I spent an hour looking through the English books at a pub here in Bishkek. There are five bookcases full of books there- 2 of fiction, 3 of non-fiction. I was hoping for a good history of Central Asia, but there wasn't one. I did find Tales of a Female Nomad which Melissa had handily just recommended, so I picked that one up. I hope I enjoy it as much as she did.
They really did have an amazing collection of books. I would have had many of the same books there if I had been the one stocking the shelves. I think I have found the place where I'll be spending my money from the blessing dresses. Makes all that crocheting worth it.