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This three generation family saga about nine family members, involves love, faith, fidelity, and psychic phenomena, as it flows through the mysterious world of Mother Russia. The original motive to preserving family stories, evolved over a six year writing period into My Russian Family.
 With a backdrop of world wars and revolutions, of famines and prosperity Lilia Sariecheva relates the personal stories of her people who survived and even thrived in spite of the drama and...
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This three generation family saga about nine family members, involves love, faith, fidelity, and psychic phenomena, as it flows through the mysterious world of Mother Russia. The original motive to preserving family stories, evolved over a six year writing period into My Russian Family.
 With a backdrop of world wars and revolutions, of famines and prosperity Lilia Sariecheva relates the personal stories of her people who survived and even thrived in spite of the drama and chaos going on around them. Her spellbinding tales span well over 100 years, from the imperial opulence of the decaying Tsar Empire, through the rise and fall of the mighty Soviet Union, and on to the newly formed Russian Federation.
There are new perspectives of Stalinism, Soviet Power, the Gulag Archipelago and the KGB, as well as a singular view of historical events, including World War II. The raw reality of life, without the filter of Cold War propaganda, is fascinating as Russian people lived and survived in their everyday life. These stories include Lilia’s mother who was a daughter of nobility and Lilia’s father who was a peasant that rose in the ranks to Red Army Intelligence and then to the KGB where he retired as a Lieutenant Colonel.
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Editorial Reviews

Suzie Hodges
"Lilia Sariecheva's book My Russian Family is a moving piece of oral history comparable to the many stories told in Orlando Figes book, The Whisperers that recounts the lives of ordinary people in Stalin's Russia. My Russian Family is a lively and courageous record of personal memories and fascinating family stories extending over several generations. The author has placed these accounts in the context of Russian history which makes them of interest to people who do not know the Russian story."
Norman Wright
“Legend, memories, dreams and history are fused in a rich narrative tapestry set against the political background of Soviet Russia and before. Lilia shares the enduring heritage of a Russian family through turbulent and changing times.”
Mary Embree
"My Russian Family is a captivating and perceptive glimpse into the heart of the Russian peoples and an important historical work."
Ventura - Bill Goldberg
"My Russian Family is an amazing book that gave me a new understanding of the conditions experienced by the average Russian during the reign of the Tsars and in Soviet Russia. Lilia Sariecheva's stories, along with the historical detail that Robert Osland contributes, create a wide-ranging historical saga that reads as much like a novel as it does a serious historical text. I was engrossed in this book from start to finish and would recommend it to anyone who wants to understand Russia."
Lauriston McCagg - Lauristonn McCagg
A fascinating read about life in Russia in both pre- and post-revolutionary times written by one who lived it with her family. Because Ms Sariecheva is a descendant of both relatively wealthy and relatively poor family lines, she gives insight to a broad base of the Russian population. Well kept family lore undergirds the early days and personal experience -- her father was a KGB colonel -- gave her the rest. It's a "must read" for anybody interested in relationships between the USA and Russia.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780984059300
  • Publisher: Surepoint Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/28/2009
  • Edition description: ROBERT OSLAND DBA SUREPOINT PUBL
  • Pages: 499
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Lilia Sariecheva was born near Vladivostok in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. Lilia has two Bachelor of Science degrees from Russian Universities. The first was in "Russian Language and Literature" and the second involved training to teach mentally and physically challenged persons. Lilia has taught for over twenty years.
Lilia's paternal grandparents were peasants and her maternal grandparents were nobility. Her maternal grandfather, a prince, was murdered by the Red Guard. Lilia's father rose through the ranks to become a Lieutenant Colonel in the KGB. Her former husband and their son are both medical surgeons. Lilia immigrated to the USA in 1995 and now holds dual citizenship. The Russian Professional Writers Union recognized her talent as a poet and, as a member of this organization. Her first poetry book, Hummingbird, was published in Russia in 2001. All proceeds from the sales of this book go to handicapped Russian children. Over 2,500 copies have been sold. Her most recent poetry book, Mermaid, published in 2005, contains Lilia's poems on love and children. Her poems were also published in three anthologies.
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Robert Osland assisted in the translation into English and contributed much of the historical background material. He was raised on beef cattle ranches in Colorado, California and Washington State. He served over five years in the Marine Corps and then went on to become a university professor of Animal Science.
He served as Manager of the Al Safi Dairy Establishment for ten years. The 13,000 milking cows yielding over 125 million liters of high quality milk yearly. The privately owned Al Safi is the flagship dairy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
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Robert met Lilia in Russia while on a lecture circuit with the late M.E. Ensminger's International Agricultural Technical Schools, created to improve the world's food supply. Robert was always interested in history and listening to the elders in various countries spin tales inflamed his imagination. Together Lilia and Robert make a perfectly paired writing team. Lilia's creative ability and amazing memory of her family's childhood stories plus Robert's organizing abilities and determination to preserve these stories led to the creation of My Russian Family. Lilia and Robert are painfully aware of the huge gap between Americans' perception of Russia and the reality of Russia.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2010

