Recommended Reading List for Haiti
In order to be better equipped to understand and to walk in mutual solidarity with the Haitian people, I am suggesting the books, movie, and music listed below.
If you have any other suggested material, please let me know.
Felix Ortiz – Cotto
Recommended Readings about Haiti
Bell, Madison Smartt. Toussaint Louverture, A Biography. New York: Pantheon Books, 2007.
Bosch, Juan. De Cristobal Colon a Fidel Castro, El Caribe, Frontera Imperial. La Habana: Editorial de Ciencias Sociales, 1983. (Spanish)
Danticat, Edwidge. Kirk? Krak!. New York: Vintage Books, a Division of Random House, 1996.
Davis, Wade. The Serpent and the Rainbow, A Harvard Scientist’s Astonishing Journey into the Secret Society of Haitian Voodoo, Zombis and Magic. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1985.
Farmer, Paul. The Uses of Haiti. Monroe, ME: Common Courage Press, 2005.
James, C. L. R. The Black Jacobins, Toussaint L’Ouverture and the San Domingo Revolution. New York: Vintage Books, a Division of Random House, Inc., 1989.
Kidder, Tracy. Mountain Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World. New York: Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2004.
Shacochis, Bob. The Immaculate Invasion. New York: Penguin Books, 1999.
Sunshine, Catherine. The Caribbean: Survival, Struggle and Sovereignty. Washington, D.C.: EPICA Task Force, 1988.
Trost, Margaret. On That Day Everybody Ate, One Woman’s Story of Hope and Possibility in Haiti. Kihei, Hawaii: Koa Books, 2008.
Wilentz, Amy. The Rainy Season: Haiti Since Duvalier. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1990.
Video: The Serpent and the Rainbow. Dir. Wes Craven. Universal Pictures, 1988. (Rated R, 98 minutes)
Music (Social Justice): Bryan Sirchio, Crosswind Music: “Wooden Bell,” “Staring at my Overflowing Plate.” Additional information at: http://www.sirchio.com.