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

In the fall of 1995, Lisa Dickey traveled across the whole of Russia, interviewing people from all walks of life in 11 different cities, from Vladivostok to St. Petersburg.

In 2005, she made the entire trip again, tracking down all the same people to find out what had happened to them over the previous decade.

In 2015, she made the trip a third time, interviewing the same people, now 20 years after first meeting them, to find out how life in Russia has changed. In January 2017, St. Martin’s Press released her book about these three trips. Titled Bears in the Streets:  Three Journeys Across a Changing Russia, it is a nuanced, deeply researched look at the lives and beliefs of ordinary Russians over time.

Click here to see Lisa’s talk about Russia at the Code Conference, or here to watch her on Morning Joe.


Reviews of Bears in the Streets: 

“[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.” ―

“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