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Culture & History-Bulgarian Culture and History
Bulgarian Folk Customs
Bulgarian traditions, beliefs, and lifestyles, providing details not previously available in English. The author discusses customs relating to the family and the individual, calendar customs and festivals, general human behavior and beliefs, and special topics such as the ritual use of plants and the significance of the color red. As background she summarizes the history of the people and the country. Black-and-white photographs accompany the text. This book sometimes is hard to get but worth ordering!

Culture & History-Chinese Culture and History
Children in China
Ninety captivating black-and-white photographs invite the reader to learn about China through the lens of its children--alone, within their families, at school, at play. Through their faces and activities, Chinese culture and history come alive. The Union of Catholic Asian News (UCAN) commissioned a German photographer/journalist, to spend two years with children in China to produce this work.

Culture & History-Eastern European Culture
From Da to Yes: Understanding the Eastern Europeans
The cultural characteristics and behavioral patterns of Poles, Czechs and Slovaks, Hungarians, Balts, Romanians and Moldovans, Bulgarians, the South Slavs, Albanians, Belarusans, and Ukrainians. Written for first-time visitors who will be doing business, advising, consulting, studying, or merely traveling in the region. Here is another lively book by the author of the popular FROM NYET TO DA: UNDERSTANDING THE RUSSIANS.

Generation in Jeopardy : Children in Central and Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union
Of course we think about starving children, but to what extent? UNICEF has prepared a well-documented work focusing on the children of Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. This is not a book about starving children but about the social, political, and economic upheaval that has drastically affected the lives of 150 million young people. For instance, in six years the male teen suicide rate in Russia increased more than 18 percent, while in Belarus adolescent crimes rose 100 percent between 1989 and 1994. Why? During that time 12,000 children were orphaned or abandoned in that country alone. Chapter after chapter deals with statistics and analysis prepared by experts in their fields. It is often difficult to absorb the eye-opening material and the implication that these children may well be beyond jeopardy--they may already be lost. Essential reading for those interested in history, children, social programs, politics, and the future

Culture & History-Guatamalan Culture and History
Out of the Dump: Writings and Photographs by Children from Guatemala
In Guatemala City, thousands of children live, eat and work in the smoldering garbage dump in the center of the city, collecting materials for recycling and scavenging for items to resell. In 1991, photographer Nancy McGirr decided to start a project in which the youngsters would photograph their own world with the profits used to allow the children to attend school. For these children, photography has become a door to the future.It is fascinating to read about what the children featured in the book are doing now -- almost as interesting as the content of the book itself.

Culture & History-Gypsy Culture and History
Bury Me Standing
They travel endlessly and seem to appear almost everywhere, yet they are the world's most mysterious people: Gypsies. Isabel Fonseca has done the impossible, entering into their world, living and traveling with Gypsies during several long trips to Eastern Europe, and she has brought back an insightful, highly personal, and very readable account of who the Gypsies are and how they live. The Gypsies have a legendary aversion to "gadje," or outsiders, but Fonseca has lifted the curtain and written gracefully about their lives on the edge of society.

Culture & History-Holiday Culture and Traditions
Christmas Around the World
This delightful seasonal anthology investigates just how differently the Christian winter soltice festival has been celebrated over the centuries in different countries and cultures. Traditional stories and festive foods mix with reminiscences, songs and legends to give as rich a concoction as any plum pudding. I wrote this book with the single purpose of showing ex-patriot families how their parents, grandparents and great grandparents, celebrated Christmas in the Old Country, and how they adapted their old traditions to the New World!

Culture & History-Romanian Culture and History
Romanian Folk Art: A Guide to Living Traditions
Romanian crafts are celebrated around the world: fine textiles, carved wooden furniture, ceramics, hammered copper utensils, painted eggs, delicate glasswork, hand-worked leather-these are among the items traditional Romanian craftsmen have brought to an amazing level of artistry. A directory is included providing a list of the best Romanian artisans, museums, and craft destinations; recommendations on hotel accommodations and restaurants for the traveler; and detailed information for collectors about buying and exporting Romanian crafts.

The Politics of Duplicity
The political hypocrisy and personal horrors of one of the most repressive anti-abortion regimes in history came to the world's attention soon after the fall of Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. Photographs of orphans with vacant eyes, sad faces, and wasted bodies circled the globe, as did alarming maternal mortality statistics and heart-breaking details of a devastating infant AIDS epidemic. Gail Kligman's chilling ethnography--of the state and of the politics of reproduction--is the first in-depth examination of this extreme case of political intervention into the most intimate aspects of everyday life.

The Land of Green Plums
Like the narrator of her novel The Land of Green Plums, Herta Muller grew up a German minority in Ceausescu's Romania, which she eventually left to settle in Germany. Her own experience lends credibility to the voice of her young narrator, who inhabits a deprived police state in which minorities such as the ethnic Germans suffer persecution beyond the quotidian oppressions of Ceausescu's regime.... a novel of graphically observed detail in which the author seeks to create a sort of poetry out of the spiritual and material ugliness of life in Communist Romania. FICTION

Hidden Destination: A True Romanian Adventure
Mike Olari would have been shot! He prayed he would not be spotted in the moonlight as he swam the Danube. All he wanted was freedom to worship God. He chaffed under Romanian despotic rule, and desired to flee to a mythical land called America. This is his story. This is also the story of the Romanian people, their thirst for freedom, and their revolution. A true account of how brazen courage gripped an unarmed people, and a military dictator was toppled. This is a call for healing. Healing a land devastated by decades of a cold war, a Romania standing at the crossroads of history.

