A book by American Citizens Abroad
So Far and Yet So Near
So Far and Yet So Near contains forty-seven tales by Americans who have made their lives abroad for varying periods of time. The stories fully exemplify the Mark Twain quote on the cover: "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime." In reading these life experiences, you will laugh and cry and reflect. The stories provide refreshing and sometimes profoundly different perspectives on America, reaffirming the strength and diversity of our national character.
What is it like for an American to live abroad on a long-term basis? How does it happen? What is fun and what is difficult about integrating into the local culture? Do you have to do so? What happens to your sense of national identity? How do children view the experience? What is the impact on family life and on relations with friends and relatives in the States? What about the reverse culture shock when you return home?
This collection of stories is based on experiences that have been lived by Americans all over the world. Some of them are funny, some are sad. Some cover a lifetime, while some recount an experience that lasted a few hours. But they all convey the flavor of living abroad, its rewards and difficulties, and the impact on one's sense of what it means to be an American.
If you have ever dreamed about living overseas, this book will give you insight into what that can really mean. If you have ever lived overseas, you will share the joys and frustations that are all too familiar. If you want to learn more about Americans who are truly ambassadors to the world or if you want to enjoy a good read and great stories, then you shouldn't miss So Far and Yet So Near, a book compiled, edited and published by American Cititzens Abroad ACA.