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Memories: From Moscow to the Black Sea | Teffi
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Considered Teffis single greatest work, Memories: From Moscow to the Black Sea is a deeply personal account of the authors last months in Russia and Ukraine, suffused with her acute awareness of the political currents churning around her, many of which have now resurfaced. In 1918, in the immediate aftermath of the Russian Revolution, Teffi, whose stories and journalism had made her a celebrity in Moscow, was invited to read from her work in Ukraine. She accepted the invitation eagerly, though she had every intention of returning home. As it happened, her trip ended four years later in Paris, where she would spend the rest of her life in exile. None of this was foreseeable when she arrived in German occupied Kiev to discover a hotbed of artistic energy and experimentation. When Kiev fell several months later to Ukrainian nationalists, Teffi headed south to Odessa, on the Black Sea, a city then under the control of White Russian forces. The White Army, however, soon beat a hasty retreat in the face of the advancing Red Army, and Teffi fled across the war-torn landscape to the port of Novorossiysk, from which she embarked at last for Constantinople. Danger and death threaten throughout Memories, even as the book displays the brilliant style, keen eye, comic gift, and deep feeling that have made Teffi one of the most beloved of twentieth-century Russian writers.
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eri.reads
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Repost for #TeamStoker +25pts
@TheReadingMermaid

1. Miniature Mr. Goodbar & Banana Laffy Taffy 🍬
2. Candy corn 🌽
3. Decorating for Halloween. I've been doing this since I was little, around 4yo.
4. One year I was a sexy bank robber w/my hubby as my partner in crime. That was my fav. Lol

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TheReadingMermaid Well done! 25 points!!! 🧟‍♀️ 4w
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IndoorDame
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1. Recess. Still my Candy weakness.
2. Mounds bars. Didn‘t like coconut when I was younger.
3. Roasting pumpkin seeds.
4. My witch costume. A little classic, but it‘s the one that stands out in my memory.
#scarathlon #teamstoker @TheReadingMermaid

TheReadingMermaid Very well done. 25 points my dear 🧟‍♀️ 1mo
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ElizaMarie
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1. Anything chocolate (I love chocolate!)
2. Bubblegum ... ugh I hate gum
3. Not really a tradition but costume party Halloween/Birthday usually that weekend after my birthday and before Halloween. I haven‘t had a party in forever though :(
4. Strawberry Shortcake :)

#TeamStoker #Scarathlon
@TheReadingMermaid

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Linsy Happy early birthday!! ✨ 1mo
ElizaMarie @Linsy thanks but my birthday was Oct 14th (when I was younger it was always a birthday/Halloween party) 1mo
Linsy Oh, ha! I mean belated!! Still happy birthday! 🎉 1mo
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TheReadingMermaid So awesome. And did I wish you a happy birthday yet??? 🧟‍♀️ 1mo
ElizaMarie @Linsy and @TheReadingMermaid thanks :) now that I‘m feeling better I‘ve been able to hang out and have fun :) 1mo
TheReadingMermaid That's so good to hear. I'm so glad you're feeling better ❤️ 1mo
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PathfinderNicole
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1. Laffy taffy or starbursts or m$ms
2. Those weird candies that were wrapped in orange or black wrappers? Idk what they‘re called though.
3. Watching “It‘s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown!” every night between getting home from trick or treating and before bed. As long as I can remember, my whole childhood and now I do it with my own kiddo!
4. My auntie sewed a medieval princess costume for me once and I LOVED it!
#teamstoker #scarathon

TheReadingMermaid Awesome! 25 points!!! 🧟‍♀️ 1mo
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Chrys
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1. Anything chocolate
2. I have never liked gummy candies
3. Carving Pumpkins, have been doing it as long as I can remember
4. When I was little my Mom made me a Glenda the Good Witch dress that was beautiful, I loved it
#TeamStoker #Scarathlon @TheReadingMermaid

TheReadingMermaid Awesome! 25 points!!! 🧟‍♀️ 1mo
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TheReadingMermaid
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🍫 Anything chocolate
🍬 Oh man Mike and Ikes 😝
🎃 Definitely carving pumpkins! We've been doing this ever since I can remember. I remember when I was little I used to covet the white pumpkins. They were very special to me.
😈 When I was little it was a little red devil costume that I used to wear all year round. I have pics somewhere. As a grown up it would have to be The Crow.

