Expat: Women's True Tales of Life Abroad (Adventura Travel Series)

Registered by Amusedbythis of Chicago, Illinois USA on 5/19/2005
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Journal Entry 1 by Amusedbythis from Chicago, Illinois USA on Thursday, May 19, 2005
This book consists of a series of essays regarding American women living abroad.

Reserved for PokPok's virtual non-fiction bookbox.

Journal Entry 2 by Amusedbythis at US Postal Service in Chicago, Illinois -- Controlled Releases on Thursday, January 12, 2006

Released 13 yrs ago (1/12/2006 UTC) at US Postal Service in Chicago, Illinois -- Controlled Releases



Sent to labmomnm as part of PokPok's virtual bookbox.

Journal Entry 3 by winglabmomnmwing from Albuquerque, New Mexico USA on Monday, January 30, 2006
Finally turned up in my mail (NM is having a bit of a postal crisis) - thanks!

21 August 2006 - started reading this morning - lovely, so far!

25 August '06 - I enjoyed most of the pieces in this book; skipped the Borneo one, though - the writing style was too damn "writerly" for my taste...I have trouble with stuff like that. Anyway, liked the rest. My family lived several places overseas when I was young, and I've moved around a bit on my own since high school - those moves have all been within the USA, but to different parts of the country. So, no major language barriers (regional slang *can* be a bit weird!) and similar shops, but the whole "how-do-I-fit-in-where-are-my-friends?" thing is at least somewhat familiar. But, I admit, I have had the chance to make the hop to Europe and backed away from it...it seemed such an irrevocable step to take at the time.

I'm now re-reading Alice Steinbach's "Without Reservations: Travels of An Independent Woman"; I finished "Expat" and immediately reached for the Steinbach :-)

Setting up as a bookray. Please try to keep the book moving - a month per person seems reasonable, doesn't it? - as there are quite a few people on the list. (Anyone requesting to be added once the book is already out has been put in the second list)

Suefitz (CA) international shipping OK
Thursday5 (OH) prefers US shipping
therubycanary (TN) international shipping OK (has asked to be skipped) *added below*
Guinneth (NH) prefers US shipping but able to do international
TheBowieFollies (NY) international/interplanetary shipping OK
Joanthro (CO) international shipping OK
LyzzyBee (UK) prefers shipping w/in Europe
menalima (Portugal) international shipping OK
Icila (France) international shipping OK
Tourneso173 (France) prefers shipping w/in W. Europe
MissTerry (Germany) prefers shipping w/in Europe but able to do international
CanberraPenny (Austria) prefers shipping w/in Europe skipping - unable to contact
Colombine (Switzerland)
totoroandmei (Japan) prefers shipping w/in Asia; surface if overseas
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azuki (FL) prefers shipping w/in US
ThymeWaits (NY) international shipping OK
rootmartin (MA) international shipping OK
Cocobarks (MA) international shipping OK
Mamikaem (MO) international shipping OK
penelopewanders (Switzerland) prefers shipping w/in Europe
sadogs (UK) international shipping OK asked to be skipped
beekeeper40 (UK) ? shipping no response to PMs & ISOs
Brujula (France) international shipping OK
Supertalya (Korea)
therubycanary (Korea) <-------
bookguide (Netherlands)

Journal Entry 4 by Suefitz from Saratoga, California USA on Wednesday, August 30, 2006
Looks like a fun book - will add to Ring/Ray TBR. Hope to read lots over the long holiday weekend.

Journal Entry 5 by Suefitz from Saratoga, California USA on Friday, December 08, 2006
What an interesting book - I'm not sure I would be that adventurous as some of these people were.


Journal Entry 6 by Suefitz at Bookring in Bookring, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Friday, December 08, 2006

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Moving on to the next person (trying to be good and be rid of old rings by the end of the year.)


Journal Entry 7 by Thursday5 from Columbus, Ohio USA on Saturday, December 16, 2006
It was nice to find this book in the mailbox today. I am looking forward to reading this book. As soon as I finished the bookring book I am currently reading I will start this one.

