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Beyond the Sky and the Earth by Jamie Zeppa
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Dec 12, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: book-groups, memoir-or-biography
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Here is a great sense-of-place book. Beyond the Sky and Earth offers a vivid glimpse into a nation most readers will never visit: the isolated Buddhist Himalayan country of Bhutan.

Canadian Jamie Zeppa, raised by a Polish Catholic grandfather in Sault-Ste-Marie, Ontario, has written an insightful memoir about her first years in Bhutan. Roughly twenty years ago, English literature masters in hand, she answered the call from a Bhutan Canada teaching program and set off thousands of miles from home.

In addition to providing rich detail about Bhutan's people, landscapes, and culture, Zeppa writes about her own reactions and experiences as a young twenty-something adjusting to the unfamiliar day-to-day challenges of survival in the isolated kingdom.

While Zeppa does not present Bhutan as an idealized Shangri-la, she does write from the perspective of one who grew to love the place and its people at a particular time in her life.

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