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Earth to Kat Vespucci (Kat Vespucci series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Ingrid Anders , Clayton Thomas
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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Book Description

What do you do when your sweetheart of five years dumps you for someone else before your senior year of college? Flee the country, obviously. A Jersey girl through and through, Kat Vespucci is a conservative American college student who escapes a nasty break-up by spending her senior year studying abroad in Berlin, Germany. She really wanted to travel to London, but her parents insisted she learn something about her roots. Having rarely left her home state of New Jersey, let alone traveled to a foreign country, Kat is completely unprepared for what lies ahead. Strange European customs, classmates from the former Eastern Bloc, anti-Americanism, German bureaucracy, history she's never heard of, and the persistent flasher who lurks in her neighborhood, all catch Kat by surprise. Meanwhile, she searches for her Uncle Otto, a relative the family hasn't seen since the war. At first, she feels like a house cat dropped into a lair of lions, yet she somehow manages to land and stay on her feet. Earth to Kat Vespucci is a comic, coming-of-age story about a young woman who does not discover herself and where she comes from until she leaves.


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"Anders skillfully and humorously navigates a sheltered young woman's eye-opening experience abroad." -Catherine Bodry, Gadling
"A story that will appeal to anyone who has ever wanted to break free from the ordinary." -Danielle K., Mercurial Musings
"A smart, vivid tour of Berlin." 
-Claire S. Gould, Bibliofeminista

About the Author

Ingrid Anders has spent extended time in Germany, Taiwan, and China. She holds a B.A. in international politics from the Pennsylvania State University and an M.A. in international policy studies from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Anders speaks fluent German and Mandarin Chinese. She resides in Washington, D.C.

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  • Language: English
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, funny and educational November 12, 2009
Format:Paperback
Ingrid Anders is an author with a great future and in her first book "Earth to Kat Vespucci," she has created a winner that is not only entertaining and funny but also highly educational for Americans who have not ventured outside of the United States. Not only is she an excellent story-teller but her humor is contagious; both my husband and I chuckled loudly throughout reading the book in record time. Having been a "tumbleweed" myself in my younger years and being of German birth, I can identify totally with her experiences. The joys of being young, unencumbered and adventurous with boundless energy brought me back to a period in my life in the 1960s, thus I am exceedingly happy to learn this part of youth is still being enjoyed. The humble accommodation in the Plattenbau of former East Germany, the student hang-outs, the shower episodes and the flasher - they all resonate and she finds the perfect words to describe Kat's feelings and reactions to any and all of the adventures she encounters. BRAVO - I can't wait for Kat Vespucci's next adventures. Somehow I feel there is a lot more coming from this writer in the future. Her credentials are most impressive and I shall follow her path with great anticipation in this venue expressing one of her many talents - GO FOR IT KAT..................
Inge Perreault
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this book! November 1, 2009
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A stand-out first novel. For me, about full participation in the act of living; abundant with sharp satisfying humour, keen observation, and -- in E.E. Cummings' famous phrase -- "that precision which creates movement."
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Studay Abroad Adventures October 15, 2009
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Anybody who has studied abroad or is thinking about studying abroad must read this book. With a style and wit that kept me both laughing and thinking, the author forces the reader to consider the world through different perspectives as Kat becomes increasingly aware of both the size of the world and her place in it. Twisted into Kat's growing awareness of the world outside of New Jersey, is an insightful depiction of the impacts of love, rejection and hope on all who are working to weave their way through the complicated life choices facing all college students. Finally, for all who are interested in travel, this book will surely fuel your fire to explore Germany and revitalize that itch to get out the door and see a new country. Great book by a new author, finishing it made me want to book a flight immediately and left me looking forward to Kat's next adventure.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Immersion in another culture and personal development January 29, 2012
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I administer an overseas study program in China, and Ingrid Anders book is the best account I've read of the psychology and emotional adjustment of Americans studying abroad. The book ought to be required reading for any student contemplating -- or reflecting back on -- the study abroad experience. The book describes vividly the process of cultural disorientation and alienation that in the best case results in a total reevaluation of one's own culture and personal identity. The delight of the book is that it accomplishes this while being completely fun and entertaining. The spectrum from whimsy and humor -- the zany surrealism of cultural immersion of the "Lost in Translation" type -- to the shock of seeing how politics, global conflict and terrorism impact the lives of ordinary people, are all represented in the book. But the awareness comes naturally in the process of the narrative, of getting to know the characters, and never comes across as didactic or preachy. The book abounds with the surprise of human unpredictability and personal foibles, yet constantly reaffirms the commonality of cultures and the human core we all share. One of the strong points of the book is that it explores how the dark side of American culture and foreign policy are perceived by foreign cultures and people, even those who genuinely like Americans and American culture. The book would be great preparation for those who are about to embark on a foreign study adventure, and have never directly encountered the hostility and historical grievances that many inhabitants of foreign countries have for American military intervention and political hegemony. The book is fun, funny, enlightening, entertaining, thought-provoking, and well-written. And it never takes itself too seriously. I look forward to the sequel, which I hear is set in Taiwan!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun story of self-discovery September 13, 2011
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Kat Vespucci is a spunky Jersey girl who dreams of the world beyond her beloved Garden State. She heads to Berlin to see what the world has in store for her and the result is a coming of age novel full of humor, insight, and drama.

