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A Mountain of Crumbs
A Mountain of Crumbs: A Memoir | Elena Gorokhova
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Elena Gorokhovas A Mountain of Crumbs is the moving story of a Soviet girl who discovers the truths adults are hiding from her and the lies her homeland lives by. Elenas country is no longer the majestic Russia of literature or the tsars, but a nation struggling to retain its power and its pride. Born with a desire to explore the world beyond her borders, Elena finds her passion in the complexity of the English languagebut in the Soviet Union of the 1960s such a passion verges on the subversive. Elena is controlled by the state the same way she is controlled by her mother, a mirror image of her motherland: overbearing, protective, difficult to leave. In the battle between a strong-willed daughter and her authoritarian mother, the daughter, in the end, must break free and leave in order to survive. Through Elenas captivating voice, we learn not only the stories of Russian family life in the second half of the twentieth century, but also the story of one rebellious citizen whose curiosity and determination finally transport her to a new world. It is an elegy to the lost country of childhood, where those who leave can never return.
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Eggs
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catebutler
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My reading set up this lovely spring evening. It‘s been a busy day, so settling in a bit later than usual. Normally I enjoy cooking dinner, but tonight calls for take out. While Mr. S runs to pick it up, I‘m catching up on a little reading time. We‘ll be catching up on Game of Thrones, and Killing Eve, this evening. We‘ve been so excited for both of these series to start up again! Anyone else excited for these two? Happy evening, dear readers.

RvnclawWhovian Can‘t wait for GoT!! 10mo
catebutler @RvnclawWhovian Just watching the second to last episode in the 7th season. We‘ll be ready for Sunday evening! 🐉 10mo
Freespirit Cate I really enjoyed the first season of Killing Eve😊loved the quirky characters. 10mo
catebutler @Freespirit I‘m so glad to hear this! I agree, the characters are so fun. Just saw the first episode of the second season and can‘t wait to see what happens next. 10mo
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catebutler
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I usually try to fit in one or two non-fictions in my monthly TBR. This month, I‘m finally getting to the tagged book. It‘s been lingering on my shelf for over a year, & was supposed to be a buddy read with a dear friend last January. Needless to say, it‘s now been plucked from the shelf, dusted off & cracked open. I‘m enjoying this coming of age, food memoir, by a strong & resilient woman who grew up in Communist Russia during the 1960‘s & 70‘s.

LeahBergen Gorgeous! And gorgeous poppy tea cup and saucer! ❤️ 12mo
catebutler @LeahBergen Thank you! It was a lucky find at TJ Maxx. I love the pop of red with the poppies. 12mo
squirrelbrain Ooh I have Russian Tattoo by the same author. I think it‘s about her mother moving to be with her in the US. It‘s been on my TBR shelf for a year or two, maybe I should move it up a bit?! 12mo
catebutler @squirrelbrain Oh! I‘ll have to look that one up! She talks quite a bit about her mother (the book opens with her story) and she sounded fascinating. I‘d love to read more about her. Let me know what you think, once you pick up ‘Russian Tattoo‘. 12mo
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Caroline2
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So for today‘s #tenthavenuefreezeout prompt I thought I‘d go with a Cold War book. I still haven‘t read the tagged book yet but it‘s about a young girl growing up behind the Iron Curtain during the 1960s! 👍🏻 #winterwonderland

TrishB Cool 👍🏻 1y
Cinfhen I‘ve actually already stacked this book although I have no memory of ever seeing this title before 🤷‍♀️ 1y
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merelybookish
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As a child of the 80s, I have watched a lot more movies than read book set #backntheUSSR. (Anyone remember White Nights?)
But I heard an interview with this author on NPR years ago, and was intrigued. It seems to be part coming-of-age, part food memoir by a woman who grew up in Communist Russian in the 60s and 70s.
(Sorry for the blurry image - took it from The Telegraph. Nicer than US cover and I liked the subtitle.) #rockinmay @cinfhen

Cinfhen Yes, I LOVED White Nights!!! 🎵say you, say me 🎶 3y
Cinfhen Book sounds fascinating, stacked! 3y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Oh my - White Nights! 😍 Watched over and over! (And Baryshnikov - yum) 3y
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MidnightBookGirl Love White Nights! 3y
merelybookish @Cinfhen That song! I can remember slow dancing to it at school.dances. There was always confusion about what to do when the fast part hit. 😄 3y
merelybookish @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Oh yes, it was all about Baryshnikov. 😍 3y
merelybookish @MidnightBookGirl You have great taste! 😉 3y
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Leelee08
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I can't wait till this semester ends and I have time to read for FUN--- my TBR pile is getting too big!📚🤓 #booksarelife #listyrocks

WordWaller Per the quote--Or a stay-cation! Sometime I just want to have a "vacation" that consists of only reading books for a few days. I could do that ? 3y
Leelee08 @WordWaller Exactly! I'm so looking forward to reading every day for a month! 3y
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