LitBirthdays September 2, 2014

2014 National Book Festival Report

The Lost Khrushchev: A Journey Into the Gulag of the Russian Mind

by Nina Khrushcheva

20140901-163350.jpg Nina Khrushcheva spoke at the National Book Festival in Washington DC on Saturday, August 30, 2014. Listen to her speech at the links below.
Complete (36 minutes)
Part 1 – Introduction (8 minutes)
Part 2 – About Leonid Khrushchev (5 minutes)
Part 3 – About Liuba, Leonid’s wife, and women under Communism (13 minutes)
Part 4 – The Russian Mindset
(11 minutes)

From the description of this book: “What inspired the author to finally document the Khrushchev family’s past was a persistent accusation in Russian media that twenty-five-year-old Leonid–a fighter pilot during World War II–did not die in battle in 1943 as was once presumed, but instead was executed by Stalin for his alleged desertion and service to the Nazis. So what happened to that lost Khrushchev? Khrushcheva also addresses the legacy of her great grandfather, Nikita Khrushchev, whose leadership from 1953 to 1964 has much bearing on Russian politics today.”

From reader reviews:
“Today Khrushchev’s legacy is in demise, and our family story is not just the one of struggling with and surviving Stalinism; it is also a tale of enduring the most surprising consequence of de-Stalinization– the return of the Stalin (and state) worship. Khrushcheva’s general argument is that Russia has reverted to a form of Stalinism under Vladimir Putin. It looks at a particular Russian frame of mind, which she calls the “Gulag syndrome.” Her political analysis becomes only more relevant through the prism of her Kremlin’s family story, that is the book is a brilliant example of how to find deeper meaning in individual life.”

“It was interesting for me to see him in a broader context – as a father and grandfather for example. A great refresher on Soviet history and its demise. I had not realized the extent to which Khrushchev and his reforms paved the way to Gorbachev and perestroika.”

“Nina Khrushcheva’s book like nothing else explains Vladimir Putin’s behavior in Ukraine. It is fascinating that the story was written long before, but does show that the author knows her stuff. A chapter where Khrushcheva talks about Nikita Khrushchev’s relations with Ukraine gives various clues as to where the Kremlin stands now.”

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LitBirthdays in September

September 1

Nelson George

James Reaney

Eleanor Hibbert (aka Victoria Holt

Lily Tomlin

September 2

Tim Key

Tom Glazer

William C. Rhoden

Tetsuo Hara
原 哲夫

September 3

Eduardo Galeano

Naomi Lewis

Mahjoor (Ghulam Ahmad)

Mort Walker

Spike Feresten

September 4

Joan Aiken

Antonin Artaud

Damon Kyle Wayans

Richard Wright

September 5

Bob Newhart

Werner Herzog

Robert Fergusson

Freddie Mercury (Farrokh Bulsara)

September 6

Sergio Aragonés

Edward Einhorn

Christopher Brookmyre

Robyn Davidson

September 7

Elia Kazan

(Janet) Taylor Caldwell

Houshang Moradi Kermani

September 8

Boris Ryzhy

Michael Fray

Kimberly Peirce

Jack Prelutsky


September 9

Aleksandar Hemon

Leo Tolstoy

Sonia Sanchez


September 10

Shlomo Sand

Franz Werfel

Charles Kuralt

Andrei Makine

September 11

Katri Vala

D(avid) H(erbert) Lawrence

Tony Gilroy


September 12

Kristin Hunter Lattany

Louis Macneice

Stanislav Lem


September 13

Bill Monroe

Roald Dahl

Tom Holt

September 14

Ivan Klima

Hans Faverey

Ekiwah Adler Beléndez

Ayo (Joy Alasunmibo Ogunmakin)

September 15

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

François, duc de La Rochefoucauld

Agatha Christie

Dan Lungu

Liselotte Welskopf-Henrich (Elizabeth Charlotte Welskopf)

September 16

Prasoon Joshi

Clive Bell

Molly Shannon

Paul Henning

September 17

Igor Štiks

Hank Williams,

Ken Kesey

Hope Larson

Francis Chichester


September 18

Samuel Johnson

Christopher Lynn Hedges

Agnes de Mille


September 19

Oksana Zabuzhko

Maud Sulter

Damon Knight


September 20

Kazumasa Oda
(小田和正 / Oda Kazumasa)

Judith Thompson

Upton Sinclair

Charlie Kaufman (Charles Stewart Kaufman)

Slappy White (Melvin White)

September 21

Ethan Coen

Chuck Jones

Frédéric Beigbeder

Stephen King

Leonard Cohen

H.G. Wells

Édouard Glissant


September 22

Rene O. Villanueva

Ashokamitran (Jagadisa Thyagarajan)

György Faludy

Manzoor Ahmad

Svilen Noev


September 23

Joshua Foer


Ana Marie Cox

Pauline Réage (Anne Desclos)

Ani DiFranco


September 24

Eavan Boland

Brinck (Niels Brinck Kristensen)

Nia Vardalos

F. Scott Fitzgerald


September 25

Ian Tyson

William Faulkner

Shel Silverstein

Lu Xun

Andrzej Stasiuk


September 26

Raoul Cauvin

Jane Smiley

T.S. Eliot

Zhang Tianyi


September 27

Romano Scarpa

Josef Škvorecký

Grazia Deledda


September 28

Confucius / 孔子 / Kǒng Zǐ

Pierre Ryckmans (Simon Leys)

Prosper Mérimée

Rosario Ferré


September 29

Gábor Csupó

Steve Tesich

Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

September 30

Francesco Tullio Altan

Laura Esquivel

Elie Wiesel

Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī

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LitBirthdays August 30, 2014

Happy National Book Festival Day!

2014 Poster for National Book Festival

Can’t attend the Washington DC National Book Festival?

Listen to some podcasts of the authors who will be there.



Nina Khrushcheva


The Lost Khrushchev (2014)

Khrushchev by nina khrushcheva


Laura & Peter Zeranski


Polish Classic Desserts (2013)

Polish Classic Desserts


Kai Bird


The Good Spy: The Life and Death of Robert Ames
(2014)The Good Spy Robert Ames by Kai Bird


Carla Hall


Cooking with Love: Comfort Food That Hugs You (2012)Cooking with love by carla hall


Meg Medina


Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass (2014)Yaqui Delgado by Meg Medina


David Sibley


The Sibley Guide to Birds (2014)Sibley Guide to Birds

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The 2014 National Book Festival in Washington DC

Happy 13th Anniversary

National Book Festival!

2014 Poster for National Book Festival

The National Book Festival will be held in Washington DC on Saturday, August 30, 2014, at the Washington DC Convention Center. Visit LitBirthdays 2014 National Book Festival page and the Library of Congress National Book Festival site for more information.

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