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NEXT GENERATION Indie Book Awards 2014Finalist TravelTravel GuidesFinalist HumorComedyNATIONAL INDIE EXCELLENCE AWARDSFinalist Comedy HumorFinalist TravelTHE INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARDSFinalist Fiction GeneralFinalist Best New Fiction“You have to really want to go to Russia A brief visit involves a lot of paperwork and if you want to hang around for any length of time they make you take a leprosy test” For American writer Imperial Russian enthusiast and veteran expatriate Jennifer Eremeeva this is just one of many observations about Russia where she has lived for twenty years with “HRH” her “Handsome Russian Husband” although there are days when she thinks of him as her “Horrible Russian Husband” and their daughter Velvet When Jennifer uits her job to write full time she’s inspired by the grey dingy building across the courtyard which houses a research institute dedicated to preserving Vladimir Lenin’s embalmed corpse The result is LENIN LIVES NEXT DOOR Based on Eremeeva’s two decades in Russia LENIN LIVES NEXT DOOR knits together vignettes of cross cultural and expatriate life with sharp observation colorful historical background and engaging humor Each thematic chapter is an anecdotal exploration of an aspect of life in today’s Russia told with the help of a recurring cast of delightful Russian and expatriate characters LENIN LIVES NEXT DOOR introduces readers to Russians in their everyday milieux at their dachas in three day traffic jams and celebrating their 300 public and professional holidays with mayonnaise based salads LENIN LIVES NEXT DOOR is Russia with just enough air let out of its tires


10 thoughts on “Lenin Lives Next Door

  1. says:

    I received a free audio copy of this book This is my honest reviewThis book slices me right in half There was love and there was not I love the whole expat in Russia thing Oh how I love that I love any expat in the east story But the life that the author leads while in Russia is so far removed from any life I know or care to know It was just so keeping up with the Bulshovichs I wanted to hear about LIFE in Russia not so much the office politics and catty goings on of the expat ladies' book club But that's just how I feel I think this book has an audience and an appeal I just don't fit into that lot The writing was good the subject just didn't appeal to me for the most part I think I would have had a successful experience if I had read the book opposed to listening to the audio There are some lines that may be charming on paper but are a bit cloying when narrated For example the author says If you ask me and no one ever ever does a lot This probably works much better in the book format than in the audio She also says the nickname Radio Magellan Dude many many times That was a bit much for narration But again the author was a good writer This just wasn't my cup of tea


  2. says:

    The book’s premise sounds very interesting Jennifer Eremeeva with her HrH Handsome Russian Husband although “there are days when I think of him as Horrible Russian Husband” she admits finds herself living next door to a Moscow institute that is dedicated to preserving and maintaining Lenin’s embalmed corpse Eremeeva an American expat promises a lively account of her life in Moscow but I couldn’t get much past the devastating descriptions of some of her fellow expats “Dragana was married to Sunter Galveston a dull WASP with an excellent if exhausted pedigree No one knew exactly how dragana had got her talons into Sunter and many marveled that she had not ruined his career through her abject rudeness” Yet another person is described as a “nasty piece of work from a Republican red state” More persistent readers might discover the account gets better later but I stopped about a uarter of the way through “I warn you Tance this is all going in my book” Eremeeva says to yet another expat who manages to annoy her Sadly it did Not rating because I didn't finish the book


  3. says:

    Eh I struggled with this book uite a bit At times it read like an expat version of Sex and the City The author seemed particularly determined to impress how wealthy and privileged she is on the reader The cast of supporting characters was reminiscent of over the top caricatures of people no one actually wants to know or care about I've read her blog before and enjoyed it but for most of the book all I thought was Ugh At the same time she writers well and when she takes herself and her cohort of pretentious friends out of the euation the book is much enjoyable The chapters about Russian attitudes towards health and medicine and the discussion of Defenders of the Fatherland were particularly well done I really wanted to like this book and I went in expecting I'm disappointed that it did not live up to the standard set by her previous blog


