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The Girls, Alone
A resurfacing writer hits the sauna, bares it all, and learns the true meaning of saga. Award-winning author Bonnie J. Rough separates from her family for a surprising journey into the difficult past and precarious present of Estonia, the former Soviet state of her heritage. Embarking on a journey to learn the fate of her great-great-grandmother Anna, she encounters World War II ghosts, Vikings, crones, recycled meat, a seven-ton prehistoric bull, gray hairs, and the ultimate librarian, but finds no bully bigger than Putin—or is it her own self-doubt?—in an adventure that delivers surprising lessons from her foremothers about happiness, autonomy, women’s legacies and the writer’s life. From the ladies’ locker room to the edges of Russia, The Girls, Alone is a swift ride that brings its readers to the most unexpected places and triumphantly answers its own high stakes.
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“Bonnie J. Rough traces her maternal history and stakes out her place in a long line of women in 'The Girls, Alone.' … Smart, engaging writing weaves Estonia's history with the stories she discovers along the way. The memoir becomes a story of mothers, linked together through history.”