Ethnic Visions: A Romanian American Inheritance
Looks at the traditional culture and folk art of Romanian Americans. Traces the origins of Romanian folk art in village life, its transmission to America, and its growth in the US today. Analyzes folk art pieces from cultural, artistic, and historical points of view, and considers the language and oral tradition associated with folk art. Draws on interviews with Romanian American folk artists who continue to create crafts in the tradition of specific villages, as well as those who develop new folk art forms.

The Phantom Church and Other Stories from Romania
"A splendid collection of short fiction...from the perpetually beleaguered little country whose writers have long struggled against political repression and censorship..."

Red Horizons : The True Story of Nicolae and Elena Ceausescus' Crimes, Lifestyle, and Corruption
Ion Mihai Pacepa was the highest ranking official ever to defect from the Eastern Bloc. His book is a first-hand account of the hideous monster that grew in the minds of Romania's Communist dictator, Nicolae Ceausescu, and his wife, and that fed on an entire nation. Two years after Pacepa published "Red Horizons", the Ceausescus were overthrown and executed. Romania is still in an economic and social shambles nearly a decade later.

Culture & History-Russian Culture and History
From Nyet to Da: Understanding the Russians
From Nyet to Da addresses the needs of the political, travelers, business, and scholarly communities to understand and cope with Russian behavior, tradition and customs. Concise, timely and readable, From Nyet to Da is written both for people who engaged in transactions and interactions with Russians, whether inside or outside Russia, and whether business executives, professionals, educators, or students -- and anyone who may simply be seeking a way to make better sense out of the political and economic turmoil of today's Russia. An interesting read from the author of: FROM DA TO YES: UNDERSTANDING THE EASTERN EUROPEANS

Between Heaven and Hell: The Myth of Siberia in Russian Culture
Siberia has no history of independent political existence, no claim to a separate ethnic identity, and no clear borders. It has been both the frightening heart of darkness and a fabulous land of plenty; the "House of the Dead" and the realm of utter freedom; a frozen wasteland and a colorful frontier; a dumping ground for Russia's rejects and the last refuge of its lost innocence. A fascinating picture of this enormous and mysterious land.

Common Places: Mythologies of Everyday Life in Russia
In this thoughtful and well-documented book, Boym takes the reader through the 'labyrinth of the everyday' to walk in the side streets, to become entangled in household concerns, to 'get the point' of popular jokes--ultimately to penetrate the secret of the Russian mentality.

Put Your Best Foot Forward Russia : A Fearless Guide to International Communication & Behavior
"The Cold War is over, but Russia is still a mystery to most Americans. It doesn't have to be, says, Bosrock. Her book is a guide to communication and behavior in the emerging destination. Russia is a concise and humorous guide, good for business and vacation travelers alike. It focuses on Russian customs, like kissing the cheek three times when greeting friends. You'll learn that Russians love to make toasts, so be prepared to clink your glass for any occasion. There are also Russian Vital statistics like climate, currency and important dates in Russian history. -Do not speak or laugh loudly in public. -Don't whistle inside a building.-Don't compliment an item excessively,Russians may feel obliged to give it to you. A MUST READ!

Russia Survival Guide
The definitive guide to independent travel and doing business in Russia. Now in its seventh edition, it includes loads of reference information, basic contact info (hotels, restaurants, hospitals, etc.) for over 80 Russian cities, plus information on everything from crime to communication to etiquette to in-country travel to business laws. Over 50,000 copies sold!

The Russian Way
Aspects of behavior, attitude and customs of the Russians. Required reading for those doing business in the Former Soviet Union.

And Now My Soul is Hardened: Abandoned Children in Soviet Russia, 1918-1930
This book is what life was like for a significant portion of the population struggling to survive amid social turmoil and the reader will find the book fascinating. By using previously untapped archives, the author deserves praise for achieving the perfect tone of voice for a historical work on this subject: it is equal parts dispassionate and heartbreaking.

Waking the Tempests
For two years, a former Moscow correspondent for the Washington Post, traveled across Russia talking to ordinary people--psychics, priests, ecologists, sexologists, mail-order brides, pensioners, prosecutors, women entrepreneurs, and pre-school teachers--about life after the introduction of economic shock therapy by President Boris Yeltsin. Her observations are sobering, and if there is a cultural theme running through this largely bleak picture of the new Russia, it is that of the age-old Russian conflict between order and freedom being waged at almost every level. "Freedom is wonderful," an elderly and impoverished couple explained to Randolph, "but you can't eat words."

Culture & History-Ukrainian Culture and History
Culture Shock Ukraine
You'll never feel intimidated and awkward about the customs and etiquette of another country again. With the insights provided in this CULTURE SHOCK! Guide, you'll learn to see beyond the stereotypes and misinformation that often precede a visit to a foreign land. Whether you plan to stay for a week or for a year, you'll benefit from such topics as understanding the rules of driving and monetary systems, religious practices and making friends. There are tips on political traditions, building business relationships