This might be kind of a weird question, but here goes...
Most of the books I've read by Orthodox authors, or about Orthodoxy have been in Russian. Because it takes me basicly twice the time to read in Russian as it does in English, I've decided that this lent I'm going to be reading English books on Orthodox saints. This desire is a bit harder to put into action than I thought. The one book I have in English on an Orthodox saint is "From Earth to Heaven, The Apostolic Adventures of St. Innocent of Alaska," by Monk Andrew Wermuth (it was a gift). It's written in a rather sickly sweet tone in my opinion, and 1/2 the time I end up grinding my teeth 2 minutes into sitting down to read.
I remember reading a few chapters from "St. Innocent, Apostle to America" many years ago at a bookstore, and it seemed much more real.
So here's my question, what books would ya'll recommend about lives of saints that don't seem over-the-top as far as "oh, he was wonderful, so he went to Alaska, and it was wonderful, because the natives were wonderful, and because they were all so wonderful he was able to spread the word of God." (not an actual quote, but in the long run thats how it reads).
Hope the question makes sense.
BTW, I realize the first book I mentioned is much shorter than the second, and so of course it can't be as detailed, however, I'm talking writing style, not content.