Praise for Bears in the Streets

“Lisa Dickey has chosen an inspired way to tell a most fascinating story about the evolution of modern Russia. Bears in the Streets is brilliant, real and readable.”
– Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright

“[A] spirited account of regular Russians living in a vastly changed landscape… An affecting travelogue that reveals true Russian personality.”
— Kirkus Reviews

“Delightful…Dickey’s travelogue is truly heartwarming, drawing strength from the honesty and openness of the people she visits and revisits and opening windows on the opinions of the Russian people on nearly everything, from homosexuality to Putin. Fascinating and a balm to readers enduring the current xenophobic plague.”
Booklist

“[Dickey’s] observations are keen, and it is poignant to read how swiftly and profoundly this fascinating country has changed.”
 StarTribune

“A delightful travelogue…[and] a study of a culture and its values, and how people come to believe the truths they live by.”
―Headbutler.com

“With our new president and his controversial goodwill toward Vladimir Putin, the timing of this travelogue seems prescient.”
USA Today

“An invaluable perspective on Russia’s changes over the last three decades. But it is Dickey’s easy and enjoyable style, full of insider observations and self-deprecating humor, that make this an un-put-downable read.”
Russian Life Magazine

“Bears in the Streets is one of those rare books that shows readers something new in the ordinary; it’s touching, funny and utterly necessary.”
Shelf Awareness

“[An] excellent book…Bears In the Streets is an accessible and enjoyable read, and especially relevant in a time when Russia is in the news.”
Curve

“Dickey weaves a lively, heartfelt, and engrossing account spanning a dramatic period of Russian history.  Her tales from Vladivostok to Moscow remind us of the human element so often obscured by geopolitics – an important contribution at a critical moment for Russia and the world.”
– Ambassador William J. Burns, President, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

“BEARS is impossible to put down. Fueled by a deep curiosity and with the skilled eye of a world class journalist, Dickey peels back superficial stereotypes and shares her discoveries and her surprises. ”
– New York Times best selling author Rick Smolan, creator of the “Day in the Life” book series

“Lisa Dickey’s sharply realized memoir is a meditation on time, friendship and the boundaries we create as well as those we cross. In thoughtful, often-hilarious, and always page-turning prose, she brings us with her across Russia over the course of twenty years. At a moment where the incurious lead political conversations, Dickey’s simple act of engagement is a radical one.”
― Sarah Wildman, journalist and author of Paper Love: Searching for the Girl My Grandfather Left Behind

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