25pts for #TeamStoker
#Scarathlon

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Nessavamusic
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1. KitKats!
2. Almond Joy or Mounds
3. Watching scary movies, as long as I can remember!
4. It‘s classic but I always love my witch costumes the most
25 points for #TeamStoker for #Scarathlon
@TheReadingMermaid

TheReadingMermaid Love it! 25 points!!! 🧟‍♀️ 1mo
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Melismatic
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1. Reese‘s!
2. Anything fruity...or licorice.
3. Watching Hocus Pocus and Beetlejuce *at least* once each with the fam...basically since age 7 or 8.
4. Easily Jeannie of ‘I Dream of Jeannie‘, as it was the only costume that was mostly made by my mom.

#scarathlon #TeamStoker
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TheReadingMermaid Awesome! 25 points!!! 🧟‍♀️ 1mo
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JacqMac
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1. Anything caramel.
2. Black licorice. ::shiver::
3. Watching Dracula and eating candy. As long as I can remember.
4. Miss Piggy. I was 10 and I made it all myself and it was fabulous.
#scarathlon #TeamStoker 25pts
@TheReadingMermaid

TheReadingMermaid Awesome! 25 points!!! 🧟‍♀️ 1mo
LauraJ Can I have your black licorice? 1mo
JacqMac @LauraJ You can have it all! I don‘t even need a trade. lol 1mo
AlaMich Black licorice is The Worst! 1mo
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Shakespearience
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1. Hard to remember—3 Musketeers maybe? I used to love those chalk, candy cigarettes
2. Never a fan of Spree or there was this weird grape or cherry candy.
3. I have to buy a bag of candy corn and I usually watch Ghostbusters this time of year. I think this has only been a tradition the past decade.
4. Captain America!
(25 points)
#TeamStoker #Scarathlon

TheReadingMermaid Very nice. 25 points!!! 🧟‍♀️ 1mo
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jessinikkip
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1. I was always super excited to see Reese Cups or Twix bars!
2. Whoever in my neighborhood gave out raisins I always hated
3. My favorite tradition is watching Hocus Pocus on repeat all day. Ive been doing this as long as I can remember, probably since 1997 or so
4. I was an infant but its still so cute. My grandmother hand sewed a jack o lantern and filled it with newspaper. Adorable!

@TheReadingMermaid #TeamStoker

TheReadingMermaid 25 points 🧟‍♀️ 1mo
Stacypatrice Another raisin victim 🥺I feel your pain. 1mo
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Jadams1776
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1. Reese‘s Pumpkins.

2. Swedish Fish

3. The Halloween Campout at a nearby campground. We‘ve been doing this for about 6 years.

4. Mavis from Hotel Transylvania is my current favorite. But this year‘s Harley Quinn is giving it a run for its money.

+25 for #TeamStoker #scarathlon

TheReadingMermaid Awesome! 25 points! 🧟‍♀️ 1mo
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Marmie7
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Kit kats!
Butterfingers😝
We watch horror movies all month long.
Mrs. Lovett from Sweeney Todd 😊
#teamstoker #scarathlon @TheReadingMermaid

TheReadingMermaid Oh I would love to see that! 25 points!!! 🧟‍♀️ 1mo
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TheReadingMermaid
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#TeamStoker let's play a game! Repost this questionnaire with the answers to the questions.

🌟25pts for each repost🌟

@Clwojick
#Scarathlon

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EadieB
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TheSpineView 😊 7mo
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Jilly6183
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This popped up in my Facebook memories today. Obviously, I hadn't found Litsy yet. Now I have an ever growing stack of books waiting to be read and the perfect place to get more recommendations!

