated version of the story adapted for young people is now available, too.

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