This week the Bookshelf features writers who have written for Djibouti Jones. I’m really excited to share their extended works.
by Daniel D. Maurer. Daniel wrote On Writing: 7 Easy Tips to Find Your Niche and quite possibly the only fiction piece on Djibouti Jones. We met at The Loft writing center in Minneapolis a few years ago and Dan has since gone on to publish two excellent, powerful, and unique books. A graphic novel about recovery and a co-authored memoir about teenage male sex trafficking.
by Marilyn Gardner. Marilyn wrote Red Hot Rage, A Third Culture Kids Talks about Raising Third Culture Kids, and Let’s Talk about Hijab: Rethinking the Veil. She is the author of the book Between Worlds, a beautiful series of essays about growing up in Pakistan.
by Heather Caliri. Heather wrote Living With the Empty Spaces and The Hospitality of Greetings. She is the author of Unquiet Time: A Devotional for the Rest of Us and The Word Made Art: 52 projects for a spiritual encounter. The Word Made Art is available via her blog.
by Ruth Van Reken. Ruth wrote the opening essay in the series on Third Culture Kids, Who Are Third Culture Kids? She is the c0-author of the seminal book Third Culture Kids and Letters Never Sent, a moving memoir of her boarding school kid experiences.
by Rhett Burns. Rhett wrote Time is Relational in Turkey and is the author of a book with the fantastic subtitle: how American football explains Turkey.
D.L. Mayfield has a book in the works as do a number of other contributors. I’m sure I have missed some of you. If so, please leave a comment and I’ll add your books to the list or do another post in the future to promote them.
What I’m reading this week
In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin
by Erik Larson. Yup, still reading this. Love it. Need to finish so I can move on to his new one and to Thunderstruck, which I haven’t read yet. Larson was the guest on the Longform podcast this week too so if you are a longform fan or an Erik Larson fan or if you’d like to become one, I highly recommend the podcast. It is what motivates me to get u pat 5:30 a.m. and pound out 13 miles in dusty, muggy Djibouti. I think that about says it all.
Faraway: A Suburban Boy’s Story as a Victim of Sex Trafficking
by Daniel D. Maurer and R.K. Kline. Yup, this is the one I mentioned above. Dan is a Djibouti Jones contributor. You can read my review on Amazon. I read this in two quick night-time reading bursts and the second night should have gotten to bed earlier because I had that darn 5:30 a.m. wake up call but couldn’t sleep until I finished it.
The Tiger’s Wife: A Novel
by Tea Obrecht. I know. I mentioned this one before and my slow progress has little to do with the quality of the book. Its a great book and I wish I loved fiction more. I think reading more fiction would help my mind think more creatively. But…I struggle to get into fiction. Convince me otherwise! Recommend some great fiction.
What are you reading this week? What fiction do I need to read? Which Djibouti Jones contributors have I missed?
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I had the JOY of meeting Ruth Van Reken once when she visited Ethiopia. Oh she spoke at a Ladies Day. That will stay with me a long time!!!! I have read Letters Never Sent more times than I can count. Have not read Third Culture Kids cover to cover, it is more of a reference book for me.
Love Between Worlds, I recommend it to all the expats I know. There is truth there for people who have moved multiple times and not always outside the US as cultures can vary so much within the US.
Through both Marilyn and Ruth’s writing about their pain helped me to understand and better deal with my own.
Hey! Thanks for the shout out, Rachel!
Thanks Rachel!! You are quite simply one of the coolest writers I know.
It’s funny you don’t read fiction; that’s all I read! But I don’t have anything to recommend. I like Tom Clancy, Jan Karon, and Orson Scott Card… And none of those sound like you! I do have to say, though, I am in the middle of my first non-fiction book since college. My dad gave me “Congo” by David Van Reybrouck. I’ll let you know what I think when I’m done but so far it’s pretty depressing.
You totally made my day Kathee, just for commenting. I can imagine how hard that book would be to read. Have you read King Leopold’s Ghost? I listened to it recently. Wow.