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State-Sponsored Sex: and Other Tales of International Misadventure [Kindle Edition]

Claire Noble
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"Raw & funny memoir of a US expat in Asia." eBookSoda 

"Don't miss this laugh out loud funny Kindle Book." Bargain Booksy 

During Claire Noble's inadvertent decade in Asia, there was one constant: she always ended up in the land of the absurd. In her shockingly personal and surprisingly poignant humorous memoir, Claire's witty prose delivers stories that range from hilarious to heartfelt. 
Claire ate maggots and smuggled parasites. She suffered through tortuous massages, mammograms and colonoscopies and lived to laugh about it. From a time-warped Shanghai neighborhood to a luxury Hong Kong high-rise, Claire charted a course through different cultures and new life roles, with unexpected discoveries around every corner. 

Join Claire for one laugh-out-loud misadventure after another as she learns that plans are often nothing more than good intentions, and a sense of humor is indispensable for surviving all that comes life's way.


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"Debut memoirs aren't usually this vivid - or this varied. State-Sponsored Sex is fast, it's furious, it's down-to-earth, and it's inviting: what more could one ask for from a travel adventure that entertains even as it educates?" D. Donovan, eBook Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

About the Author

Are funny people born, or made? Claire is on a quest to find out. Join her as she tries to learn how to laugh at herself, laugh at life and make others laugh in the process. Claire Noble is a May 2012 graduate of the inaugural cohort of The City University of Hong Kong Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program. She lives with her family in Switzerland where she is a chronic room parent and occasional stand-up comic. Find Claire online at www.clairenoble.org, and on Twitter @thehkhousewife

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  • Print Length: 239 pages
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  • Language: English
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Being introduced to an author with a bit of biographical information can seduce the reader right off the bat. So it is with Claire Noble, a beautiful humorist and writer who has such a terrific take on life that we immediately fall into her court. Born in Heidelberg, Germany and recently graduated with a MA in Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the Inaugural Cohort of the City University of Hong Kong, she now lives in Switzerland where she's is `a chronic room parent and an occasional stand up comedienne. She poses a question to herself, `Are funny people born, or made' to which she answers `I'm on a quest to find out. Join me as I try to learn how to laugh at myself, laugh at life and make others laugh in the process.' She already has three books to her credit (`Skingripe: One Woman's Struggle to Accept the Skin She's In', a children's book `Rascal a Meowmoir', and the one you are reading (hopefully) - `State Sponsored Sex'. She has approached the bar of being a Finalist in competitions in Missouri, Salem College, Arizona State Rising Stars and more, but even though you end up liking her personality before you start reading, little prepares you for the delight in store in this wondrously humorous and often very touching memoir.

For instance, Claire Noble has us on the first page: `My relocation to China was relatively abrupt and impulsive. In truth, that aptly characterized most of my life planning, but I was on the wrong side of thirty for that to continue to be acceptable, yet I could not resist when once again, adventure called. Growing up in the pre-cable era in a desiccated West Texas town, excitement consisted of Miller Lite-induced intoxication at desert bonfires and the arrival of non-network television.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast and funny February 4, 2014
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A poignant, funny autobiographical account of one woman's journey to find her place in the world when that world is re-defined through a series of unexpected challenges. She writes with raw honesty and humor that makes it hard to put the book down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Witty, Wry, and Wonderful June 23, 2014
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For someone who has lived in the East and has had a fair share of misadventures myself, the description of this book was enough to draw my interest, and once I started, I was thrilled by how comfortably and casually she could make me laugh with her unique anecdotes and heartfelt reminiscence about her experiences in new cultures and unexpected situations. There is a brutal honesty that only comes from someone who truly pays attention to their life and appreciates when they are in the midst of something ridiculous or sublime. So many people traipse through life, even during the fascinating bits, without truly stopping to enjoy the ride (or at least laugh about it). Noble reminded me of why we travel, why we take risks, and the ultimate benefit that those sorts of choices can have on our overall outlook on existence. If this memoir is any indication, I think that she will continue to have even more unforgettable adventures, and i sincerely hope that she shares them with the world. She is a gifted writer with an eye for the beauty and humor in the wonderful chaos that is life. More authors should write the way she does, and more people should live their lives as fully as she so clearly has.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A charming, honest read March 3, 2014
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“I typed the word ‘housewife’ into the search function and one interesting search it returned was ‘Online Valium, No Prescription.’” This was just one of many humorous anecdotes throughout the book. “State Sponsored Sex” was recommended to me by a friend, and I’m so glad I read it. Noble’s sense of humor is down-to-earth and endearing, as she shares her experiences living in the East. I was especially touched by her tales of all the treatments she sought out, traditional and alternative, that she was willing to try to help her autistic son. Although the descriptions in this portion were a bit dry from time to time, as a parent of a formerly sick child, I could easily relate to the willingness to go to any lengths to make him better.

