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The Tsar of Love and Techno: Stories By Anthony Marra Cover Image
ISBN: 9780770436452
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Hogarth - July 19th, 2016

Upon finishing this book I wept inconsolably. Marra has woven together this collection of short stories into a tender and heart-wrenching story that has an irrevocably haunting (in the best way) impact on me. 

Review by Lily

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American Kompromat: How the KGB Cultivated Donald Trump, and Related Tales of Sex, Greed, Power, and Treachery By Craig Unger Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593182536
Published: Dutton - January 26th, 2021

Very interesting and thought provoking book. It shows the reader the tangled web of overlapping facts that all point back to potential Kompromat by Russian agents over the last decades. The greed, corruption and race for power is undeniable. It provides the answers of how America lost its moral compass, duped the public and lead us to insurrection. 

Review by Sue

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The Winter of the Witch: A Novel (Winternight Trilogy #3) By Katherine Arden Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101886014
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Del Rey - October 1st, 2019

Beginning with the first book, The Bear and the Nightingale, this beautiful fantasy trilogy is set in a version of medieval Russia in which history and myth coexist. In Witch yet more characters from Russian folklore are woven in as fiery heroine, Vasya, faces the foes of Moscow, Rus', and humanity... whether the powers that be are behind her or not.


I recommend reading this dark, mystical book on a chilly night (forecast looks promising) — but only after finishing the first two in the trilogy!

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The House of Government: A Saga of the Russian Revolution By Yuri Slezkine Cover Image
ISBN: 9780691192727
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
Published: Princeton University Press - June 18th, 2019

This is a book that stays with you long after the enormous length of time time that you’ll spend reading it. Not content to merely rival the classics of Russian literature with an epic account of the idealism and ultimate tragedy of the Bolshevik Revolution, Slezkine bores deeply into the Bolsheviks' attempts to create a new socialist society by attacking bourgeois art, fashion, and fitted kitchens.

Review by Stephen