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Discuss books about/set in Soviet-era Russia
With Russia so much in the news, it seems interesting to look at the very challenging period from 1921 to 1991. I think I have a varied mix of books. I have tried for a mix of heavy and somwhat lighter fare. We have history, oral history, memoir, and fiction to choose from. *️⃣The small non-refundable fee is to have a fund to tip waitstaff if cancellations/no shows leave a reduced party. I’ll bring the amount paid less what’s collected by meetup to the meeting and put it toward the tip. *️⃣ Here’s the booklist. Choose one (or more if you have time and inclination) to read and discuss at the meeting. Nonfiction “Iron Curtain” by Anne Applebaum Wide ranging look at Soviet politics and life in the postwar er. “The Haunted Wood” by Allen Weinstein & Alexander Vassiliev Insider look at the KGB from the Stalin era through the Cold War. “Able Archer 83: The Secret History of the NATO Exercise That Almost Triggered Nuclear War” by Nate Jones Soviet interpretation of Regan era events almost triggers World War III. “The Cold War” by John Lewis Gaddis Widely praised history of the conflict. Oral history Choose either or both, two books compiled by renowned journalist Svetlana Alexievich “Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History Nuclear Disaster” “Secondhand Time:The Last of the Soviets” Fiction “One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich” by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, A snapshot of life in a Soviet labor camp in the 1950s “Darkness at Noon” by Arthur Koestler. The classic novel of Stalin era purges of the revolutionary generation. “A Week Like Any Other: Novellas and Stories” by Natalya Baranskaya.Daily Soviet era life, mostly from women’s perspectives. Memoir “ Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking: A Memoir of Food and Longing” by Anya von Bremzen What the title suggests plus family and cultural history.

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Who is should join? People who like to read and discuss a variety of interesting thought provoking books. Women are welcome! Men are welcome! Nonfiction and fiction, backlist and recent books appear on virtually list, you choose the book you want to read. If you start one and don't much care for it, just switch to another selection. People from any and all backgrounds, welcome! Whether you remember the Great Depression or you were born during the Clinton administration, if you're a grown-up who likes to meet and chat with other adults with wide ranging interests, you are welcome. If you came to Jacksonville from any part of our big varied planet, or if you were born at the confluence of the St Johns River and the Atlantic Ocean and think anything away from the First Coast is exotic travel, YOU ARE WELCOME.

We have two slightly different meeting formats, the dinner meeting with a set book list, and the Saturday coffee shop meeting with free choice within a broad topic. If you're interested, scroll through some of the past meeting description! Feel free to message me if you have questions after you have done that.

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