  4. says:

    When it was good I really got into the author's depictions of Russian culture but when it was not we're talking Rich Peoples' Problems Moscow as a reality show which is just the teensiest bit difficult to identify with Your Mileage May Vary here so AYOR as they say At Your Own RiskAuthor's self narration worked fairly well here which isn't usually the case


  5. says:

    Thanks to Goodreads First Reads for a copy of this bookCreative non fiction you say ey? Well here comes the rollicking expat life of a bunch of well to do characters and their Russian friends in Moscow complete with outrageous interior decor vicious book clubs and elitists attitudes Eremeeva tells her rather embellished tales with a great sense of biting humor and does not forget to blend in Russian history and foodie interests along the way The expats in uestion are all somewhat disgustingly well off otherwise they would be called immigrants not expats and their life style is perhaps a bit too much brand focused They do vacation internationally often and spend ridiculous amounts of money on good food and clothes inside and outside Russia But the descriptions of the dynamics of foreignness and interactions of this foreign factor with the Russian element is where Eremeeva's prose excels As an outsider she captures the Russian view and attitudes very well and her caricatures are spot on As someone who is on the inside than the outside she also provides a very amusing account of how to navigate the Russian terrain with bravado and success perhaps less so when it comes to parking but hey Most importantly although her idea of adding a whole chapter on LGBT I would add the for good measure here; ueer and uestioning two birds with one stone issues in Russia is shot down by her editor Eremeeva successfully incorporates the ueer element by telling many tales of Jesus the Venezuelan interior designer and his Russian hubby Thank you Mrs Eremeeva Just to voice an opinion from a reader loud and clear I would have loved a whole chapter on LGBT issues in RussiaHaving read the book during the Sochi 2014 Olympics and the Russia Ukraine showdown regarding Crimea I can say that the book was extremely current and useful especially in understanding the Putin factor that is aggressively making itself present in the international arena nowadaysNow several minor points that I need to point out otherwise I will not sleep well tonight First of all Turkish hospitality will beat any Russian hospitality on any day of the year by a mile and But never mind that Turkish food and this is a simplification of the real nature of the cuisine which can be called Ottoman Turkish cuisine is absolutely superior to any real or borrowed cuisine the Russians can call Russian food So vacationing in Turkey I must say is one of the best things that can happen to Russians something I sense Mrs Eremeeva was not very grateful for Perhaps her income level is way above mine so I have no idea what amazing vacations await in Cannes or Nice or insert name of uber expensive vacation spot for the billionaires of the world There is one very important commonality though between Russians and Turks it seems glassing balconies Oh yes And that whole chapter made me laugh out loud than once I do have one argument pro the glassed in balcony in Turkey any old Joe on a Sunday may decide to bring out his mangal and barbecue some sujuk on the balcony He will do this clad in his long white underwear and wife beater shirt with a full chest of curly hair busting out and seriously threatening to catch on fire as he flips the sojuk over This grizzly scene is usually prevented if the balcony is glassed in So one point in favor of the glassed in balcony Now there is a serious shortage of green spaces in urban areas in Turkey especially in Istanbul where almost 14th of the country lives so just what one can do to prevent the mangal toting wife beater clad dude from barbecuing his sujuk on the green patches by the highway I don't knowTypical for most Americans Mrs Eremeeva is oblivious about the visa application process for her own birth country USA and her freuent other home Laaaaandon London UK As a seasoned expert in visa applications for these countries and numerous others I can tell you that the visa reuirements for the Russian tourist visa are not out of the norm In fact they are very standard You try to list ALL the foreign destinations you have traveled to and the dates for the last 10 years and then provide last 6 months' paychecks and all your financial documents tax returns mortgages investments what color underwear you wear as well as a list of ANY friends you have in your destination their citizenship status address phone number what color underwear they wear and then we'll talk The leprosy test? OK that's weird But not a part of the tourist visa application I don't thinkAnd a uestion So what were the Russians thinking or were they thinking when they played Not gonna get us by TATU and I thought this was a recording but I hear that they were indeed performing it live during the opening ceremonies in Sochi 2014? Are Russians aware that this became a huge gay anthem when it came out? That the only thing anyone remembers about the has been TATU is the pseudo lesbian scandal? I thought they should have also done Gay Boy and then that smirk frown on Putin's face would have been just perfectRecommended for those who love mushrooms Russian literature bad burgers and hate mosuitos mayo and enclosed balconies


