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Kristen Ghodsee earned her Ph.D. at Berkeley and is a Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies at Bowdoin College. She is the author of numerous articles and books including The Red Riviera: Gender, Tourism and Postsocialism on the Black Sea (Duke University Press, 2005) and Muslim Lives in Eastern Europe: Gender, Ethnicity and the Transformation of Islam in Postsocialist Bulgaria (Princeton University Press 2010), which won the 2010 Barbara Heldt Book Prize, the 2011 John D. Bell Book Prize, the 2011 Davis Center Book Prize, and the 2011 William Douglass Prize for Best Book in Europeanist Anthropology. Her most recent book is Lost in Transition: Ethnographies of Everyday Life After Communism (Duke University Press, 2011). Her research focus ...more


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Kristen Ghodsee I don’t really get it anymore. I write a daily page of prose to keep myself in the habit of producing words no matter what. My problem is less with…moreI don’t really get it anymore. I write a daily page of prose to keep myself in the habit of producing words no matter what. My problem is less with writer’s block than it is with writer’s hemorrhage. I have too many projects I want to work on, and not enough time to complete them. I suppose if I didn’t have a day job, I might actually get writer’s block. But since writing brings me such great pleasure, I never spend the time I set aside for it wondering what to write about. I just get to work.(less)
Kristen Ghodsee A desperate man set himself on fire a block away from me in March of 2013. I had been toying around with an idea for a book about the historical…moreA desperate man set himself on fire a block away from me in March of 2013. I had been toying around with an idea for a book about the historical memory of communism in Eastern Europe for a while, but the smell of burning human flesh spurred me to put fingers to keyboard. Bulgaria has been a political mess since the first fall of the government in February 2013. I watch with trepidation the rise of xenophobic, rightwing parties across Europe, especially in Eastern Europe where the demonization of the communist past serves as an excuse for the exoneration of Nazis and fascists. As I say in the preface, I wrote The Left Side of History “by mistake.”(less)
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Medical anthropologist Philippe Bourgois and UC grad student Jeff Schonberg studied the lives of homeless heroin addicts in San Francisco.


This is a wonderful example of visual ethnography: the pictures complement the words to tell a powerful story in less than five minutes.

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The Left Side of History by Kristen Ghodsee
"The Left Side of History--the most entertaining book about Communism I ever read

If you think that the study of Communism is boring, you are wrong. Kristen Ghodsee, Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies at Bowdoin College, has written an eyeopeni..." Read more of this review »
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Although I love this book, I always cringe at Robert Jordan's supposed love for Maria. It does not seem genuine and I really don't like her as a character. But the ending of this book is perfection. As are the characters: Anselmo, Pilar, and the gyps ...more
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Great tips for anyone trying to improve their prose.
The Left Side of History by Kristen Ghodsee
"Ghodsee's book gives subtle reasoning to why people supported communism at the end of World War 2 beyond the knee-jerk reaction where “communism” is a dirty word that is quickly matched with Stalin and the Soviet labour camps.

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