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Across the Big Blue Sea: Good Intentions and Hard Lessons in an Italian Refugee Home Paperback – February 21, 2017

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"A powerful page-turner: engrossing, funny and insightful. A vital read for these times!" - Rachel Roddy, The Guardian columnist

"In this era of ugly nativism and xenophobia ascendant, Katja Meier's warm and often funny book is a tonic of goodwill. The important lessons about herself and the world that she learns are a timely reminder of why the great religions, and all the best traditions of human civilization, oblige those of us with roofs over our heads and food to eat, to shelter and feed the stranger." - Nina Burleigh, Newsweek national politics correspondent, and NYT bestselling author

"Absolutely essential reading. Across the Big Blue Sea attends, with humor and humility, to one of the critical questions of our time: how to respect the humanity and dignity of those born in nation-states whose policies and politics compromise both. This is not a tale of victims and villains, nor of saints and heroes, but of women--Italian, Swiss, Nigerian--seeking to make their world a place worth calling home."- Taiye Selasi, author of Ghana Must Go

"Riveting and funny... an important and illuminating book! Katja Meier brings a fresh and critical perspective to the complex issues surrounding the immigrant flows in and out of Italy. What unfolds in her quaint Tuscan village can teach us larger lessons about how to welcome new people into our communities." - Angela Ledgerwood, The Lit Up Show host and Esquire book editor

"Honest, absorbing, and written with empathy and warmth, Meier gives us a much-needed insight into Italy's migrant crisis. An important read for anyone who wants to understand the plight of immigrants and the challenges and joys faced by those trying to welcome them to Europe." - Noo Saro-Wiwa, author of Looking for Transwonderland

"Katja Meier writes with honesty and passion about the difficulties of working with displaced people, some of whom are not always open- for various reasons- to accepting the help on offer. She also warns us of the dangers of a one- size- fits- all approach to helping those in need and through the stories she tells, reminds us ultimately of our shared humanity." - Chika Unigwe, Bonderman Asst. Professor of Lit. Arts, Brown University and author of On Black Sisters' Street

"Essential reading for anyone who thinks they understand the 'migrant/refugee crisis' in Italy and beyond. Well done!" - Barbie Latza Nadeau, journalist (Daily Beast, CNN, Newsweek) and author of Roadmap to Hell

About the Author

Born in Switzerland, Katja Meier earned a degree in performing arts in Zurich before moving to Tuscany in 1999. She has worked as an olive picker, wine tour guide, wedding planner and life coach before taking on a small refugee home in a Tuscan hilltop town. Born in Switzerland, Katja writes for travel publications and lives with her Italian partner and two children next to an olive grove with a view over a little-known valley in southern Tuscany. She currently works on the screenplay for the film adaptation of Across the Big Blue Sea.

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  • ASIN : B01NAV41L9
  • Publisher : Katja Eveline Meier; 1st edition (February 21, 2017)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 288 pages
  • ISBN-13 : 979-1220015936
  • Item Weight : 12.7 ounces
  • Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.72 x 8.5 inches
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.7 out of 5 stars 32 ratings

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reflection on the challenges of serving others
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5.0 out of 5 stars A superb and true account of immigration and all that goes with it
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