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Tales from the Expat Harem: Foreign Women in Modern Turkey

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2006

    A book for the ages

    It seems so many cultures are willfully misunderstanding each other these days, refusing to see what values they might have in common, or even what they might learn from each other. So it's wonderful to discover a book like this, which holds the key to understanding a Muslim culture from the perspective of mostly Western women. And even though it's jam packed with accurate and eye-opening cultural information about both Turkey and the backgrounds of the writers, it reads like the best 'pleasure reading', familiar and full of laughs, the kind of thing you'll want to zip through in a few hours!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2006

    Soon to be an Oprah Book Club book!

    I was fortunate to get this book in Istanbul from a friend... it is one of the best gifts I've ever received! I immediately bought 10 more copies and sent them to everyone I know who has ever wondered what my life here in Turkey is like, who ever wanted to travel (or does travel), and anyone who just enjoys a good story. If you have been a foreigner living abroad (or want to know what it's like), you will laugh out loud at the adventures these women have. As these women stake out their new lives and determine how-- and how much-- to assimilate, you feel you are right there with them. So many of the things that happened to them resonate with my own experiences, I felt as if I was reading about my own life! There are few books about American (or other nationality) expatriates that deal so honestly yet so enthusiastically about the experience of being a foreigner-- especially about being someone who really wants to learn to embrace the new country they live in. There is evidence of true cultural understanding in every story. I can't recommend this book highly enough!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2006

    Very enlightening...a timeless glimpse at women who bridge a culture gap

    This book will make you laugh and make you cry, engaging all of your senses. It lures you into a delightful world that is both ancient & exotic as well as contemporary & urbane. The experiences these women have are strangely unique to us westerners. The writing is exceptional and held my interest througout. I didn't want it to end.

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