Dear Fang, With Love - Rufi Thorpe

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In Thorpe’s well-paced and enjoyable novel, Lucas and his 17-year old daughter Vera take a trip to Vilnius, Lithuania in the summer before her senior year of high school. Vera was diagnosed with bipolar illness the previous year and is floundering due to the side effects of her medications. On the trip Lucas hopes to learn more about his grandmother’s past—she fought with the partisans against the Nazis before later emigrating to the U.S.—while lifting his daughter’s spirits. The historically contested ground of Vilnius provides a unique backdrop for this tale of the complicated ties that bind us to our families, and the difficulties faced by teenagers suffering from mental illness.
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$16.00
ISBN: 9781101911570
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Published: Vintage - April 18th, 2017

A Very Expensive Poison: The Assassination of Alexander Litvinenko and Putin's War with the West - Luke Harding

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This is a riveting account of one of the most shocking political assassinations in recent history. Alexander Litvinenko was a high-ranking FSB agent (Russia’s post-Soviet successor agency to the KGB) before he fled to the London, where he became a prominent critic of the Putin regime. There he was poisoned by two men with ties to the Russian government. Harding shows how UK investigators proved the killings were ordered at the highest level of the Russian government, and in doing so reveals the extent to which Putin and his inner circle rely on murder and human rights violations to carry out their geopolitical objectives and silence dissent.

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$18.00
ISBN: 9781101973998
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Published: Vintage - January 24th, 2017

Where the Jews Aren't: The Sad and Absurd Story of Birobidzhan, Russia's Jewish Autonomous Region - Masha Gessen

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Masha Gessen is one of the best contemporary writers on Russian society and politics today. Here she delves into a fascinating and sad page of Russian-Jewish history, when after the Bolshevik revolution Jews were granted their own homeland in far-eastern Siberia where they were promised cultural and political autonomy. However soon after Stalin’s rise to power Birobidzhan’s Jewish identity began to be suppressed. Gessen skillfully uses example of the life of David Bergelson, one of the 20th Century’s most renowned Yiddish writers and a Birobidzhan emigrant, to personalize the tragic story of this remote area that was briefly a beacon of hope for the Jewish people.

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$25.00
ISBN: 9780805242461
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Published: Schocken - August 23rd, 2016

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