- Paperback: 345 pages
- Publisher: Travelers' Tales Inc (1 March 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1609521277
- ISBN-13: 978-1609521271
- Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.9 x 20.3 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 381 g
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About the Author
Tania is a founder of the Healdsburg Literary Guild and the educational non-profit Public School Success Team, which mobilizes community volunteers to reduce public high school dropout rates. An award winning photographer, her work helped fund her nonprofit efforts.
She has climbed Mount Whitney and Mount Kenya, circumnavigated Annapurna, trekked through Bhutan and Kashmir, and sailed along remote rivers in Burma. In 2013 she landed in Nairobi the day of the terrorist attack and proceeded on a walk across that country from beneath Kilimanjaro to the Indian Ocean.
Tania watched, from afar, the disintegration of the country where her life story began. Those bitter Yugoslav wars of the 1990s put her mother Zora's sisters onto opposing sides of a battle, and not for the first time. Fluent in the languages of her parents, she visits her homelands to study her past. In her book, Mother Tongue, she explores, in a highly personal saga, the causes and consequences of Balkan struggles over the last hundred years.
Tania is the author of tales of travel to lands as diverse as Russia, India, Japan and Morocco. She is currently writing a book that starts with her father's flight as an infant from Russia during the Revolution of 1917, follows him through life in Serbia, and to San Franciscos Tsarist Russian community. The essay on her visit to her father's home village in the deep heart of Russia during repressive Communist times was published in Best Travel Writing, Volume 10.
Tania resides in San Francisco, using that city as her base for her worldwide travels.
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My father knew the difficulties of leaving his homeland and arriving in a new and different place, a place with a different language, culture, food and history.
His is an immigrant’s story, but Romanov’s family live through so much more. Our families are but two of the hundreds of millions of people who have these stories; however, Romanov’s comes alive in her book.
I saw an intimate portrait of three Balkan women who lived through serial relocations from country to country to arrive in places where everything was different. Through her words you will experience these separations between families as if they had happened to you.
Tania’s firsthand account of her family history, coupled with her excellent research, is an unforgettable read. And a timely read. It is packed with many worthwhile themes that speak to the real values in life. Mother Tongue is more than a first language in this story. It’s also the sharing of personal family history and what the gift of passing on your heritage, however poignant, in your own words, to your children, to your family, can give them. And now Tania is sharing it with us.
It’s a must read. It will make you feel good.
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