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Just a Diplomatic Spouse: A true story of Life

Author: Alexandra Paucescu

Language: English

Summary: Alexandra Paucescu is an educated Romanian woman who, by the age of 30, sees her whole life changing completely, as she marries a diplomat and embarks on a life long journey as a trailing diplomatic spouse.

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Expat: Women’s true tales of life abroad

Author: Christina Henry de Tessan

Language: English

Summary: For generations, literary figures from Ernest Hemingway to Frances Mayes have fueled our fantasies about the romance of expatriate life. But it’s one thing to dream about living abroad and quite another to actually do it. In Expat a diverse group of women explores in vivid detail how the reality of life abroad matches up to the fantasy. Tonya Ward Singer craves a roasted chicken in China and must buy it alive and kicking. Karen Rosenberg reevaluates both her family’s Judaism and her own when invited to a Passover seder in a remote Japanese village. Mandy Dowd tries to teach the French about Thanksgiving. Emily Miller admits that in Italy she craves the Hollywood entertainment she generally deplores when on U.S. soil. Tall and fair, Meg Wirth tries hard to blend in, in Borneo—to no avail. Expat taps into the bewilderment, joys, and surprises of life overseas, where challenges often take unexpected forms and overcoming obstacles (finding Drano in Ukraine, shrimp paste in Prague) feels all the more triumphant. Featuring an astonishing range of perspectives, destinations, and circumstances, Expat offers a beautiful portrait of life abroad. – Source:

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Expat Women: Confessions – 50 answers to your real-life questions about living abroad

Author: Andrea Martins and Victoria Hepworth

Language: English

Summary: If you have ever wondered what it is like to live abroad, work abroad or accompany your working partner abroad, this book is for you. If you are already living the expat life but have mixed emotions about settling in, rebuilding your identity, relationship changes, successfully managing your money and career, raising children far from home or repatriating, this book is also for you. In Expat Women: Confessions – 50 Answers to Your Real-Life Questions about Living Abroad, experienced expats Andrea Martins and Victoria Hepworth share a wealth of wisdom and positive tips to motivate you at every stage of your expat journey. They cover popular topics like leaving family back home, transitioning quickly, intercultural relationships, parenting bilingual children and work-life balance. They also address more difficult issues such as expat infidelity, divorce, alcoholism and reverse culture shock. This unique book is the perfect addition to every expat bookshelf.  Source:

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Cherie, on s’expatrie

Author: Alix Carnot

Language: French

Summary: Il est révolu le temps où Monsieur l’Expatrié partait aux quatre coins du monde suivi de Madame sa moitié qui se consacrait à ses enfants et à la carrière de son époux ! Mais la mobilité qui semble si simple aujourd’hui est tout aussi délicate pour les couples. Vous hésitiez encore, vous êtes depuis peu à l’étranger et trouvez ces premiers mois déstabilisants, vous êtes expatriés, détachés, migrants, mariés ou pas, qu’importe votre statut, l’objectif de cet ouvrage est de vous donner les clés pour trouver l’équilibre entre votre vie de couple, votre famille et votre carrière. Drôle et vivant,  l’ouvrage fondé sur le vécu de l’auteur, fourmille d’anecdotes, d’exercices pratiques, de quiz sous forme de « dîners aux chandelles », des conseils et d’avis de psy. Il permettra à chaque couple de construire son propre modèle de mobilité internationale. Source:

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