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Carlos Frías, an award-winning journalist and the American-born son of Cuban exiles, grew up hearing about his parents' homeland only in parables. Their Cuba, the one they left behind four decades ago, was ethereal. It existed, for him, only in their anecdotes, and in the family that remained in Cuba -- merely ghosts on the other end of a telephone.Until Fidel Castro fellCarlos Frías, an award-winning journalist and the American-born son of Cuban exiles, grew up hearing about his parents' homeland only in parables. Their Cuba, the one they left behind four decades ago, was ethereal. It existed, for him, only in their anecdotes, and in the family that remained in Cuba -- merely ghosts on the other end of a telephone.Until Fidel Castro fell ill.Sent to Cuba by his newspaper as the country began closing to foreign journalists in August 2006, Frías begins the secret journey of a lifetime -- twelve days in the land of his parents. That experience led to this evocative, spectacular, and unforgettable memoir.Take Me With You is written through the unique eyes of a first-generation Cuban-American seeing the forbidden country of his ancestry for the first time. Take Me With You provides a fresh view of Cuba, devoid of overt political commentary, focusing instead on the gritty, tangible lives of the people living in Castro's Cuba. Frías takes in the island nation of today and attempts to reconstruct what the past was like for his parents, retracing their footsteps, searching for his roots, and discovering his history. The book creates lasting and unexpected ripples within his family on both sides of the Florida Straits -- and on the author himself....

Title : Take Me With You
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ISBN : 9781416559511
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 320 Pages
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Take Me With You Reviews

  • Sharon Bressen
    2019-01-02 13:00

    Take Me With YouBy Carlos FriasWhile attending the St. Petersburg Times Festival of Reading at USF, St. Petersburg, FL this October, I found Carlos FrÃas reading from his book “Take Me With You”. In the audience were his wife, Christy and three charming daughters Elise, Amelia and Catalina. His words caught my attention and I purchased his book.This is a poignant story of a journalist of Cuban heritage, who travels to Cuba on assignment by The Palm Beach Post to report on the story of the health condition of Fidel Castro in August, 2006. To cross the ninety miles that separate United States and Cuba, he flies by way of Mexico.We follow a man with close family ties that take a monumental journey back to the birthplace of his parents. To a land he has heard about through many stories shared by his father, mother, aunts, uncles and other family friends.Nothing prepares Carlos for the living conditions in Cuba. Things he takes for granted in the US are luxuries or unavailable in Cuba. You will never look at a toilet in the same light after reading this book.I have found as a family historian myself; you never know what you will find when you start asking questions, visiting family friends, cemeteries, churches or schools. Carlos did make some unexpected discoveries about his family…all families have some secrets.The book is so compelling, joyful and heartbreaking at the same time. The book ends on an uplifting note of promise for the future. It is one of the most emotional books I have had the pleasure to read in a long time. The FrÃas family continues to honor all birthdays, occasions (quinces) and events that need a get-together to celebrate. They are Family!Buy this book and read about the comfort of family love and learn about the current state of affairs of our neighbor, Cuba.

  • Carmen Amato
    2019-01-13 11:09

    My basis of understanding Cuba comes from a grad school friend whose parents fled Castro's revolution, leaving behind everything. The mother, who was pregnant at the time, never really got over what had happened and her later years were full of emotional pain. So it was with this family in mind that I picked up the book during a memoir phase and it turned out to be one of the best contemporary memoirs I have read.A Miami-based journalist, Frías recounts his own 2006 trip to Cuba to cover the political scene, which allowed him to trace his father’s life there before the revolution. Frías writes simply and smoothly and his descriptions put the reader right into today’s Cuba, with its decayed buildings, endless scrabbling for the basics, and sense of waiting for it all to end. Although the book moves around between the author’s family in Miami, his father’s middle-class life in pre-revolution Cuba, and the author’s own experiences in today’s Cuba, the reader never gets confused. Frías is able to show us real people and how their lives were damaged by Cuba’s revolution, including that of his father and the family members who stayed behind and are now trapped in Cuba's poverty.This book is recommended for anyone interested in Cuba, for those who like to read memoirs, or anyone contemplating writing a memoir. This is how it is done.

  • Judy
    2018-12-28 15:46

    I loved this book. Carlos Frias is a journalist in South Florida. Born in the United States, his parents, aunts, and uncles are emigrated from Cuba after Castro took over. So Cuba, for him, was a land of stories, fables, and dreams. When Castro took ill, Frias was sent by his newspaper to the island for 12 days. During the trip, Frias was overcome by emotion as he met for the first time, people who were important to his family. My prayer is that he and his parents are able to freely visit Cuba in the near future. The descriptions of the way of life of the average Cuban citizen were grim, especially when contrasted with the way that tourists and members of the party and government are able to live. A really interesting book.

