Thursday, August 17, 2006

Book Review: Tales from the Expat Harem

I reviewed this book for Rolf Pott's Vagablogging website this month. Rolf and I met last year in Kansas (his home state also) at a book reading of his at Watermark. He has a great website for travelers and I would highly recommend his book, Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel, to anyone thinking of traveling the world (or anyone sick of living in a cubicle 40 hours a week). The book and the person are both an inspiration to me-- my teaching in Korea can also be partially attributed to meeting Rolf (he taught for 2 years in Busan). Thanks Rolf!

Here's an excerpt of the review of Tales from the Expat Harem...

As a self-proclaimed travel freak currently teaching English in Korea, I love venturing into new places and letting the unknown surroundings stimulate my senses. I am particularly curious to hear how other travelers experience different countries, especially when it involves other equally adventurous females traveling solo.

Tales from the Expat Harem, an anthology of modern travel writing about Turkey, includes stories that span four decades, contributed by 29 women from around the world, the majority being from America. The tales are told from many drastically different perspectives with entrepreneurs, archaeologists, Peace Corps volunteers, missionaries, English teachers and women marrying into the Turkish culture -- to name a few -- offering their personal and often intimate accounts of the Turkey they have come to know and love. The topics throughout this anthology range from the hamam or Turkish bath, marriage rituals, tales of the bazaar, song and dance, and Turkish superstitions.

Click here to read the complete review.