Journal Entry 8 by Thursday5 from Columbus, Ohio USA on Sunday, January 14, 2007
Excellent book! I may buy this book for some of the expat women in my family. If I had to choose my two favorite chapters I would say "A Mediterranean Thanksgiving" or "Never Never". Thanks labmomnm for sharing this book. I have sent an address request to the next person in the bookring, and as soon as I get it I will send the book off on another journey.

Journal Entry 9 by Thursday5 from Columbus, Ohio USA on Sunday, January 14, 2007
The rubycanary is about to become an expat for awhile and therefore has asked to be skipped. I wil PM Guinneth.

Journal Entry 10 by Guinneth from Manchester, New Hampshire USA on Saturday, January 20, 2007
This book arrived safe & sound today - thanks for sending it my way, Thursday5. (The postcard is great; I may copy the recipe and send it along to travel with the book, or I may keep it and send one of my own to the next person. Please let me know if you have a preference!)

I've been looking forward to this one, and have already started in.

Journal Entry 11 by Guinneth from Manchester, New Hampshire USA on Wednesday, January 24, 2007
I enjoyed these stories. Like many people, I've wondered what it's like to pick up and move to another country, and now I have some idea of the answer. I'm in awe of women who do that with no knowledge of the language where they're going! Talk about bravery.

Thanks for sharing this, labmomnm. It will be off to the next person on the list just as soon as I get an address.

Journal Entry 12 by Guinneth from Manchester, New Hampshire USA on Friday, January 26, 2007
Mailed off to TheBowieFollies today. Enjoy!

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Journal Entry 13 by TheBowieFollies from Brooklyn, New York USA on Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Journaling for Veronica ( the bowie follies,) my sister, she is on tour in the UK she will be back in a week, this book looks really up her street, since we are expat scousers living in New York :)Thanks labmomn and Gunietth for the lovely postcard

Fiona Jones

Journal Entry 14 by TheBowieFollies from Brooklyn, New York USA on Sunday, February 25, 2007
I have to say I was well chuffed to read this one and how apropos being I am Atilla the Pun and a proper scouser, that there should 'appen to be a chapter entitled ~ The Liverpool School of Dream and Pun! How prescient indeed..I related to so many of these anecdotes as I have lived in Capetown, New York,New Orleans and Glasgow, through my travels I have my own inner memoirs, this has inspired me to pen them!
And I disagree with the tenet that people are people..There is a distinction and a nuance to every where I have been and the mores and the consciousness in such are all quite disparate, sometimes only 15 kilometres down the road, the people are the polar opposite in tradition.Trust me Im from Bootle and you can go to another house on Fernhill road and the accents will be as different as someone from Brussels to someone in Taipei!

cheers and reveres lab one for having us
I have emailed the next on the rung will be posting this week

happy boss crooking, cob brossing, brooksiding, bokchoying chewbaccing..

Jonesy ;)

Journal Entry 15 by Joanthro from Denver, Colorado USA on Tuesday, April 17, 2007
This arrived safely in yesterday's mail. I look forward to reading it!

Journal Entry 16 by Joanthro from Denver, Colorado USA on Tuesday, May 29, 2007
This was a fantastic book. It took me a while to read through it as almost every essay had some moment that made me remember my own experiences abroad and so I savored every essay. I think I will have to buy two copies of this book - one for myself and one for a friend who is about to move to South America and may find it interesting...in a few months!

Thanks for making this book available labmomnm and for introducing me to a new publisher with many books I will probably have to buy. ;-) Mailed to LyzzyBee yesterday.

Journal Entry 17 by LyzzyBee from Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Tuesday, June 05, 2007
Received today with thanks - that was quick! I just have to finish my current 2 reads and I'll be on to it (by the weekend)

Journal Entry 18 by LyzzyBee from Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Tuesday, June 19, 2007
I enjoyed this book a lot - lots of different stories and if one was a bit self-consciously literary, there was another along soon. Most of the women thought and wrote pretty deeply about their experiences and what they had learned, which made for a satisfying read.

I don't have any major expat stories of my own. I've spent a little time in America and had an interesting time adapting to having an American (long-distance) boyfriend - the language differences were amazing. Being a stay-at-home myself, I have always been fascinated in travel tales and novels about the immigrant/emigrant experience, and that is what drew me to this book.

