Edited by Tom Miller
“What Tom Miller has put together in Travelers’ Tales Cuba is as ‘Inside Cuba’ as you can get.”
— Elmore Leonard, author of Cuba Libre
From revolution to embargo, from the charms of old Havana to aquamarine beaches, from the hypnotic rhythms of African/Caribbean music to proud locals, Cuba burns with stories of its intriguing history and vibrant present. Now, the revered, watched, and undeniably fascinating country of Cuba comes alive in the pages of Travelers’ Tales Cuba, pulling readers into a passionate and ingenious world. The book follows a vibrant ensemble of writers as they detail their many eye-opening experiences traveling through Cuba. While some writers encounter a homeland, others discover a new perspective on a so-called political enemy and each finds a compelling reason to explore and return to this unique and dramatic country.
The recent media spotlight on Cuba has highlighted many diverse aspects of Cuban culture, from the Buena Vista Social Club musical phenomenon to the Elián Gonzalez frenzy, all contributing to a growing hunger for information about what it’s really like to grow up, visit, and live in this much disputed nation.
In Travelers’ Tales Cuba readers discover the myriad layers of life that comprise Cuba. Join Patrick Symmes in his search for the Ernesto “Che” Guevara legend, accompany Dave Eggers as he meets the starting center of the Cuban national basketball team and picks up a rainbow of Cuban hitchhikers, learn the Cuban secret to life with Cristina García, and swivel hips with Stephanie Elizondo Griest women’s as she dances with Havana’s mistress of rumba, among other stories.
About the Editor
Tom Miller has been writing and traveling through Latin America and the American Southwest since the late 1960s. He is the author of the highly acclaimed Trading With the Enemy: A Yankee Travels Through Castro’s Cuba(“it may just be the best travel book about Cuba ever written,” says Lonely Planet’s Cuba). His books include The Panama Hat Trail, a classic of contemporary travel writing, On the Border, a permanent fixture in the U.S.- Mexico frontier’s literary landscape, and most recently, Jack Ruby’s Kitchen Sink: Offbeat Travels Through America’s Southwest. Miller’s work has been widely anthologized, and he appears in Travelers’ Tales American Southwest. His articles about Cuba, which he first visited in 1987, have appeared inSmithsonian, LIFE, Natural History, and The New York Times, among other publications. He co-directs the annual U.S.-Cuba Writers Conference, an event that brings dozens of American writers to Havana every January to mix with Cuban writers in a two-week literary gathering.
About Travelers’ Tales
Founded in 1993, Travelers’ Tales publishes the best in travel writing from world-famous authors to new and emerging writers. Our goal is to inspire and enlighten readers through true stories by travelers who have explored the depths of their experiences. The series includes: country and regional guides; books which explore the themes of women’s travel, spirituality, food, humor, and adventure; travel advice books; Footsteps: The Soul of Travel, a series that features single-author travel narratives; and Travelers’ Tales Classics, a news series which introduces out-of-print favorites of travel literature to a whole new audience.Travelers’ Tales Cuba is the latest title in the country and regional guide series.
Travelers’ Tales Cuba
Edited by Tom Miller
Travelers’ Tales, August 2001
$17.95 ($27.95 Canada), Trade Paperback, 306 pages, 5 1/8″ x 8″