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A Slice of Apple Pie: Your One-Stop Guide to Living in America Paperback – Illustrated, 1 Jul 2008
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... what sets it apart from others tackling the same subject is that it is a first-hand account by one english family - and their dog - who lived in the USA for two years. I loved the paragraph on `missing things', which justifiably includes quality British newspapers and reporting, strong tea, and good bread and butter. Under overall praise, she finds it refreshing that children are welcomed and catered for almost everywhere; that shop assistants have a very good attitude; and that cleanliness is important. Enormous quantities of food are an issue, and restaurant atmosphere may be lacking, but Julie points out that a huge range of inexpensive eateries can be found and no one sniffs at giving you a doggie bag of leftovers (even if it's not for the dog!). Other chapters cover all the practicalities, from getting your pet into the USA to education, health, financial and shopping matters. A great book for anyone considering moving or having to relocate to the USA, as well as for those who are just curious about life in America.
--Essentially America Magazine, Winter 2009, Carole Chester
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America first-hand: the facts, the lowdown, the reality. The back cover and preface say it all - see Search Inside.
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David Hampshires book on America and Mark A Coopers book both on the same subject both have good and bad parts.
David Hampshires book has so much info you can be on overload, Coopers' book goes deep into house buying, mortgages and schooling, if you have kids its a must.
So I would recommend 'Moving to the United States of America and Immigration' by Mark A Cooper and 'Living and Working in America' by David Hampshire, both complement each other.
saying that, you cant get too much information on the subject, so do as I did and bought all three.
It proved incredibly useful as we owned a house and we did know about the special dispensation for MOD personnel who are forced to move, whereby mortgage lenders waive fees/changes to interest rates so you are not penalised for having to let your home.
Once in US I referred to it quite a lot even though I lived in a different state to the author and so it was not all relevant.
I will be going back to it for advice when we are posted home again.
As a spouse who received no information I found this book a real help.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is moving to The States for any amount of time whether it be for a few months or permanently.