Book: Living Abroad (A History of Us) by Alexandra Barkercategories: Book, Biography, USA, Memoir, History, London, North Carolina, The Caribbean, United Arab Emirates, Amsterdam, Brown University, Adventure, Travel
Alexandra Barkerabout this book: Living Abroad is a non-fiction ebook about the lives of five different people and their overseas adventures. I think anyone who has travelled or lived away from home for an extended period time will enjoy this book as it is addresses some of the issues that crop up when you leave your home turf. The book's audience is primarily those who love travel, and those who love real life stories!
It's a fun, light read taking you across four continents, asking questions like 'what is a worthwhile risk?', 'what is art? and 'who is a third culture kid?' I started simply by interviewing people, then gradually, I turned those interviews into narratives. Once the bulk of the book was finished I realised I wanted to diversify it a little and so I did a shout out to see if anyone wanted to contribute their own writing. I got a great response and decided to include ten first hand accounts from some brilliant aspiring writers
The series title 'A History of Us' came about because I think that each story offers readers a mini history. The mainstream narratives of history we learn about at school or through media outlets, are often just the the sum of individual perspectives and experiences. Through reading 'ordinary' histories we increase our understanding of people who have made different choices and walked different paths. Realising that yours is not the only viewpoint that matters is an important lesson, at least, it has been for me.
As a Londoner I first imagined 'Living Abroad' being read by commuters on the London underground - there is one story for every day of the working week at roughly the price of a large Starbucks coffee. The stories are honest, reflective and it is my hope that readers find something in them that they can relate to.
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