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At Home in the World: Reflections on Belonging While Wandering the Globe

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As Tsh Oxenreider, author of Notes From a Blue Bike, chronicles her family's adventure around the world--seeing, smelling, and tasting the widely varying cultures along the way--she discovers what it truly means to be at home.

The wide world is calling.

Americans Tsh and Kyle met and married in Kosovo. They lived as expats for most of a decade. They've been back in the State
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Hardcover, 288 pages
Published April 18th 2017 by Thomas Nelson (first published April 2017)
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Daniel Espinoza
Jun 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2017
This book was a struggle to finish.

The author and her family spent the (school not full) year of travel either being exhausted because scheduling too much travel, drinking coffee, stating how expensive travel is (duh), or just "hanging with friends in exotic locations" which is like showing the reader your boring vacation pictures.

There was hardly any insight into the people or places they traveled to unless it was the people serving them in some way. Don't expect to gain any understanding abo
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Mary
Apr 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Confession time: my whole life, I've towed the line between deeply homebodied and restless adventurer, filled with wanderlust. I thought this was... a personality quirk. That at any given time, I just had to fit myself in one mold or the other, hoping that the other, just-as-valid piece of my personality didn't show itself too much. I thought it was just me who felt this way.

Until– you guys. UNTIL! Tsh's book rocked *my* world and showed me that a) I'm so not alone and b) I didn't have to deny
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Erin
Jul 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
Decent travel memoir, but lacking in anecdotal stories. Anyone who travels around the world with husband and three kids in tow must have made some great gaffs that led to better, deeper understanding of different cultures, but this book felt fearful of exposing those vulnerabilities. There are definitely a few beautiful moments that happened in the places the author returns to, which supports my thought that she is more comfortable writing about that which makes her comfortable. I didn't come aw ...more
Kaytee Cobb
Mar 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely adore this travel memoir from Tsh Oxenreider. I'm a longtime fan of her blog, The Art of Simple, and her podcast, The Simple Show, and this book is like a longform version of both. Tsh's voice is clear, lyrical, and honest. She absolutely brings her #WorldWideOx travels to life in these pages, and you'll find yourself both eager for adventure and grateful for home, exactly as she intended. You'll enjoy your own prefect tension between wanderlust and cozy hominess, both/and. You'll w ...more
Kori Morris
Mar 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
The writing is lovely, but I didn't get much out of it - I think this book was adapted from blog posts, and unfortunately I did not feel it carried over well as a cohesive whole. On their own many individual chapters made good reads about places, but reading them from chapter to chapter too many words and pleasant sensations are repeated.
Alice Lippart
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
I'm pretty sure I'm not the target audience for this book, but it was still quite disappointing to me; I really feel like this book just scratches the surface of just about everything; the places, the people, the travel. Not my jam.
Jenny
May 16, 2017 rated it did not like it
Well over 100 pages in, I felt myself wondering "when does the story begin?" with this book. The book's dust jacket describes the author's journey with her family as "a rather ordinary nine months" spent in an extraordinary way. Unfortunately, this book focuses on the "rather ordinary" side of life more than anything. It came across to me as mostly patched-together blog posts and meandering thoughts, containing very little travel memoir, which could have helped to pull it together. When it wasn' ...more
Roxana S.
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: abandoned
I was excited to read this as I’ve toyed with the idea of doing something similar, but in South America. But, in all honesty, I gave up without finishing (read most of it). I was always left wanting more, with a bunch of unanswered questions. There’s no storytelling, it’s mostly a linear account of their almost year abroad with minor, superficial (and religious) reflections. I learned nothing about doing this with kids or the nuances of leaving everything behind.
Anna
Mar 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have used the word "smitten" to describe my feelings after reading this book. A memoir about travel and about home: what home is and what home means. A must read for anyone who loves travel or loves the idea of travel.
Dee
Apr 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was very fortunate to be on the advance team for this book! Reading it was like taking a hot bubble bath, eating just-out-of-the-oven chocolate chip cookies, or a sipping glass of wine on your back porch. Definite comfort reading!

