Bears in the Streets
Three Journeys Across A Changing RussiaBook - 2017 | First edition.
**One of Bustle's 17 of the Best Nonfiction Books Coming in January 2017 and Men's Journal 's 7 Best Books of January**
"Brilliant, real and readable." --former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright
**A USA Today "New and Noteworthy" Book**
Lisa Dickey traveled across the whole of Russia three times--in 1995, 2005 and 2015--making friends in eleven different cities, then coming back again and again to see how their lives had changed. Like the acclaimed British documentary series Seven Up! , she traces the ups and downs of ordinary people's lives, in the process painting a deeply nuanced portrait of modern Russia.
From the caretakers of a lighthouse in Vladivostok, to the Jewish community of Birobidzhan, to a farmer in Buryatia, to a group of gay friends in Novosibirsk, to a wealthy family in Chelyabinsk, to a rap star in Moscow, Dickey profiles a wide cross-section of people in one of the most fascinating, dynamic and important countries on Earth. Along the way, she explores dramatic changes in everything from technology to social norms, drinks copious amounts of vodka, and learns firsthand how the Russians really feel about Vladimir Putin.
Including powerful photographs of people and places over time, and filled with wacky travel stories, unexpected twists, and keen insights, Bears in the Streets offers an unprecedented on-the-ground view of Russia today.
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"We took our seats at the small dining room table while Valentina bustled around the kitchen, preparing a lunch of pelmeni with sour cream and a tomato salad slathered in oil. She brought out a bottle of semisweet Russian champagne and dusty Tetra Pak box of red wine. ' Have whichever you like, ' she said, as Max picked up the wine and peered at it. 'The most popular wine in Italy," he said, reading off the side of the box. He raised his eyebrows. 'Let's have the champagne,' he said."
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