Author: Anaïs Ginori
Summary Quando si studia il francese, una delle prime cose che s’imparano sono i cosiddetti fauxamis, Falsi Amici. Quei termini che assomigliano a qualcosa e che invece significano tutt’altro. Un eterno difetto di traduzione che diventa parabola della millenaria relazione fra Italia e Francia. La vicinanza ha sempre creato tra i due paesi un’illusione di conoscenza e comunanza. Nel tricolore italiano c’è il verde al posto del blu. I due popoli si chiamano confidenzialmente “cugini” si contendono da secoli il primato enogastronomico convinti di primeggiare sull’altro nelle classifiche mondiali del gusto e dell’eleganza. Nonostante la reale convergenza di culture ed esperienze, a intervalli regolari riemergono, però, nervi scoperti tra i due popoli. Le affinità culturali e storiche non impediscono incomprensioni ed equivoci. Dall’inimicizia fra Silvio Berlusconi e Nicolas Sarkozy alla vittoria socialista di Frangois Hollande che fa sognare la riscossa della sinistra anche in Italia. Dalla mancata estradizione di Cesare Battisti che riattualizza il dibattito sulla dottrina Mitterrand alle rivalità sportive che puntellano periodicamente le storie nazionali, fino ad arrivare ai recenti contenziosi sulle politiche di riduzione dell’immigrazione, la messa in discussione del trattato di Schengen e il diverso approccio alla crisi economica che ha investito il mondo occidentale negli ultimi anni (Amazon.it).
Continue reading “Falsi amici. Italia Francia. Relazioni pericolose.”
Author: Kathi M Silva
Summary: Experiencing another culture is meant to be fun, adventurous and mind-opening. But what happens when you mix the joys of living or traveling abroad with the struggles of having a physical, intellectual, medical or other special need? Join our authors as they share their adventures abroad with unique challenges. This is not a “how-to” book, but a book of real-life stories, where you will find inspiration, guidance and insights from ordinary people who have made extraordinary adjustments to their experiences far from home (Amazon.it).
Continue reading “Extraordinary Experiences: tales of special needs abroad”
Author: Kristin Louise Duncombe
Summary: After a childhood travelling the world as the daughter of a U.S. diplomat, Kristin has plans to build a career as a psychotherapist and put down roots in the vibrant city of New Orleans. But it seems that history is destined to repeat itself when she meets Tano, a handsome Argentinian doctor, who sets her life on a new path as a “trailing” spouse, following the MSF doctor to foreign lands full of hardship and danger.
Despite the culture shock of living alongside the MSF team as they deal with life-or-death emergencies, Kristin makes a new life for herself in Nairobi only to have her world rocked by a violent carjacking. This act of terror catapults her into a state of acute post-traumatic stress, and her life devolves into one of intense anxiety that permeates every aspect of her existence.
As her marriage falls apart, Kristin realizes that in trailing after Tano as he pursues his life’s work, she has lost herself along the way. Forced to examine questions about her relationship, career, and personal identity, she struggles to save her marriage while facing the most difficult fight of her life: reinventing who she was meant to be.
Duncombe’s debut, as humorous as it is harrowing, provides an insider’s view of an MSF marriage, the sacrifices made in the name of love, and the compromises that must be made when love isn’t enough. Probing deeply into Kristin’s tumultuous search for identity, she captures her experiences with extraordinary authenticity and honesty, ultimately discovering that trailing can lead to transformation (Amazon.it).
Continue reading “Trailing: A Memoir”
Author: Mazie K. Hirono
Summary: The intimate and inspiring life story of Mazie Hirono, the first Asian-American woman and the only immigrant serving in the U.S. Senate
Mazie Hirono is one of the most fiercely outspoken Democrats in Congress, but her journey to the U.S. Senate was far from likely. Raised on a rice farm in rural Japan, she was seven years old when her mother, Laura, left her abusive husband and sailed with her two elder children to Hawaii, crossing the Pacific in steerage in search of a better life. Though the girl then known as “Keiko” did not speak or read English when she entered first grade, she would go on to serve as a state representative and as Hawaii’s lieutenant governor before winning election to Congress in 2006. Continue reading “Heart of Fire – An Immigrant Daughter’s Story”
Author: Huda Fahmi
Summary: Huda and her family just moved to Dearborn, Michigan, a small town with a big Muslim population. In her old town, Huda knew exactly who she was: She was the hijabi girl. But in Dearborn, everyone is the hijabi girl.
Continue reading “Huda F Are You?”
Author: Wajahat Ali
Summary: “Go back to where you came from, you terrorist!”
This is just one of the many warm, lovely, and helpful tips that Wajahat Ali and other children of immigrants receive on a daily basis. Go back where, exactly? Fremont, California, where he grew up, but is now an unaffordable place to live? Or Pakistan, the country his parents left behind a half-century ago? Continue reading “Go Back to Where You Came From: And Other Helpful Recommendations on How to Become American”