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My my NYT book review has attracted at least one new sale as evidenced by this fan letter I received just today:

Dear Ms. Chiang,

I just finished reading your book "The Handsomest Man in Cuba" and I must comment that I have never read such egotistical drivel from a so-called travel writer. Your website says it all when it states "the self-indulgent writings" et al.

If you're going to write about your travel adventures and expect other people to read them and enjoy it, please write about the culture, the people and the history of the countries that you visit and your experience in relationship to these cultures so that you can convey to your readers a sense of the country.

All you did in "The Handsomest Man in Cuba" was basically bitch about everyone and everything in the most untrusting way.

I have been to Cuba several times and my experience was totally different than yours. Perhaps because I didn't think solely of myself the entire trip.

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