A Soviet Childhood in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine

A Soviet Childhood in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine

Thank you to Julia Bendis for sharing this excerpt from her book, No Smiling Allowed: Growing up in Soviet Russia and other funny stories from a Jewish immigrant. ABOUT NO SMILING ALLOWED: This book is a comedic take on life in the former Soviet Union, as an immigrant in America. Bendis has compiled many years … Continued

Travel back to India: The Secret Keeper of Jaipur

I absolutely loved The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi and wrote about it for Ms. Magazine and Thrive Global. It is possible that I enjoyed her new book, THE SECRET KEEPER OF JAIPUR, which will be available TOMORROW even more! In the second book, which is set in 1969, Malik is now twenty, Lakshmi is … Continued

Beltane: Excerpt from Dublin Street

The following is an excerpt from my book: Dublin Street, about my university experiences in Edinburgh and London. I picked this particular section on Beltane because it evokes the unique character of Edinburgh and how a city adapts it’s historical traditions into the modern city fabric. Other city celebrations scattered throughout the year include Burn’s Night … Continued

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