As a wannabe traveler, I ate up all the locations Tsh and her family of five visited: China, Hong Kong, Chiang Mai, Sydney, New Zealand, Kenya, PARIS!, Venice, Bavaria, Croatia, and on and on and on. This wasn't an "If it's Tuesday, it must be Belgium" express train t
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Emily
Mar 12, 2018 rated it did not like it

First: I generally like travel memoirs. I like Bill Bryson. I love Maartin Troost. One of my favorite books is Into Thin Air (I've read it so many times it's falling apart). It's not the genre I object to.
It's the privileged-ness.
The fact is that you have to be very healthy, wealthy, and have REALLY easy-going jobs, to be able to do something like this. Let's state that, first and foremost. That was never really acknowledged. Second, there's a sort of veil of immaturity over all of this. I'd l
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Heather
I'm determined to travel with my kids, so I was really excited to read this book. That said, I'm struggling to decide how to rate it: there were things I really liked and aspects I didn't. I loved the honesty of this book and the humanity of it; you can truly feel a sense of optimism for the goodness in people. However, I would've loved more details about the places they went.

The book did feel repetitive at parts and her choice of words/phrases felt a little forced and overused. Maybe that seem
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Jenn "JR"
Mar 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: travel
I was intrigued by the premise: a couple traveling the world with their three young children in tow. I've never traveled with children, but I did take my mother on a 3-week trip through England, Wales and Scotland. Travel tests relationships: it makes them stronger or breaks them, but not usually anywhere in between. I was hoping to get some more data points about what it's like to travel with close family from Tsh Oxenreider’s book “At Home in the World.”

The author feels a keen sense of wander
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Lorien Owens
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I simply adored this book. Battling near constant wanderlust as well as having a family with a husband whose job is rooted in our community, i completely related to the author. I was able to live vicariously through their travels & learn her lessons. I appreciated her thoughts on the tension and balance of home & desire to travel/live abroad. Simple & sweet & not sappy. Highly recommend!
C.
May 13, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The title and the premise of the book seemed extremely captivating however it was a struggle to finish this book in the end.

To sum it up in the author’s own words I’ve lived in twenty-two houses and five different cities, and I always, always dwell first on the negative.

Whatever passage I was reading, it seemed to have this nuance of negativity from the author’s side. Sure it must have been an amazing adventure and yet there was not much a reader could take without feeling that the author was ra
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yoon
Jun 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Tsh Oxenreider takes the reader along in her family's 9 month journey across the world. They start in China, to southeast Asia, Australia, Sri Lanka, Africa, and end in Europe. Tsh and her husband brave through this adventure with three children (ages 9, 7, and 4!) and this book helps quench a bit of your wanderlust (while simultaneously igniting the travel bug) as you follow along, tucked in your own home. I picked up this book unassumingly, but fell in deeper and deeper as Tsh brings us along, ...more
Ashley Boggs
Nov 28, 2017 rated it liked it
I wanted to like this more. I thought it was a little too much "first we saw this, then we saw this." It felt just a bit shallow? It needed more story telling, more details about the places and people. I also think they would have benefitted from slowing down, much of the stress was due to running around, constantly on the go.
I met some badass traveling families on my year abroad and almost wish I had read their book instead!
Anyway, I hope this book pushes more families to travel with their lit
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Adrienne
Jan 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
Interesting premise; dull delivery.
Sarah
May 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. This was wonderful and simultaneously made me want to go on #allthetrips but also hang pictures on the walls and curl up in "my spot" in a home. Full review to come.
Emily
Feb 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
A disappointing read lacking any meaningful insight.

This book reads more like a travel log than a thought-provoking memoir. Some parts are so excruciatingly slow, and for no literary purpose other than to fill pages... i.e. descriptions of driving into a driveway, passing the keys from her hand, closing the car door, walking to the door of the house, and it goes on and on.

Frankly, I've been more entertained by AirBnb reviews.

