Hella’s Book Review

Hella reviews the book The Most Beautiful Girl in Cuba by Chanel Cleeton


Author Chanel Cleeton has written yet another amazing historical fiction about Cuba’s tumultuous past. Her latest novel, The Most Beautiful Girl in Cuba, is set at the eve of the Spanish-American War, which took place from 1896 to 1898.  At a time when the country was still in a bitter conflict between the Cuban revolutionaries and the Spanish military.

     The story is told through the eyes of three very brave women, all who come from wealthy families but choose to seek more than what their rich lives would provide for them.  Evangelina Ciserno is the title character, a true-life individual whom the story is based on. Grace Harrington who is aiming for a serious career as a journalist during a time when very few women were accepted as news reporters, and Marina Perez, the daughter of a rich sugar plantation family who sided with Spain. Marina’s family disowned her when she married Mateo, a farmer fighting with the Revolutionaries for Cuban freedom.. . .Read the full review

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Book Discussion Group

Take a break and join us on Sept 22, 2021 at 10:30 am for a special discussion featuring Nebraska’s One-Book-One-Nebraska choice: Prairie Forge: The Extraordinary Story of the Nebraska Scrap Metal Drive of World War II by James J. Kimble, along with Nebraska Humanities speaker Charlotte Endorf as she presents KIND NEBRASKANS: PERSONAL STORIES OF NEBRASKANS IN WORLD WAR II.

Books are available at the library for check out.

In the wake of Pearl Harbor, President Roosevelt called for the largest arms buildup in our nation’s history. A shortage of steel, however, quickly slowed the program’s momentum, and arms production fell dangerously behind schedule. The country needed scrap metal. Henry Doorly, publisher of the Omaha World-Herald, had the solution. Prairie Forge tells the story of the great Nebraska scrap drive of 1942—a campaign that swept the nation and yielded five million tons of scrap metal, literally salvaging the war effort itself…….. Read more.

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