Well-written and absorbing…an affecting coming-of-age memoir…his first person account of life in the Soviet Union at the tail end of the Cold War provides depth that history texts cannot.” - Kirkus Reviews 

“Thrilling, bold, and beautifully written, Vodka Shot, Pickle Chaser takes us on a journey into a strange and dangerous world, a place so foreboding and alive and treacherous and real, that one cannot help, as David did, to find his soul there.”-Robert Kurson, Author of Shadow Divers

vodka-shot-pickle-chaser_coverFor David, graduating from college was a matter of course, but figuring out what to do next with his life turns into a paralyzing decision. On a whim, he decides to travel to the Soviet Union. His loose plans call for a thirty-day tour of Leningrad, but after finding himself caught up in the middle of a coup d’état that destabilizes the country, he ends up staying abroad for two and a half tumultuous years. From surviving perilous run-ins with the Russian mafia and the Soviet military, to searching for his lost heritage in a remote village, David’s story is a riveting coming-of-age memoir.

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