JOURNEY INTO RUSSIA, by Muhling

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Tuesday, March 3, 7:00 pm

The Travel Book Group is led by Katie Mathews and meets the 1st Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m.

A Journey into Russia By Jens Mühling, Eugene H. Hayworth (Translated by) Cover Image

A Journey into Russia (Paperback)

By Jens Mühling, Eugene H. Hayworth (Translated by)

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When German journalist Jens Mühling met Juri, a Russian television producer selling stories about his homeland, he was mesmerized by what he heard: the real Russia and Ukraine were more unbelievable than anything he could have invented. The encounter changed Mühling’s life, triggering a number of journeys to Ukraine and deep into the Russian heartland on a quest for stories of ordinary and extraordinary people. Away from the bright lights of Moscow, Mühling met and befriended a Dostoevskian cast of characters, including a hermit from Tayga who had only recently discovered the existence of a world beyond the woods, a Ukrainian Cossack who defaced the statue of Lenin in central Kiev, and a priest who insisted on returning to Chernobyl to preach to the stubborn few determined to remain in the exclusion zone.

Unveiling a portion of the world whose contradictions, attractions, and absurdities are still largely unknown to people outside its borders, A Journey into Russia is a much-needed glimpse into one of today’s most significant regions.
Jens Mühling is the author of the travelogue A Journey into Russia and of award-winning features and essays on Eastern Europe.

Eugene H. Hayworth is the translator of several works of contemporary German fiction and nonfiction, including Jen’s Mühling’s A Journey into Russia.
Product Details ISBN: 9781909961128
ISBN-10: 1909961124
Publisher: Haus Publishing
Publication Date: February 15th, 2017
Pages: 342
Language: English
Series: Armchair Traveller
“To understand the ambiguities, contradictions, absurdities and complexities of the Russian soul, the advice was always to read Gogol. The advice now would be to read Jens Mühling. There is a shock of discovery and a shot of pleasure on every page.”
— Times (UK)

“Jens Mühling is a brave man. . . . The spine of his narrative remains the quest for Agafya, for a woman whose ancestors, at each of ‘the crucial crossroads of Russian history’, had refused to follow the herd. . . . It won’t spoil the story to say that he and she (then 69) do finally meet, an encounter that Mühling describes movingly and elegantly. It’s a tribute to the translator, Eugene H Hayworth, that this never reads like a book that was first written in German.”
— Telegraph

“A brilliant account of the Russian frame of mind.”
— Süddeutsche Zeitung

“[Mühling] meets a bewildering variety of ‘old believers’ in a broader sense, from members of the sectarian Orthodox Church . . ., through stubbornly Leninist former Soviet citizens, to newly minted Slavonic pagans. They all want to tell Mühling their life stories which, in his empathetic retelling, provide glimpses into other lives that are vivid and frequently moving.”

— Times Literary Supplement

“[A] rich, eclectic travelogue.”

— Russia Beyond the Headlines

YEAR OF LIVING DANISHLY, by Russell

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Tuesday, February 4, 7:00 pm

The Travel Book Group is led by Katie Mathews and meets the 1st Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m.

The Year of Living Danishly: Uncovering the Secrets of the World's Happiest Country By Helen Russell Cover Image

The Year of Living Danishly: Uncovering the Secrets of the World's Happiest Country (Paperback)

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When she was suddenly given the opportunity of a new life in rural Jutland, journalist and archetypal Londoner Helen Russell discovered a startling statistic: the happiest place on earth isn't Disneyland, but Denmark, a land often thought of by foreigners as consisting entirely of long dark winters, cured herring, Lego and pastries.

What is the secret to their success? Are happy Danes born, or made? Helen decides there is only one way to find out: she will give herself a year, trying to uncover the formula for Danish happiness.

From childcare, education, food and interior design to SAD, taxes, sexism and an unfortunate predilection for burning witches, The Year of Living Danishly is a funny, poignant record of a journey that shows us where the Danes get it right, where they get it wrong, and how we might just benefit from living a little more Danishly ourselves.
Helen Russell is a journalist and former editor of MarieClaire.co.uk. She now lives in rural Jutland and works as a Scandinavia correspondent for the Guardian, as well as writing a column on Denmark for the Daily Telegraph, London.
Product Details ISBN: 9781785780233
ISBN-10: 1785780239
Publisher: Icon Books
Publication Date: April 12th, 2016
Pages: 368
Language: English


COUCHSURFING IN IRAN, by Orth

Travel
Tuesday, January 7, 7:00 pm

The Travel Book Group is led by Katie Mathews and meets the 1st Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m.

Couchsurfing in Iran: Revealing a Hidden World By Stephan Orth, Jamie McIntosh (Translator) Cover Image

Couchsurfing in Iran: Revealing a Hidden World (Paperback)

By Stephan Orth, Jamie McIntosh (Translator)

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Included in the 2018 summer reading list by New York Times Books A modern-day glimpse into the surprising reality of life in Iran. Iran: A destination that is seldom seen by westerners yet often misunderstood. A country that simultaneously "enchants and enrages" those who visit it. A place where leading a double life has become the norm. In Couchsurfing in Iran, award-winning author Stephan Orth spends sixty-two days on the road in this mysterious Islamic republic to provide a revealing, behind-the-scenes look at life in one of the world's most closed societies. Through the unsurpassed hospitality of twenty-two hosts, he skips the guidebooks and tourist attractions and travels from Persian carpet to bed to cot, covering more than 8,400 kilometers to recount "this world's hidden doings." Experiencing daily what he calls the "two Irans" that coexist side by side--the "theocracy, where people mourn their martyrs" in mausoleums, and the "hide-and-seek-ocracy, where people hold secret parties and seek worldly thrills instead of spiritual bliss"--he learns that Iranians have become experts in navigating around their country's strict laws. Though couchsurfing is officially prohibited in Iran--the state fears spies would be able to travel undetected through the country--more than a hundred thousand Iranians are registered with online couchsurfing portals. And thanks to these hospitable, English-speaking strangers, Orth gets up close and personal with locals, peering behind closed doors and blank windows to uncover the inner workings of a country where public show and private reality are strikingly opposed.
Stephan Orth is an award-winning journalist and best-selling author. For nine years, he was online travel editor for Der Spiegel, one of Germany's top news magazines, and he has contributed to National Geographic, the Courier-Mail, and Time Off magazine, among other publications. His next book, Couchsurfing in Russia, will publish in fall 2018. He lives in Hamburg, Germany.
Product Details ISBN: 9781771642804
ISBN-10: 1771642807
Publisher: Greystone Books
Publication Date: May 1st, 2018
Pages: 304
Language: English


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