Happy to announce that my essay about being mildly addicted to smelling books (and why they smell so good, particularly older ones) has been published in Room, Canada's oldest literary journal by and about women. This volume was the "Geek Girls" edition, and I'm pleased to be counted among such good company.
Back issues can be ordered here (Volume 37.3). More about this particular edition can be found here.
In the Foreign Service, you move a lot. And in most cases, it's extremely difficult and fraught with red tape, errors, and problems. This book is a collection of essays brought together by the Associates of the American Foreign Service Worldwide (AAFSW).
In "Look at That Fat White Baby!: Adjusting to a Developing Country," I share my experience of moving to the Marshall Islands with my husband (a first-tour Foreign Service officer) and our 9-month-old. The Marshall Islands is a group of atolls that lie roughly halfway between Hawaii and Papua New Guinea, and moving there was a wild and profoundly beautiful experience for me.
As the essay is listed first after the introduction, you can read a good portion of it via Amazon's "Look Inside" feature (Click on the image above for the link). The book contains other useful information about moving overseas (and back again) as well as experiences both tragic and entertaining.
AAFSW is a non-profit that "provides information, advocacy, social events, networking, crisis support, and more" to Foreign Service officers and their families. Proceeds from sales support this organization.