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A House for Mr. Biswas
A Novel
Written by V.S. Naipaul


Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 13, 2001
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70716-2 (0-375-70716-6)

The early masterpiece of V. S. Naipaul’s brilliant career, A House for Mr. Biswas is an unforgettable story inspired by Naipaul’s father that has been hailed as one of the twentieth century’s finest novels.

In his forty-six short years, Mr. Mohun Biswas has been fighting against destiny to achieve some semblance of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Middle Passage

Written by V.S. Naipaul


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 8, 2002
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70834-3 (0-375-70834-0)

In this masterpiece of travel writing first published in 1962, V. S. Naipaul returned to Trinidad, his country of origin, and explored four adjacent societies.

In The Middle Passage, Naipaul ventures into a Trinidad slum so insalubrious that the locals call it the Gaza Strip. He follows a racially charged election... Read more >
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Miguel Street

Written by V.S. Naipaul


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 23, 2002
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71387-3 (0-375-71387-5)

“A stranger could drive through Miguel Street and just say ‘Slum!’ because he could see no more.” But to its residents this derelict corner of Trinidad’s capital is a complete world, where everybody is quite different from everybody else. There’s Popo the carpenter, who neglects his livelihood to build “the thing... Read more >
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A Way in the World
A Novel
Written by V.S. Naipaul


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 24, 1995
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-76166-2 (0-679-76166-7)

Naipaul intertwines memory and history to create an ambitious fictional archaeology of colonialism. Spanning continents and centuries and defying literary categories, A Way in the World tells intersecting stories whose protagonists include the disgraced and half-demented Sir Walter Raleigh who seeks El Dorado in the New World; the 19th century insurgent... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Stolen Images
Lumumba and the Early Films of Raoul Peck
Written by Raoul Peck
Translated by Catherine Temerson
Foreword by Bertrand Tavernier


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: April 10, 2012
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-393-3 (1-60980-393-0)

Among today’s leading filmmakers, none brings to the screen such a deep awareness of how power is channeled from First to Third World societies, or exhibits such great human sensitivity, as Raoul Peck, whose seminal film Lumumba, and three other early feature and documentary screenplays, are collected here for the first... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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My Fathers' Ghost Is Climbing in the Rain
A Novel
Written by Patricio Pron
Translated by Mara Faye Lethem


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 11, 2014
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-74542-2 (0-307-74542-2)

The American debut of one of Granta’s Best Young Spanish-Language Novelists, My Fathers’ Ghost Is Climbing in the Rain is a daring and deeply affecting story of one Argentine family’s buried secrets. When a young writer returns home to visit his dying father, he finds himself drawn into an obsessive search... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Havana Real
One Woman Fights to Tell the Truth about Cuba Today
Written by Yoani Sanchez
Translated by M. J. Porter


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: April 26, 2011
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-935554-25-7 (1-935554-25-5)

She’s been kidnapped and beaten, lives under surveillance, and can only get online–in disguise–at tourist hotspots. She’s a blogger, she’s a Cuban, and she’s a worldwide sensation.

Yoani Sánchez is an unusual dissident: no street protests, no attacks on big politicos, no calls for revolution. Rather, she produces a simple diary about... Read more >
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Sugar in the Blood
A Family's Story of Slavery and Empire
Written by Andrea Stuart


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 8, 2013
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-47454-4 (0-307-47454-2)

In the late 1630s, lured by the promise of the New World, Andrea Stuart’s earliest known maternal ancestor, George Ashby, set sail from England to settle in Barbados. He fell into the life of a sugar plantation owner by mere chance, but by the time he harvested his first crop, a... Read more >
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Sugar in the Blood
A Family's Story of Slavery and Empire
Written by Andrea Stuart


Format: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: January 22, 2013
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27283-6 (0-307-27283-4)

In the late 1630s, lured by the promise of the New World, Andrea Stuart’s earliest known maternal ancestor, George Ashby, set sail from England to settle in Barbados. He fell into the life of a sugar plantation owner by mere chance, but by the time he harvested his first crop, a... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Boys from Dolores
Fidel Castro's Schoolmates from Revolution to Exile
Written by Patrick Symmes


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 6, 2008
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7644-4 (1-4000-7644-7)

From the author of Chasing Che, here is the remarkable tale of a group of boys at the heart of Cuba's political and social history. Chosen in the 1940s from among the most affluent and ambitious families in eastern Cuba, they were groomed at the elite Colegio de Dolores for achievement... Read more >
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Empire of Blue Water
Captain Morgan's Great Pirate Army, the Epic Battle for the Americas, and the Catastrophe That Ended the Outlaws' Bloody Reign
Written by Stephan Talty


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: April 22, 2008
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-23661-6 (0-307-23661-7)

A May 2007 Book Sense Pick

“Talty’s vigorous history of seventeenth-century pirates of the Caribbean will sate even fickle Jack Sparrow fans. . . . A pleasure to read from bow to stern.”
—Entertainment Weekly

The passion and violence of the age of exploration and empire come to vivid life in this story... Read more >

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Cuba Diaries
An American Housewife in Havana
Written by Isadora Tattlin


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: May 13, 2003
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-1484-0 (0-7679-1484-8)

Isadora Tattlin was accustomed to relocating often for her husband’s work. When he accepted a post in Cuba in the early 1990s, she resolved to keep a detailed diary of her time there, recording her daily experiences as a wife, mother, and foreigner in a land of contraband. The result is... Read more >

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From Columbus to Castro
The History of the Caribbean 1492-1969
Written by Eric Williams


Format: Trade Paperback, 608 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 12, 1984
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-71502-5 (0-394-71502-0)

From Columbus to Castro is about 30 million people scattered across an arc of islands--Jamaica, Haiti, Barbados, Antigua, Martinique, Trinidad, among others--separated by the languages and cultures of their colonizers, but joined together, nevertheless, by a common heritage. For whether French, English, Dutch, Spanish, Danish, or--latterly--American, the nationality of their masters... Read more >

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The Magic Orange Tree
and Other Haitian Folktales
Written by Diane Wolkstein


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: January 21, 1997
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8052-1077-4 (0-8052-1077-6)

With a new Preface by Diane Wolkstein, and a new Foreword by Edwidge Danticat. This volume collects twenty-seven Haitian folktales and songs.  Wolkstein traveled the Haitian countryside in search of stories, then harvested a rich collection of tales, each of which is illuminated by introductory notes. From orange trees growing at the... Read more >
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