A Backpack, a Bear, and Eight Crates of Vodka: A Memoir
"A Backpack, a Bear, and Eight Crates of Vodka: A Memoir" by Lev Golinkin is a personal, insightful book I hated finishing. Golinkin is a born story teller and his writing mesmerized me as he tells the story of his escape from the Ukraine before the collapse of the Soviet Union and eventual immigration to the USA. It's an amazing story told with rich, vivid descriptions that bring the pages to life. This is a heart wrenching tale that had me emotionally involved with it. The story is sprinkled with bits of dark humor and heart warming moments that keep the book from getting too emotionally heavy.