From Cold War Russia to Modern Day New Jersey

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Elena Gorokhova

Elena Gorokhova talks about her memoir, Russian Tattoo, which spans from Cold War Russia to modern-day New Jersey. Gorokhova learns that the journey of an immigrant is filled with everyday mistakes, small humiliations, and a loss of dignity, like not knowing how to eat a hamburger, buy a pair of shoes, or catch a bus. But Elena gradually adapts to her new country, requiring a unique balancing act and a family struggle.