Back in the USSR

I've had my head down over the last month, finishing up a new book that will be out in October. While my brain's been living 1977 all kinds of surprises have happened: Snowden's NSA leaks; the GOP's continued effort to outlaw abortion and take women back to the 1950s; another uprising in Egypt; hot weather, fires, and sadly, 19 dead firefighters; immigration reform—yes? no?—I can't make sense of it; and of course no gun control legislation but plenty of shootings.

I think I'll retreat back to the '70s, when life was simpler and we knew who the bad guys were—not us. I promise the blog will be back in a few weeks, so please check in again.

In the meantime, make a note somewhere to look for Camping with the Communists: The Adventures of an American Family in the Soviet Union, coming this fall. A reader/editor made my day when she called it "a treat to read. Smart, compelling, personal, deep, funny." You can hardly wait, right?