We are living in such “interesting” times. As if a pandemic weren’t enough, now Russia has gone to war against Ukraine. I grew up in the Cold War/USSR era. David and I keep saying we need to brush up on our geography because things have changed a lot since we were studying maps in 3rd grade. My favorite way to learn more about countries and cultures is through reading. In the pages of a well-crafted novel or memoir the essence of a place shines through. I decided that this is a good time to learn more about Ukraine so I’ve chosen “Love & Vodka” for our March LWD Book Club read.
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Love & Vodka:
My Surreal Adventures in Ukraine
by R.J. Fox
Love & Vodka is a book with broad appeal. It is a unique hybrid of travel memoir and love story that seamlessly blends humor, culture shock, and romance. It is about taking a chance in life and seeing where it leads, as well as learning more about the world—and about yourself. The world is large and full of potential; one just needs to be willing to take a gamble and explore the possibilities that exist.
Bobby is over the moon after sharing a bike on the E.T. ride at Universal Studios with Katya. Join our “intrepid crusader” as he takes a leap of faith—traveling from comfortable “have-a-nice day…and have-a-warm-shower” suburban Detroit to the former center of Cold War Soviet missile production. And unbeknownst to anyone but himself, he’s bringing an engagement ring! Experience life in a city that, until the mid-1980s, was closed to foreign visitors. R.J. Fox’s humorous, poignant, and memorable expedition is punctuated by a colorful cast of characters, adventures, and cultural mishaps and misunderstandings—from irate babushka women to hard-drinking uncles. Lesser mortals might have “phoned home” to be rescued. Armchair travelers and romantics—you will find yourself both schooled in hard knocks and heartened to have shared in the unforgettable experience of Love & Vodka!
WHAT ARE YOU READING LATELY?
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What’s better than curling up with a good book and a delicious cup of tea? And when the tea is named “Reading Nook“? Perfection.