|Wherein we look at some of the local books that have been published this year and give you some ideas of what to get your book-loving friends and family for Hanukkah, Solstice, Festivus, Christmas, Kwanzaa, or just because it’s a day ending with “y”.|
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My Seductive Cuba
by Chen Lizra
Okay, we’re making an exception to the “published in 2012″ guideline for the Holiday Lit List because this is such a gorgeous book that really needs more people knowing about it. And in the middle of a grey, sometimes white, and cold Vancouver winter, who wouldn’t want to cuddle down with a book about travelling to Cuba?
Vancouver-based writer, dancer, traveller, and entrepreneur Chen Lizra, has written more than just a travel book; she immerses the reader in the Cuban culture, takes us into the heart of the people and the country, and gives us so much more than what you’d find from Frommer’s or Lonely Planet. Sure it has all the usual sections you expect to find in a guide book (preparing for your trip, getting around, where to eat, stay, and shop) but it is full of anecdotes and personal experiences from her many trips to Cuba. Worried about the stories you hear of scam artists? Lizra relates her stories and gives suggestions on how to avoid or deal with such situations with grace and humour. What to know the best places to hear live music? She’s got you covered.
My favourite section of the book is “Getting the Authentic Cuban Experience” where, in addition to discussing the Cuban language and popular drinks, she takes us into the world of Santería, the belief system that evolved from the Yoruba religion of the West African slaves merging with Roman Catholic and Native American traditions. Lizra gives a very detailed account of a tambor ceremony involving possession by orishas, or spirits, …READ THE REST OF THIS ENTRY>>>