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Product Details

  • Paperback: 364 pages
  • Publisher: Greenpoint Press; 1st edition (May 31, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098869686X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0988696860
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #415,013 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Saucy and funny and unflinchingly honest. A picaresque tale of a woman lost - and found -in the Persian Gulf." 
Eric Weiner, NPR correspondent and author of the best-selling The Geography of Bliss.
 
"Lisa is bold, genuine, hilarious. It's so satisfying to read a great story told by a great writer." 
Ophira Eisenberg, host of NPR's "Ask Me Another" and author of Screw Everyone.
 
"I loved reading this. Her takeaways are empowering for any reader!"
Jo Weldon, founder of the New York School of Burlesque and author of The Burlesque Handbook.

"Kirchner's work is unapologetic and hilarious. Her effortless writing makes the book unputdownable!" 
Sweta Srivastava Vikram, award-winning author of No Ocean Here.
 
Lisa Kirchner was 35 when she married the man of her dreams. Together they moved to Qatar for one last adventure before starting a family. But things quickly derailed. Heading up the marketing department at a university in one of the world's most patriarchal cultures brought unanticipated challenges. Then she learned she'd never have children. At least they had each other. 

'He pulled me close and said, "Baby, I didn't marry you for your ability to reproduce." I never wanted anything more than to be loved like that.'

If only the story ended there. 

With powerful and frank insight, the author describes what it was like to lose everything in a land that was utterly foreign. At the heart of this narrative is a magical place and time in history - Qatar at the turn of the 21st century - that shaped her own radical transformation. It's the author's first book.

About the Author

Lisa L. Kirchner has written for publication since 1992, when her review of the film, I'll Do Anything, presaged a career. While working at various times for The Andy Warhol Museum, Ketchum Public Relations, Carnegie Mellon University and the Tribeca Film Festival, her writing has appeared in The Washington Post, The New York Times, and Salon.com among numerous other publications.

She attended the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and did a summer stint at the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Her work is part of the compilation Learning to Love You More (Prestel Publishing, 2007). Essays based on this book have appeared in xoJane, Opium and Reality Sandwich. She has also hosted, produced and performed in storytelling shows, including the Upright Citizens Brigade's Happy Hour Story Hour, The Moth, Risk, and her very own Next Chapter. She is the memoirs editor for the New York Writers' Workshop literary magazine. She's also the host of Intention Radio's "Courage to Change with Lisa Kirchner." 

She's currently working on the story of what came after this narrative, when she moved to India to study yoga and meditation. 

More About the Author

LISA KIRCHNER was once simultaneously the dating columnist for an alternative newsweekly, bridal editor for a society rag and the religion reporter for a gay and lesbian newspaper. She lives in New York City.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Trish Hooper on May 25, 2014
Format: Paperback
The backdrop for this very personal story is the Qatari desert that had just recently started to reinvent itself, just as the author did as her life unfolded and changed in ways she couldn't have imagined. Lisa Kirchner writes a 340- page masterpiece of honesty, humor and grace. That she chose to reveal very personal and painful details of her marriage and very real career challenges allows the reader to get close to her and her story. Brave writing and storytelling creates a memoir that many of us can relate to as we work our way through a planned and unplanned life. It would have been easy to use cliches to describe the Middle East, a dissolving marriage and finding a path back to herself, but Lisa Kirchner didn't. She brings the reader along for every step.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By porterpnyc on May 15, 2014
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Lisa L. Kirchner's 'Hello American Lady Creature' is, intelligent and thought provoking. Her revealing look at a foreign culture fascinating, and her honest look at herself inspiring.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Susan Shapiro on May 30, 2014
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In Lisa Kirchner's first book "Hello American Lady Creature," she shares her middle east adventure gone horribly wrong. Her voice is smart, fiercely honest, dark yet hilarious at the same time. An impressive debut.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ann Votaw on June 6, 2014
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While my heart broke for Lisa Kirchner -- with her terrible job, the loss of her dogs, her ebbing fertility, and her divorce in a Muslim country -- I laughed while reading HELLO AMERICAN LADY CREATURE (Greenpoint Press).

A self-deprecating narrator, Kirchner lets us into her mind as she tried establishing a media presence (and talent pool) for Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar. She took the job to support her spouse, who wanted to be a foreign correspondent but never filed stories. When Geoff divorced her over the phone, I cried for her. What woman hasn't rearranged her life for a Geoff, only to have the whole thing blow up in her face? But Kirchner found the irony of desperately wanting breakup sex in a land where dating was illegal.

This memoir is a must-read for yoga lovers, adventure seekers, and anyone who has done the emotional work for a sweet partner who won't fight back.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marilyn R. Kail on June 14, 2014
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Lisa was a pioneer for women representing U.S. education in Qatar.ch A country very much in the news right now. There was no road map for Lisa -- Education City was itself an experiment in blending cultures - and this author captures the toll pioneers face with honesty and the kind of humor that so many women in any workplace can relate to. Most importantly, she made me remember all of the struggles I felt as a young woman trying to balance all of he feminist ideals I fiercely believed in with my marriage and desire to have children. And she holds nothing back...
Move over Sex in the City and Bridget Jones Diary -- Lady Creature in Qatar is great summer reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Meliora Dockery on June 12, 2014
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How rarely does one have the pleasure of looking forward to going to bed because of the book one is reading? Hello American Lady Creature had me enthralled from the start with a range of emotions as I read. I could empathize with so much "Oh yea, been there done that", or gasp in horror "Oh no! What must that be like?" or simply laugh or cry. Lisa Kirchner has the ability to describe a scene in such depth that one feels one is actually there with her. Thank you for taking me into the desert region of Qatar.

I can't wait for her to expand my horizons in her next book which I hear is coming out shortly.
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