[Book Review] URGE to ROME: My Quest to Become Sexy, Sultry & Migraine-Free by Kyra Robinov

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By Kyra Robinov

When her husband’s work in food opens up the opportunity for their family to spend a year living abroad, they make the decision to spend a year in Rome. Kyra Robinov’s latest memoir recounts their year of new experiences, challenges, and personal growth as she and her husband, along with their two teenaged children, navigate life in a new culture.

Robinov brings a conversational style of writing to her latest work that feels like listening to a friend telling a story over afternoon tea. The experiences are very relatable with all of the ups and downs for each member of the family. Her descriptions of the cultural differences and trying to navigate language barriers were interesting, interjecting some humor in parts. The book is perfectly paced with a great balance between storytelling and personal reflection.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend it to anyone considering a journey to gain perspective.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

More About the Author

Kyra Robinov is a Manhattan-based writer who works in many genres—fiction, non-fiction, musical theatre, and children’s literature. She draws much of her inspiration from the incredible stories she heard growing up about her family’s remarkable experiences.

After fictionalizing her paternal grandmother’s story of a young mother surviving the Russian Revolution in her historical novel, RED WINTER, Kyra decided to focus on her father’s life. Her new nonfiction release, HiSTORY, spotlights a daughter’s perspective on a bygone era and a man who struggled before ultimately achieving financial and personal success.

​Kyra Robinov’s passion for the arts and storytelling originated in ballet and drama, and often, but not always, relates to her Russian Jewish heritage. She has worked on multiple live theater pieces.  Kyra wrote the book and lyrics for TO DANCE, a musical inspired by the true life of Russian Jewish ballet dancer Valery Panov, which was featured at the NYC Fringe Festival in 2015.

​Her whimsical NATURE SERIES IN VERSE—MATT McFLACK & HIS FLYAWAY KITE, DANCE OF THE SEASONS, and THE FOLLY OF POLLY THE PENGUIN—introduces young readers to the importance of perseverance, the different times of the year, and combatting climate change. The books are also available on Audible.com.

Kyra’s latest release is URGE to ROME: My Quest to Become Sexy, Sultry & Migraine-free, a personal recollection about the challenging year she and her family spent while following their dream to live abroad.

For more information, please visit: KyraRobinov.com.

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