The Expats: a novel

Author: Chris Pavone

Language: English

Summary: In the cobblestoned streets of Luxembourg, Kate Moore’s days are filled with playdates and coffee mornings, her weekends spent in Paris and skiing in the Alps. But Kate is also guarding a tremendous, life-defining secret—one that’s become so unbearable that it begins to unravel her newly established expat life. She suspects that another American couple are not who they claim to be; her husband is acting suspiciously; and as she travels around Europe, she finds herself looking over her shoulder, increasingly terrified that her own past is catching up with her. As Kate begins to dig, to uncover the secrets of the people around her, she finds herself buried in layers of deceit so thick they threaten her family, her marriage, and her life.
Stylish and sophisticated, fiercely intelligent, and expertly crafted, The Expats proves Chris Pavone to be a writer of tremendous talent. – Source: Amazon.com

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Le conjoint expatrié. Réussissez votre séjour à l’étranger

Author: Gaëlle Goutain et Adélaïde Russell

Language: Français

Summary: Une proposition de travail à l’étranger pour son conjoint est une situation qui positionne alors l’autre membre du couple en accompagnateur. Ce guide aborde les différents aspects de ce vécu d’expatrié au cours des préparatifs de départ, lors de la vie sur place, ainsi qu’au retour. Grâce à une solide préparation, il est possible de tirer le meilleur parti de cette situation de conjoint expatrié, de bien en profiter sur place et, enfin, de rebondir de façon constructive après ! – Source: Amazon.fr

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A scorpion in the lemon tree

Author: Marjory McGinn

Language: English

Summary: Following on from the first two acclaimed travel memoirs (Things Can Only Get Feta and Homer’s Where The Heart Is), Marjory, Jim and their crazy dog Wallace are on a second odyssey in the southern Peloponnese but this time they end up in a peninsula they didn’t choose, and a house they never thought they’d live in. How did this happen? Easy, this is Greece and nothing ever goes to plan.
The couple’s latest adventure in Koroni, on the Messinian peninsula, takes them on another perilous and funny journey, with house rental dramas, scorpion threats, a publishing upheaval, and much more. But when they are finally seduced by the charm of unspoilt Koroni, make new friends, grapple with Greek lessons, and reconnect with some of the memorable characters of their Mani days, they discover once more why they continue to be in love with this resilient country, despite its ongoing economic crisis. And there’s not even a sting in this tale. Well … almost! – Source: Amazon.com

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When in French: Love in a Second Language

Author: Lauren Collins

Language: English

Summary: A language barrier is no match for love. Lauren Collins discovered this firsthand when, in her early thirties, she moved to London and fell for a Frenchman named Olivier—a surprising turn of events for someone who didn’t have a passport until she was in college. But what does it mean to love someone in a second language? Collins wonders, as her relationship with Olivier continues to grow entirely in English. Are there things she doesn’t understand about Olivier, having never spoken to him in his native tongue? Does “I love you” even mean the same thing as “je t’aime”? When the couple, newly married, relocates to Francophone Geneva, Collins—fearful of one day becoming “a Borat of a mother” who doesn’t understand her own kids—decides to answer her questions for herself by learning French. When in French is a laugh-out-loud funny and surprising memoir about the lengths we go to for love, as well as an exploration across culture and history into how we learn languages—and what they say about who we are. Collins grapples with the complexities of the French language, enduring excruciating role-playing games with her classmates at a Swiss language school and accidently telling her mother-in-law that she’s given birth to a coffee machine. In learning French, Collins must wrestle with the very nature of French identity and society—which, it turns out, is a far cry from life back home in North Carolina. Plumbing the mysterious depths of humanity’s many forms of language, Collins describes with great style and wicked humor the frustrations, embarrassments, surprises, and, finally, joys of learning—and living in—French. – Source: Amazon.com

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The big cat man: An autobiography

Author: Jonathan Scott

Language: English

Summary: This new autobiography by wildlife celebrity Jonathan Scott celebrates the extraordinary life of one of the world s most popular wildlife presenters and photographers. From his childhood on a Berkshire farm in the UK to his rise to international fame as a presenter on the Big Cat Diary, one of the BBC Natural History Unit s most popular and long-running wildlife series, Jonathan Scott has lived a life that many people can only dream about. Following a degree in Zoology he travels 6,000 miles overland to Africa, where he becomes first a wildlife artist and then a safari guide in the Maasai Mara. His experience allows him to write his first major book, The Marsh Lions, followed by The Leopard s Tale. At the same time, his TV career is launched when he becomes a presenter on the long-running American series Wild Kingdom. Over the years Jonathan s observations of wildlife prompt him to reflect on his own life, revealing a side to his character that he has struggled to overcome since childhood. Aged nearly forty, he finally finds peace through meeting and marrying his wife, Angela, and together with her two children they go on to prove you can mix domestic life and an adventurous career when you share a love of family and wilderness, art and photography. From their base in Kenya Jonathan and Angela travel to Antarctica, a continent which grips them no less than their adopted homeland, followed in later years by travels to India and Bhutan. Throughout, the call of Africa always draws them home, but Africa and the rest of the world are under siege from the tide of humanity that threatens to snuff out the last wild places. Having travelled the globe in search of award-winning photographs and lived a life of adventure, Jonathan and Angie find their world changes forever the day she is diagnosed with a cranial aneurism requiring urgent brain surgery. Facing up to that challenge draws them even closer together and forces them to examine the meaning of life, leading them on a spiritual journey to rival anything they have undertaken before. Ultimately, The Big Cat Man is a love story: one man s infatuation with Africa and his unfailing devotion to the woman who shares his passion. Jonathan s writing makes for a fascinating safari through a life lived in the world s most spectacular wilderness area. His book raises uncomfortable questions about the future of wildlife on a continent where the needs of the people sometimes seem overwhelming; it will bring hope to those who have struggled with their own demons and been afraid to seek help; but most of all it will be an inspiration for those who, like Jonathan and Angie, long to follow their dream, whatever it may be. – Source: Goodreads.com

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Moving your family overseas

Author: Rosalind Kalb, Penelope Welch

Language: English

Summary: With detailed advice and helpful suggestions, Moving Your Family Overseas is the indispensable guide for relocating your family abroad. It discusses in detail the basic steps involved in an overseas move: deciding to go, preparing to leave, arriving and settling in, working through culture shock and adaptation, living in the expatriate community, making friends and returning home. Written and designed for families from anywhere in the world, particularly for those who are assigned by their employers to foreign posts, this book draws on the authors’ many years of experience living abroad with their families. Their insights ease the challenges and highlight the benefits of what is often an overwhelming though rewarding transition. The advice given in Moving Your Family Overseas clearly reflects the depth of perception and simple wisdom that a good counselor brings to the advisory role. Source: Amazon.com

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