Category Archives: Book review

An expat teacher’s story

How was your summer? Mine was spent housetraining my new puppy Max, cleaning up puppy puddles, taking shoes out of Max’s mouth, keeping the two dogs from killing each other, and wondering what the hell I was thinking when I … Continue reading

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The case of the woman who loved international crime fiction

I’ve written before about my love of mystery fiction set in exotic places, an obsession that began in childhood. Some things never change, and these days my iPad is bursting with books written about people whose names I can’t pronounce, … Continue reading

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(Re)introducing…Forced to Fly

Hurray for second editions! Jo Parfitt has released an updated version of an old favourite, Forced to Fly. This collection of stories about the funny side of expat life was written (as the cover so generously puts it) by expatriates … Continue reading

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Two new books, four thumbs up

Turning International In early 2011, I stumbled upon a nifty little blog called Expat Science and started corresponding with the woman behind the posts, a French psychologist named Catherine Transler. When I mentioned that I enjoyed her short e-book, Dealing … Continue reading

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Dancing in the Fountain

“You wouldn’t do that back where you come from!” So grouses a crusty old sevillano at the unexpected sight of an American couple cooling off on a steamy night by dancing in a public fountain. “The curmudgeon was right about … Continue reading

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Not-so-diplomatic incidents

I was sitting in Starbucks, waiting for Younger Daughter’s riding lesson to end, and I’d brought along a book to help pass the time. When the first laugh popped out, it took me by surprise. I checked to see if … Continue reading

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Loving “The Expat”

“Why would we move to Luxembourg?” “To make a lot of money, and travel around Europe all the time.” That’s not the opening of The Expats, a new thriller by Chris Pavone. But to most of us who are (or … Continue reading

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How to feel @Home in Dubai

Shortly after I posted my series on expatriation and the Big Five personality traits back in April, I received a Direct Message on Twitter that read, “Hi Maria – I would love to quote your ‘5 Personality Traits’ list in a … Continue reading

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