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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (316 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Carlos Eire Narrator: Robert Fass Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Carlos Eire’s story of a boyhood uprooted by the Cuban Revolution quickly lures us in, as eleven-year-old Carlos and his older brother Tony touch down in the sun-dappled Miami of 1962—a place of daunting abundance where his old Cuban self must die to make way for a new, American self waiting to be born.

In this enchanting new work, young Carlos adjusts to life in his new country. He lives for a time in a Dickensian foster home, struggles to learn English, attends American schools, and confronts the age-old immigrant’s plight: surrounded by the bounty of this rich land yet unable to partake. Carlos must learn to balance the divide between his past and present lives and find his way in this strange new world of gas stations, vending machines, and sprinkler systems.

Every bit as poignant, bittersweet, and humorous as his first memoir, Learning to Die in Miami is a moving personal saga, an elegy for a lost childhood and a vanished country, and a celebration of the spirit of renewal that America represents.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Abranch71 | 2/12/2014

    " Loved it. Terrible things he went through as a child, and how hard it was for Carlos to push past and let go. I wish I had gone to see him speak when he came to town. Maybe he will come again soon - he lives in Guilford, CT! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Rachel G. | 2/9/2014

    " I love Carlos Eire, and I loved his first book so much that I bought it. Even though his style isn't my favorite, I have found few non-fiction books that so exquisitely tell the story of immigration, loss, and childhood like Eire does. His first book, though, was definitely better; this one jumped around far too frequently, making it difficult to keep track of what was going on. It was also much more stream of consciousness than the first book, and at times it felt more like a diary that was never really meant to be published. That said, you can't read this without your heart breaking more than once, and to fully and completely appreciate your life and everything you have. Though his books are undoubtedly and confessedly biased in terms of Cuba, it's also an excellent way to understand the exile community in Florida and precisely why they have the views they have. So basically, I really recommend Waiting for Snow in Havana, but this is a must-read for anyone interested in immigration or anyone who feels like they need some perspective. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Debra Track | 2/7/2014

    " The writing is exquisite. If you don't read this for the story, read it for the writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Alicia | 1/29/2014

    " As one of the 14,000+ children airlifted from Cuba without parents in the early 1960s, I really identified and understood this book. 11 yr old Carlos had to "die" and become Charles/Chuck/Charlie to survive the translocation at such a tender age. He had to put his parents in the "vault of oblivion" and learn to survive in a "new world" as we all did. I don't think you could appreciate this book without having read "Waiting for Snow in Havana", his first book, which is an even better story. This book moved around in time quite a bit (Whoosh, he calls it) so it is harder to keep track of the chronology. "

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About the Author

Carlos Eire, born in Havana in 1950, left his homeland in 1962. He was one of 14,000 unaccompanied children airlifted out of Cuba by Operation Pedro Pan. After living in a series of foster homes in Florida and Illinois, he was reunited with his mother in Chicago in 1965. His father, who died in 1976, never left Cuba. After earning his PhD at Yale University in 1979, Eire taught at St. John’s University in Minnesota for two years and at the University of Virginia for fifteen. He is now the T. Lawrason Riggs professor of history and religious studies at Yale University. He lives in Guilford, Connecticut, with his wife and their three children.