A Backpack, A Bear, and Eight Crates of Vodka

A Backpack, A Bear, and Eight Crates of Vodka

A Memoir

Book - 2014
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Recounts the author's experiences as a young boy fleeing persecution in the late eighties Soviet Union, and his later return to Austria and Eastern Europe as an American adult to track down those who helped his family escape and thank them.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, 2014
ISBN: 9780385537773
0385537778
9780385537780
Branch Call Number: 947.004924 G5819B 2014
Characteristics: ix, 307 pages ; 22 cm

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Stefan Petrescu Nov 02, 2015

lev golinkin, just like prune antoine have put into writing factual information.
i have also watched a youtube video, a speech given by the author at the nyc organisation that brought him and his family to the usa. i can relate to this story for two reasons. firstly, i came to canada about the same time that he left ukraine, at the beginning of the 90s. second, like him, i came here with practically no english and no french, even though in my country both languages were taught in school it was not much of a help. highly recommended!

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Apr 08, 2015

Memoir by a man who, along with his family, escaped persecution in order to build a new life in freedom. Details his struggles to overcome childhood fears of being judged negatively because of his race, which led to him detesting his appearance and his background. He finds solace eventually, and even manages to start paying it back in terms of helping others. A good book.

ChristchurchLib Feb 08, 2015

"In this eye-opening and affecting debut, author Lev Golinkin recounts his Jewish family's desperate flight from Soviet Ukraine in the late 1980s, when he was only nine years old. He also explores what it was like growing up as a Jew in the Soviet Union (where religion was forbidden) and discusses his personal quest, years later, to retrace his family's journey from the Soviet Union through Austria and eventually to the United States, in order to thank the strangers who helped them -- and to come to terms with his past. This "hilarious and heartbreaking" (New York Times) memoir is one that readers won't soon forget." Armchair Travel February 2015 newsletter http://libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/9a28f27c-6df0-41ff-84a5-d85efbd06862?postId=8194109a-8898-4cd7-9d57-1ae32a44163a

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