Top 10 Expat Books for 2022
It’s that time of the year again when we ask our friends at Expat Bookshop to compile a list of some of the best expat titles published during the year. As usual, in the best tradition of ‘no particular order’, here is our top 10 for 2022 – books to enlighten and amuse, inspire and admire.
Huijsmans and L. van den Elshout
Created by experts, this playful and science-based activity workbook will guide your kids through their big life transition, and make it fun. We think: fun and creative.
Meet Dandelion, our author’s alter ego – a flailing spouse and dedicated mom-of-two who’s a decade into her expat life and doesn’t know who she is anymore. An honest, insightful and funny account of what the daily grind of an accompanying supportive spouse can look like. We think: entertaining and sassy.
Sophie Bosch-van Doorn
Perfect for expats, digital nomads, international students, overseas workers, foreign retirees and anyone else living or planning to move abroad. We think: sage advice from one who found out the hard way.
The discovery of the traditions and history of different cultures in Sikkim, Ladakh and Orissa – now Odisha, China, the Caucasus, Nepal and Myanmar, recounted through the filter of illness. We think: compelling and deeply personal.
It’s not every day you meet an American kid who speaks English with a Japanese accent. In this fascinating memoir, Casey Bales is determined to build bridges between his Third Culture Kid (TCK) identity and multicultural America. We think: candid and courageous.
#6 Lar mundo afora (Portuguese)/Un hogar lejos de casa (Spanish)
Carolina Porto & Roberta D’Angelo Mellis
Offers comprehensive guidance on how to create your home away from home through both stories and a clear process. Published in Portuguese and Spanish, making it a unique addition to the expat library. We think: an inspiration.
Joyce Agee with illustrations by Ellen Agee
An A to Z of words that explore aspects of relocating. Whether you have moved or are considering a move, this dictionary will help to identify and describe the experience of being a newcomer. We think: unique, original and fresh.
Tina L. Quick
This is the updated second edition of Tina Quick’s 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. We think: more pearls of wisdom from an expert.
Maria Kofod Techow, Emilie Frijs Due and Bente Skovby Burke
A starting point for conversations between children and their parents, for children’s groups, in schools and across cultures and borders. We think: a fantastic resource for young children.
Down-to-earth advice on how to set up your new life abroad. The book also covers the much-needed mental preparations so you can face potential challenges and setbacks with confidence and positivity. Includes 40 action-focused activities and 10+ practical checklists. We think: empowering and inspiring.
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What expat books are on your must-read list? Do share your recommended reads in the comments below!