The Foremost Good Fortune by Susan Conley

I finished reading this book a few days ago. It is one of the best books I’ve read in quite a while. It is a memoir, but one which provides much food for thought, observations re life, and an illumination into the world of expat living and adapting. Perhaps most meaningful for me was Ms. Conley’s reflections on how a serious illness separated her from others. Her descriptions of the food she encountered in Beijing and surrounding areas as well as the word portraits of the Chinese countryside will have you salivating and booking a ticket. Anyone who is contemplating moving a family for an overseas stint would do well to read this book. I lived overseas for nearly five years and have travelled back and forth since. Have also taught courses to help college students prepare for study abroad. This book does a good job depicting the vicissitudes of emotion that accompany living in a different culture for a significant length of time. 

About Helen Akinc

Writer: The Praeger Handbook for College Parents, Praeger Publishing, Dec. 31, 2009; Inter-cultural coach: Teaching Intercultural Competency Program for International Studies, Wake Forest University; speak Turkish, Cook: Very interested in ethnic cooking and am working on a Turkish cookbook;
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