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9 Ukrainian Books to Check Out

30. January 2013 by Dasha 0 Comments

Love to read? You’re in good company. Many of the women on HRB enjoy settling down with a great book. If you'd like to learn more about the history and culture of Ukraine, as well as share your love of reading with a special lady, here are a few interesting books to check out.

Ukrainian Literature

The Electronic Library of Ukrainian Literature provides free access to translated texts by some of the Ukraine’s most celebrated writers. Give it a look!


Kobzar's Children: A Century of Untold Ukrainian Stories, Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch – An anthology of short historical fiction, memoirs, and poems written about the Ukrainian immigrant experience.

On Sunday Morning She Gathered Herbs, Olha Kobylianska - A novel based on the traditional Ukrainian folk song "Oi, ne khody Hrytsiu,” the tragic story of a young man torn between two women and poisoned by one of them.

The Sky Unwashed, Irene Zabytko – A group of determined babas (old women) defy government orders and return to their village after the Chernobyl disaster.


Treasury of Ukrainian Love: Poems, Quotations & Proverbs, Helene Turkewicz-Sanko – A sample of romantic poems, proverbs, and quotations from 38 of Ukraine’s finest authors.



Borderland: A Journey through the History of Ukraine, Anna Reid – A comprehensive guide to the history of Ukraine.
Odessa: Genius and Death in a City of Dreams, Charles King – A critically-acclaimed book chronicling the history and struggles of Odessa.

Execution by Hunger: The Hidden Holocaust, Miron Dolot – An eyewitness account from a survivor of Ukraine’s Holodomor.

Ukraine (Culture Shock! A Survival Guide to Customs & Etiquette), Meredith Dalton – Practical advice from an American woman who lived and worked in Kiev, Ukraine.

New Ukrainian Cookbook, Annette Ogrodnik Corona – Winner of a 2012 Gourmand Cookbook Award, the New Ukrainian Cookbook features recipes for such Ukrainian classics as Ukrainian Borshch, Chicken Kyiv, and Holubtsi.

Be sure to discuss the books with a special Ukrainian lady, and ask for new reading recommendations. Have fun!