"An easy non-fictional read about the infamous Tsar who, as a child, tossed dogs from the parapets to see what would happen to them. Ivan would snuff *anybody*, not excluding his own son and a town full of people. Graphic violence."
"This strange lady was the lifetime companion of Gertrude Stein (chiefly in France during two world wars.) Her letters (and those recieved in return) are fascinating. It's best to read a Stein/Toklas biography first for background."
"In this superb classic, a left-leaning young aristocrat is recruited by revolutionaries in early 20th Century Russia to exterminate his own father with a bomb. One of the greatest novels ever written."