Bears in the Streets

Bears in the Streets

Three Journeys Across A Changing Russia

Book - 2017 | First edition.
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**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.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2017.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781250092298
Branch Call Number: 947.086 DIC
Characteristics: 325 pages :,illustrations, map


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Oct 01, 2018

Lisa Dickey's 20-project gives you a peek into the lives of ordinary Russians at three different points in time -- 1995, 2005, and 2015. She is able to visit all but one of the families initially interviewed in her journeys. Starting from Vladivostok on the border of China and the Sea of Japan and ending ins St. Petersburg near the Baltic Sea, the author interviews Russians of various ages and ethnic backgrounds. Some have prospered while others have barely hung on during the 20 years. Dickey has a knack of drawing interesting character portraits with very few words which leaves the reader free to concentrate on the interactions between them. Two themes run through the book -- most Russians like Vladimir Putin and most Russians believe that Americans think bears still run in the streets throughout Russia. Dickey also learns the meaning behind the phrase, "We hate the American government but we like Americans." Her few forays into discussing politics rarely ended well. Perhaps, it's fitting that the author ends the books with a story about a bear wandering through a Los Angeles neighborhood.

Oct 31, 2017

The author has been interested in Russian history and language all through university, etc. and takes her first trip to Moscow in 1995 where she joins with another journalist and tours various cities, writing and photographing the locals. She returns again ten years later in 2005, and revisits the same cities, same locals and then repeats again in 2015, documenting the personal lives and how the changes in the interim have affected her various cities and people she's met and now considers friends. Really interesting and well-written.


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Oct 01, 2018

"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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