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Love & Vodka: My Surreal Adventures in Ukraine

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  59 ratings  ·  11 reviews
"Love & Vodka" is the true story of Bobby, a young Michigander who meets a girl from Ukraine at Universal Studios in California. Upon his return to Michigan, Bobby decides to follow his heart and take a leap of faith--traveling from comfortable "have-a-nice day ... and have-a-warm-shower" suburban Detroit to the former center of Cold War Soviet missile production--the indu ...more
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Published October 29th 2015 by Fish Out of Water Books
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Mar 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Love, science reveals, is really just another form of madness. The brain undergoes similar changes, from the rational into the irrational, and the resulting pheromone chemical soup tastes like insanity.

Dearborn-native (Michigan) and author R.J. Fox would probably not debate any of that. It took all of twenty minutes for him to fall in love with a foreign exchange student he spotted in a line for an amusement park ride. When she returned to her native Ukraine, he followed her, engagement ring in
Liz Crowe
Feb 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
As a semi-pro ex-pat, having lived almost 8 years between three countries, I'm always eager to read about other American's experiences in distinctly non-American settings. And you can't get much farther away from the apple pie, hot dog, purple mountains majesty (or more precisely, suburban Detroit) than a former Soviet Block country like Ukraine. And of course, as the first word of the title states without flinching, the reason for Bobby's trip to Ukraine is "love." I was hooked from the moment ...more
Dec 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Enraptured with Ukraine

Very well written account of the people, culture, and a great love story of Bobby and Katya. The book conveys Bobby's passion for life. The details are amazing and Bobby's humor fortifies the happenings. Hard to put the book down. I smirk when I think of Babushka, one of my favorite characters. Look forward to more novels from this author.
May 20, 2019 rated it liked it
I hear that this RomCom by an Ann Arbor author and teacher is headed for the Silver Screen. It is a true story of an American man and a Ukrainian woman who meet at an amusement park in the US and fall head over heals in love. The author does the right thing by going to meet her family in Ukraine. In doing so, he makes a sincere effort to learn her language so he can better communicate with her parents. The author's descriptions of post-Soviet Ukraine are sometimes funny and other times bleak. ...more
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
RJ Fox’s part-memoir, part-fiction Love and Vodka is as engrossing as it is entertaining. Told with no little humour, we travel with Bobby to the Ukraine as he pursues romance with Katya. The inevitable culture clash as Bobby attempts to settle into this new routine are authentic, informative and funny. Love and Vodka is the sort of book you have to read through to see how it all pans out so I wasn’t surprised in the slightest to see the exciting news it is being made into a movie. Get yourself ...more
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ones-i-own
Love & Vodka is such a wonderful tale of adventure and romance! When I started learning Russian, my teachers would often remark on superstitions, traditions, how things were "over there" and other things left over from the soviet era. This book highlights those insights with hilarious characters, heart-warming moments, and vivid highlights of traveling in such a foreign place. This book does not disappoint! ...more
Frank Morelli
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The love at first sight story of a Dearborn, Michigan native (Bobby) and his muse from Ukraine (Katya), is sweet and intoxicating, made more so because it is expertly steeped in the unique and satisfying wit of R. J. Fox. And, much like a night of vodka-swilling, you'll come for the love story and leave with an this case about a stark cultural divide between two foreign lands and the ties that bind us together nonetheless. A great read! ...more
Leah Rose
Oct 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book a great deal because I spent time living in a country that borders Ukraine only a year or two before this book takes place and I found myself smiling and groaning in recognition over and over. The grime and corruption and dysfunction of many aspects of recently post-communist eastern Europe were depicted accurately, as was the warmth and affection and passion of the people. I was also fascinated by the many details that were so similar and yet so different, just one country a ...more
Stacey Eid
May 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
Great read. A Funny and heartwarming glimpse of love and life in Ukraine. The descriptions of people and places brought the setting to life and made it possible to visualize scenes that would normally be beyond imagination. Highly recommend!!
Dec 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bizarre and entertaining, and I couldn't put it down. Good for anyone needing an escape from the heaviness of modern life. ...more
Barb McMullen
May 01, 2016 rated it it was ok
Could be so much more but I was too annoyed by the poor writing.
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R.J. Fox is the award-winning writer of several short stories, plays, poems, a memoir, and 15 feature length screenplays. Two of his books are currently in development as feature films (they were originally screenplays). His first book – a memoir entitled Love & Vodka: My Surreal Adventures in Ukraine was published by Fish Out of Water Books, along with his first novel Awaiting Identification. He

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