MEDIA CONTACT INFORMATION:
Joanne Ivy Stankievich
Author of: "LIVING WITH A SCENT OF DANGER,
European Adventures at the Fall of Communism"
Publisher: Outskirts Press, Denver, Colorado, www.outskirtspress.com.
Library of Congress # 2012911099
244 paperback pages include 31 illustrations and a map, as well as a time-line of Cold War events mentioned in the book, and a Discussion Guide for Book Clubs.
The Introduction is by Alexander Lukashuk, an author and current Director of the Belarus Service of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, in Prague, Czech
The book is available in the United States as a paperback from Amazon and other online distributors; also as a Kindle edition from Amazon. It is available through Amazon in its United Kingdom, Germany, and Italy sites.
In the United States, the paperback sells for $16.95; the Kindle is $5. All book profits go to the Monroe–Vilnia Foundation, which supports democracy in Eastern Europe, as well as informing the public about the current situation in Belarus.
More information about the book can be read in the Search Inside book photo, at: www.amazon.com/Living-Scent-Danger-Adventures-Communism/dp/1432775863.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
International topics intrigued Joanne ever since day-dreaming about exotic adventures during her farm childhood. After college, she moved to N.Y.C. and worked with Eleanor Roosevelt on model U.N programs, married a Belarusian activist, and then found herself in the midst of history-changing events. Earlier journalism training prompted her to record the events and insights gained.
She now lives with her husband, Walter, along the New Jersey shore. Joanne continues writing and stays active in church and community. She and her husband enjoy traveling, snorkeling in the Caribbean and visiting friends in Europe.
The author and her husband, Walter Stankievich, participate in stealthy
meetings with dissidents behind the Iron Curtain; and at a Congress in Minsk, where the Foreign Minister warns the émigrés against demanding greater changes. Walter’s work at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty motivates his actions, and takes them from suburban New Jersey to Munich and Prague.
Just as countries are struggling for a new identity after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Joanne grapples with finding a niche for herself in Europe – finally looking toward business activity in Italy. Humor and faith shine forth as coping skills, as Joanne navigates political, cultural, and language challenges.
AMAZON REVIEWS excerpts:
“Well written, quick and easy to read. I remember well President Reagan saying, ‘Mr. Gorbachev tear down this wall!’, but it is very interesting to hear how life was in and around the Soviet Union at that time. A perspective I didn’t think much about at that time.”
“Great insight into a critical time in history from a family, business & political perspective. Quite unique in its approach. An enjoyable read.”