Thanks for adding me to the ring. PM'ing menalima so I can send it on soon!


Posting to Menalima on Saturday.

I am so sorry that I've had this just over a month. This never usually happens. However, I can only get to the post office on a Saturday and it's only open in the morning. Last Saturday I was at the UK BookCrossing Unconvention, and the one before I was helping run a BookCrossing stall at our local festival. Good excuses but - sorry!!

Journal Entry 20 by menalima on Thursday, July 12, 2007
Received book today and starting it today, thanks for sharing! Actually today was book day I received a total of 4 books in one day lol!!

Half-way through the book, and thoroughly enjoying it!

Journal Entry 21 by menalima on Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Book sent to Icila in France today, happy readings:)

Journal Entry 22 by wingIcilawing from Nantes, Pays de la Loire France on Thursday, September 27, 2007
Arrived safely this morning. Thanks menalima for the beautiful stamp !

Journal Entry 23 by wingIcilawing from Nantes, Pays de la Loire France on Thursday, October 25, 2007
Really interesting (I too skipped the Borneo part). My daughter being an expat and as I visit her in different countries I appreciated the situations. It's very frustrating not to be able to explain more than usual exanges with natives.

Pming Tournesol73

Journal Entry 24 by wingIcilawing from Nantes, Pays de la Loire France on Monday, October 29, 2007
On its way to Tournesol73.

Journal Entry 25 by BC0807232647 on Saturday, November 03, 2007
Arrived safely. And I've already started reading it!

Journal Entry 26 by BC0807232647 on Sunday, November 25, 2007
OK, I started reading it but really couldn't get into it. So I prefer to send it to the next reader rather than keep it longer...

Journal Entry 27 by MissTerry from London, Greater London United Kingdom on Monday, December 03, 2007
Arrived today and will be started as soon as I have finished my current book. As a long-term expat myself, I am looking forward to this!

Journal Entry 28 by MissTerry from London, Greater London United Kingdom on Saturday, December 22, 2007
Finished this book on my flight from Hamburg to London. I found I could really relate to some of these short stories - brought back alot of memories from my time living in Malaysia and when I first arrived in Germany. Thank you very much for sharing this as a book ring.

I will PM CanberraPenny for their postal address. May be a delay in posting as I'm now in NZ for Christmas, but will definately make sure its in the mail by early Jan.

08/01 - Still trying to get a postal address from CanberraPenny. Will try again - assume delayed reply due to holiday period.

19/01 - Finally on its way to Colombine.

Journal Entry 29 by Colombine from Basel, Basel-Stadt Switzerland on Thursday, January 24, 2008

The book arrived yesterday. Thank you so much for including me in the ring.
As an ex-pat myself (albeit not American) I look forward to read these stories....
More soon. :-)

Journal Entry 30 by Colombine from Basel, Basel-Stadt Switzerland on Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Hello fellow Bookrayers,

Sadly, I have to say that, just as it happened to a previous poster, I haven't got around to read this book. I blame it mostly on the big carnival happening in town and having family visiting lately, in any case, I don't want to keep it from others any longer, and I'm ready to send it to totoroandmei in Japan, and hopefully, the poor book will be better appreciated by the rest of you :-S. With my apologies.
Bon voyage, book.


Journal Entry 31 by Colombine from Basel, Basel-Stadt Switzerland on Wednesday, February 20, 2008
The book will be on its way to Japan today (lucky book! ;-D).


Journal Entry 32 by totoroandmei from Fukuoka / 福岡市, Fukuoka-ken Japan on Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Thanks! I look forward to reading this.

I really enjoyed reading this especially about places I have visited or lived. Thanks so much for sharing this!

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Surface mail to the US

Journal Entry 34 by wingAzukiwing from Miami, Florida USA on Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Took exactly three months for this book to arrive but it safely here now.
I have two books ahead of this and haven't had much time to read lately but will get it going soon. Thanks everybody for passing this forward!

Journal Entry 35 by wingAzukiwing from Miami, Florida USA on Sunday, July 13, 2008
This is a nice selection of works, with different styles of writing and all sorts of places represented; from trendy Paris to boa-filled jungles and everything in between.

