La Americana by Melanie Bowden Simón
A Memoir

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Political antagonisms fail to thwart a cross-cultural love affair...Some awkward prose and clashing metaphors mar the author’s heartfelt rendering of her Cuban adventure.
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La Americana is the story of Melanie Bowden Simón, who, at the age of twenty-five, left her job at Tina Brown’s Talk magazine following the death of her mother and decided to take a vacation in Havana, Cuba, with a friend. Little did she know that she would meet and fall in love with a Cuban man named Luis and dive headlong into a culture defined by beauty, humor, and grace within the unnerving realities of communism.

In this memoir, Simón details her fascination with Cuban culture as she grapples with the death of her mother. She also covers the struggle to get in and out of Cuba at a time when the country is labeled a pariah state. Yet over and over again, Simón manages to overcome international barriers and language and cultural obstacles—all in the name of her love for Luis.

This book makes a great read for those with an interest in Cuban history, a zest for romance, or a passion for travel.

Skyhorse Publishing, along with our Arcade, Good Books, Sports Publishing, and Yucca imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of biographies, autobiographies, and memoirs. Our list includes biographies on well-known historical figures like Benjamin Franklin, Nelson Mandela, and Alexander Graham Bell, as well as villains from history, such as Heinrich Himmler, John Wayne Gacy, and O. J. Simpson. We have also published survivor stories of World War II, memoirs about overcoming adversity, first-hand tales of adventure, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.
 

About Melanie Bowden Simón

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Melanie Bowden Simón is a freelance writer and publicist in Savannah, Georgia, where she lives with her husband and three children. She is a feature writer for various magazines and a contributing blogger for Bravo.
 
Published July 19, 2016 by Skyhorse Publishing. 232 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel. Non-fiction
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Political antagonisms fail to thwart a cross-cultural love affair...Some awkward prose and clashing metaphors mar the author’s heartfelt rendering of her Cuban adventure.

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