Lisa Dickey is the author of “Bears in the Streets: Three Journeys Across a Changing Russia.” Described by Madeleine Albright as “brilliant, real and readable,” the book is an account of three trips Lisa took across post-Soviet Russia, in 1995, 2005, and 2015. On each trip, she interviewed the same people in eleven different cities — from the caretakers of a lighthouse in Vladivostok, to the Jewish community of Birobidzhan, to a farmer in Buryatia, to a group of gay friends in Novosibirsk, to a soldier’s mother in Kazan and more. Like the acclaimed British documentary series Seven Up!, she traced the ups and downs of ordinary people’s lives over time, in the process painting a deeply nuanced portrait of modern Russia.
Lisa has also worked as a ghostwriter and book collaborator, helping clients write seventeen published nonfiction books — including eight New York Times bestsellers. She has co-written books with a number of high-profile clients, including Gavin Newsom, Patrick Swayze, Herbie Hancock, and Kara Swisher. Lisa began her career in St. Petersburg, Russia, writing articles for The Moscow Times and USA Today. She is also an accomplished storyteller, appearing at live events such as the Moth Grand Slam and Don’t Tell My Mother. She lives with her wife in Los Angeles.
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