Still looking for a FridayReads? GOOD NEWS: Our travel writing book club is back! The first meeting of the re-christened Innocents Abroad Book Club will be Saturday, July 14 at 11:30AM. We’ll have brunchy treats available in the cafe. More info:
Remember all those books you’ve read that have inspired you to travel? The stories about faraway places (or nearby ones) that make you daydream about hopping on a plane and exploring somewhere new? The tales that make you feel you know a foreign city inside and out?
We certainly do. So Housing Works Bookstore Cafe is partnering with The Innocents Abroad, a travel and food TV show where viewers get to know cultures through their culinary customs and specific dishes, everyone’s favorite way to feel like we’re traveling, even when we have neither the time nor money.
The IABG is a select group of travel-loving bibliophile New Yorkers getting together to discuss a travel-themed book each month. This month’s book will be Ian Frazier’s Travels in Siberia. The group will be organized and run by The Innocents themselves, Kate Thorman and Nora Chovanec, who will provide discussion questions and will lead the meeting. The group is open to all interested; please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can get an idea of attendance. It’s a big book, we know, if you don’t finish still attend for discussion.
More on Travels in Siberia by Ian Frazier: With great empathy and epic sweep, Frazier tells the stories of Siberia’s most famous exiles, from the well-known—Dostoyevsky, Lenin (twice), Stalin (numerous times)—to the lesser known (like Natalie Lopukhin, banished by the empress for copying her dresses) to those who experienced unimaginable suffering in Siberian camps under the Soviet regime, forever immortalized by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn in The Gulag Archipelago. Frazier reveals Siberia’s role in history—its science, economics, and politics—with great passion and enthusiasm, ensuring that we’ll never think about it in the same way again. Travels in Siberia is also a unique chronicle of Russia since the end of the Soviet Union, a personal account of adventures among Russian friends and acquaintances, and, above all, a unique, captivating, totally Frazierian take on what he calls the “amazingness” of Russia—a country that, for all its tragic history, somehow still manages to be funny.
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- berezina said: Though Frazier’s book didn’t make me eager to drive across Siberia.
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