Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Go West: A Belgian Attempts American Motherhood Paperback – November 16, 2013
|New from||Used from|
"Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002)" by David Sedaris
In one of the most anticipated books of 2017, David Sedaris tells a story that is, literally, a lifetime in the making. Pre-order today
About the Author
After years of combining motherhood and a job in Belgium, Hélène Toye follows her husband to America. Once there, she sets to writing about the culture shocks, anecdotes and frustrations that come with settling down into a new role in a new environment. Hélène Toye now lives in the Washington, DC suburbs with her husband and their two children.
If you buy a new print edition of this book (or purchased one in the past), you can buy the Kindle edition for only $1.99 (Save 50%). Print edition purchase must be sold by Amazon. Learn more.
For thousands of qualifying books, your past, present, and future print-edition purchases now lets you buy the Kindle edition for $2.99 or less. (Textbooks available for $9.99 or less.)
Browse award-winning titles. See more
If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?
Top Customer Reviews
One recurring theme of conversations among Belgians, which also crops up here, is the apparent accessibility of Americans, the initial friendliness that leads newcomers to mistake social varnish for budding friendship. In the old country, people are initially reserved, but once they warm to you, you will be like family to them and vice versa. This cultural difference often leads Belgians to judge American friendships and, by extension, Americans themselves as superficial. Despite the apparent similarities between Western Europe and the USA, it takes years to really understand the subtle differences between both societies and value what each of them have to offer.
I would be interested to read Ms. Toye's take on American life 20 years from now.
- You like to laugh
- You are not from the States but are contemplating moving here.
- You are an American working with Europeans.
- You are interested in how other cultures might see Americans.
Don't read this book next to your sleeping spouse or partner as your laughter will wake him or her up. Real experience...
When is this talented humorous author going to publish another one? I can't wait!
This book reads very quickly. You are sorry that it ends as fast as it does. Hopefully she will continue writing and we can soon read Go West, Volume II.