The two main reasons that I picked up this book (detailed below) are c
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Stephanie Ebert
Mar 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Something I appreciated about this travel memoir is Tsh does such a great job of putting you in the location--whether it’s the splash of Victoria falls, the spicy tea in Turkey, or the colors of the Great Barrier Reef. She manages to weave in both reflections on what it means to be at home wherever you are, and enough concrete details about the practicality of traveling with 3 young kids. It satisfied both my desire to reflect more deeply on what it means to find “home” even in constant transiti ...more
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Nov 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: travel
This is a woman who dares to go where no mom has gone before...a round-the-world, year-long trip with her husband and three young children. China. Thailand. Sri Lanka. Africa. Italy. France. Germany. Amazingly, their biggest trouble was probably losing a treasured blankey in Africa, and it was returned. They visited with friends, saw the world, and reflected on the meaning of home, and Oxenreider was able to return to Texas and create a new home spot for herself and her family.
Jill Robinson
May 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
This book. Wow. I totally felt like I was traveling around the world with the Oxenreider family. So that was fun. But my favorite part about this book was the discussion of "what does home mean?". This is a question that I have struggled with for years and still don't have a good answer. I related to all of her insights on home and wish I could process through them over a cup of coffee with Tsh.
Anna
Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoir-biography
Beautifully evocative writing, and a philosophy that deeply resonates with me. This also sounds like quite the fun adventure. I hope I get to do something similar someday.
Bethany Turner
I am a long time fan of The Art of Simple and The Simple Show podcast. I loved following Tsh and her family's around the world adventures while they were happening, but I think I enjoyed reading her reflections even more. At Home in the World is absolutely beautiful. Tsh takes the reader on her journey, and you feel like you are right there with her. This book makes me want to travel and at the same time compels me to make a home. It compels me to spend quality time with my husband. At Home in t ...more
Katherine Pershey
Jun 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Having been a diehard fan of Tsh Oxenreider since her Simple Mom/Organized Simplicity days, I expected to like this book. I *loved* it. It's far more than a travelogue chronicling the Oxenreider family's nine-month trip around the world. Tsh's reflections and ruminations along the way are vivid, memorable, and deeply moving. All that and the writing sparkles. There's nothing quite like a book that grasps you on a sentence level. So many gorgeous sentences; so much taste and texture and sound. Su ...more
Jessica
Feb 23, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf, memoir, non-fiction
i struggled with this one so much! i really, REALLY wanted to love it -- because it SEEMS like the PERFECT fit for me: memoir, road tripping with kids, traveling the world -- but it fell so flat that i couldn't even finish it. it read like a straight travelogue (i.e. first we went here and then we went there and after we went here, etc.) that didn't help me to live the experience vicariously. and i didn't think there was any humor in it, which when you're traveling with kids, there's GOT to be m ...more
Kathy Bowman
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017
I thought this would be perfect book for me: traveling the world with kids in tow. Well...I got glimpses of the world, but the kind you'd read in a travel brochure. There were maybe a few snippets on what life was like with their kids, but most of it was traveling to and from countries or apartments, and very rarely actually in the place itself. Oxenreider claims in the beginning that this isn't about "finding herself", but there are several instances of soul-searching. I supposed I expected mor ...more
Rachael
Jul 24, 2017 rated it liked it
I want to say first that I think this is a GREAT book for what it is, but I think I was expecting something different and it fell short for me. I was hoping for more travel stories, or the feeling of adventuring with her and her family, but I never got that vibe. I know that working a year's worth of travel and adventure into a book is hard, but I felt like we got the cliff notes version from someone who was repeating it secondhand. I also wanted to hear more specifically about traveling with ki ...more
Gennifer Siegmund
May 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Happily cried my way through this. From page one I inhaled the magic of this book and exhaled a resounding yes. This book deeply deeply resonated with me- The dichotomy of longing for home and familiar and the desire for adventure and otherness. This book felt like an old friend who knows you better than you know yourself. If you have a case of wanderlust, this book will meet you there. If you don’t, you may appreciate the stories but may get bored.
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Tsh Oxenreider is the author of At Home in the WorldNotes from a Blue Bike, and Organized Simplicity, and is the founder of the community blog The Art of Simple. She’s the top-ranked podcaster of Simple, and her writing has been featured in the Washington Post, CNN, Real Simple magazine, and more. A graduate of the University of Texas, where she studied English and anthropology, Tsh currently li ...more
“Two opposing things can be equally true. Counting the days till Christmas doesn't mean we hate Halloween. I go to church on Sundays, and still hold the same faith at the pub on Saturday night. I shamelessly play a steady stream of eighties pop music and likewise have an undying devotion to Chopin. And perhaps most significantly: I love to travel and I love my home.” 10 likes
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