Sounds interesting as long as he doesn't report only the odd and unusual. It is supposed to be more serious than funny ...Travels in Siberia
Here is a tidbit from reviewer David Loftus in the Oregonian:
" Besides his own observations (the unique and characteristic smell of the country, the unbelievably disgusting bathrooms, the huge piles of trash on roadsides and beaches, swarms of fierce biting insects, the casual lies and exaggerations people tell him as well as their extreme warmth and helpfulness, clouds of coal smoke and other industrial haze over cities, stunningly beautiful women, the fact that Russians drive crazily and too fast but no one uses seat belts), Frazier provides a decent overview of Russian history.
Chattily, the author introduces us to Mongol chieftains, variousczars good and bad, the noble and doomed Decembrists (1825 namesakes of a noted Portland band), Pushkin, Tolstoy, "Dersu Uzala" (novel and movie), John Reed, Stalin and the prison camps, U.S. Lend-Lease aircraft flown in Russia during World War II, and the recent fortunes of mob bosses and oil magnates."Travels in Siberiahttp://www.oregonlive.com/books/index.ssf/2010/10/nonfiction_review_travels_in_s.html