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Light Reading


Emotional Resilience and the Expat Child - By Julia Simens

The only thing you can be sure you can move around the world is your child's ability to increase his or her interpersonal skills. In today's global world, each of us is searching for effective tools that can help our children to thrive. Emotional Resilience for the Expat Child provides a step-by-step guide that is designed to increase a child's emotional vocabulary and emotional intelligence. 

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Expat Teens Talk - by Diana Smit and Lisa Pittman

Expat Teens Talk is specifically targeted to Expatriate Teenagers and those who work with this unique population. It addresses the needs and different challenges that Expat Teens face throughout their lives (in particular, their adolescent years), and enables them to learn more about and understand that most of what they are going through and what they feel as a result of constant change in their lives is 'normal' and shared by many other Expat Teens Worldwide. 

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Raising Global Nomads: Parenting Abroad in an On-Demand World - by Robin Pascoe

A lot has changed since well-known Canadian author Robin Pascoe wrote Culture Shock! A Parent's Guide. The world has become globalized, digitalized, and sadly, terrorized. That's the big picture that Pascoe examines in Raising Global Nomads.

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The Global Nomad's Guide to University Transition By Tina L Quick

Third culture kids/global nomads have typically interacted with two or more cultures during their developmental years - those years that shape who they are as human beings. This is the first book written to and for students who have been living outside their "passport" countries but are either returning "home" or transitioning on to another host country for college/university.

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Sammy’s Next Moveby Helen Maffini

Sammy's Next Move is a wonderful story about a snail named Sammy who lives around the world with his parents. He is a ‘third culture kid’, TCK or global nomad. He often moves to new countries and has to change schools and make new friends. Sammy experiences the feelings and thoughts common to children in similar situations.

Sammy is a snail and so he carries his home with him wherever he goes, just as a third culture kid does by knowing that home is where their heart is!


Trailing: A Memoir - by Kristin Louise Duncombe

Trailing: A Memoir was VOTED ONE OF THE BEST INDIE BOOKS OF 2013! Something unexpected occurs when Kristin Louise Duncombe moves to New Orleans to begin her adult life as a psychotherapist: She falls madly in love with a Médecins Sans Frontières doctor, abandons all of her plans, and follows him on a medical mission to East Africa. Faced with the dual culture shock of Kenya and life with the MSF team, Kristin struggles to craft a new existence in a context of mishap, witchcraft, and the life or death stakes of the MSF world.

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Third Culture Kids: Growing Up Among Worlds (Revised Edition) - by David Pollock & Ruth Van Reken

Rich with real-life anecdotes, Third Culture Kids examines the nature of the TCK experience and its effect on maturing, developing a sense of identity and adjusting to one’s “passport country” upon return. It profiles the personal challenges that TCKs experience, from feelings of rootlessness and unresolved grief to struggles with maturity and identity. Highlighting dramatic changes brought about by instant communication and new mobility patterns, this new edition shows how the TCK experience is becoming increasingly common and valuable. 

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The Expert Expatriate: Your Guide to Successful Relocation Abroad - Moving, Living, Thriving  - by Melissa Brayer Hess and Patricia Linderman

The Expert Expat: Your Guide to Successful Relocation Abroad draws personal stories directly from the authors’ years of experience abroad, giving readers practical advice and encouragement. With support ever-present in the writing of Melissa Brayer Hess and Patricia Linderman, those moving overseas will find the process more manageable.

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A Broad Abroad: The Expat Wife's Guide to Successful Living Abroad  - by Robin Pascoe

Comforting and irreverent, encouraging and practical, Robin Pascoe's book for expatriate wives (originally entitled "Culture Shock! A Wife's Guide) is back in print with a new name "A Broad Abroad: The Expat Wife's Guide to Successful Living Abroad." It has lost none of its original empathetic and honest advice for married women who have been catapulted into a foreign country. It is essential as an entry visa, packed with emotional and practical support for relocating your life.

Living Your Best Life Abroad: Resources, tips and tools for woman accompanying their partners on an international move - by Jeanne A Heinzer

Here it is, your holistic self-coaching guide that will help you to change your life forever as you embrace living in a new country. It is never too early or too late to read a very practical guide like this, one that addresses all eight life areas that are crucial to your happiness and success abroad. Areas such as your living environment, relationship to your partner, family and friends, health, work, finances, personal growth and fun and leisure. Written for Accompanying Partners who move with their partners all over the world, this book can help you whether you are transferring from New York to San Francisco or from London to Dubai. 

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A Career in Your Suitcase - by Jo Parfitt & Colleen Reinchrath-Smith

When professional writer Jo Parfitt joined her new husband in Dubai and received a stamp in her passport that read ‘Not Permitted to Take up Employment’ she was devastated. Since then she has let nothing prevent her from maintaining a professional identity regardless of regular intercontinental moves and the responsibilities of her family.

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The Truth About Moving Abroad and Whether It's Right for You: Should I Stay or Should I Go?  - by Paul Allen

Stop! Before You Move Your Life Overseas You Need To Read This Book Moving to a new country is certainly not as hard as it may seem, but it does take a concrete decision, followed by decisive action. This book helps you make that decision, and points you firmly in the right direction to not only move but to live successfully in your new home. 

