My Books for Sale

Dear Visitor,

August 9, 2020 – this page is under construction now. I am transferring the useful info from here to my new Page BOOKS FOR SALE with “Buy Now” buttons. In the light of the fact that ALL my books now being taken from me by amazon and its distributors, like Ingram, AbeBooks, B n N, Book Depository and many other book vendors, big and small, across the world. We are not talking about best-sellers here. We are talking about educational books based on classics in a few languages with my notes on vocabulary, grammar, and culture.

All what is follows below this paragraph here currently is being reviewed by me and, basically, not for a reader but for me – I do not want to lose valuable dates or facts since I am now in this big case with amazon fighting for my intellectual property. In two words, what is going on if you have not read my articles that are scattered here and on public platforms for the last two months – 1) I, the author, Zoia Eliseyeva (Sproesser before 2014) do not have access to buy my author’s copies. I need to buy my own books from retailers. 2) Distributors have my all files from amazon (CreateSpace in the years 2010-2017) now and they are actively advertising them and selling them – in USA and world-wide. You can see 25 different titles of mine on AbeBooks advertised by them on their 5 different countries/languages websites. It is a big pirating operation going on with Abe, and my case/claim is on the desk of their copyright department. This is after two-month humiliating for the author correspondence with them – asking, begging them to stop selling my books. My books can be in two, three, four, or five languages. It makes a lot of sense to sell my books at European, Asian, Arabic, and South American countries of the world. I just ordered a few of my 1st edition books from different retailers by retail prices – specifically to trace the process of pirating my new books while pocketing the profits by the above mentioned “businesses”. Does it qualify for a business – to take live author’s files, and sell them without sharing with the author? When I asked numerous times those businesses to take off my books from their sales – they answer negatively every time. Selling my name and my brains and openly denying to communicate with me – how about those apples? Zoia Eliseyeva on August 9, 2020 from USA

ARCHIVE: will be removed soon after organizing all info

I have a few books that I authored – at home. They are for sale.

Mostly they are 1st editions of my books that have my previous last name on them, so the author will look like “Zoia Sproesser”. In 2014 I divorced Sproesser and took back my maiden name – Eliseyeva. After December 2014 I re-published a few of my books with “Zoia Eliseyeva” as author on them. However, I did not republish all of my books, that are about 20 by now, so a reader can find my books with the both last names online. I tried to discontinue the 1st edition with “Zoia Sproesser” on it for those titles which I republished as Zoia Eliseyeva.

At home I do have a few books of the 1st editions, like “Chekhov and Goncharov – Russian-English”, or “Moidodir – Russian-English”, or The Masque of Red Death – 5 languages (Eng-Ger-Fre-Spa-Rus). Actually, “The Masque…” I created already after December 2014, so the name on it can only be Zoia Eliseyeva.

I will edit this article to enclose the list of my books on sale with prices. I just wanted to let the visitor of my site know that I do not have drastic* measures with customers like Amazon does. If you order my book, I will just send it to you from a local post-office with the shipping charge as $3.00. It is hard to tell exact shipping charge until one is at a post office with that book, however, for one book it is unlikely will be higher than that.

I will start the list with the book that I have mentioned.

LIST of my books for sale:

Attention, visitors! My List will be adding, as I have time. I just started here with my first book. (Jan. 3 2019) The list will go from down to up. You will always see the last post on the top, and the very first you will find on the bottom.


$11.00 including S/H. (Lower price than on Amazon). Ships from CA or AZ within USA.


