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Books and movies to check out before you relocate overseas, and after you arrive. Expert advice or just plain funny; for expats, ambassadors, parents and travelers. Chosen by GSGI editors.

Parenting and Third Culture Kids

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

The author examines the challenges of parenting abroad, shares hard lessons learned, and recounts--with honesty and her trademark humour--what worked for her family.

Going Back Home

Repatriation, the Art of Returning Wisely
by Jill Kristal, PhD, and Liz Perelstein for School Choice International

An informative booklet with explanations and ideas for returning home.

Wives Abroad: Now and Through History

Daughters of Britannia: The Lives and Times of Diplomatic Wives
by Katie Hickman

300 years of untold stories of women in the British diplomatic corps - sisters, wives, daughters - whose letters and journals weren't usually considered worthy of official archiving. Yet they were the ones who hauled entire households across the world, at their own expense, to set up the mission at each new post. They braved disease, war, leaving children behind never to be seen again, sometimes not seeing another woman who spoke their language for years at a time; in fact sometimes not seeing people outside their homes for years except through items handed through a fire in the front hall so as to avoid the Bubonic plague outside. A must-read for all expatriates anywhere.

Antrobus Complete by Lawrence Durrell 

Parting Shots by Matthew Parris

Diplomatic Baggage: Adventures of a Trailing Spouse- by Bridgid Keenan 

Off the Beaten Path by Laura Stoddard 

Reading (or Watching!) Your Way to...


Half a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith

Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen

Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie


     Far and Beyon' by Unity Dow

     The Heavens May Fall by Unity Dow

     A Marriage of Inconvenience by Michael Dutfield

     Maru by Bessie Head

     Memoirs of an African Democrat by Quett Ketumile Masire and Stephen R. Lewis, Jr.

     The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith

     Seretse and Ruth by Wilf and Trish Mbanga

     Seretse Khama 1921-1980 by Neil Parsons, Willie Henderson, and Thomas Tlou

     When Rain Clouds Gather by Bessie Head


     The White Swan


     Living in the Sun (1967) by Souafief

     The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsim Hamid

     The Yacoubian Building by Alaa Al Aswany (also available on DVD)


     Etre Avoir (film)

     Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky

Hong Kong

     Gweilo: Memories of a Hong Kong Childhood by Martin Booth

     Mao by Jung Change and John Halliday


     The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy


     Art of Jordan by Piotr Bienkowski (editor)

     The old Fodors Guide by Eugene Fodor

     Insight Guide to Jordan by Dorothy Stannard (editor), APA Publications

     Jordan by Ken Mizuuchi

     Last Act in Palmyra by Lindsey Davis

     The Lonely Planet Guide


     The Battle for Haditha

     The Holy Family (GSGI Editor Edwina Issa is in it!)

     Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

     Lawrence of Arabia

     Mission to Mars

     The Mummy Returns

     Passion in the Desert

     Raiders of the Lost Ark


     Sinbad and the Dark Nights/Eye of the Tiger (for children)


     The Good Women of China by Xinran

     My Favourite Wife by Tony Parsons

     Shanghai Baby by Zhou Wei Hui

     Third Culture Kids: The Experience of Growing Up Among Worlds by David Pollock and Ruth Van Reken

     Time Out Shanghai by Time Out Guides Ltd.

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