Diversity Boston: Book shelf
Written by: Reinaldo Arenas
Recommended by: Reuben Reynolds, musical director, Boston Gay Mens Chorus
"Reinaldo Arenas narrates his life from growing up in rural Cuba to his oppression as a dissident writer and homosexual and on to ending his own life as an exile in New York rather than succumbing to AIDS. It is a story of growing up in a land where there is no diversity if you are different you are an enemy of the state and are persecuted, even thrown in jail.
In December "we will be singing Navidad by composer Leopoldo Gonzalez. The song is about the wonderful memories of home and your mother, and how sad it is to be separated from the people you love. I think of Reinaldo, and all people ostracized because they are different, every time we sing it."