The Under-Explored Topic of Returning Home

Return: Why We Go Back to Where We Come From, by Kamal Al-Solaylee (HarperCollins, September 7, 2021)Buy it used or new at SecondSale.com Immigrants, no matter our origins and skin tones, share a common delusion: we think we take pieces of our homelands with us and leave parts of ourselves behind whenever we choose or... Continue Reading →

Two Histories From Imperial Austria

Since I've been having a bit of a stress-induced reading slump these last months, I'm trying to motivate by picking up books that I've really wanted to read but never seem to get around to. Which brought me to a favorite topic: Empress Elisabeth. I've mentioned before that if you don't know Sisi already and... Continue Reading →

Russia, In the Words of Its Neighbors

Book review: The Border: A Journey Around Russia, by Erika Fatland, translated from Norwegian by Kari Dickson I turned and looked out at the grey ocean. Here, right here, is where Asia and mighty Russia end. In The Border: A Journey Around Russia, journalist and Sovietistan author Erika Fatland embarks on an ambitious nine-month journey... Continue Reading →

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