Tag Archives: Russia


Louisa: The Extraordinary Life of Mrs. Adams by Louisa Thomas is a fascinating history about John Quincy Adams wife. I applaud the author for her diligent, insightful research into the life of a truly extraordinary woman who by this account, … Continue reading

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Yearning To Be Free

A Backpack, a Bear, and Eight Crates of Vodka by Lev Golinkin is an inspirational memoir written by a young Russian Jew about his family’s emigration to the U.S. in the early 90’s. The story begins in the former USSR … Continue reading

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Blood Ties

There Once Lived a Mother Who Loved Her Children, Until They Moved Back In by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya is a collection of three translated novellas about the hardship of family life in Russia. Much like the previous book I reviewed by this … Continue reading

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Enduring War

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena is Anthony Marra’s debut novel and it is superb.  The writing is masterful and at the same time, poetic. This is a story built around two back-to-back Russian revolutions begun in the late 20th century. … Continue reading

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From Russia With Love

No, There Once Was a Girl Who Seduced Her Sister’s Husband and He Hanged Himself: Love Stories by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya is not a novel about James Bond.  What it is, is a collection of short stories by a famous Russian female writer. … Continue reading

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