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|Alfonso Silva Lee
, Pangaea Press, 1997
- Bilingual natural history guide to the island. The author dived
the seas of his native Cuba as an ichhtyologist and the book displays
both terrestrial and marine life. Vivid photos accompany the text.
Alfonso Silva Lee
Puerto Rico, Pangaea Press, 1998
- Bilingual natural history guide to the island, home to thousands
of different animals and plants. The author traces the origins
of the island and explains how the island became populated. Vivid
photos complement the text.
Alfonso Silva Lee
and His Friends, Pangaea Press, 2000
- Innovative and bilingual book for children. This is the story
of a loud-voiced frog native to Puerto Rico. The book teaches
how species of plants and animals depend on each other for survival.
Many of the creatures are shown in photos for the first time!
, University of Georgia Press, 2002
- Highly recommended! Recounting a month-long journey around the
island in the company of U.S. and Cuban marine biologists, Bill
Belleville conveys the natural wonders of Cuba's coral reef. The
expedition was funded by the Discovery Channel and the author
documents how the reseachers balanced scientific investigation
with the production of a commercial adventure film.
Nathaniel Samuel Murrell, William David
Spencer and Adrian Anthony McFarlane, editors
Rastafari Reader: Chanting Down Babylon, Temple University
- The words flow lyrically nonetheless. Here is the tradition
of Rastafari relgion, culture and politics, home grown in Jamaica.
This scholarly anthology introduces readers to the roots of this
Dancing with Fidel, London: Sanctuary Publishing, 2001
- "Commericial music for the tourist economy and cultural music
for the soul of the nation are on the dance floor trying to decide
who to lead," writes Foehr in this tour-de-force journal and exploration
of the depth and breadth of Cuban music -- from Nueva Trova to
jazz and reggae. The author interviews ordinary Cubans and famous
musicians. If you're interested in Cuba or curious about the ever-sophisticated
beat of World Music, this book is for you.
Resorts: The Cost of Tourism in the Caribbean, Cassell,
- Tropical paradise might be a victim of its own success. This
book reviews the social and environmental impacts of tourism industry
and explores how to bring greater benefits to the region. Whether
Caribbean society is turned into entertainment spectacle or given
new respect depends on creating more positive interactions among
locals and visitors.
10 Travel Books - Transitions Abroad
Ana Julia Jatar-Hausman
Cuban Way, Kumarian Press, 1999
- Get to know the Cubans! Combining professional and personal
journeys, author Ana Julia Jatar-Hausman returns to the island
of her birth -- specifically to the hotel her grandfather operated
until the government appropriated it for housing. The author deftly
explores the complex, chaotic and appealing culture of the Cubans.
She provides descriptive portraits of the newly self-employed,
from meat vendors to owners of small restaurants (paladars).
Vista: Life and Work on a Puerto Rican Hacienda, 1833-1904,
University of North Carolina Press, 1999
- Buena Vista gained its initial success producing food for the
town of Ponce, proving that raising crops for local consumption
could be as profitable as sugar or coffee for export. The story
spans nearly a century -- a time in which slavery ended and technology
expanded at a phenomenal rate.Visitors to the Living Museum of
Art and Science should read this book before their trip.