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Baltic Countdown: Our Latvia Book

Baltic Countdown, from Latvia My entire “Around the World in Books” adventure (and it really is that!) begin, quite accidentally with A Woman in Berlin, a German journalist’s memoir of the days that followed the Russian occupation of Berlin at the end of World War II. I’d just read City of Women, a full-on cinematic treatment of Berlin during the war from the perspective of an especially plucky hausfrau, and I’d wanted to find a real-life version. A Woman in Berlin was all that and more—I really don’t use a modifier more reverentially than “clear-eyed,” and A Woman in Berlin was one of the most clear-eyed books I’ve ever read.