Mother Doll (Staff Pick)

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Mother Doll: A Novel By Katya Apekina Cover Image
ISBN: 9781419770951
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Published: The Overlook Press - March 12th, 2024

Blending Russian cynicism with the playfulness of Lincoln in the Bardo, Mother Doll is a nestled stack of intergenerational traumas that features characters who are capable of great resilience but also great betrayal, abandonment, and spite. Apekina depicts the Russian Revolution with as much aplomb as she does present-day Los Angeles and leaves us with the question: is humanity really as monstrous as the titular matriarch insists?"

- Rachael

The Future is History

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The Future Is History (National Book Award Winner): How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia By Masha Gessen Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781594634536
Published: Riverhead Books - October 3rd, 2017


This work of nonfiction reads like a compelling novel where Masha follows the lives of young people just old enough to remember the fall of the USSR. Their stories intertwine with those of their parents and grandparents showing the generational disconnect and the obstacles it presents. Through interviews and impressive research Masha shares the truth behind the iron curtain and what happened after it was rent in two.


The Man Without a Face

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The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin By Masha Gessen Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594486517
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 5th, 2013

After living in the center of Moscow during the 2012 presidential election, I thought I knew just about everything there was to know about Putin's election and his initial rise to power. I was amazed after reading Masha's brilliant reporting of just how much was going on behind the scenes. This scathing book doesn't pull any punches and anyone who follows current events should give it a read.


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