Stalin’s Children (Walker, $26) profiles three remarkable generations of one family in Soviet and post-Soviet Russia. Newsweek’s Moscow bureau chief Owen Matthews balances personal memoir with historical artifact to provide a vivid account of his half-Russian, half-British family. Matthews’s grandfather was a Soviet propagandist who disappeared in Stalin’s purges, leaving Matthews’s mother, Lyudmila, an orphan. His father was an Oxford student courted by the KGB but expelled from the USSR after he fell in love with Lyudmila. With recourse to KGB files, love letters, his own empathy and narrative talent, Matthews offers an enthrallingly personal story of seemingly impersonal forces and events. Matthews’s family was affected by everything from the first five-year plan to Stalin’s funeral, from Gorbachev’s college years to the USSR’s collapse. A lot of history—but when put in the perspective of one remarkable family, fascinating and comprehensible.

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ISBN: 9780802717603
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Published: Walker Books - September 8th, 2009

You Are Here (Harper One, $25.95) is seasoned environmental writer Thomas Kostigen’s tour of global climate change. As he examines how local activities can have a global impact, he moves beyond vague platitudes and green trends to link environmental degradation to our own actions. Beginning with Jerusalem and moving on to Mumbai—and a particularly prescient primer on electronic waste—Kostigen’s survey plots human environmental impact, from illicit gangster logging in Borneo to “the largest man-made structure on earth”: a landfill outside of New York City. Kostigen’s compilation is a timely travelogue of the marvels and morals of globalization.

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ISBN: 9780061580376
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Published: HarperOne - January 19th, 2010

From Per Petterson, author of Out Stealing Horses, comes another quietly beautiful Scandinavian novel, one that begs comparison with The Sound and the Fury. Written in 1996 and only now available in English, To Siberia (Graywolf, $22) is a story of sibling love in wartime Denmark. In a meandering account of her childhood, the aged narrator, known only by the name her brother Jesper gave her, “Sistermine,” recalls how she and Jesper worked in the family dairy, mocked Nazi soldiers, followed their drunken grandfather to bars, and longed for lives elsewhere. Jesper planned to join the proletariat and fight in Morocco, while his sister yearned to go to Siberia. This is a calm and melancholic masterpiece of family life and affection, just right for winter reading.

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ISBN: 9780312428990
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Published: Picador - September 1st, 2009