Thursday, May 31, 2007


EH Recommended by Lonely Planet Turkey

Lonely Planet, the largest independently-owned travel guidebook publisher in the world, endorses EH for travelers to Turkey. In the 2007 edition of Lonely Planet Turkey, Expat Harem is recommended (on page 55) alongside Turkey's top novelists Yasar Kemal, Nobel Laureate Orhan Pamuk, and Elif Shafak. Verity Campbell calls EH "worth seeking excellent holiday read."

Monday, May 28, 2007


Academic Journal Raves EH "Expertly Written and Edited"

The Spring 2007 issue of the Journal of Middle East Women's Studies hails Expat Harem as "a supremely feminine book". Reviewer Ann Evans Larimore (Professor Emerita of geography and women's studies at University of Michigan) writes, "It can be dipped into at any point, but there is a rhythm and progression to the presentation of these episodes, so that reading them in sequence is not only aesthetically pleasing but instructive."

Larimore goes on to note, “They have succeeded amazingly well in realizing their conceptualization of this anthology... Written with a sharp eye for telling small details, these stories can provide many ethnographic insights... It’s a great (and instructive) read! Don’t miss it.”

JMEWS is the official publication of the
Association of Middle East Women's Studies--a cutting edge international and multidisciplinary organization.

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Media Roundup
This month has seen Expat Harem and its editors in a number of Turkish and international media venues:

Media Bistro's GalleyCat Blog, an industry website for publishing and media professionals,
covered the March 29th launch of the Expat Harem Martini at Saf (10 April 2007).

On 22 April 2007 Jennifer and her husband were the subjects of a 30 minute segment "Bir Yar Gelir Bizlere" presented by Elizabeth Ayten Berent on Turkey's state-owned television station TRT International.

The #1 website for expatriate women,, will featured an interview with the editors in their June issue. Visit their blog here.

The Istanbul Convention and Visitors' Bureau featured the editors in their May issue of the "Colors of Turkey" monthly bulletin in "Expatriate Women Explain Turkey To The World" penned by one of Turkey's top travel writers, Saffet Emre Tonguç.

Friday, May 18, 2007


VisualThesaurus Book Reviews by EH Editor

Expat Harem editor Anastasia Ashman contributes the “Dog Eared: Books We Love” column this week at, the online tool for writers, students and teachers of writing, and marketing communications professionals worldwide. Anastasia recaps four books about the cultural wisdom historically pooling at the intersection of women and travel:

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Cincinnati Enquirer calls EH "Engrossing"
LitChick book reviewer for the Cincinnati Enquirer, Sara Pearce, reviews the Expat Harem tale of the city's resident Maureen Basedow. Maureen, an archaeologist, writes about her experience excavating at Troy.

Friday, May 11, 2007

International Women From Munich Come For EH Presentation

This week the Expat Harem editors were pleased to speak about expat acculturation issues before 27 members of the Ladies’ International Association, a Munich-based expatriate organization visiting Istanbul. We were honored to receive the group's request for a presentation some months ago when they began planning their Turkish trip.

The colorful audience hailed from thirteen nations including the U.S., Venezuela, Iran, Holland, Australia and Greece. Leading the sight-seeing tour was the suitably multicultural Vice President of the club Bilge Aksu-Doerr -- a Turkish and British citizen married to a German! When Bilge was an MBA candidate at Oxford University, her dissertation involved cultural adjustment for expatriates and their families.

Monday, May 07, 2007


Editor's Tale in Perceptive Travel
Jennifer’s latest travel piece, In the Offering: Two Sides of a Turkish Sacrifice, appears in the May/June edition of Perceptive Travel, the award-winning online magazine for travelers with open minds and open senses.

In a tale set against the backdrop of southern Turkey’s mountains, the Expat Harem editor ponders the meaning of sacrifice as she considers the rural Anatolian custom of animal offerings to give thanks for one’s good fortune, and the concessions we choose to make for the people we love.

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