  • Vilo
    2019-01-16 10:49

    Carlos Frias writes about visiting Cuba just as Castro got ill. Two things his passport did not reveal. 1) He was a journalist. 2) His parents were Cuban refugees. This is an inside look at life in Cuba now and 50 years ago. The power and self discovery of gathering your family's history is evident. Also interesting is his contrasting his moral code with that of his father's generation.

  • Pat
    2019-01-04 14:10

    A great true story about growing up in Cuba. Sad, funny, and an insight into how Cuba still is since the 60's.

  • Amy Miller
    2019-01-02 11:45

    What a beautiful book. By the time I crashed into the last few chapters, I was weeping along with Carlos and his family.

  • Leslie Poulos
    2018-12-20 15:02

    Fascinating look at Cuba and the effect of the Revolution on one family.

  • el_quijote
    2018-12-20 12:54

    Carlos Frias is a Cuban-American living in South Florida. He is the son of Cuban émigrés that left Cuba in the years after Fidel Castro took power in 1959. Carlos was born in America and only knows Cuba from the memories that his extended family have told him over the years. Mr. Frias works as a sportswriter for a Florida newspaper and when Fidel Castro falls ill in 2006 the paper sends him to Cuba to report what he can. “Take Me With You” is the personal story of what the young Mr. Frias finds in Cuba. The book succeeds on two levels. It is both an observation of the lives of ordinary Cubans today and a deeply personal memoir of his extended family, the family that came to America and the family that stayed behind in Cuba. It is this reconciliation of what was and what is, and how it is remembered by the different family members that makes this book so readable and alive.When Carlos returns to Florida and has to tell his family what he saw and found in Cuba. They have to face reality. As they were making a new life in America the family they left behind was also evolving. It is the story of the how the Frias family faces this sometimes painful reality that showcases their humanity and compassion. Carlos Frias does have a family to be proud.

  • Bonnie
    2019-01-05 09:53

    What an incredible book! If you have even a passing interest in what life is like in Cuba today, read this book. Carlos Frias goes to from Miama to Cuba (via Cancun) to visit the families of his Cuban-refugee parents. He is an undercover journalist taking notes and pictures and interviewing family members in and around Havana. In the US, we hear about the free medical care in Cuba, but what we don't hear is that people must take their own sheets and gowns if they want clean ones at the hospital. One of Carlos' cousins has asthma and, since inhalers aren't available, she goes to the hospital and uses the community nebulizer there. The inequality of living conditions between party members and non-members is astounding. This is one of the most eye-opening books I've read in years.

  • Sheila Friedman
    2019-01-04 16:04

    I really enjoyed reading this memoir. Frias takes you off the tourist's "yellow brick road" and into the heart of a very broken nation. Of all the books I have read since returning from Cuba, this one opened the curtain the most onto a stage in which absolutely nothing is as it seems. He describes what goes on in Cuban households on a daily basis. It is incredibly sad to know what these poor people must endure just to survive. I highly recommend this if you want to try to understand the current situation in Cuba.

  • Mafemrb
    2019-01-15 16:12

    Carlos Frias definitely took me to the more poignant and emotional Cuba with this book. I liked it because his writing focused on human interest stories, very personal and real, without the usual political commentary that is so common in most of the books that I've read about Cuba.

  • Edithandersen
    2019-01-04 14:51

    Chose this book as a quick summer read. It was better than that. Unexpected relationship of two boys with a stranger who happens to stop at their father's service station for repairs. I give it a 3.5.

  • Patricia Sanders
    2018-12-20 15:46

    A wonderful memoir about a Cuban American man that reconnects with his family's cuban roots. This takes us inside the real Cuba and also shows us the importance of family. A beautiful story to treasure.

  • Laura
    2018-12-22 15:53

    The author brought you along on his first trip to Cuba, the country of his family. Current day and the author lives in Miami.

  • Bob Schuemann
    2019-01-15 11:45

    Great read after my recent trip to Cuba

  • Jon
    2018-12-27 11:48

    Carlos is a good writer and he had a compelling story to tell. Read it.

  • Jocelyn
    2018-12-24 11:59

    Focuses mostly on the author's family living in Cuba. Also provides insight into the current state of Cuba, much of which is poor and rundown.

  • Hugh
    2018-12-30 13:14

    A good look at daily life in Cuba. Would have been nice if something happened somewhere in the book. Anything, really

  • Odalys
    2018-12-20 12:52

    It took me some time to get into it..... but towards the middle I was crying like a baby. Very good!!!!