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The Border
The Border: A Journey Around Russia Through North Korea, China, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Ukraine, Belarus, Lithuania, Poland, Latvia, Estonia, Finland, Norway, and the Northwest Passage | Erika Fatland
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The acclaimed author of Sovietistan travels along the seemingly endless Russian border and reveals the deep and pervasive influence it has had across half the globe. Imperial, communist or autocratic, Russia has beenand remainsa towering and intimidating neighbor. Whether it is North Korea in the Far East through the former Soviet republics in Asia and the Caucasus, or countries on the Caspian Ocean and the Black Sea. What would it be like to traverse the entirety of the Russian periphery to examine its effects on those closest to her? An astute and brilliant combination of lyric travel writing and modern history, The Border is a book about Russia without its author ever entering Russia itself. Fatland gets to the heart of what it has meant to be the neighbor of that mighty, expanding empire throughout history. As we follow Fatland on her journey, we experience the colorful, exciting, tragic and often unbelievable histories of these bordering nations along with their cultures, their people, their landscapes. Sharply observed and wholly absorbing, The Border is a surprising new way to understand a broad part our world.
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Fatland does such a wonderful job of combining travelogue and history, and I enjoyed this every bit as much as Sovietstan. It helped me understand struggles between Russia and its neighbors in terms of history, geography, and ethnicity. She traveled to each of the countries that border Russia from North Korea in the east to Norway in the west, including some breakaway republics like Donetsk in eastern Ukraine. Highly recommend! #NFNov

Ann_Reads Good review! Adding that one to my nonfiction list. 🙂 4mo
jlhammar Cool photo and great review! 4mo
Megabooks @jlhammar thanks! We had a big storm over the weekend, so I had to snap a pic of all the branches I collected. 4mo
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Megabooks @Ann_Reads I really enjoyed her other book that has been translated as well. Plus someone mentioned, I think it was you Jamie @jlhammar , that she has a new one coming out as well. Other one currently published ➡️ 4mo
Cinfhen I enjoyed Sovietistan - she‘s a good writer and I appreciate her thoughts on the places she visits. 4mo
Ann_Reads @Megabooks Thank you for all that extra information. Also, I never would have thought to take a pic of my book on collected branches. Really cool, except the big storm aspect, that caused all the branches to fall. 4mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen 💯 agree and thank you for finding the new one! 4mo
Megabooks @Ann_Reads thanks! Our maple is a tough old tree that has withstood a lot of storms. We are lucky to have her! 4mo
Megabooks @Ann_Reads knock on wood that it withstands more 😉 4mo
BarbaraBB Great review and Donetsk has been all over the news lately, I‘d love to lean more about it. Stacked! 4mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB her trip to Donetsk was one of the most interesting parts. I think you‘ll really like this! 4mo
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Starting my big (600 page!) #NonfictionNovember print read with a foggy cover on this foggy morning.

jlhammar Awesome! Hope you enjoy. That is one heavy book! 5mo
Megabooks @jlhammar I‘m engrossed so far! 5mo
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🌙 Herbal tea after dinner (usually peppermint)
🌙 Heck yes! Tagged is my nightstand book. Really good so far.
🌙 Quiet

Thanks for the tag @Eggs

Amiable I have a mug of camomile tea every night, too. 🫖❤️ 10mo
MoonWitch94 I ❤️ Peppermint Tea in the evening! Thanks for playing 🌙📖🙂 9mo
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