All the Clean Ones Are Married: and Other Everyday Calamities

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In 1991, Lori Cidylo shocked her Ukrainian Polish-born parents when she told them she was leaving her reporter's job on an upstate New York newspaper to live and work in the rapidly dissolving Soviet Union.

For six years she lived on a shoe-string budget in Moscow, in tiny, run-down apartments, struggling with broken toilets and indifferent landlords and coping with the daily calamities of life in Russia. Fluent in Russian, she rode on public transportation, did her own shopping and cooking, and shared the typical Muscovite's life––unlike most Westerners who were still sequestered in the heavily guarded compounds reserved for diplomats and journalists. As the country experienced its most dramatic transformation since the Bolshevik Revolution, she realized she had stepped into a fantastical and absurd adventure.

Cidylo's wry, insightful account of what it is like for an American woman living in Russia is a dramatic tale full of insouciant laughter, in which the immediate sense of vivid experience shines on every page. With the sharp eye of an acute observer, she captures the momentous events no less than the everyday trivia: how do Russians address one another now that the familiar "comrade" is passé; or how do you find your way home in a city where the streets keep getting new names? As Russia even now continues to struggle with the Cold War's aftermath, Cidylo gives a delightful, surprising, warmly human view of post-Soviet life.

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Lori Cidylo is a freelance journalist whose work has appeared in Newsday, the Los Angeles Times, Boston Herald, Chicago Tribune, The Economist, and other publications. She lives in New York City.

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Cidylo, a New York newspaper journalist of Ukranian-Polish descent, made a life-changing move to Moscow in 1991. There she worked first as a translator, and, as economic conditions worsened, ended up a stringer for various U.S. newspapers. Despite continual frustration with everyday life in Moscow (her search for a washing machine, for example, takes on the fervor of a quest for the Holy Grail), Cidylo retains her sense of humor and makes every effort to adapt. She aptly sums up a foreigner's perspective when she writes, "Many of us don't realize just how ill prepared for life we are until we arrive in Russia." The title refers to the plight of a young woman in search of a "clean" male, made difficult because, according to Cidylo, Russian men largely ignored personal hygiene in the early Nineties. The only weakness here is the confusing chronology; Cidylo often confuses the reader by going back and forth between the early and the later years she spent in Moscow. Nevertheless, this fascinating glimpse of post-Soviet society during a time of turmoil and drastic change is recommended for large travel collections in public libraries. Janet Ross, formerly with Sparks Branch Lib., NV

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