Tag Archives: social history

Book Review: The Accusation

The Accusation Bandi English translation of 2014 Korean original by Deborah Smith, Grove, 2017 Subtitled “Forbidden Stories From Inside North Korea”  the bright propaganda poster cover certainly drew my attention whilst browsing Elliott Bay Books, and a few glances inside … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Snow Gypsy

The Snow Gypsy Ashford, Isabella Lake Union Publishing, 2019 Spain, April 1938: 14 year old Lola takes the family’s goats and heads up to the mountain pastures for them to feed.  As she returns later in the day, a late … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Whiskey Sea

The Whiskey Sea Creel, Ann Howard Lake Union Publishing, 2016 An Amazon book of the month choice,  The Whiskey Sea centers on a fishing community outside of New York City in the lead-up to prohibition.  When the prostitute living near … Continue reading

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Book Review: Middlesex

Middlesex Eugenides, Jeffrey 2002 Middlesex was a book recommended to me by a friend in the midst of a discussion on  gender roles in different societies. Given the context, I assumed it would be a dry academic study, at best … Continue reading

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Book Review: Black Earth

Black Earth Meier, Andrew Norton, NY, 2003   This book was a random find in a used book store near Pike Place, and a good one.  The author went to Moscow as a grad student and fell in love with … Continue reading

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Book Review: Comrades – Portraits of Soviet Life

Comrades Portraits of Soviet Life Bookbinder, Alan; Lichtenstein, Olivia;  Denton, Richard Plume, 1985 Basically a book of life sketches within the USSR of the mid 80’s.  With the exception of the 18 year old about to turn into a soldier, … Continue reading

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Book Review: Berlin to Bucharest – Travels in Eastern Europe

Berlin to Bucharest – Travels in Eastern Europe Gill, Anton Grafton Books, London, 1990 Beginning in Hamburg (en route to Rostock) and ending in Albania, the author relates details of his travels just behind the iron curtain in the final … Continue reading

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