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Everything Is Normal

If you love anything and everything Russian then you’ll want to add Everything Is Normal to your TBR. This in depth memoir is the coming of age book about Sergey who grew up in the 70’s-80’s in Russia. He experienced life before Gorbachev and after.

Growing up in the USA I don’t know what it’s like to be sheltered from the outside world like Sergey was growing up. To realize other countries are vastly different and not as evil as you’ve been taught has got to be mind boggling. To love your country and yet yearn to be free from it has to be quite the quandary.

Reading about Russia through Sergey’s eyes is fascinating. He brings all the characteristics of Russia to the page. You don’t even need a passport to step-back in time. I took one year of Russian in college, but this book brought to life more than what I experienced in trying to learn the language.

I received my digital copy of Everything Is Normal by Sergey Grechishkinfor free from NetGalley care of the publisher InkShares, who kindly reached out to ask if I’d be interested in reading this memoir. Of course I would. Thank you Angela.

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