Expat Book Reviews


Expat books can be indispensable resources when it comes to relocation. Put down the fiction and pick up a guide, memoir or teaching tool that can help you make your time living and working overseas a success.

Expat books for parents

My Moving Booklet


By VALERIE BESANCENEY
Reviewed by SONIA NDING
Moving countries isn't an easy situation for a person to deal with - but add kids into the equation, and relocating can become an even bigger challenge. My Moving Booklet is a great tool to help children adapt to their new homes through a series of creative activies.

Safe Passages: How Mobility Affects People and What International Schools Should Do About It


By DOUGLAS W OTA
Reviewed by MADONNA MAUER
Many expats know the routine of good-byes and hellos and the grief that trails after them and their children. This new book by Douglas W Ota might just be the essential resource needed for expat parents. As an expat and experienced international school counsellor, Ota shares his knowledge on the topic with parents, teachers, administration and anyone else who works with third culture kids. 

The Stress-Free Guide to Studying in the States: a Step-by-Step Guide for International Students


By TONI SUMMERS HARGIS
Reviewed by KELLY SINGULAR
A blend of careful research and experience, this much needed book guides the reader through the maze of US college applications.

Writing Out of Limbo: International Childhoods, Global Nomads and Third Culture Kids


By GENE H BELL-VILLADA and NINA SICHEL, with FAITH EIDSE and EMAILNE NEIL ORR
Reviewed by CATHERINE LOUW
A collection of personal essays and scholarly articles, memoirs and literary investigations of the issue of what it is to grow up globally.

Bringing Up Brits: Expat Parents Raising Cross-Cultural Kids in Britain


By MEGHAN PETERSON FENN
Reviewed by RACHAEL DINES
This book is for and about parents from other cultures who are raising children in Britain, as well as living an expat life and parenting in a foreign country.
Bringing Up Brits

Home Keeps Moving


By HEIDI SAND-HART
Reviewed by STEPHANIE KATZ
An autobiographical account "Third Culture Kids" can use to validate their experiences and understand their own muddled emotions.

book review - home keeps on moving

 

The Global Nomad's Guide to University Transition


By TINA L. QUICK
Reviewed by STEPHANIE KATZ
A brilliantly researched and urgently needed resource for "Third Culture Kids" and "Global Nomads" returning to their passport culture for one of the most volatile periods of their life...college.

The Global Nomad's Guide to University Transition

The Mission of Detective Mike: Moving Abroad


By SIMONE T. COSTA ERIKSSON
Reviewed by SUSAN ADKINS
A children's book that serves as an indispensable teaching tool to help the kids of expats understand what happens during a relocation.

Expat books for women

Expat Women: Confessions


By ANDREA MARTINS and VICTORIA HEPWORTH
Reviewed by STEPHANIE KATZ
Fifty real-life questions asked, examined and answered by expat woman. A colorful companion for those living abroad and lacking a good girlfriend to gossip with and glean advice from.
Expat Women: Confessions - Book Cover thumbnail

Harvesting Stones: An American Woman's International Journey of Survival


By PAULA LUCAS
Reviewed by LINDA A. JANSSEN
International intrigue, emotional betrayal, escalating domestic violence and virtual servitude in a foreign land; this is the story of one woman's journey of survival.
Harvesting Stones: An American Woman's International Journey of Survival

Expat books for kids and teens

B at Home: Emma Moves Again


By VALÉRIE BESANCENEY
Reviewed by DOUNIA BERTUCCELLI
With B at Home: Emma Moves Again Valérie Besanceney has done much more than simply write another book on Third Culture Kids (TCKs). She has found how to reach younger children in a story that speaks directly to them. 

Expat Teens Talk


By Dr LISA PITTMAN and DIANA SMIT
Reviewd by RAWIA LIVERPOOL
This book examines the challenges and issues that expat teens face in their transitional lives, and brings to the reader’s awareness that for an expat teen there is no simple answer to questions like “Where is home?” and “Where are you from?”.


Other expat books

Xenophobe's Guide to the Dutch


By RODNEY BOLT
Reviewed by SHELLEY ANTSCHERL
How would you sum up the Dutch race to an alien being? Where would you start, and what on earth would you say? If you’re an expat new to these shores you might start by describing their quaint penchant for tulips, windmills and uncomfortable wooden shoes, or maybe you’d begin with their obsession for bicycles?

