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Do you have any friends that are from another country? Have you ever asked them about their superstitions, culture and beliefs? Are you interested in what people from different countries are like? If the answer to any of these is yes, then 69 Facts About Russian Women. Plus Some Extra might be the book for you.
Alisa Lebedeva grew up in the Ukraine. When looking at books on travelling to Russia or the Ukraine, she was not satisfied with the information. Sure most of them taught you the language (which you would never be able to learn from a book even to grasp for a 2 week trip.) But, what about what to expect from the people? None of them covered that important detail. So, Ms. Lebedeva sat down to write her own book.
So, you ask, what exactly do we learn? Well, I'm glad you asked. Let me share. The author gives us 69 facts about Russian Women that would be helpful in any dealings with that culture. For example, if you decide to take a Russian woman out on a date, don't expect to go "dutch treat." Otherwise, you'll never get another date. If you want to buy someone in Russia flowers, don't get them an even number unless someone in their family has died. Or, if you decide to visit someone's home, don't even think about whistling inside the building. It's bad luck! Think those are fascinating? Pick up the book; there's more!
The only downside of this book is that it isn't professionally edited. In my opinion, with a book such as this, the downside is not so much of a downer. You can hear her accent coming through the pages, and I think it makes the information all that much more meaningful, especially as it is coming from someone authentic to the area. But, if you are a stickler for good grammar and spelling no matter what, this might get on your nerves.
I don't know if you can tell, but I absolutely loved reading this book. I only wish that the author had included even MORE of these facts for our benefit. Unfortunately, with our rating system, I cannot give this book a perfect score. So, it's with a somewhat heavy heart that I rate 69 Facts About Russian Women. Plus Some Extra 3 out of 4 stars. I recommend this to anyone who has an interest in the Russian culture or just enjoys fun facts about other countries. For my part, I hope the author writes more like this.
69 Facts About Russian Women + Some Extra.
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