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Reader's Digest Condensed Books: Stepping Down From the Star; The Dog That Wouldn't Come Home; A Deadly Presence
Reader's Digest Condensed Books Stepping Down From the Star The Dog That Wouldn't Come Home A Deadly Presence Author:Costa, Alexandra; Thurber, James; Thesen, Hjalmar 3 Condensed Books: — Stepping Down From the Star - A Soviet Defector's Story — In August 1978 the wife of a first secretary at the Soviet embassy defected to the United States with her two young children, seeking opportunity for them all to control their own lives. For seven years she lived under the assumed name of Alexandra Costa until the publi... more »cized return of defector Vitaly Yurchenko prompted her to talk about the way defectors are treated by the CIA. She writes candidly about the reasons for her defection, her previous life in the Soviet Union and at the embassy, and her struggles as a single parent attending an American business school and then starting her own business. Only a strong and determined person could have survived the uncertainties and pitfalls she faced. The book is the last step along Costa's road to the freedom she sought, the freedom to talk about her past honestly.
The Dog That Wouldn't Come Home - Jeannie loved to travel. Trouble was, the terrier traveled a little too often.
A Deadly Presence - To young widow Jean Mannion the lush countryside of her southern African farm is a paradise; naturalist Cliff Turner finds the area ideal for observing wild animals. But when a rare jet-black leopard is seen lurking there, the race is on to save the town nearby and the creature itself.« less