5 Languages Book ENGLISH – GERMAN – FRENCH – SPANISH – RUSSIAN: The Masque of Red Death (Story by Edgar Allan Poe) (Five Languages Books) (Volume 2) (Paperback)

by Zoia Eliseyeva (Author)

Book Description:

The five languages book “The Masque of the Red Death” is devoted to Edgar Poe’s story – a rich multilingual reading and studying experience! It is recommended for students, professors, and all people (adults or teenagers), who are interested in the presented languages: English, German, French, Spanish, and Russian. The languages belong to three different language groups: Germanic, Romance, Slavic. The comparison of the translations will bring to a reader an incomparable experience of language study while enjoying reading the complete text story by the brilliant unique American author. Take it with you on an uninhabited island! Your life will be more entertaining than that of the Robinson Crusoe, because it will take you a long time to figure out the five languages, unless you have already devoted significant time and effort to each of the five. For the convenience of the reader who wants to concentrate on just one language, each of the 5 translations is also reproduced, at the back of the book, in an uninterrupted text format. The book also has some entertaining multilingual comparative vocabulary exercises with the answers – across the five languages. Zoia Eliseyeva (Sproesser, Burkhart by marriages) has been writing since 1996, and her multilingual books (over 20) have been contributing to the language study in USA, Russia, and around the world for quite a few years. Zoia has Master’s Degree in Education and has been appreciated by her students of English, Russian, and Spanish languages in Europe, USA, and Mexico.


ISBN-13: 978-1544155128 ISBN-10: 1544155123


Product details

  • Series: Five Languages Books (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 174 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (February 25, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1544155123
  • ISBN-13: 978-1544155128
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.4 x 10 inches

Price: $11.00 – includes Shipping/Handling, Ships from Arizona or California.


Russian-English Dual Language Book Based on the Masterpiece of the British Humorous Classical Novel Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome… 1st Edition. March 2011. 62 pages
This Russian language UTube extract is read by Zoia Eliseyeva who is a native speaker of Russian language.

Here I have a rhetorical question: Why is the Kindle edition 2 times shorter in number of pages than a paperback? Because they “crumple” all the text? In that case, this parallel text may not lay out well in e-format, unless e-format pages are 2 times longer/bigger in size. The whole idea of English and Russian parallel text of this book is to see simultaneously English paragraph and the corresponding to it Russian paragraph.

I am very sorry for the formatting of this text – it is uncontrollable! I try to click Block, I try to click Document and the pasted text is not possible to format better. WordPress obviously thinks that a simple mortal teacher has to be a computer engineer familiar with HTML formatting. I once had a textbook of HTML language in my hands, and I assure you it was far from enjoyable reading. I fell into boredom on the second huge page of that textbook and stopped reading. One cannot make himself or herself learn that one finds boring to death. That’s for sure. January 6, 2019. Yours truly, ZE PS I cannot even put “Yours truly” on a new line! If I try to make such a brave step – I am being immediately kicked out of this strange red brick color I have chosen for this paragraph. 😀 С улыбкой по жизни! 😀




Enjoy Reading Russian Classical Literature 

(Russian and English Edition) with Page-for-Page 

English Translation Bilingual Edition by Zoia Sproesser 


Product details

Paperback: 56 pages

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; Bilingual edition  (July 14, 2010)

Language: Russian, English

ISBN-10: 1453683291 ISBN-13: 978-1453683293

Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.1 x 8 inches

Price:    $9.00  (shipping/packing included)

Front cover, Back cover, and Contents page.
Dual-Language Book Chekhov and Goncharov, 56 pages, $9.00 total, Shipping included.

Price, Shipping/Handling, Payment Explained

The price includes a partial self-cost of the book from Publishing company plus Shipping/Handling. Compare: Amazon just (Jan. 3 2019) charged $11.28 the buyer of this book, of which $6.08 belongs to me. So, Amazon earns 5 dollars on the book, while I, the author, hardly 1 dollar (I bought my books from the Publisher first, then yesterday I sent it myself to that buyer; Amazon did only advertising in this case just charging me (the seller through AmazonSeller the big fees – about 4.25 for this particular book). With $9.00 directly to me from a buyer I will earn about 3 dollars for my own book, which, by the way does not make much sense, because the self-cost of the book – to order from a publisher – is higher than that. Well, I have the books, that I ordered a while ago, so I want to sell those. After that – we will see what happens. We can plan many things, but life (or Amazon) plans for us something else that we do not expect.

