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Hello American Lady Creature Paperback – May 31, 2014
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Kirchner is a great reader. Many authors mumble monotonally when they read their own work, but Kirchner has a showman's flair and a vigorous, dynamic, entertaining delivery. She read short segments from three different parts of the book to give us a sense of its overall flavor, and I couldn't wait to get home and read it. When I did, I heard the whole thing in her voice.
The story takes place mostly in Doha, Qatar (pronounced "cutter") during the period from 2004 to 2006. Kirchner had taken a job as a marketing and communications director for a new overseas campus Carnegie Mellon University was opening there. It was to be a three-year contract, and she brought along her husband Geoff, who had been a newspaper editor in the U.S. and was flirting with vague aspirations of becoming a foreign correspondent in the Middle East. Then it all derailed.
50% divorce memoir and 50% traveler's tale, HALC succeeds in doing several things very well. First, it manages to be fun (and funny) even though the subjects of loss and lonliness are unavaoidably depressing. Second, it paints a fascinating and nuanced portrait of a strikingly different culture. Third, it reads like the best kind of blog or journal, the kind filled with meaningful and complex introspection and insight.Read more ›
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.
The very personal thoughts and emotions of the author are bared for all to see. A contrast to the way she hid so much from her coworkers, friends, spouse as the story unfolds.
The author is able to brilliantly provide insight into and describe a country and culture foreign to so many. Her humor, a bit raunchy at times, will have you laughing out loud throughout the story, eagerly wanting more.
Looking forward to reading more from Lisa Kirchner!
Move over Sex in the City and Bridget Jones Diary -- Lady Creature in Qatar is great summer reading.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoyed getting a first-hand idea of what it is like in the middle east for a woman. In a very real, personal narrative. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Desiree Matlock
Provocatively personal, beguiling, informative and brave - it takes gumption to tell the story of leaving all you know, going for your heart and applying your willingness to... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I read Hello American Lady Creature not sure of what to expect. I knew it was a memoir of an American citizen following her heart (read: man) to Quatar. Read morePublished 3 months ago by valerie dougherty
Of all the memoirs I have read - and I have read many, as I am particularly drawn to this genre - Lisa Kirchner's "Hello American Lady Creature" clearly belongs on the... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Alex
When I read the sample of this book I quickly bought it-the writing was good, descriptions of living and working in Quatar intriguing. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Kelsey Grice
Lisa Kirchner's "Hello American Lady Creature" is an amazing find: a book with a spiritual message which also happens to be a great read! Read morePublished 22 months ago by Mary Beth McDonough
Enjoyable read. Seemed to jump around from past to present a bit too much.Published 22 months ago by BK