  6. says:

    45 stars In Lenin Lives Next Door Jennifer Eremeeva literally lives next door to Lenin well sometimes when he's removed from his mausoleum to get a chemical bath and a change of clothes so that he can look fresh every couple of months how did I not know that he needed to get a chemical refresh???? This makes the story of how he will spend eternity even creepier Part travelogue part comedy Eremeeva gives us a front row seat as to what it is like to be an American fascinated by Russian history married to a Russian man and living in Russia and she does it in a thoroughly entertaining wayIn this book we see how Eremeeva got to Russia studying and why she stayed love She came to Russia during a very volatile time in the country the fall of the Soviet Union and stays to see the country change and grow Yes this could be a boring historical tale but not when you have Eremeeva at the helm The author explores some of the wonders both the good and the bad of Russia and does so with a great sense of humor and panacheI loved the writing in this book You feel like you're getting really funny stories from a friend This book had me laughing out loud in some parts there is one part about name stereotypes that had me giggling out loud It is always a sign of a good book when I'm laughing out loud I definitely could not help it with this book I was definitely ready for when this book ended


  7. says:

    I received a free copy of the bookI may know not that much about Russia but I know my share of expat stories When I started reading the book I was looking forward to a humorous view on Russia and new insights for me about the country I haven't been to Russia before but I like to travel Books usually make me want to travel I had my troubles getting into the book because the first few chapters didn't really do it for me This eventually changed when the narration focused on the author's family and Russia in general To be honest the chapters about her friends were a little excessive The book had it's good and bad aspects I liked the insights into Russian daily life and family ties On the other hand the repeating stereotypes that were thrown my way sometimes annoyed me I just don't believe that you can characterize a person by their name Nevertheless the book kept me on reading I really enjoyed the writing style and had a good time reading the book I would recommend it to people who like to read about life in different countries without an information overload


  8. says:

    I probably should not write a review about a book I did not finish but I was so disappointed I have read the author's blog and enjoy some of her writing and recipes so I had higher expectations She wrote an article a while back about dachas Her viewpoint was almost inappropriate in an unkind manner perhaps the reason for certain notions about Americans abroad For me she missed the mark on that and she also missed the mark with this book Her sarcasm was off putting and bordered nasty I personally felt that she missed a golden opportunity to write about post Soviet Russia and share meaningful details but true to Columbia form she got politically judgemental I am very tired of the insult those who disagree mentality This book could have been a nice reprieve from all that The author made a deliberate choice to do otherwise I feel sorry for some of the people she observed and wrote about I hope they all have a great sense of humor I brought this book along on vacation but I uickly found myself in a local book shop looking for something better


  9. says:

    I received a free copy through GoodreadsI was really looking forward to this fish out of water story It took me 3 months to finish I could only suffer through a chapter or so a weekWhen reading something like this you hope to find a way to relate to the author Sadly I never found that Like other reviewers I agree she spent too much time reminding us of how much money she had It made herand her friends sound like pretentious snobsThe only thing keeping this from being a 1 star review was the depictions of Russian culture and their pride in the motherland


  10. says:

    This book wasn't what I expected The author lives well in Russia returns to the US every summer and drove around Moscow with an Obama sticker on her Land Rover Snarky and critical of modern Russia she longs for the land of the Tsars She bitches and moans about her first world problems; such as how to get the contractors to leave and fighting with HRH handsome Russian husband over glassing in the balcony at their apartment While not at the oligarch level she mixes with them and then mocks them