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Books about the Expat Experience

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Being a Distance Son or Daughter

By Helen Ellis

What is it truly like being a son or daughter who leaves home to live in an expat/migrant setting? How does it feel to be geographically separated from your parents, grandparents and other family members? Maybe you’ve left home for your studies, your career, a sense of adventure, for a challenge, for love. But how do you venture forth into your global world and still retain and nourish connections with ‘home’, always knowing “it was my choice to leave”?

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Girl Uprooted

By Lena Lee

Lena Lee is the author of Girl Uprooted, a memoir about her global upbringing as the daughter of a diplomat and the ensuing search for a sense of identity and belonging. As a Third Culture Kid, she has lived in Seoul, Paris, Oslo, Kuala Lumpur and New Jersey. After studying Human Sciences at Oxford University, Lena has been working in London.

Books about Returning Home

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Homeward Bound

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.

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Your Re-entry Path - Restore

By Shonna Ingram

In Restore, you will use trauma principles to check in with yourself and spend time processing the past. You will gain tools for processing your grief and loss, you will spend time in the practice of lament, and you will learn about forgiveness. These three spiritual practices will help you process this transition season.

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