Figuring all it by ourselves. Thank you, Google, for the info!

Thank you, thank you! Without you, Google, I would be quite informationless. And you do not charge my credit cards without my permission like Amazon does. And you do not ignore author’s concern when an author is trying to speak to you. And you don’t treat intellectual property of other people as your own.

By the way, in about year 2003 or 2004 a PhD professor in Fullerton University (or maybe it was San Bernardino? I studied in both) strictly said to us, Master Degree students: “Do not research Google for your reference! The grade for your research paper will be lowered if I notice that. Research only academic journals!” Well, well, I guess that professor uses Google now, in 2019 (I can’t believe this digit of a year already!) for her research! 😀

And, since I am here on a Google note, I want to add, that one cannot compare the quality of Google translation in the beginning of 2000s with the current quality of Google translation from language to the other foreign language. Even the pronunciation is made by a native speaker of that language. No matter that it sounds a bit electronic, like a robot sometimes, however we cannot go without mentioning great improvement in that area. How many people Google helped!


My Comment on August 9, 2020:

Improvement of amazon in May 2019? Hmm! In May 2020 they cut me off from my book portal and from my royalties.


Give me my royalties or remove all my titles (25 titles at least) from your wide web sales!!!

Authors’ Lives and Fair Business with Their Books Matter!

Zoia Eliseyeva on August 9. 2020


**Improvement of Amazon (written on May 18, 2019)

Lately I have noticed a few improved features on Amazon compared to those faults that I described here 3 months ago below this note, marked with one asterisk.

What has improved?

  1. They stopped charging my credit card.
  2. They improved the Author’s Central page.
  3. They corrected the price of my 5-language book based on Edgar Poe to the real price that this book is worth. Thank you, Amazon, for improvements! If they continue, I will remove my previous grumpy critics on Amazon’s behavior. Now, I want still have it for a while, as a record of what has happened quite recently.

* drastic measures of Amazon (written on January 3, 2019):

  1. They charge $14.20 monthly fee for PrimeAmazon, even if a person did not apply for Prime. They may just sneak into the two credit cards of a person (Just happened to me).
  2. They do not ask the author about the price on his/her book. Amazon just consider himself (itself) the rightful possessor of all authors’ rights and intellectual property (just happened to me that they priced one of my books 3 times lower imposing the Prime membership with its purchase).
  3. Amazon rudely violates fair business practices and authors’ rights, and the customer (author, seller) is helpless. I have done my research. If anybody has another opinion, be my guest to share, especially if there is a class action lawsuit against Amazon, because there are innumerous complainers whom Amazon has treated badly and who will be happy to join.
  4. As a Russian joking song says :”And all the rest is in the complete order, my beautiful Marquise, just in the complete order!” – “А в остальном, прекрасная Маркиза, всё хорошо, всё хорошо!” 😀
  5. If I were an artist, I would make a caricature of Amazon, where he (it) is a big-size monstrous creature with big teeth having in its hands all people, parking lots, warehouses, etc, and in the lower right corner of the picture there is a crowd of complainers, small figures of people, crying with their hands up towards the monster, asking, begging, complaining. The little tags to those people say “a businessman”, “a seller”, “a book author”, “a file creator”, and so on. This is my sketch for artists – for free! If you do it, you will express the pain of all the people (who are “We Are The People”) hurt by Amazon. 😀
  6. I want to thank you, an unknown complainer, who just gave this sober advice that I read yesterday online: “If you have your site, don’t ever deal with Amazon”. Because of you, a smart person you are, I have this post today. Because of you, I will have my own measures applied to deal with the monster. Thank you!
  7. This formatting of the paragraph is not very flexible. Sorry for that, my patient reader and/or visitor! By the way, the wrapping of the pasted text does not work here either very well (I am using the WordPress, their new “block” invention for formatting). It wraps the text breaking words in disorderly uncontrollable manner, so I have to do wrapping of the text manually. Thank you, visitors, for your patience and understnding, that this site is constantly under construction and improvement Zoia Eliseyeva on January 3, 2019 from AZ, USA (sometimes I may be in CA, or, occassionally traveling elsewhere).

