Bookshelf: Midnight in Siberia

For me, a ride on the Trans-Siberian Railway would be an interesting vacation, and one I’ve long wanted to take. For Russians in the past, Trans-Siberian trains carried people away from their homes into exile. But for millions of Russians today, the Trans-Siberian is simply a mode of transport—the most cost-effective way to get from PointContinue reading “Bookshelf: Midnight in Siberia

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 livingContinue 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 toContinue reading “Bookshelf: Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking: A Memoir of Food and Longing