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Expat Life Slice by Slice Paperback – March 21, 2012
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About the Author
Starting her expatriate life in Nigeria at a month old, Apple has relocated 26 times through 12 countries. Her roles, as well as wife and mother, have include editing a magazine for an international charity, selling dive equipment and springing Distressed British Nationals from goal. An Anglo-Australian, known to many through her popular blog as ExpatApple, she believes to be a true global nomad we have to be actively engaged in wherever we call home, for the moment.
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New expats will find this book reassuring and more seasoned STARs will enjoy it too! If you haven't lived abroad you will find this wonderful account of an expat lifestyle fascinating! Highly recommended!
Going from England to Nigeria, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, Papua New Guinea, Netherlands, Trinidad, Tobago, Thailand, USA, Equatorial Guinea not in a straight line but much like when I am going around the fruit market looking at all the options in a Bangkok wet market. She often ended back in 'repeat locations'. I am eager to learn more since I have hit some of these unique locations also.
Throughout the book, Apple gives us wonderful `take away slices' of wisdom. It starts with this: Does it really matter where children grew up as long as they feel secure, loved and listened to? The opportunity for young children to benefit linguistically from early exposure to different languages is surely of huge benefit in later life, as is early exposure to different cultures.
Apple's book really hits the mark on so many parts of a global lifestyle. I loved the fact she stated. " Ambiguities can lead to huge disappointments, and for those relocating with children it can be even harder. Already an emotional charged time, children pick up any negatives in a heartbeat." As the author of "Emotional Resilience and the Expat Child", I know this is so true. I work with families who are relocating and they often end up in my office due to misunderstandings and disappointments.
Apple's words about TCK's and the impact her lifestyle had on her children is very powerful for other mothers and fathers who are moving their little global nomads around the world. I hope all of our children find a friend with "sparkly eyes"! This is a true gift we give our children when we take on an expat life.
Throughout the book, learning and advice is freely and intelligently given, but in a subtle way which does not detract at all from the story. The advice is down to earth and sensible, with messages from such different subject as child rearing, relationship management, handling elderly parents and grief, which not only apply to expats but to everyone.
I strongly recommend this book if you are or were an expat child, if you are or were an expat, or, quite frankly, whoever you are. It is simply brilliant.
If you love travel books you'll love this.
If you're a first time expat buy this and you'll never need another resource. Even seasoned expats will learn something new.
If you only buy one book on expat life, make sure it's this one.
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