Hemingway in Cuba Reads

I’m keeping this list from The Thread (Minnesota Public Radio) for when I visit Cuba.

Kerri Miller’s Must-Reads: The Hemingway in Cuba Reading List

House I’m about to embark on a journey to Cuba with a posse of other curious, adventure-seeking radio listeners. I think of it as a traveling book club.

(I’m not sure how Ernest Hemingway, who spent a lot of time on the island, would have felt about the trip — apparently he wasn’t a big fan of traveling with new friends. He warned, “Never go on trips with anyone you do not love.”)

Even if you can’t tag along, books are always a marvelous way to travel. Here’s my reading list for the trip. Every one of these books will give you new insights about the legendary writer and a place that many Americans are only now able to explore.

Hemingway’s Boat
by Paul Hendrickson
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This unconventional biography is filled with “sentiment and speculation,” according to The New York Times.

Influencing Hemingway
by Nancy Sindelar
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This is also a unique biography about the places and the people that shaped Hemingway’s writing. It’s interesting to discover how much of the geographical detail in places like Italy and Cuba ended up in his fiction.

The Old Man and the Sea
by Ernest Hemingway
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The quintessential novel draws on Hemingway’s appreciation for Cuba. The story goes that Hemingway was out fishing when news that he had won the Pulitzer Prize was sent over the ship’s radio.

Mrs. Hemingway
by Naomi Wood
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This is a fun and well-researched novel about the various women Hemingway somehow persuaded to marry him. The scenes that take place in Cuba are delightfully evocative, and Wood’s writing is charming.