Bookshelf: Lenin Lives Next Door: Marriage, Martinis, and Mayhem in Moscow

There’s a tricky balance to writing well about expat life. Some people are so wide-eyed and enamored with their adopted homes that all they do is gush about how wonderful and fascinating and inspiring life abroad is. At the other end of the spectrum are writers who complain so relentlessly about the country they’re living … Continue reading Bookshelf: Lenin Lives Next Door: Marriage, Martinis, and Mayhem in Moscow

Bookshelf: Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking: A Memoir of Food and Longing

The seventy-something guy seated next to me on my flight from Philadelphia to Fort Myers, Florida last month peered at the spine of my book and guffawed at the title. “Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking?” he snorted. “I didn’t know they had any food to cook over there!” It’s an easy, obvious joke to … Continue reading Bookshelf: Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking: A Memoir of Food and Longing