Vodka, Tears, and Lenin's Angel by Jennifer Gould
My Adventures in the Wild and Woolly Former Soviet Union

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A young journalist seeking wider worlds heads straight into the heart of the storm of the crumbling Soviet Union--and finds a Wild West where the "mafiyeh" (the Russian mafia) has replaced rustlers. of photos.

About Jennifer Gould

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Romance author Jayne Ann Krentz was born in Borrego Springs, California on March 28, 1948. She received a B.A. in history from the University of California at Santa Cruz and a Masters degree in library science from San Jose State University. Before becoming a full-time author, she worked as a librarian. Her novels include: Truth or Dare, All Night Long, and Copper Beach. She has written under seven different names: Jayne Bentley, Amanda Glass, Stephanie James, Jayne Taylor, Jayne Castle, Amanda Quick and Jayne Ann Krentz. Her first book, Gentle Pirate, was published in 1980 under the name Jayne Castle. She currently uses only three personas to represent her three specialties. She uses the name Jayne Ann Krentz for her contemporary pieces, Amanda Quick for her historical fiction pieces, and Jayne Castle for her futuristic pieces. She has received numerous awards for her work including the 1995 Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award for Trust Me, the 2004 Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award for Falling Awake, the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award, the Romantic Times Jane Austen Award, and the Susan Koppelman Award for Feminist Studies for Dangerous Men and Adventurous Women: Romance Writers on the Appeal of the Romance.
Published January 1, 1997 by Knopf Canada. 366 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Education & Reference, Travel, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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So is her portrait of Zhirinovsky, whose emptiness, recklessness, and obsession with sex--he tried in the course of a taped interview with her, representing Playboy, to persuade her and her translator to engage in group sex with two of his bodyguards, in front of him- -come through clearly.

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My Impressions of Russia would be an apt title for this chronicle by Canadian journalist Gould, who in 1992, at age 24, took off for Russia without knowing a word of the language or having a job there.

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