The Queue

This perpetually WIP page replaces both the 2017 review list and the Books page as the home of my to-read list.

The Floaters


  • The Fall of Moscow Station by Mark Henshaw
  • Petrograd by Phillip Gelatt and Tyler Cook
  • Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews
  • The Good Spy by Jeffrey Layton


  • Human Rights in Russia: Citizens and the State from Perestroika to Putin by Mary McAuley
  • Can Russia Modernize by Alena Ledeneva
  • Superpower Illusions by Jack F. Matlock, Jr.
  • Man Without a Face by Masha Gessen
  • Return to Cold War by Robert Legvold
  • No Illusions by Ellen Mickiewicz
  • The Red Web by Andrei Soldatov/Irina Borogan
  • Who Lost Russia? by Peter Conradi
  • The New Russia by Mikhail Gorbachev
  • Other Russia by Victoria Lomasko
  • Orders to Kill by Amy Knight
  • Putin and the Oligarch by Richard Sakwa
  • The Corporation by Yuri Felshtinsky
  • Putin Country by Anne Garrels
  • All the Kremlin’s Men by Mikhail Zygar
  • Should We Fear Russia by Dmitri Trenin
  • Sex, Politics, and Putin by Valerie Sperling
  • Limits of Partnership by Angela Stent
  • Moscow in Movement by Samuel Greene

Contemporary Russian Fiction

  • Laurus by Eugene Vodolazkin
  • Oblivion by Sergei Lebedev
  • The Winter Queen by Boris Akunin
  • The Gray House by Mariam Petrosyan
  • Playing a Part by Daria Wilke
  • The Sin Collector by Daria Desombre

Travelogues/Expat Life

  • Bears in the Streets by Lisa Dickey
  • Return to Moscow by Tony Kevin


  • The Senility of Vladimir P. by Michael Honig
  • The Tsar of Love and Techno by Anthony Marra


  • Russia: The Story of War by Gregory Carleton
  • The Ukrainian and Russian Notebooks by Igort
  • How to Catch a Russian Spy: The True Story of an American Civilian Turned Double Agent by Naveed Jamali
  • Komiks: Comic Art in Russia by Jose Alaniz

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