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AROUND THE BLOC: My Life in Moscow, Beijing and Havana

By Stephanie Elizondo Griest
Villard Books
ISBN 0-8129-6760-7

Stephanie Griest leaves home to pursue a career as a foreign correspondent. And so begins her journey from Texas to Russia to China to Cuba and back again. Stephanie’s memoir is funny, sassy and brutally honest. We share her experiences as she volunteers at a children’s shelter in Moscow, works for a Chinese propaganda office in Beijing, and belly dances among the rumba queens in Havana. To learn more about this extraordinary young woman, visit her website