You won’t want to miss this one

With all the traveling I’ve been doing this summer, my blog is starting to resemble a travel blog. To mix things up, I thought I’d try writing a book review. I just finished reading a good book, so here goes…

If you’ve ever lived or simply dream of living in a foreign country, then Kathleen Gamble’s book Expat Alien: My Global Adventure, is for you. I was first introduced to Kathy and her well told stories of travel and adventure through her blog, also known as the Expat Alien. Kathy and I are two American girls who were both born in the fifties, but while I grew up on the steady shores of our homeland, she grew up wandering the world.

Her parents and two brothers started their great expat adventure in 1952, when they first moved to Burma, where Kathy was later born. Throughout most of the years the family lived abroad her father worked with the Ford Foundation, in Third World Agriculture.

The story moves along at a fast and exciting pace as we follow the family to Mexico, Nigeria and Columbia. They travel across Europe and Kathy attends boarding school in Switzerland. If it’s excitement your looking for, there’s also a plane crash, a military coup and an earthquake.

Having barely spent anytime at all in America before starting college there, Kathy has just as much trouble relating to her peers as they do to her. Feeling different and isolated she spirals into a case of severe reverse culture shock.

Later she marries a Russian American and when he takes a job in Moscow, she follows. Here we get an inside look at what its like to live, work and raise a family in Moscow. Nine years later they are forced out under unfortunate circumstances and return to the States to start again. After losing everything, Kathy is forced into making tough decisions for both herself and her son.

Kathy’s story gives superb insight as to what its like growing up globally and as exciting as that is, there were times I felt sad for her. I found this book to be an honest and riveting account of her journey.

Expat Alien is available in paperback on and in Kindle format.

About maggiemyklebust

I grew up on the Jersey Shore and now live in Norway. I have also lived in Houston and the Netherlands. I have written a memoir called Fly Away Home.

Posted on September 8, 2012, in writing and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 21 Comments.

  1. great review! anxious to read it!

  2. Thank you, Maggie! I have re-posted this.

  3. Awesome post as usual Maggie and it sounds like a book worth reading.

  4. As an American trying to get a job in England, that sounds like a fabulous book to read. Thanks for sharing, Maggie!

  5. Hi Maggie. Nice review. The book really seems to be very interesting.

  6. Maggie- great review, now I have to add it to my ever growing, never ending list of books I want to read! Thanks, with a wink… 🙂

  7. This sounds like a great book and will put it on my Kindle list. Thanks!

  8. Great review, Maggie. I’m thinking of writing some reviews and was feeling quite uncertain about it. Now you’ve inspired me (again) 🙂

    Kathleen’s book sounds great!

  9. Excellent as always, Maggie! Please get started on your next book, a travel book! I think you would do a marvellous job of it and I think it would be a great project to help you to beat the winter blues! 🙂

  10. Not a bad idea… I hope I at least find the time to scrapbook my trips this winter and do a post about that!

  11. Wonderful review. It’s a title I’ll need to look out for!

  12. Thanks for sharing! I think I need to add it to my list of need to reads 🙂

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