Thursday, April 3, 2014

Book Beginning: The Other Side of Paradise by Julia Cooke


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There's a bar in downtown Havana, a backroom bar next to an outpost of the government-run Sylvain bakery chain where foreigners by 65-cent bottles of water.

-- The Other Side of Paradise: Life in the New Cuba by Julia Cooke.

Journalist Julia Cooke spent five years "embedded" in Cuba after Fidel Castro gave up his position as President.  Her intimate in in-depth observations are collected in her new book, in which she examines modern Cuba through the eyes of the country's young adults.


Elisa Bergslien said...

Wow, sounds very interesting. I was recently listening to NPR when they were interviewing Anjan Sundaram about his book
Stringer: A Reporter's Journey in the Congo
which appealed to me in the same way.

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Sounds intriguing...thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Interesting opening, sounds like an excellent book! Also love the book cover. Thanks for sharing this :)

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Sheri said...

Sounds interesting!
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Catherine BookClubLibrarian said...

A very timely read . . .

JC Jones said...

Cuba is so close and so far away. The book sounds like a good way to learn more about what and how things are.

William Stanger said...

This looks like an interesting book. I hope you enjoy it.

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