I couldn't put this book down. Jeannette Walls is an awesome writer and keeps you engrossed in this book! Her next book "Half Broke Horses" (which precedes this story) is also a great read. The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls
An excellent mix of past and present, of the family's inherent struggle to stay connected and an individuals need to survive and thrive. Don't know much about Russia? Neither did I, but this book DEFINITELY made me want to learn more.