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Kirkus ReviewsThis entry in the Hooblers' American Family Album series (The Jewish American Family Album, 1995, etc.) begins with an introduction by Oscar Hijuelos, who notes, "where there are Cubans, there will be much warmth, life and amazing energy." A collection of oral histories and memoirs grouped by topic offer firsthand accounts of "The Old Country," "Coming to the United States," "Ports of Entry," "A New Life," "Putting Down Roots," and "Part of the United States." Readers will learn about the quinceañera, the celebration of a young woman's 15th birthday, how immigration to the US broke down the extended Cuban family, once the strongest force in that society, and how Desi Arnaz became the first famous Cuban American. The black-and-white photographs in the album reflect the various moods of these memoirs and manifest the Cuban-American story. Insets on celebrities such as Andy Garcia and Gloria Estefan add interest, as does a recipe for black beans, the staple of Cuban cooking.
The grouping of memoirs around general topics leads to some natural disjointedness, but overall this is a good summation of the successful assimilation of Cubans into—and their contributions to—American culture.