** PayPal – I have been with PayPal for 8 or more years. Never anything bad has happened from PayPal. They do charge a fee. If you send me 9 dollars, they will probably charge a few cents fee. Not 4 dollars as Amazon does! By experience I can say that PayPal is the company we can trust with transferring money.

I know this will sound funny (in the both meanings of this definition), but I did have very bad experiences with credit card payment processing machine companies; one of them was First Data ( to remember that exact name I need to look it up in my own UTube “zoiacalifornia” where I was posting my fight with them). They were trying to continuously charge a monthly fee my small fashion store business in CA, that I closed in one year. The fight I had in Feb to May 2014! You see, with me, when bad things are over, my brain has a protective reaction: it blocks all of them from easy reach. That was the bad experience fighting that monster who lives out of deception (by their small print agreements) of small businesses. I had many complainers contacting me on my UTube posts about that fight. We, regular people, who sometimes use services of Amazon and First Data have to learn our lessons a hard way, and then we want to stay away from such traumatic, worrysome, time consuming, and health consuming experiences. Huge corporations lived, live, and will live. We, on the other hand, just need to survive through them.


A reader who uses e-devices of all kinds and screen sizes has to keep in mind the particulars of this book. Because of them, maybe it will not open very well on any device. What are this book’s particulars or features? The format is 5×8 inches. The text takes the whole page – Russian on left side page when you open the book, the English translation is on the right side of the 2 opened pages. It is convenient ton read a physical book like this, however on a small electronic device like Android cell phone Samsung Note 7 the page sized 5×8 will not fit, so your reading of this parallel text will be disturbed by these pieces of the Russian and English pages that appear on that small screen. If you are on a big screen desktop PC, the big chance is that you can read this Kindle edition very well, since the pages will open in their full size.

This is my first book, created when we did not have many small e-devices. Later, in 2014 and after, I started formatting my parallel texts in paragraphs, so that they follow each other, instead of being on the side of each other.

Dual-Language Joke of the Day

January 2, 2019


Postpartum traveling depression  -(depression after you came back home from traveling).

Депрессия после путешествия – по аналогии с Postpartum – депрессией матери после родов.

Today, on January 1, 2019

Happy New Year on the first day of 2019!

Today, on January 1, 2019, I wish to everybody excellent health and joyful mood! I also wish successful business to those who work, easy and fruitful studies for students, and also, I wish that all your dreams and wishes for this year come true this year!

Island Roatan December 2011. One of the Bay islands of Honduras.
Island Roatan December 2011. One of the Bay islands of Honduras.

How to Say “Merry Christmas” in Armenian and Bulgarian Languages

There are about 10 million of Armenians and 7 million of Bulgarians in the world.

I just have had a nice Armenian female student in my class, Loucine. She is from Syria. A few years ago I had a small business for a year. The owner of the neighboring business was a very nice Bulgarian man.

These two good people inspired me to create these two videos in commemoration of their cultures.


Cleaned Trash

Today, December 28, 2018, I cleaned the first trash from the site.

This is a personal site of an educator. No solicitations, please.

Thank you and Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas and Happy New (2019) Year!

Trilingual Book Based on the Complete Story by A.P.Chekhov

El libro trilingüe – ruso, inglés, español: el cuento completo del clásico ruso A.P. Chekhov “La dama del perrito”, algunas notas culturales (de cultura rusa) sobre del texto, y la comparación de los rasgos de gramática de tres idiomas (la comparación es en inglés).Cada página del cuento tiene un párrafo del texto en tres idiomas. Es muy conveniente para comparar los idiomas. 