I also love her outlook, that often having a sense of humor about the curves life throws us is the only thing that keeps us sane. Sometimes, it’s either laugh or cry, so why not laugh? A charming, honest read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read January 31, 2014
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I found this to be a great little find. I laughed at all Claire's misadventures and related to her many struggles. Loved the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, true and a seriously great read! June 26, 2014
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Wow, this book was funny, outrageous and heartbreaking, sometimes all on the same page! This story starts in west Texas and then takes the reader all over the world. The cover of this book makes me laugh out loud because it portrays the main character perfectly! She has been through so much, but takes life on a whim and doesn't take things too seriously. I really recommend it if you want to read something funny and base on a real story. It was a fast read, or maybe I just couldn't put it down!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Fascinating Life Told in a Brilliant Way June 26, 2014
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When an author can manage to step back from their own experiences and reveal some deep truths that every reader can appreciate, it requires confidence, a sense of humor, and brutal honesty. Noble has all three of those in spades, obviously, because this memoir via travelogue reveals her life, exposing her insecurities and celebrating her victories, while narrowly avoiding making any disastrous mistakes during her appropriately named misadventures. Having been in the East before, I particularly enjoyed her unique way of describing food and eating situations, as that was something I similarly struggled with.

Her outside looking in from the inside (if that makes sense) is the best way to write a travelogue or memoir like this; in a sense, it's Gonzo journalism mixed with an autobiography. She finds the stories and anecdotes within a place and lives through them, remembering them in her own words and through her own eyes, thereby allowing us to enjoy it vicariously through her. It turned serious at times, particularly when Kendall was introduced in a bigger way in the story, so we were able to see the author as a real person, not just a romantic wanderer or a character from a movie. She became tangible, human, and vulnerable - all of which she put in these pages. It was a fine piece of writing and I hope the author continues finding new adventures to share.
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Published 4 months ago by regina radomski
5.0 out of 5 stars A surprise read
I was informed by a friend to give this book a try, I was hesitant at first, but being bored one night, I gave it a chance. I was actually thoroughly surprised. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Buster Boy
3.0 out of 5 stars State-sponsored sex
I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review and whilst I enjoyed it enough, I wouldn’t have been happy paying the full price for it. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Bec
4.0 out of 5 stars Actually quite sad
The tale is well written and interesting, but the carefree life turns into one of incredible difficulty. Not really funny.
Published 7 months ago by Reader
4.0 out of 5 stars Hard to classify, but very readable
I wouldn't exactly say this book was humorous, but perhaps more sarcastic or even wryly sardonic. There certainly were some light-hearted, laugh-out-loud moments in the first half... Read more
Published 7 months ago by retiredandlovinit
5.0 out of 5 stars Life brilliantly and hilariously captured
Noble's frank and humorous account of her life as an expat, at first pampered and luxurious, then increasingly challenging with the advent of motherhood, is touching in its honest... Read more
Published 8 months ago by J. Chan
3.0 out of 5 stars I think I expected more.
At times, this book was funny, but I would not describe it as a humorous book. After living and traveling in the orient for over three years, I appreciated her descriptions of... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Florida girl
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy entertaining read that makes you laugh and think….
I loved this good read. It is a very honest personal book about the author and her life abroad(I learned a lot of new things about life in Asia). Read more
Published 9 months ago by Steve Rand
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Claire Noble is a May 2012 graduate of the inaugural cohort of The City University of Hong Kong Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program. She lives with her family in Switzerland where she is a chronic room parent and occasional stand-up comic.

Other writing credits:
Finalist, 2011 Missouri Review Audio Contest
Finalist, 2012 Salem College International Literary Contest
Winner, 2012 4'33″ One-Minute Story Contest
Fellowship Attendee, 2012 Arizona State Rising Stars, Desert Nights Writers' Conference

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