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Faded Dreams. A Cuban Memoir, by Carlos Rubio

ISBN : 978-1-77076-728-7
Format : 216 pages, 5.5 x 8.5 inches
Interior Ink : Black & white
Binding : Perfect-bound Paperback

Faded Dreams is an epic autobiography by my fellow writer and good friend Carlos Rubio. Beyond being a very personal story of a young man growing up to the backdrop of this remarkable country of Cuba, there is as well a political subplot of a country that is dragged through the mud by one of the most ruthless dictators in recent world history. The people who populate his world all fantastically come alive on the pages; Carlos does so well in telling how special they were to him, and are still special today. This book now gives us a close-up, in your face look at the very human side of Cuba as seen from a young man who lived there and experienced it as could be described as its rise and fall.

Carlos was sent to the United States at a young age by his parents after Castro took over. Things there only get worse. Living in the safety and prosperity of the United States as an adult, Carlos periodically looks at photographs of family and friends he was so fond of in those days before the Revolution. They are no longer alive, but his doting on those photos vividly brings them back to life on the pages -it gives the reader a sense of timelessness and tells how powerfully a childhood was impacted by those people, especially the incredible person that was his father, a man from whom he could never separate himself.

— Alan Hodgkinson (Author of After Incoming)

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Carlos Rubio was born in Cuba and came to the United States in 1961. After finishing high school, he attended Concord College and West Virginia University. A bilingual novelist, in Spanish he has written Caleidoscopio, Saga, Orisha and Hubris. In 1989 his novel Quadrivium received the Nuevo León International Prize for Novels. In English he is the the autor of Orpheus’s Blues, Secret Memories and American Triptych, a trilogy of satirical novels. In 2004 his novel Dead Time received Foreword’s Magazine Book of the Year Award.

In 2014 his novel Forgotten Objects was published by Editions Dedicaces. Since then he has completed two Spanish-language novels, Only the Voice and Double Edge.

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Motorcycle Dreams, by Andreas F. von Recum

ISBN : 978-1-77076-397-5
Format : 160 pages, 6 x 9 inches
Interior Ink : Black & white
Binding : Perfect-bound Paperback

The author reports on his livelong involvement with motorcycles. At first and immediately after WWII in Germany, motorcycles and their smaller cousins mopeds were necessary means of transportation. Beginning in the late sixties and due to increasing living standards for many, motorcycles gave way to small cars and the motorcycle industry almost collapsed in the western world. Amazingly, with ever increasing living standards, motorcycles experienced a revival as a sport and hobby for increasing numbers of mechanically gifted enthusiasts.

The author, now living in Ohio picked up motorcycling in the seventies again. When he retired in 2006, he purchased an old BMW-sidecar combination as a retirement hobby, building on his experience with a rig he owned in the early sixties. Later he purchased a Honda touring bike to replace the aging BMW rig. Over a six-year period, he explored Ohio’s lesser known architectural and landscape beauties, just perfect for the touring motorcycle connoisseur.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

The author immigrated from Germany in 1972. He pursued an academic career at the junction of veterinary medicine with human medicine and engineering, and retired from The Ohio State University in 2006. Throughout his career, he published peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts and an edited handbook in his research field of biomaterials. He also published with Pelican Publ. in 2002 a popular literature book dealing with another of his hobbies: Hunting with Hounds in North America.

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