Té letterario del 15 luglio 2022: Le nostre wishlist

Oggi ci siamo addentrate nel mondo delle nostre wishlist… Queste accanite lettrici del Té Letterario di Expatclic non finiscono mai di stupire per l’ampiezza di esperienze e di opinioni diverse che portano nelle nostre chiacchierate. Da questa sulle wishlist è subito emerso che il gruppo contiene i due estremi: chi proprio non le ha nè mai le vorrebbe tenere, e chi invece quasi vive più … Continue reading Té letterario del 15 luglio 2022: Le nostre wishlist

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Trailing: A Memoir

Author: Kristin Louise Duncombe

Language: English

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).

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Heart of Fire – An Immigrant Daughter’s Story

Author: Mazie K. Hirono

Language: English

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”

Té letterario del 24 giugno 2022: Lettori e lettrici che hanno contato per noi

Oggi abbiamo parlato di quali sono stati i lettori e le lettrici che più hanno contato per noi nel corso del nostro sviluppo come accanite lettrici. E’ stato chiaro da subito che i primi lettori/lettrici a cui ci siamo ispirate vengono dai nostri genitori, ma non solo. Madri e nonne onnivore, che hanno incoraggiato la prole ad avvicinarsi ai libri, papà, alcuni operai, altri antifascisti, … Continue reading Té letterario del 24 giugno 2022: Lettori e lettrici che hanno contato per noi

Huda F Are You?

Author: Huda Fahmi

Language: English

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.

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Go Back to Where You Came From: And Other Helpful Recommendations on How to Become American

Author: Wajahat Ali

Language: English

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”