    Russian Memoirs of a Fascinating Family Saga

    This three generation family saga about nine family members, involves love, faith, fidelity, and physic phenomena, as it flow through the mysterious world of Mother Russia. Social, political, and historical events were included as a backdrop to this easy reading "people history" of Russia. The raw reality of life, without the filter of Cold War propaganda, is fascinating as Russian people lived and survived in their everyday life. These stories include Lilia's mother who was a daughter of nobility and Lilia's father who was a peasant that rose in the ranks to Red Army Intelligence and then to the KGB where he retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. There are new perspectives of Stalinism, Soviet Power, the Gulag Archipelago and the KGB, as well as a singular view of historical events, including World War II.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 6, 2010

    Fascinating!

    A rare insider's account of growing up in Russia during the Communist regime. Less political than personal, the author has paid homage to her roots and preserved her family story for generations to come.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 27, 2010

    My Russian Family

    "My Russian Family" is an amazing book that gave me a new understanding of the difficult conditions experienced by the average Russian during the reign of the Tsars and in Soviet Russia. Howard Zinn and others have tried to balance the mostly top down history that only chronicled the lives of the elite, with histories of everyday people. To my knowledge, this is the only time this approach has been used to examine recent Russian history. Lilia Sariecheva's stories, along with the historical detail that Robert Osland contributes, create a wide-ranging historical saga that reads as much like a novel as it does a serious historical text. We have been taught that Russians are somehow different from Americans, even though many Americans emigrated from Russia, and this book showed me the shared humanity that is in us all. I was engrossed in this book from start to finish and would recommend it to anyone who wants to really understand the Russian heart and mind. Bill G.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2010

    Everyday life in 20th century Russian

    As someone who has not read a great deal about Russian history, it was very interesting to read about Lilia's family through the backdrop of the most important events of the 20th century. I especially enjoyed the stories of her family's life on the farm. The stories of everyday life and survival are very interesting. It was fascinating to learn how the Russian people lived and survived without the filter of Cold War propaganda. At the end of the day people are people and we all want the right to live our lives and make a better future for our children. This is an interesting read and I highly recommend it!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 18, 2010

    MY RUSSIAN FAMILY

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading My Russian Family. The blend of history, political climate and family stories made it a fascinating read and a true learning experience. I have grown in my understanding of the Russian people, their history and culture through Lilia and Robert's entertaining weaving of these elements.

    September 16, 2009 | Shirley34

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2010

    A Must Read

    My Russian Family is a very interesting tour through a different culture. Dynamic stories of a people that we were suppose to hate. I found it enlightening and informative. My entire family has read and enjoyed this novel. I put this on anyone's must read list.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2010

    GRIPPING

    Lilia Sariecheva, having grown up as the daughter of a KGB colonel and a mother whose family was not one of Stalinism's favorites, tells a gripping inside story of Russian life under strict 1930s Communism. Beginning with her family's history, she paints a vivid picture of the Russian people that is far deeper than what the media present. The media skim the top. This book gives depth.
    Since any understanding of Russia must include an understanding of its people, this book gives a rare insight by one of those people who, by chance, was reared in a family seriously affected by Stalinism. Yes, the book is occasionally repetitive but this only shows that the author is not a professional who might change text for readability. No, this book is only a description of the Russian people's life up to and including life under Stalin with all its warts included.
    Gripping!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2010

    The human condition, Russian style!!

    Beautifully written stories about daily life and customs of a Russian family, spanning three generations. The stories are set in a framework showing the impact of Russian history upon family life. The human condition, Russian style!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2012

    Lilia's family story is fascinating. Once you start reading this

    Lilia's family story is fascinating. Once you start reading this book, you can't put it down. I personally was especially interested in the psychic phenomena described in the book (and Lilia's Russian grandmother was a naturally gifted healer). Lilia tells even more amazing stories about psychic phenomena which happened in real life if you look at her website My Russian family, click on "Psychic Phenomena" link there. I know these stories are true. I've heard "The frozen dancer" story from another reliable source in Russia long before Lilia wrote about it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2011

    kentucky lady enjoys book

    this a five star book. this book is a wonderful true stoty. once you begin to read this story you will not want to put it down. so many interesting people in this extended family.....from long ago up until today. enjoy.

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  • Posted December 18, 2010

    Enriching book for a rainy Sunday afternoon

    Enriching and enjoyable with excellent editing and brilliant stories. A new perspective on Russians.

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  • Posted October 15, 2010

    Enjoyable saga with superb editing!

    A wonderful people history of Russia with amazingly true stories and superb editing. The second reading is almost better than the first time around. The psychic phenomena was intriguing and believable. This is a saga that can be enjoyed over and over again.

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