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Bears in the Streets

Lisa Dickey (St. Martin's $25.99)

Dickey (a three-time contributor to Russian Life) takes a longitudinal approach in this travel essay cum memoir, compiling and interweaving impressions and experiences from three different trans-Russia adventures (1995, 2005 and 2015). This approach – as she revisits and gets reaquainted with friends and places – provides an invaluable perspective on Russia’s changes over the last three decades. But it is Dickey’s easy and enjoyable style, full of insider observations and self-deprecating humor, that make this an un-put-downable read.


— Paul E. Richardson

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Reviewed in Russian Life: Jan/Feb 2017