If you liked NPR’s All Things Considered story on how countries adapted to life after communism, try reading these!
Dancing Bears: True Stories of People Nostalgic for Life Under Tyranny by Witold Szablowski
The author shows everyday life in former Soviet bloc countries as they transition from socialism to democracy. Heartbreaking stories of people in newly-freed countries who hold on to their former lives.
How We Survived Communism and Even Laughed by Slavenka Drakulić
Known journalist and author Slavenka Drakulić offers the first glimpse in what it was really like to live in Yugoslavia before the fall of communism. Her witty narrative provides exploration of the reality of being a woman and an individual behind the Iron Curtain. A feminist must read.
Poor But Sexy: Culture Clashes in Europe East and West by Agata Pyzik
Polish émigré writer Agata Pyzik peeks behind the Iron Curtain to explore tortured relationships of the Eastern Europe and the West. One of the central arguments in the book is that old geopolitical divisions East-West still exist in Europe even though they have been abolished officially.