The book reminds me of one episode. Once on vacation visiting my parents back home, my mom asked my husband and I to prepare a salad as part of a feast. On the assumption that Americans eat salads and that we are sort of vegetarians (she once lamented, If you haven't gone to America, you won't have become vegetarian!! in her belief that no one, fed on her excellent cooking, could have turned against meat.)

So we thought we had an easy task until we get to the supermarket (one supposedly caters to foreigners). We couldn't find white mushroom! I held up a fresh shiitake, but my husband insisted it won't work. Even vegetables by the same name look different. Pampered by aisles of selection, I was shocked to find only Kraft Thousand Island and Miracle Whip for dressings. I wandered all over the supermarket, hoping to find one lone can of olive misplaced somewhere... And I realize that, after spending half of my life each in two different countries, I have became a perpetual expat, a sucker forever paying outrageous price for that taste of a home half a world away.

Mailing off to the next reader this week.

Journal Entry 36 by ThymeWaits from Tonawanda, New York USA on Tuesday, July 22, 2008
This came in today's mail. Will get to it shortly. There's a few ahead of it, but I'd like to keep it moving.

Journal Entry 37 by ThymeWaits from Tonawanda, New York USA on Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Finished this tonight and plan to get it into the mail to rootmartin tomorrow evening. The cover is loose so I'll glue and rubberband it for the journey. (The wax paper keeps the glue form spreading.)

Journal Entry 38 by ThymeWaits at per Post, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Wednesday, August 27, 2008

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by media mail to rootmartin

Journal Entry 39 by rootmartin from Wellesley, Massachusetts USA on Wednesday, September 03, 2008
Just arrived today! I'll read it as soon as I'm done with my current book. I'm looking forward to it!

Journal Entry 40 by rootmartin from Wellesley, Massachusetts USA on Wednesday, September 24, 2008
I really enjoyed this book. I was only able to read about half of the essays before I had to dive into a bunch of "required" reading for work and a coaching program that I'm in.

I lived abroad in France as a student and in Africa for work. Both of those experiences were stimulating and exciting but simultaneously lonely at times. That exact feeling was captured time and again within this book. It was incredible how my feelings were represented within this book. Thanks so much for starting this ring.

I'm mailing it on today to cocobarks.

Journal Entry 41 by Cocobarks on Saturday, September 27, 2008
Arrived today. Starting it tonight.

Journal Entry 42 by Cocobarks on Wednesday, October 01, 2008
Having just lived the life of an ex-pat, this book brought back wonderful memories and illustrated to me that it really doesn't matter where we live as long as we open ourselves to new ways of looking and thinking.

Thanks so much for including me in this ring.

Journal Entry 43 by Cocobarks at Salem, Massachusetts USA on Monday, October 06, 2008

Released 10 yrs ago (10/6/2008 UTC) at Salem, Massachusetts USA



On its way to Mamikaem. Hope you enjoy it. I did.

Journal Entry 44 by Mamikaem from Maryland Heights, Missouri USA on Thursday, October 23, 2008
Received this a few days ago. Thanks! Looking forward to it!

UPDATE: 9 February, 2009

FINALLY got this mailed out to penelopewanders today. It should take 5 - 10 days. Sorry for the delay!

Journal Entry 45 by wingpenelopewanderswing from Hasliberg, Bern / Berne Switzerland on Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Ah, now I understand why I have no recollection of being asked for my address for this one. This has now arrived safely in the Alps and will join the cluster of rings which has been meeting here the past few days. I'll try to get to it pretty quickly but it may be a bit. Anyway, it's safely here for now. Thanks so much for making this available.

Journal Entry 46 by wingpenelopewanderswing from Hasliberg, Bern / Berne Switzerland on Monday, March 09, 2009
Collection of essays by women about living abroad.
Generally interesting essays on the trials and tribulations of living abroad, with the inevitable new perspective on one's own identity. Interesting to note the recurring themes which so often centered around food. Although there were a number of "non-standard White Americans" represented, I began to yearn for a very different perspective - that of immigrants/expats to the USA, for example. Also made me feel like one of these days I should get to my own story... I've Pmed for the next address.
UPDATE March 13
Sadogs has asked to be skipped, I've just PMed beekeeper40 for an address.