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Yay for Litsy!! 7mo
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Birdsong28
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I think this is my #firstpost as I can vaguely remember posting this in my early days and it won't refresh past a certain point on my profile, well it has been nearly 3 years! #litsymemories Thank you @DebReads4fun for my only like 😘📚📖

DebReads4fun @Birdsong28 you are very welcome! 8mo
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MrBook
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A friend tagged me on another platform. Oh maaaaan, the memories!!! 😆😍👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 I loved Book It! I lived on Pizza Hut pizza while it was going on 😎. Anyone else participate in #BookIt when they were a kid?! 😁

Bookwormjillk I did, even though we didn‘t have Pizza Hut in our town and I could never use the coupons. I just liked the sound of it. 11mo
m.galehuxley Yes! I often wish for an adult version of it. 11mo
CrazyLibraryGirl Yeah! I‘d totally forgotten about that. Our local library also offered ice cream cones at a local diner as part of their summer reading program, although I probably would have read all the books anyway. 11mo
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Bookcation74 Ohh the big pin you got was coveted in my house! 11mo
Jbakesmcgee3 🙋🏼‍♀️🙋🏼‍♀️🙋🏼‍♀️it was the best!!! 11mo
JenReadsAlot Yes!! 11mo
rather_be_reading YESSSS!! 11mo
mdm139 I loved it as a kid and now my youngest gets a pizza each month from school 11mo
IheartYA Yes! It was awesome! Within the past couple years both Pizza Huts within half an hour of us closed. Sad! 11mo
mdm139 And our library would do a summer reading program where the reward was a coupon book to all sorts of restaurants in town and free admin to the zoo 11mo
corycatelyn It was the best thing ever!!! 11mo
Jas16 Omg! Yes! I loved it. My grandmother would take me to Pizza Hut every time I got a coupon. 11mo
Karkar Loved Book-it!!! 11mo
Sharpeipup I did! My Pizza Hut knew me by name... 11mo
Craftylikefox Book It was my jam!!! I got so many personal pan pizzas and that was the only times I went to Pizza Hut 😂 11mo
SaunteringVaguelyDownwards I would have earned way more pizza if we were allowed to count all the books I read! It ensured our family went to Pizza Hut once a month, at least! 11mo
LibrarianRyan They have an adult program now. Or did (all our pizza huts shut down so I have no idea). 11mo
Eggs My daughters did BookIt 11mo
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4thhouseontheleft
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Day 7: #Memories

I promise this will be my last campaign post for a while, but this post from 2012 popped up in my FB memories today, and it was a memory that I needed to see again. It‘s still true.

#gratitude30

ReadingSusan ❤️❤️❤️ 12mo
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kspenmoll
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#Gratitude30 #memories

My sibs & I have been sorting through old photos at my parents house. So many memories! My mom, me, with Robert on my lap (about 9 maths old), my sister Jean. At the Cape house, which holds appx 35 yrs of memories for me. 💗💗

Cathythoughts Gorgeous pic ❤️ 12mo
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MicrobeMom
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Today #gratitude30 prompt is #memories. I had an awesome childhood with a wonderful brother (the cute chubby one in the middle). So grateful for my 80s American childhood! MTV, pogoballs, my little pony, Sweet Valley High, Baby Sitter‘s Club, R.L. Stein, and many more!

Mimi28 I remember all that stuff! And also that we share a birthday!! I think I am about 5 years older I was born in 1976. I promise to write you back soon!!! ❤️❤️❤️ 12mo
MicrobeMom @mimi28 only 3 years older. The 80s were good times. I hope you are well and life is treating you good. 12mo
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Aseleener
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Day 7 of the 30 Days of Gratitude photo challenge: memories. I am so grateful to be living in the digital age when my most precious memories of my girls are a simple click away. My thousands of photos greatly enhance my memories of their early years. #gratitude30

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emilyrose_x
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Day 7 Memories

I have good memories of my trip to the Harry Potter studios. My friend had been before but I hadn't, and she spent pretty much the whole day laughing at how excited I was 😂

#gratitude30

rather_be_reading 😍😍 12mo
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Chrissyreadit
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Yes!!! I loved the 80‘s.
1. Ready Player One and Red Rising. But I remember enjoying The Stainless Steel Rat, I just don‘t remember the story.
2. Frogger and Pitfall
3. Sigh.... so many! Blondie, U2, The Police, Depeche Mode, The Cure, Cyndi Lauper, Erasure, The Go-Go‘s, Psychadelic Furs, Pat Benetar.....
4. Sixteen Candles, Top Gun, Dirty Dancing, Breakfast Club, The Goonies....

