Multcolib My Librarian Darcee: Strangers in a strange land
Annotation:Bill Bryson meets Bruce Lee in this raucously funny story of one scrawny American's quest to become a kung fu master at China's legendary Shaolin Temple.
Annotation:At the age of 26, Maarten Troost, after racking up useless graduate degrees and muddling through a series of temp jobs, followed his wife to Tarawa, a remote South Pacific island in the Republic of Kiribati. Hilarity, misadventure and Maarten's signature wry, descriptive humor follows.
Annotation:From a prize-winning British author comes a lush, absorbing memoir--an "Out of Africa" set in the Venezuelan Andes. Tremendously atmospheric, "The Hacienda" brilliantly evokes the unique confluence of time, place, and people that shaped this powerful writer.
Annotation:A British diplomat, named deputy governor of Amarah and Nasiriya in Iraq at the end of 2003, recounts how he negotiated hostage releases, held elections, and worked to organize a social infrastructure for millions of beleaguered Iraqi citizens. Eye-opening and mind-boggling.
Annotation:A middle class, Midwestern family in search of meaning uproot themselves and move to their ancestral village in Croatia
Annotation:A travelogue about Delisle's time spent in Burma with his young son, Louis, and his wife, Nadège, an administrator for Médecins Sans Frontièr. It is drawn with Guy Delisle's minimal line, interspersed with wordless vignettes and moments of his distinctive slapstick humor.
Annotation:The incredible love story between a European woman and an African warrior, The White Masai combines adventure and the pursuit of passion in a page-turning story of two star-crossed lovers from vastly different backgrounds.
Annotation:Susan Conley, her husband, and their two young sons say good-bye to their friends, family, and house in Maine for a two-year stint in a high-rise apartment in Beijing, prepared to embrace the inevitable onslaught of new experiences that such a move entails. But Susan can't predict just how much their lives will change.
Annotation:Two Americans, Richard and Sara Everton, are the only foreigners in Ibarra. They live among people who both respect and misunderstand them, and gradually, the villagers--at first enigmas to the Evertons--come to teach them much about life and the relentless tide of fate.
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Immersing oneself in another culture can be a both a challenging and rewarding experience. These tales give unique voice to the expatriate experience. Some wickedly funny, some heartfelt, others astonishing, all great stories!