Does expat lit deserve its own shelf?

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Expatriate literature may be stocked in the travel-memoir-classics section, but does it deserve a shelf of its own? Highlights from a week of Twitter #litchat about the unique depths of outsider cultural views from the inside

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Expat vs. exile: why do we wander?

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The editor of Matador Life contrasts the urge to keep moving with the condition of exile.

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French ladies: how my sister and I stopped fighting by becoming foreign women

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Two West Coasters overcome their sibling rivalry — in a town of hippies, yippies and Beatniks — by channeling Continental ladies of leisure.

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Social media as self actualization: how has it launched you?

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As social networking renders overseas professional women visible and relevant, it’s a powerful tool of self-actualization.

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The shelfless: expat books ‘don’t exist’

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Unsupported by the book publishing establishment, this expat publisher pushed her business idea aside for fifteen years.

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Is that a pain cry? What we want to hear about death

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Can grief-illiterate Americans grieve in public — and out loud? Restricting who we talk to about death can cut us off from people unafraid to hear about it, perhaps those even able to console us.

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Reacting to taboo: how avoidance can make us complicit

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Taboo’s unintended cloaking effect: we banish from our thoughts the most unimaginable human acts, making us blind to them in our midst.

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Food communion: finding lost rituals

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A global nomad now back in the USA misses the special status of food.

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Speaking of class: what social story do you tell when you talk?

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Speaking of class: having cleared other hurdles in your new society, are you still defined by the way you speak?

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