Just the word "Siberia" conjures up images of bleak despair, but there's much more to this huge swath of land than gulags and ice. In "Travels in Siberia" (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 511 pages, $30), Ian Frazier details five trips he made to Siberia starting in the mid-1990s.
From the Ural Mountains to the farthest east Russia goes — and that's a long, long way — Frazier meets a variety of people and sees a wide range of landscapes. He also discusses facets of the region's history: Mongols and revolutionaries, railroads and writers, and, of course, prison camps, but also the more mundane adaptations human make when attempting to inhabit such an inhospitable land.
Frazier will appear in Wichita for a reading and book-signing on Friday at 7 p.m. at Watermark Books, 4701 E. Douglas.
Look for a full review of "Travels in Siberia" in next week's Eagle.