About the Author
Elena Gorokhova grew up in St. Petersburg, Russia, although for most of her life it was known to her as Leningrad. At the age of 24 she married an American and came to the United States with only a 20 kilogram suitcase to start a new life. Now, Elena is a writer and lives in New Jersey.
2. Dust jacket on or off when reading a hard back?
These days I read most books so fast I hardly know if the jacket is on or off.
Anton Pavlovich Chekhov, who is extraordinary at portraying life as it is.
My favorite genre to read is poetry, but I write memoirs.
Summertime by J.M. Coetzee, the finest writer alive.
Slow Cooker Revolution (a bestseller!) by the Editors at America’s Test Kitchen. No matter how long the movie, it will be worth it in the end.
An E-book will never replace the feel or smell of a physical book, but the E-book revolution is happening, and all I can say is “How do you sign an E-book?”
Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt. He was my teacher at the Southampton Writers Conference, and I owe the voice of my memoir to him.
Lies My Mother Never Told Me by Kaylie Jones, for the second time, to be followed by her father’s great book From Here to Eternity.
Well, we’re back to Slow Cooker Revolution. There is a piece of lasagna on its cover to die for.
Simon & Schuster sent me 2 boxes (50 copies) of my own book A Mountain of Crumbs, which just came out in paperback.
Brother Rabbit. It’s a Russian book not translated into English.
My armchair in my office at home.
With a little help from my agent, a book about my first year or two in the U.S. when I was a lost stranger in a strange land.
About 5 feet from the armchair I read in is my desk with a six-year-old laptop. If any magic happens, it will happen there.
A Lakeland terrier called Dima (short for Dmitri – or, maybe, demon).
Like most authors (if they’re being completely candid) I googled my book to find out how it was doing.
20. What makes you cringe?
Too many adjectives in front of a perfectly healthy noun.
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