Out Loud  / memoir

Written by Jan Kline three years ago

Post-Soviet Nebbish

When I learned that the title of novelist Gary Shteyngart’s new memoir was Little Failure, I thought he was doing his usual self-deprecating shtick. When I read that, translated into RussGlish — Failurchka — it was his mother’s pet name

Written by Jan Kline four years ago

The Glass Castle, by Jeannette Walls

If there’s any truth to the new age saying that we choose our own parents, Jeannette Walls must love a challenge.