The trilingual book – RUS-ENG-SPAN – presents the complete classical story by A.P. Chekhov “The lady with the dog” about love in extra-marital affair. Each page has a paragraph of the story in 3 languages. The book has some cultural notes, and the Supplement in the end of the book gives the comparison of the basic grammatical features of the three languages, as well as the difficulties for students of these languages. 

Книга представляет трёх-язычную версию полного рассказа А.П. Чехова “Дама с собачкой”. На каждой странице один параграф текста на трёх языках – русском, английском и испанском. Очень удобно для тех русских, кто изучает англ. и исп. В конце книги обсуждаются грамматики этих трёх языков в сравнении и характерные трудности студентов, изучающих эти языки. Я – русская, преподаю английский в Калифорнии испаноязычному населению почти 15 лет. Испанский изучала здесь (уже 9 лет). Переводы не мои. Я просто составила их вместе, обсудила некоторые моменты Чеховского текста в примечании, и потом сравнила грамматику трех языков, принадлежащих к трем различным языковым группам (славянской, германской, романской).

Trilingual book based on Chekhov.
The 1st page of the trilingual book.

About My First Book’s Few Editions

I came to USA in 1995 with a student’s visa. Before that I had taught English to the speakers of Russian and Latvian for 5 years.

It was a short 45-day visa. I met an American and we got married in Las Vegas after three weeks after my coming to USA. All the thoughts and worries I started sharing with my diary notebook. I was adjusting in the new country, and I was describing my adventures in search for work, in my new marriage, in my studies, and leisure. Humorous attitude even to difficulties prevails in the book. It is an easy reading and I share the new words and expressions that I, an English teacher, learned in California. My first entry was published in St. Petersburg, Russia, in 1996 in the magazine “Nataly” by the editor-in-chief Mark Monusov. Every time he published my story he would send me a copy of a beautiful colorful magazine with my story in it. I finished writing the book after I came back to USA from my first trip back to Russia in 9 years, in 2004. My first marriage was slowly coming to an end. In my last chapter of the book I shared the impressions about Moscow, and Paris, where I visited my French pen pal (we had been pen-pals for 9 years, and now still exchange news on and off).

The book with Russian covers – the 2-nd edition with Russian covers – was published recently by Ridero.

My first book in Russian language,
The 2nd Russian covers edition of the book. There was one 2010 edition covered with English covers that you can see on the site page Zoia’s Books and that can be easily ordered in USA.


23 года в Америке – спрашиваю у американца: “Так когда turkey готовить – сегодня 24 декабря, или завтра 25-ого?”

Из рубрики – Русские в Америке. Сколько лет надо наблюдать приготовление индюка чтобы запомнить – Кристмас 24-ого или 25-ого? Ну вот через 23 года я еще не запомнила. Спрашиваю.

Так и у них все русское между ушей пролетает. Оно им надо, какие у нас традиции или праздники?

Не ждите картинки по теме. Индюка все видели. А вот мне фотографий кучи никак не разобрать. Поэтому выставляю, что под руку подвернется. Все организованнее чем в файлах среди туч других фото.

Итак, под руку мне сегодня подвернулась…

Эту фотографию я потом где-нибудь выставлю - Москва как никак.
Под руку мне подвернулись мои ночные бдения с писаниной и компьютерным творчеством.

What language to choose?

With me it is often a problem: what language to choose. I know I need to try to write more in English. I live in USA. Who needs my Russian here? However, yesterday I read in one nice article about the 10 main languages in the world, and the author said that Russian has a cute Cyrillic alphabet, and he recommended to study it because he says that only 8-10% of Russians speak English. And because one who knows Russian will understand Ukrainians too! (What an\unusual benefit I thought).

I don’t know about Russians and their English, I know about Japanese and English, since I just visited Tokyo this past Thanksgiving-2018. I spoke to many people around. Especially when I was looking for a post-office during a national holiday when all post-offices were naturally closed as they are in USA. Many do not speak English at all. Even the young boys of 17 knew only 2-3 words and could not show me to a movie theater. (It was another day, not a post-office day).

