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  • Paperback: 316 pages
  • Publisher: adelaar books (1 Oct. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9490906018
  • ISBN-13: 978-9490906016
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.7 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 568,220 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jo Parfitt on 2 Jan. 2011
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Carolyn Vines' incredible memoir reads like a novel. A fascinating read that has taken me inside the mind of an African American woman as she takes a journey away from the 'ghetto', away from the MidWest, away from the tragedy that marked her childhood and towards a new life abroad as a strong woman who has embraced a completely new lifestyle. Filled with humour, characters and a compelling plot, this is a beautiful book that capitivates the reader from the first page. It is about identity. It is about expatriation. It is about travelling beyond the normal and the comfort zone while staying authentic. Highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By P. Gosling on 9 Jan. 2011
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Jenny Gosling: On reading this gripping book I feel I have been on an emotional roller coaster and am utterly amazed at the experiences Carolyn has endured. I had the pleasure of meeting this woman in the Netherlands, on two occasions, and one would never in a million years have had an inclination as to the life she has already led. I feel really privileged to have met her, and now to have read her memoir and discovered just what life has thrown at her, and how she has coped with it, is utterly amazing. I cannot recommend this book highly enough.
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Thank you soooooo much for sharing your story with us Carolyn! Reading this book, following Carolyn on her roller coaster journey to be the woman she is right now has been both emotional and releasing at the same time. The way she spins the web of her own lifestory between her early childhood, youth, her student life, her family life, her moving cities and countries and showing us that the identity you have created for yourself always travels with you hits home straight in the heart. While following Carolyn's every step and the questions she is asking herself during her journey, you realize yourself that you are travelling through your own life from early childhood on to where you are now simultaneously. Doing this you are starting to ask yourself certain questions as well, no matter what colour your skin is or where you are from - which is why every woman should read this book. As Carolyn finds the answers to her questions, and shares them with us, I found myself finding my own answers.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Inspiring and Uplifting!!! 11 April 2011
By ALA - Published on Amazon.com
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Wow. Where do I begin. I recently finished Carolyn's book and I reflected, laughed, and cried while reading her story. At times it was as if I was reading my own life story. Particularly her experiences growing up and overcoming the challenges of relating to family members when you have moved beyond certain family dysfunctions. And like Carolyn, I learned so much more about myself as a woman, when I moved half-way around the world by myself to Asia in the 90's. Bravo to Carolyn for telling her story.

I've been living stateside for 10 years now, but I am very eager to travel again and experience different cultures and people of the world. This book has me even more excited to do so. I am in the planning stages right now. I'm not married and have no children and realize I can go anywhere!!

I highly recommend this book to women (and especially African American women) who want to experience life outside the U.S. This book is a great motivator for doing just that.
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Enjoyed it! 19 Dec. 2012
By Eva Jordan-Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great book about travel, living abroad and identity with some insights on the African American experience.
Carolyn takes you on a journey from D.C. to New Orleans, Spain, France and Holland. She shares the cultural differences and challenges along the way. After reading Black and Abroad, I have added Holland to my bucket list.
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Black and (A)broad...Well worth the read! 9 Jan. 2011
By Denise - Published on Amazon.com
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These "memoirs" are fun to read, moving, and inspiring. All of us have had obstacles in our lives, and are a work in progress. I think the anecdotes mirror this fact, yet, they encourage us to reach beyond perceived limitations. I highly recommend this book.
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An honest portrayal of escaping self deprivation. 3 Sept. 2013
By Barbara - Published on Amazon.com
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I enjoyed the book because it spoke to me. How often have I secretly told myself that I would write my story? Who would be interested to read it and further more how to begin?
I'm grateful that she ended her cycle of not feeling worthy. Her daughters have a great role model.
Carolyn has inspired me to move beyond my fears, believe in myself and explore the possibility of writing.
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An Awakening! 5 July 2013
By Happy buyer - Published on Amazon.com
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Carolyn, thank you for sharing your personal story! So much of "Black and Abroad..." resonated with me. Your book really captured the cultural and socioeconomic hurdles people of color encounter when blessed with wanderlust and a desire to create an authentic life that honors their spirit.

This book spoke to me on numerous levels and has inspired me to reexamine the path my life has taken. Somewhere along the way, I entered the "rat race" and allowed fear and outside forces to shape my decisions. The next phase of my life will be focused on creating a path to self-actualization, creativity and happiness.
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