Book Review: Twelve Little Cakes

Twelve Little Cakes

by Dominika Dery

Adult Nonfiction

Dominika Dery has a surprisingly charming way of writing about the difficult subject of growing up in communist Czechoslovakia. Life wasn’t easy under the oppressive government  – especially if your parents were dissidents – but each tale of Dery’s childhood is presented with such love and humor that her book escapes the gloom and despair of other books about the time period.

From her father’s misadventures in construction to her debut with the Czech ballet, Dery provides a unique view of life behind the Iron Curtain.


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