Passage to Persia


By MARGARET A. FRAME
Reviewed by: KYM CIFTCI
Spanning three decades, this delightful biography tells the true story of a young American missionary, and her life as a doctor working in Persia.
Book Review: Passage to Persia

Ready, Steady, Go Dutch


By MANDIE ROSE DANIELSKI
Reviewed by SHELLEY ANTSCHERL
A handbook that every expat, trailing spouse, and immigrant to the Netherlands should be issued with when they find out they’re moving there.
Ready, Steady, Go Dutch book review

The Emotionally Resilient Expat: Engage, Adapt and Thrive Across Cultures


By LINDA A. JANSSEN
Reviewed by ANA McGINLEY
A fascinating book that exposes the reality of being an expat accompanying partner (the condescendingly ‘trailing spouse’), a role that requires considerable emotional, psychological and mental stamina and intelligence.
The Emotionally Resilient Expat

Drinking Camel's Milk in the Yurt


Edited by MONICA NEBOLI
Reviewed by SHELLEY ANTSCHERL
An anthology written by fellow expat authors about their lives and adventures in Kazakhstan.
Drinking Camel's Milk in the Yurt

Moving to Portugal


By LOUISE AND BEN TAYLOR
Reviewed by JULIE DAWN FOX
This is a story of two expat's move from London to the Algarve and serves to give potential expats a better understanding of what's in store should they decide to take the plunge.
Book review - Moving to Portugal

101 Reasons to Live Abroad and 100 Reasons Not To


By CHRIS ALDEN
Reviewed by CATHERINE LOUW
Written in an easy-to-read formula, this is a practical guide to the pros and cons that expats should consider when moving abroad.
101 reasons to live abroad and 100 reasons not to

From Barcelona: Stories Behind the City


By JEREMY HOLLAND
Reviewed by GABY STADLER
This collection of "City-Lit" short stories ranges from Gothic horror to contemporary romance, all while exploring a central theme: the city of Barcelona itself. A great read for anyone looking for an entertaining introduction to the sights, smells, sounds and varied characters of the city.

Perking the Pansies


By JACK SCOTT
Reviewed by RAWIA LIVERPOOL
A humorous account of one gay couple’s decision to exchange the tedium of working life in London for the tumult of expat living in the Muslim world. A must read for anyone thinking of moving to Turkey.

Perking the Pansies - a book review on expat arrivals.com

 

Paris, Paris


By DAVID DOWNIE
Reviewed By DAVID FAIR
This wonderfully affectionate and engaging series of essays and vignettes reveals Paris's complex personality, picturesque history and beguiling beauty. David Downie is the perfect companion for any expat moving to or living in Paris.

book review: Paris,Paris

 

Jump Down Under


By IAIN AYRES
Reviewed By DAVID FAIR
"Jump Down Under" contains six narratives gleaned from in-depth interviews with those who’ve made the move, interspersed with concise guide chapters containing objective information. The book is essential reading for anyone curious about expat life in Australia and the process it takes to get there.

book review: Jump Down Under

 

Black and (A)broad


By CAROLYN VINES
Reviewed By LINDA A. JANSSEN
"Black and (A)broad" offers a heartfelt and valuable reminder that moving outside the cultural homeland often offers the very perspective necessary to reevaluate all aspects of identity.

book review: black and abroad

A Career in Your Suitcase


By JO PARFITT
Reviewed By LINDA JANSSEN
The ultimate tool for expats looking to forge a movable career in a globalised world. Learn from real-life stories, testimonials, exercises, questions, and checklists.

book review - a career in your suitcase

 

Definite Articles


By JO PARFITT
Reviewed By SHELLEY ANTSCHERL
A self-study guide and information bible invaluable for any novice expat writer wanting to record their experiences abroad and get paid for it.
book review for definite articles
 

Making a World of Difference - Personal Leadership


By BARBARA F. SCHAETTI, SHEILA RAMSEY AND GORDON WATANABE
Reviewed by: CHRISTINA EDWARDS
A guide for expats on becoming the leader of their own emotional experience - a vital skill when facing the stress and uncertainties that often accompany expat life abroad.

Book Cover - Making a World of Difference

 

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