Maxim D. Shrayer, professor of Russian, English, and Jewish Studies, has published a powerful new memoir: Leaving Russia: A Jewish Story. In the first English-language, autobiographical and nonfictional account of growing up Jewish in the former USSR—of refuseniks and the Jewish exodus from Russia—Shrayer poignantly conveys the triumphs and humiliations of a Soviet childhood and expresses the dreams and fears of his family, which never lost hope for acceptance and a better life. A book launch for Leaving Russia will be held on Thursday, December 12 at 7 p.m. at the Brookline Booksmith. More in a news release from the Office of News & Public Affairs. Read an expert of Leaving Russia starting on page 41 of BalticWorlds.