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After job losses and the housing crash, the author and her family leave L.A. to start over in a most unlikely place: a nine-foot-wide back-alley house in one of Ho Chi Minh City's poorest districts, where neighbors unabashedly stare into windows, generously share their barbecued rat, keep cockroaches for luck, and ultimately help her find joy without Western trappings.
Karin Esterhammer was an editor, writer, and travel columnist at the Los Angeles Times for fifteen years. She’s been published in the Chicago Tribune , the Baltimore Sun , and other publications. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, son, and three cats.
|Publisher:||Prospect Park Books|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)|
About the Author
Karin Esterhammer is a travel writer whose work has been published in the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Baltimore Sun, Christian Science Monitor, Orlando Sentinel, The StandardChina's Business Newspaper , and more. Her diary-style article in the Los Angeles Times about the move to Vietnam earned more letters to the editor than any travel story the paper had ever published. Karin has also had essays published in the Chocolate for a Woman's Soul series, and she once won the grand prize in a romance essay contest for Harlequin Books. After their years in Vietnam, Karin and her family are now living again in Los Angeles.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I just finished reading this book, and I must say, it spoke to my heart. Karin Esterhammer's telling of her experience in a new culture was equal parts honest, poignant, and hilarious. Through her story telling she is able to take the armchair suburbanite American and transport her or him to a strange new land, with its wonders and surprises. For many the experience would have been frightening, but for Karin and her family, with good humor and generosity, she was able to make the experience a positive one, both for themselves and for the people they came to know. I recommend the read to anyone who would vicariously jettison the trappings of suburbia and live life a little bit on the edge. You will be in for this enjoyable and endearing romp.
The author does what most of us just dream of; to pick up and leave, and fully immerse yourself in a different culture. Her story was very relatable, honest and real, with some laugh out loud moments. With humor, she shares some of the challenges that followed her and the life lessons she learned, making this experience eye opening for both her family, and the reader. I felt I was with her on this journey, and it emphasized what is most important in life, your family and friends. I absolutely loved this book!!