“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
– Lao Tzu
I am excited to introduce a new post! One of the things I miss the most about bookstore life is talking to customers and helping them choose their next read or helping them find the perfect gift for somebody else. There was nothing more satisfying than helping someone on their reading journey. When I started this blog I was hoping to continue that conversation and so this post was born!
I started receiving emails from my readers asking for recommendations and couple of weeks ago I received one from a reader who is considering becoming an expat! She was hoping to use her love of reading to learn about life an as expat and the experiences of others. Thankfully, I studied writing non-fiction at university, which provided a great starting point for recommending some great travel writing. With a couple of names in mind, I headed down to my local bookstore to see what else I could find. I also had a search online to find like-minded titles. Here’s the list I compiled:
Almost French – Sarah Turnbull
Katherine – Anchee Min
The Flame Trees of Thika: Memories of an African Childhood – Elspeth Huxley
Holy Cow – Sarah MacDonald
Driving Over Lemons: An Optimist in Andalucia – Chris Stewart
Extra Virgin: A Young Woman Discovers the Italian Riviera, Where Every Month Is Enchanted – Anne Hawkes
Expat: Women’s True Tales of Life Abroad – Christina Henry De Tessan
The Expat Arc: An Expat’s Journey Over Culture Shock – Danielle Barkhouse
Schizophrenic in Japan: An American Ex-Pat’s Guide to Japanese and American Society/Politics & Humor – Mike Rogers
A Broad Abroad in Thailand; An Expat’s Misadventures in the Land of Smiles – Dodie Cross
Perking the Pansies: Jack and Liam move to Turkey – Jack Scott
A Tight Wide-Open Space: Finding Love in a Muslim Land – Matt Krause
My favourite piece of travel writing is Sarah Turnbull’s Almost French. Not only does she write about one of my favourite places on earth but she does it in a way that is evocative, unbiased and honest. She explores her own strengths and weaknesses and those of her hosts – the French. She is critical but not cruel and discusses the flaws on both sides. I found it a compelling read and it is something I definitely encourage others to try!
I am open to all kinds of requests. I have a fairly broad knowledge of all genres but I have a particular love for general fiction/literature and children’s/young adult books. In saying that, I have a wealth of knowledge around me. Between my job and my reading friends I will always be able to find something to help you. If you have a question please contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or you could send me a private message through my Facebook page at www.facebook.com/thebookkat5.
I look forward to hearing from you!