Maybe young Japanese boys don’t go to movie theaters? How can one not know in the area where he or she lives where the movie theater is. The two boys started googling it, and took me to a tiny play theater in a narrow little street. When we were entering those narrow streets I thought “What kind of movie theater will fit into this street?”

Well, I will come back to my topic “what language to choose” otherwise I will get lost again in the narrow streets of Tokyo.

I love to write in Russian, and I need to always remind myself of practicing Spanish. And so there is always this dancing with a few languages. Sometimes I think how much easier is life of a person who just does all his needs in one language. I know many such people! But then I think right away how more interesting is the life of a person who deals with a few languages. It is a more connected life. Connected to more knowledge, connected to the contemporaries who happen to live at the same time. Connected to other places of the world. I know many will say that internet brings them all this connectivity through videos and sites from all over the world. However, to watch in translation is one thing, and to be involved in the communication with people whose language you have studied is a different, quite beautiful thing.

I went to Madrid in 2016, where I was eager to find out would my South American Spanish be functional there or not. Yes, it was very functional. I made many friends in a few days I was there. I even helped one Spanish woman to talk on the phone with a hospital in San Francisco about her paperwork. She was very grateful and invited me for tapas. My first tapas in Madrid. With a real Spanish woman. It was interesting.

I got my share of difficult adventures there. One of them was that when I was coming by a metro train to the station closest to my hostel that was in the downtown of Madrid, I was lucky to discover that the station is under repairs, and I need to get off at the closest one. This is how I was walking with my heavy carry on through the dark 11PM Madrid full of people celebrating the first Saturday of the week. I never have baggage, but I always have a heavy carry-on. So to complement my special luck for difficulties I have to carry my heavy carry-ons. My favorite purse of the day is heavy even when it is empty. It is a beautiful leather grey classic color rectangular (taller side in vertical) purse, with which I fell in love about 6 months ago before my trip to Siberia.

I knew I do not like heavy carry-ons, but I loved the looks of my new purse so much that I decided to suffer the weight.

Well, back in Madrid-2016 I had not had this purse, but I had some other that was not light either.

OK. I have no idea have I expressed myself enough about how difficult sometimes is to choose the language for my writing, but I know I have commemorated here a few difficulties: the heavy weight of my carry-on, the insufficient English for Tokyo English-speaking tourists, and the special luck for different kind of difficulties, that often turns into something funny.

About that I will be sharing in my future posts.

The main thing for a person is to have a sense of humor and use it, use it all the time! Without it our lives would be not easy at all! Not a bed of roses at all! Our lives would not be many beds of roses at all! English with it’s subject-verb correspondence! Talking about flexibility of a language. Russian. Very flexible and uses cute Cyrillic. Look how cute it is – кириллица. Ура!

Уж время спать, а мы еще не ели (завтрак).

To the Unknown Dec 23 2018

Hoorah! I have the first spam comment in my comments box.

Somebody from somewhere was talking about carbohydrates.

From unknown commenter into the unknown somebody’s site (well, known to me) and back into the big unknown jungle of internet. Now I start thinking that the picture of me near Apollo-13 in Hollywood Studios is a very symbolical one.

We live in the unknown and we go to the unknown. And the transport is always ready – the old Apollo 13 with me, quite young on the side, with me, frozen in time near that old Apollo.

The journey continues.

To the unknown, my friend!

1995. San Diego, CA. I came to USA a few months or even weeks ago.
S Diego. The little top I am wearing got me under harsh judgment of older women in the group trip to Italy in around 1991 where I was on the mission to guard mi suegra of that time. She was a naughty 40yo who disappeared on me in the train to Bratislava. I found her smoking in a company of a younger man. Adventures of youth! Really? I kept that top for 4 years, really? I must have miscalculated something. The top was snow-white. I came to USA in 1995.

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