By Oakland Ross
As the snow flies and the bitter winds blow, more and more Canadians are escaping winter by flocking to the glorious beaches of Cuba. And, as Cuba opens up, increasing numbers of Canadians are venturing beyond the resort boundaries to experience firsthand the cultural lifeblood of this beautiful island. Award-winning Star writer Oakland Ross has explored, reported on, and celebrated Cuba and its people for more than three decades. In Cuba Libre, he takes readers on an intimate tour of the Cuba that dwells beyond the tourist brochures - from the long shadow cast by Fidel Castro to the amazing resiliency of the island's people, from the ubiquitous pulse of their music to the Cuban passion for beisbol. Full of insight and local colour, this ode to an amazing land is the perfect antidote to your winter blues.

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