Glorious Misadventures: Nikolai Rezanov and the Dream of a Russian America by Owen Matthews

glorious-misadventures-wpcf_183x216Glorious Misadventures: Nikolai Rezanov and the Dream of a Russian America by Owen Matthews. When the Wild West was also the Wild East. My Nudge review.


By 1812 the border of the Tsar’s dominions was on what is today called the Russian River, an hour’s drive north of San Francisco along California’s Highway 1. Russia also—briefly—had a colony on Hawaii. Rezanov spent much of his life passionately advocating the idea that America’s west coast could be a province of Russia, and the Pacific a Russian sea. This was no mad pipe dream but a very real possibility.

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The Difficulty of Being a Dog by Roger Grenier

difficulty-dog-wpcf_179x216The Difficulty of Being a Dog by Roger Grenier (translated Alice Kaplan). An upmarket jumble sale of a book, mostly about dogs. My Nudge review.


The difficulty of reviewing this book: there is some. Just what is it, exactly? Who and what is it for? It’s mostly about dogs, but isn’t really a dog book. It’s something of an anthology and something of a memoir, but you wouldn’t call it either. There’s some philosophy and opinion, but the author doesn’t have a point to make. He’s what the novelist Robertson Davies called ‘an advocate of ornamental knowledge’…

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