I've sent PMs, posted ISOs etc and the word on the forum is that beekeeper has had no activity in over a year. I asked labmomnm whether I should send on to Brujula, but there I received no response to my PMs or ISO either. As I have received Brujula's address and because I leave on holiday for two weeks the day after tomorrow, I decided to just send this on to her and hope it's ok. So this is now on its way from Switzerland to France. Thanks so much for making it available, sorry the book stayed here so long!

Journal Entry 48 by wingBrujulawing from Valenciennes, Nord-Pas-de-Calais France on Monday, April 13, 2009
this book arrived safely in Belfort. Thank you for sharing!

Journal Entry 49 by wingBrujulawing from Valenciennes, Nord-Pas-de-Calais France on Friday, May 22, 2009
I've really enjoyed these short stories of women living abroad.
Thank you very much for sharing!

And now, to the next reader!

Journal Entry 50 by wingBrujulawing at By mail, A Bookcrossing member -- Controlled Releases on Friday, July 17, 2009

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mailed to the next reader

Journal Entry 51 by Supertalya on Tuesday, July 28, 2009
I loved this novel. I usually enjoy travel writing, but what I love about this is that the women are not just traveling, they are living abroad. I am currently an American (Puerto Rican) expat living in South Korea. I have been living here for 3 years and plan to stay here for quite a while. I felt especially close to the women who married "foreign" men. I need to find more expat stories.

Journal Entry 52 by therubycanary from Cape Elizabeth, Maine USA on Sunday, August 30, 2009
This book was handed off to me at a the Women's Bookclub in South Korea. I already read several of the stories on the subway right home. I'm really enjoying it so far and see a lot of myself in the ladies who are writing: their reasons for living abroad, their experiences while teaching and being the other, and the sites and tastes of so many exotic lands.

Journal Entry 53 by therubycanary from Cape Elizabeth, Maine USA on Wednesday, September 02, 2009
I loved this book, and saw so much of my own travels in it. From not being able to find a blanket (in Korea it seems that even a small, light bedspread is going to cost at least $200), to ordering beer for breakfast because you can't read or imitate anything on the menu (or just because I was hanging out with hot Australian men), to being asked a million times why I am not married, why I am not in a hurry to get married, and why I don't have plans to have children. I loved this poem that was stuck in the Brazil section by Eliza Bonner:

There is no heart to an onion.
No inner seed, no final point
to reach before you can
say 'it's gone.'
No juicy hard pit implying
some kind of permanence
or regeneration once
each successive surface is
peeled away

When the layers are gone,
there is nothing.
The onion smell
on your hands is an
impermanent stain,
a stinking reminder that
stays with you for a short time
before it too
fades away.

Journal Entry 54 by bybee from Sedalia, Missouri USA on Sunday, September 13, 2009
therubycanary was kind enough to pass this book along to me before it leaves Korea. I'll read it quickly, so as not to disrupt the remainder of the bookring and pass it along promptly.

I read this book and enjoyed it. As an expat, I could identify with many of the stories. I hope the editor will decide to do a second volume of expat stories one day.

This book is slated to go on to bookguide in The Netherlands, but she didn't reply to my message. What now??

Edit: This book is traveling again. I passed it to a woman in my book group who has a lot of adventurous spirit. And she's an expat, of course! Happy reading.

Journal Entry 55 by HereInKorea from Seoul, Soul-t'ukpyolsi South Korea on Wednesday, May 05, 2010
I got this book from Bybee (we're in the same book club) and I've had it a couple months. At first I didn't think I'd like it--the first couple essays didn't do it for me. But I started liking some of the essays and the one about Borneo really knocked my socks off. Funny, because that essay was mentioned by a couple readers as one of their least favorites. So I guess there's something for everyone in this collection. Most of the writers seemed pretty young, most were single, and they seemed to hail primarily from a certain demographic, so in that sense I think there wasn't much variety in terms of viewpoint, but there's a wide variety of destinations. This is an interesting book, especially for someone who has tried living in a different country.

I might know somebody who'd be interested in this book. I'll check with Bybee to see if she has other plans for it.

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