Camping with the Communists: The Adventures of an American Family in the Soviet Union

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The ultimate road trip! This inspiring memoir follows the Gildens as they camp their way across 3,800 miles of the Soviet Union in the adventure of a lifetime. Join them as they struggle with the Soviet bureaucracy, go face to face with the KGB, steal toilet paper, smuggle a diamond, and say "Nyet!" to the border guards. "Camping" is a page-turning narrative that will amaze and delight you. More

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Words: 45,550
Language: English
ISBN: 9781886922013
About Karen Gilden

Karen started freelancing in the late 70s and has been published in national magazines and major newspapers. She currently lives in central Oregon where she won first place in the memoir division of the Central Oregon Writer's Guild 2012 Literary Harvest contest.

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Review by: Val Andrson on Feb. 17, 2016 :
Camping with the Communists by Karen Gilden isn’t just a powerful, well-written page-turner about a family experiencing the rawness of the Soviet Union, following the “duck and cover” days of the Cold War. It also brilliantly illuminates the difference between living “free and not free” and speaks to the hopelessness of a culture where “ideas die within.” Gilden’s narrative, underlaid with a spark of humor is sobering, haunting and not soon forgotten. A must read for all those living in the free world--adults and teens included.
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