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A Portable Identity:  A Woman's Guide to Maintaining a Sense of Self While Moving Overseas  - by Debra Bryson and Charise Hoge

A Portable Identity: A Woman's Guide to Maintaining a Sense of Self While Moving Overseas, Revised Edition, is written by two former expatriate spouses who are also counselors. The book educates and empowers expatriate spouses to take charge of the changes in identity that occur during an international relocation. The most profound change a woman will experience when she moves overseas in support of her husband's career comes from within herself, to her own sense of identity. 

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Laptop Entrepreneur - by Nick Snelling & Graham Hunt

Do you dream of moving abroad, to sunny climes, maybe, and earning enough money to live on simply sitting at your laptop on your veranda? If that sounds like you then this is just the book you have been waiting for. If you can string a sentence together and know your way around a computer then YES - you really CAN make a living anywhere in the world! Learn how from authors, Nick Snelling and Graham Hunt, who have done just that in Spain for several years now. Be inspired by the six in depth case studies of other successful Laptop Entrepreneurs.

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Expat Women Confessions:  50 Answers to Your Real-Life Questions about Living Abroad - by Andrea Martins and Victoria Hepworth

If you have ever wondered what it is like to live abroad, work abroad or accompany your working partner abroad, this book is for you. If you are already living the expat life but have mixed emotions about settling in, rebuilding your identity, relationship changes, successfully managing your money and career, raising children far from home or repatriating, this book is also for you. 

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Sell Yourself Without Selling Your Soul:  A Woman's Guide to Promoting Herself, Her Business, Her Product, or Her Cause with Integrity and Spirit  - by Susan Harrow

Master the art of self-promotion with style and substance. Does publicity mean sell-out to you? Do you worry that marketing yourself means compromising your values -- that you'll have to brag, beg, or sell your soul to get what you want? Relax. The secrets to selling yourself while staying true to your beliefs are within reach. Whether you're a company employee looking to move up the corporate ladder or an entrepreneur wanting to position yourself as a hot property, you'll find what you're looking for in this book.Susan Harrow shows you how to avoid the biggest mistakes that will hold you back from phenomenal success.

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Homeward Bound: A Spouses Guide to Repatriation - by Robin Pascoe

Like the move overseas, the move home relies on a solid and stable person to act as the emotional touchstone in order to help everyone else in the family through re-entry shock. That someone is typically the spouse. Homeward Bound is a repatriation reality check to help spouses create new, meaningful lives when they return from abroad.


GenXpat: The young Professionals Guide to Making A Successful Life Abroad  - by Margaret Malewski

This book is designed to help the young and internationally mobile embrace the opportunities and challenges of an overseas assignment while still holding on to the personal fulfillment they need to succeed in their international careers. GenXpat answers questions such as how to optimize contracts, deal with culture shock, build social networks, find romance and prepare to return home smoothly.

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Parents On The Move! Preparing your family for a successful and creative relocation.  - by Kathleen McAnear Smith

This book has a beating heart. Accessible, friendly, and useful, it gives strength, solace, and practical tools to relocating families, regardless of faith, as well as for HR departments who move them. –Jo Parfitt, author, journalist, speaker. Packing your bags? - Are you moving your family to another country, state, or region? - Are you concerned about finding the right schools for your children? - Would you like to know how to organize a purpose- filled visit to check out your potential new location? - Do you want to know how to get in touch with family transition organizations in your new home area? 

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 The book is filled with practical examples, interesting stories, tips, charts, resources, theories, techniques and discussion questions for further study.

 The book is filled with practical examples, interesting stories, tips, charts, resources, theories, techniques and discussion questions for further study.

Belonging Everywhere and Nowhere: Insights into Counseling the Globally Mobile  - by Lois Bushong

Bushong, a licensed marriage and family therapist, delves into this previously, unexplored world of how to effectively counsel clients raised outside of their parents' home culture. The readers will discover what are the basic characteristics and counseling skills effective with Third Culture Kids (those who have spent the majority of their developmental years outside of their passport country). Because of the rapid growth of the expat community, counselors must look at the uniqueness of working with children who grow up as a Third Culture Kid, the common presenting issues for adults TCKs and what often lies hidden beneath the surface.

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Hanoi Jane: The Road to Love Can Get Bumpy!  - by Elka K Ray

Just months after moving to Hanoi with her banker fiancé, Wyatt, Jane Moxley learns that he’s cheating on her. Unable to accept that their relationship is over, Jane sets out to discredit his new girlfriend – a sexy French-Vietnamese aid worker named Lindy Tran. Hot, smart and accomplished, Lindy looks like the perfect woman. Or is she? The more Jane discovers, the less plausible Lindy seems. Not only is she dating three guys at once, but the charity she manages looks awfully shady. What starts as a desperate bid to win Wyatt back turns into the adventure of Jane’s life. With its exotic locale and memorable characters, Hanoi Jane is a fun “holiday read” – whether or not you’re on holiday… "This is the perfect getaway read for those who love a fine mix of mystery and chick lit.”

A Moveable Marriage: Relocate Your Relationship Without Breaking It  - by Robin Pascoe

A Moveable Marriage: Relocate Your Relationship without Breaking It. With candid talk about the stress on relationships created by children, careers, money, sex, and infidelity, this book is for couples who know that moving isn't all about furniture. Pascoe’s own relocation experiences give the book the intimacy and credibility of a conversation with a close friend.


The Winner's Bible - by Dr Kerry Spackman

The Winner′s Bible is a riveting read filled with real life examples you′ll never forget. Dr Spackman shows you how to "Rewire your Brain for Permanent Change". He explains why most self-help books don′t work and why his program does. The proof of his tools is demonstrated in the lives of the people he′s changed.

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