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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Your Ideas for a Flophouse American Diaspora Reading List

Since I posted  A Few Good Books about the American Diaspora on Tuesday,  the "few" have become the "many."  Feeling a bit foolish here - I had no idea.

What to do with such bounty?  Well, I'd say we should start a list.  I'll start searching in all the usual places and I would deeply appreciate you (yes, you) sending in the titles you've read or heard about.

I think together we can come up with something useful and we can learn something about each other at the same time.  (Americans in Brazil meet Americans in Germany...)

We'll divide it into two categories:  General books about Americans Abroad (and books about diasporas that mention us) and Country-specific ones (Americans in Brazil, for example).

Here are the ones that readers added in the comments section of my last post:

The Unknown Ambassadors:  A Saga of Citizenship by Phyllis Michaux (thank you to DAvS).

The Greater Journey:  Americans in Paris by David McCullough (thank you to Janet).

I will get copies ASAP so I can review them.  I should mention that I am also reading right now:

American Exbrat in Sao Paulo by Maggie Foxhole (very good read so far)

And I found this one via Goodreads search:

Nightmare Abroad: Stories of Americans Imprisoned in Foreign Lands by Peter Laufer.

Here is the book description from Goodreads:

"You're a law-abiding citizen, so you won't be arrested on your overseas vacation. You're a U.S. citizen, so even if you are arrested, your government will come to your aid. Peter Laufer explodes these common misconceptions in his eye-opening study of how Americans end up imprisoned abroad, why our government helps so little, and how to avoid disaster in foreign travel."

Oh my, I think this one will be rather unpleasant but it's probably stuff we should all know.

Have a lovely day everyone.


4 comments:

AtticusinCanada said...

Pearl Buck in China: Journey to the Good Earth by Hilary Spurling

Review: http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/66990/hilary-spurling/pearl-buck-in-china-journey-to-the-good-earth#

Ellen said...

Plus Amanda's book, coming out, soon.

AtticusinCanada said...

I have wanted to read the book "The Greater Journey Americans in Paris" for some time now. I wish I could have been there during that time. Too bad with FATCA coming something like that is highly unlikely to be experienced by future generations of like minded people from the U.S.

Victoria FERAUGE said...

@Atticus, Where there is a will, there is a way. Perhaps we are seeing the dawn of American ILLEGAL emigration?