Her memoir, From Under the Russian Snow, is a sometime-humorous and often poignant account of a fifty-year-old journalist living alone in pre-Putin Russia, traveling across eleven time zones, struggling with Russian winters, and in the process, losing her husband to a tragic accident back in the U.S. The book title suggests a metaphor for the emergence of hope after a long period of a frozen period, the Russian winter and the long Soviet decades in the Stalinist era.