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The Soviets destroyed Shostakovitch’s soul, not by arresting or killing him, but by allowing him to live and forcing him to support their regime. Although you won’t get a sense of Shostakovitch’s music from reading this slender novel, Julian Barnes’ exhaustively researched and distilled narrative is a remarkable portrait of his moral compromise. I was plunged right into the troubled times, and thoroughly enjoyed the cameo appearances of Akhmatova, Prokofiev and other cultural figures of the day.

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ISBN: 9781101947241
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Published: Knopf - May 10th, 2016

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ISBN: 9781101971185
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Published: Vintage - June 13th, 2017

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When Russian friends living in New York struggle to find meaning in the digital age, one develops an app called Virtual Grave, designed to maintain a dead person’s on-line presence. But maybe posting selfies to Facebook, having Skype sex and living with your nose in a laptop is the real virtual grave. Vapnayar’s best pages return to Moscow, where a messy and difficult experience is vividly recounted. This is a funny, intelligent and poignant novel.

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ISBN: 9781101905524
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Published: Hogarth - August 2nd, 2016

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ISBN: 9781101905548
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Published: Hogarth - May 2nd, 2017

Can a book about bread change your life? After reading this one last year, my husband Ben has made the basic no-knead recipe almost daily. Lahey’s method requires little more than flour, water, yeast and time. We haven’t enjoyed bread like this since we lived in Italy. Store bought and even bakery bread tastes like nothing once you get used to it. Lahey also includes sandwiches, soups and delicious Italian pizza recipes. 

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By Jim Lahey, Rick Flaste (With)
ISBN: 9780393066302
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 2009