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Tales of Eastern Europe

October 30, 2012 by Reader's Connection

When thinking of Eastern Europe, one might conjure up images of strong and resilient people, deep cultural traditions, and shifting political boundaries. Throughout this fall, the Library is offering an astounding range of programs for all ages featuring the cultures of Eastern Europe, in conjunction with Indiana University’s Russian and East European Institute , the Indianapolis Art Center , and several local cultural societies.

The Library also offers a wide range of books with an Eastern European flavor – here is a short list of fiction and memoir involving that fascinating region of the globe:


Best European Fiction 2010

Best European Fiction 2010 . . .

Best European Fiction 2011

. . . and 2011

edited by Aleksandar Hemon
Intriguing collections of short stories from both Eastern and Western Europe.



Enemies of the People: My Family's Journey to America

Enemies of the People: My Family’s Journey to America by Kati Marton – in this true story, a woman discovers that her parents were convicted as spies in Hungary and the Soviet Union during the 1950’s.

Also available as an audiobook on CD and a downloadable audiobook.


The Madonnas of Leningrad
The Madonnas of Leningrad by Debra Dean

A novel in which an elderly woman recalls her work at the famed Hermitage Museum during the siege of Leningrad in WWII.


Moonlight in Odessa

Moonlight in Odessa by Janet Skeslien Charles

A darkly comic novel involving a young woman who struggles to find a job (and a reliable boyfriend) in the complex, confusing world of the Ukraine.


Running Away to Home

Running Away to Home: Our Family’s Journey to Croatia in Search of Who We Are, Where We Came From, and What Really Matters by Jennifer Wilson

An American family leaves it all behind when they move to a small Croatian village in an attempt to re-connect with their roots.


The Thread


The Thread by Victoria Hislop

A novel that follows the personal and political dramas of a Greek family in Thessaloniki.


The Twelve Little Cakes


The Twelve Little Cakes by Dominika Dery

A funny, charming memoir of a Czech childhood in a small village near Prague.

Thanks to Susanne for putting this list together.


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