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February 1, 2016 BOOKLIST
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Russia, like Turkey, is an old country that is geographically and historically both European and Asian. From the elegance of St. Petersburg to the epicenter of Moscow to the vast steppes that evoke Russia’s endlessness to the far eastern portions of the country (the region that, as Sarah Palin reminded us, can be seen from Alaska), Russia encompasses many time zones, climatic conditions, historical movements, and cultural trends—all of which translates to a great setting for crime fiction and a great place to visit for mystery-loving travelers.
Culture Shock! A Survival Guide to Customs and Etiquette: Russia. By Ann Pavlovskaya. Marshall Cavendish, paper, $15.95 (9780761454144).
The intention of this series is to help “expatriates and long-term visitors cushion the impact of culture shock whenever they move to a new country.” Topics include first impressions, a historical overview, language, and how to conduct business.
Kamchatka: A Journal & Guide to Russia’s Land of Ice and Fire. By Diana Gleadhill. Airphoto International, $24.95 (9789622177802).
Where? The Far East of Russia, that is, and the place where few travelers venture. But this guide will steer the intrepid explorer through some of the most spectacular volcanic, wildlife-rich scenery in the world.
Lake Baikal: Siberia’s Great Lake. By Marc di Duca. Bradt, paper, $25.99 (9781841622941).
Here’s a trip few have undertaken: to the shores of Lake Baikal in Siberia, the largest freshwater lake in the world. Interested? Consult this comprehensive guide to the area and stand to be convinced it’s the trip for you.
Literary Russia. By Anna Benn and Rosamund Bartlett. Overlook, $37.50 (9781585674442).
Devotees of Russian literature abound, and this guide offers just what they need: a tour of Russia tailored to visiting the sites of the most important scenes in the country’s literature.
Russia. By Simon Richmond and others. 5th ed. Lonely Planet, paper, $29.99 (9781741047226).
Lonely Planet guides have a solid reputation for no-nonsense advice about no-frills travel, and this general guide to Russia should be the first place to turn for travelers looking to visit the country without having to take out a second mortgage.
Trans-Siberian Railway. By Mark Elliott and Simon Richmond. 3d ed. Lonely Planet, paper, $20 (9781741041354).
The Trans-Siberian Railway not only offers one of the most exciting, adventuresome rail journeys in the world but also provides the perfect opportunity for experiencing both the Asian and European sides of Russian history and culture.
A Travel Guide to Jewish Russia & Ukraine. By Ben Frank. Pelican, paper, $25 (9781565543553).
Many Jewish Americans are descendants of Russian Jews, who, in their long history as residents of the Pale of Settlement, suffered both repression and physical persecution. The author of this helpful guide uses the path taken by his forebear, a twelfth-century rabbi and explorer, as a way to share with his readers and fellow travelers the important sites in Russian Jewish history.
A Traveller’s History of Russia. By Peter Neville. 5th ed. Interlink, paper, $14.95 (9781566566452).
From an estimable series comes a succinct but not watered-down history of Russia, from the rise of Muscovy to the end of the Soviet Union.
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