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Growing Up in Cuba

Original Air Date: 3/1/2006

In 1962, eleven-year-old Carlos Eire and his brother were airlifted out of Cuba, to start a new life away from all family and friends - in the United States. Forty-one years later, Eire detailed his experiences in WAITING FOR SNOW IN HAVANA, an account of his childhood under the Batista regime, during the Cuban Revolution, in the early years under Fidel Castro, and ultimately, in his adopted country of America. The memoir won the 2003 National Book Award for Nonfiction. Eire, now a professor of history and religious studies at Yale, discusses the Cuba of his childhood and Cuba today.

Image and link From WAITING FOR SNOW IN HAVANA by Carlos Eire. Copyright 2003 by Carlos Eire. Reprinted by permission of The Free Press/Simon & Schuster, Inc.

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