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  • Funny and different

    This is a darkly funny collection of personal essays from a Russian émigré, reminiscent of other acerbic comedian authors like Sara Barron ('The Harm in Asking'). It was fascinating in itself to read about Silver's experiences, not just as a Russian but a Jewish Russian, and having to grapple with that part of her identity in the U.S. The book is surprisingly hard-edged (even more so than you'd expect from the blurb), and a few of the pieces were more stressful than funny to read, and I think overall it could've been edited down a little. However, I was entertained for most of it!

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  • I laughed, I learned...

    What a delightful book. If you grew up in the 80s, like I did,, you probably remember all the news about the USSR, which usually meant Russia. Margarita gives us good look behind the "Iron Curtain", that alternates between serious, funny and sweet. We learn what it' was like to grow up in Russia as a Jewish person and dealing with antisemitism during the 80s. We also get a taste of having Russian parents with very strong opinions and the huge responsibility of being a Babushka. In such a fun & interesting way. If you enjoy films like Moscow on the Hudson and White Nights, this is the book for you! Same for those who have an interest in Russia and/or communism.

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