Readers are thrust into the action of the novel straight from the first page, where we meet Kat as she is on what is most certainly the world's most awkward flight. Wedged between an overly friendly Russian little league coach and his team of feisty pre-teens on the long flight from Newark to Berlin, Kat has little time to relax or reflect before her adventures in Berlin begin. Through several flashbacks, we learn that Kat has survived a bad breakup, an embarrassing yet sentimental going away party, and three years of college. Now, in her senior year, she is ready to put her major in German to some use by taking on a study abroad program, an internship, and a quest to find a missing uncle.

Ingrid Anders' style is crisp and dry, her pacing perfect, and her characterization colorful and deft. Kat's snarky wit will keep readers chuckling and characters like Fritz and Uncle Otto round out a cast of characters worthy of their own reality show (if only they weren't fictional). The brilliant thing about this book is that in between the tales of internship nightmares and roommate drama lie lessons on the importance of staying true to one's self and the dangers of unchecked nationalism. As much of a coming of age story as it is a call to get out and see the world beyond our own front door, Earth to Kat Vespucci is a story that will appeal to anyone who has ever wanted to break free from the ordinary.

Read an interview with the author at mymercurialmusings.com
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fun travel reading!
Published 3 months ago by BalboaMom
5.0 out of 5 stars Wunderbar!
Though the book was a gift from the author, the opinion is purely mine.

Having already read the other book by Ingrid Anders, I already had a huge expectation from this... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Dee
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
Once I started reading this book I couldn't put it down. It is wonderfully written and a great read! I love the cultural aspect, and now I really want to visit Germany.
Published 20 months ago by Sunshine16
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book
I have to say that I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. It was warm, witty, educational without being boring and a darn good read. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Therese
4.0 out of 5 stars Earth to Kat Vespucci
When I first started to read this book I wasnt sure I would like it. It started out slow and the more I read the more I didnt want to put the book down. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Anna
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't Stop Laughing!
This book was excellent - I want to start off by saying I would recommend it to anyone!

The storyline didn't grab me much until the second half of the book, but that... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Laurel MacLeod
5.0 out of 5 stars Craving further exploration thanks to Kat!
Ingrid Anders and her lady, Kat Vespucci, swept me up in all of life's goodness with the fantastic displays of the underexposed and uninformed traveler and the transformation that... Read more
Published on November 24, 2012 by Andrew Coleman
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting setting, realistic characters
This was an enjoyable book set in an area that isn't often written about. I enjoyed the characters as they were familiar and believable. Read more
Published on October 21, 2012 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great coming of age tale!
Ingrid Anders does a wonderful job of telling a story that people who have studied abroad can relate to. However, her characters are funnier, wittier, and smarter than most. Read more
Published on July 13, 2012 by Chase P.
5.0 out of 5 stars Berlin
I filled out my paperwork for the Berlin train/bus ticket the other day. This made me think of Kat Vespucci immediately and Frau Tintenpinkler!
Published on May 7, 2012 by Silke
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More About the Author

Ingrid Anders writes novels, poetry, lyrics, and travel articles. Born and raised in New Jersey, Anders has lived in Germany, Taiwan, China, California, and Washington, DC. She claims to hold degrees from the Pennsylvania State University and the Monterey Institute of International Studies.

Anders speaks German, Chinese, and English (with a slight New Jersey accent), and if prompted, she can curse in Italian. In 2013, she quit her paying career to write, whilst her sinuses produce an alarming amount of goo.

Anders is best known for the Kat Vespucci series, in which she sends an American woman abroad unprepared. Her first novel, 'Earth to Kat Vespucci,' won the Editor's Choice and Reader's Choice awards from iUniverse.

Anders currently lives in Northern Virginia with her husband, step-son, and infant daughter.

Learn more at www.ingridanders.com.

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