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I will post this on the northern Europe board as well, but thought I'd ask here, too, since there are so many of you that are so well traveled. Dh and I are going on the Jewels of the Baltic cruise this summer. Does anyone have recommendations for books about the area? Not sightseeing books, but historical books or fiction about the area. Thanks for any suggestions.

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Go to tripfiction.com. Lots of good ideas for pre-reading.

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Not sure if this is what you're after . . . Ruta Sepetys  Link to her web site has written  two that might be of interest to you.   They cover the time period around WW II.  Both are historical fiction, set  in Lithuania (Between Shades of Gray) and East Prussia (Salt to the Sea).  Very well written and educational as well.  

I have heard good things about Out of the Easy, so it is on my TBR list in the future.

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History, biography and non-fiction:

 

I would explore Peter the Great and Catherine the Great of Russia and anything you can find about about the Hanseatic League.

 

Very good for this area: The Edge of the World: A Cultural History of the North Sea and the Transformation of Europe by Michael Pye

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I enjoyed The Winter Palace and Empress of the nIght by Eva Stachniak.  They both are about Catherine the Great and are easy reads.  I too love reading about an area we are visiting.   The Amber room by Steve Berry is another novel of interest.   Enjoy one of my favourite cruises.

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11 hours ago, OlsSalt said:

History, biography and non-fiction:

 

I would explore Peter the Great and Catherine the Great of Russia and anything you can find about about the Hanseatic League.

 

 

There are three books by Robert K. Massie that are very good.  They are about Peter, Catherine, and Nicholas and Alexandra.  Huge books, start reading them well in advance of your cruise!  When we were in St Petersburg, the scenes were really brought to life.

 

Enjoy your cruise!

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Second "Catherine the Great" by Massie.  Excellent read.  And you might like "The Siege" by Helen Dunmore and "The Madonnas of Leningrad" by Deborah Dean.

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Yes, books about the Siege of Leningrad. That was a theme that came up over and over again - how much the Russians (Soviets at the time) sacrificed and how they felt indeed it was their valor that had really won the war in Europe during WWII (true), yet the Americans seemed to garner all the VE credit.

 

The younger Russians are still very affected by that horrific time their city had to face siege and starvation and how much they wished Americans tourists would just say "thank you".  You will  touch your Russian guides almost more than a generous tip, if you have genuine interest and appreciation for  that harrowing time. There are several movies about this time as well - Netflix.

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19 hours ago, colbe said:

Go to tripfiction.com. Lots of good ideas for pre-reading.

 

 

OMG, this is super COOL!!!! Thank you for the information.

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22 hours ago, colbe said:

Go to tripfiction.com. Lots of good ideas for pre-reading.

 

Thank you! This is a fantastic site!

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On 2/19/2019 at 4:49 PM, colbe said:

Go to tripfiction.com. Lots of good ideas for pre-reading.

Wow, I’m a retired librarian and have never heard of this site.  Thank you!

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