Mgruidae I‘m wearing a Psychedelic Furs shirt AND listening to them right now 😄 I love the 80s too ❤️ 2y
JoScho Love love love all your movie choices 💕 2y
Chrissyreadit @Mgruidae awesome!!!💖 2y
Chrissyreadit @JoScho This was a fun post! 2y
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DivaDiane
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1. I‘m going to cheat and say, the Chronicles of Narnia, for when I was younger and the Tripod Trilogy when I was a little older. OH! But what about the Trixie Belden Books?!? I can‘t decide.
2. LiteBrite!!
3. Spaghetti and Meatballs!
4Cookies!
#manicmonday
@JoScho

GarthRanzz I couldn‘t decide between Trixie, Nancy Drew, the Three Investigators and the Hardy Boys so I just went with one. 😊 2y
DivaDiane @GarthRanzz Oh! How could I forget the Three Investigators?!? I didn‘t like Nancy Drew or the Hardy Boys, but Trixie and the 3 Investigators were pretty equal. 2y
Chrissyreadit ❤️❤️❤️Trixie Belden❤️❤️❤️❤️ 2y
SilversReviews I forgot about Trixie. 😍😍😍 2y
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Cupofjo
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1. The Jungle Book
2. Has this ‘life size‘ doll I named Sissy, because, you know.. she was my sister (I don‘t have siblings)
3. Johnny Marzetti
4. Soft baked/cake-like cookies AND cupcakes please!

#manicmonday

@JoScho

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RealBooks4ever
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Leftcoastzen Neat cover! 2y
RealBooks4ever @Leftcoastzen It's pretty, isn't it? 💜 2y
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Marchpane
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Pickpick

This delightful book came to my attention on @ReadingEnvy 's fantastic podcast. Thanks Jenny!

Teffi was such a famous writer at the time of the Russian revolution that she was recognised everywhere, even as she fled from the Bolsheviks.

With arch wit and deceptively breezy style, it's easy to see why she was so popular in her time. This book is the story of her escape.

This was my "published in 1931" book for the #192019challenge.

Moray_Reads Oh, I just got a Teffi volume from Pushkin! Looking forward to it even more now 2y
Marchpane @Moray_Reads That one looks so good! I'm definitely keen to read her stories now, having read the memoir 😁 2y
ReadingEnvy I think about this book often. I'm glad you liked it too! 2y
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RealBooks4ever
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Two #womenintranslation books. I love the covers on both of them! #aprilbookshowers

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Abailliekaras
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#Booktober day 11 so many #memorablememoirs!

This is a beautiful book. 👌. Others I love:
Istanbul by Orhan Pamuk
What I Talk about when I talk about running by Haruki Murakami
Anti-cool Girl by Rosie Waterland
World of Yesterday by Stefan Zweig
Leaving Microsoft to Change the World by John Wood

RealLifeReading I loved Istanbul. I've never actually read Pamuk's fiction but his nonfiction I'm always happy to read! 3y
Abailliekaras @RealLifeReading Other Colours was great. I love his fiction too. 3y
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SeeJaneRead
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This is on, like, page 2. Russians do not fuck around.

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H.Louise
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Just finished reading. Still adoring Teffi! She has kept me in good company on the beaches of Spain.

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ReadingEnvy
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Really enjoying this one so far! A good blend of reality, humor, reflection. From a refugee's perspective in 1918.

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Abailliekaras
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Pickpick

Loved this account of a refugee experience - Teffi left Moscow in 1918 but it feels contemporary. Clean writing; the journey at first frightening, at times comical, ultimately sad: "My last bow to a Russian audience on Russian soil". She avoids self-pity, & the deck-scrubbing scene is v funny.

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Abailliekaras
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I seem to have a Russian theme in my TBR (one more daunting than the others)! Really enjoying Memories so far.

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