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Updated: June 21, 2016

Lyall, Sarah.
Call Number: 942 L981

An American journalist who married a Brit and moved to London in the 1990s attempts to figure out British eccentricities. Part memoir and part hilarious field study.


Sarah Lyall moved to London in the mid-1990s and soon became known for amusing and sharp dispatches on her adopted country. Confronted by the eccentricities of these island people (the English husband who never turned on the lights, the legislators who behaved like drunken frat boys, the hedgehog lovers), she set about trying to figure out the British. Part anthropological field study and part memoir, The Anglo Files has already received great acclaim and recognition for the astuteness, humor, and sensitivity with which the author wields her pen.

Wang, Val,
Call Number: 810.92 W246

Val Wang’s parents had fled China before the Communist takeover in 1949, so her decision to move there as a young woman seemed rebellious, to say the least. The story of how she made her way—on her own-- in a confusing new city is fascinating.

Fuller, Alexandra, 1969-
Call Number: 92 F965-1

The author of Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood writes this time about her parents and the colonial life they enjoyed in Africa.



Call Number: 158.734 E145

Nearly 50 people who read and were inspired by Elizabeth Gilbert’s bestseller “Eat Pray Love” contributed their transformative travel stories to this collection.

Betts, Kate, 1964-
Call Number: 746.84 B565

The inspiring memoir of an American girl who moved to Paris and struggled to work her way up in the publishing industry, ultimately becoming the editor of  Harper’s Bazaar magazine.

Loomis, Susan Herrmann.
Call Number: 641.5944 L863-1

The American author recounts her decades of life in France, including an apprenticeship at La Varenne cooking school, her experiences renovating a former convent to create her home, and offers delicious recipes to try.

Dinesen, Isak, 1885-1962.
Call Number: 967.62 D583-1 1992

The lyrical recounting of life in Kenya in the early 1900’s, written by Danish aristocrat Karen Blixen, who wrote under the pen name of Isak Dinesen.

Hargis, Toni Summers.
Call Number: 942 H279

An entertaining and practical guide for American Anglophiles who are toying with the idea of spending a lot of time in the UK. It shares all the do's and don’ts that only a Brit would know.

Coburn, Jennifer, 1966-
Call Number: 92 C658

A mother recounts the three European trips she took her daughter on at ages 8, 11, and 15.

Gee, Alison Singh.
Call Number: 071.092 G297

A modern-day fairytale of a Hong Kong-based magazine writer who met and fell in love with an Indian journalist who turned out to be landed prince (of sorts), complete with a crumbling family palace in his native village and an abundance of family members.