Book club study guide: Tales from the Expat Harem

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The title of the book is purposefully anachronistic and titillating. What was your initial response to it? Have the tales made you consider trying a life in a foreign culture?

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Founder works: writing on the web

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Besides in newspapers and magazines around the world and online, my writing has appeared in several nonfiction anthologies. I also coedited the Expat Harem literary collection.

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Expat images: unrecognizable vs. iconic

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Fleeting, picturesque moments can capture an enduring truth about expatriatism.

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Expat Harem editors on Turkish Hour TV, New York

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Talking about the creation of the Expat Harem anthology and meeting readers during our marathon 49-day 10-state American book tour.

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Expat Harem editors on The Crossroads TV with Martin Anthony

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Anastasia Ashman and Jennifer Gokmen interviewed by Istanbul’s TV 6 News about foreign women in modern Turkey, making Tales from the Expat Harem, and other cultural crossroads.

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My global niche: an interview with Today’s Zaman newspaper

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For a series on expat success stories in a national English-language newspaper, I tell Brooks Emerson how a sense of place has inspired my sense of self.

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Expat Harem editors on NBC’s Today Show with Matt Lauer

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When America’s most popular morning talk show came to Istanbul, they asked Expat Harem to explain Turkey to five million Americans.

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Media + Reception: the worldwide coverage of Expat Harem anthology

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Since 2005 the Expat Harem anthology editors and contributors have been featured by more than 200 mainstream and independent media sources across the globe in news, travel, literature and culture.

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Foreword by Elif Shafak

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“The tales express the point of view of three-dimensional expatriates. The women of the Expat Harem are on the edge. They are in limbo.”

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Harem girls for sale: the making of Expat Harem

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Eighteen months. Two expatriate American writers in Istanbul.

We created a feminist travel anthology, landed a North American book deal and dual language editions from Turkey’s strongest publisher, while winning representation at one of New York’s oldest literary agencies. How did we do it?

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