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Book Review: Third Culture Kids, Growing up Among Worlds

Third Culture Kids, Growing up Among Worlds by David C. Pollock and Ruth E. Van Reken is a book that is hard to ignore if you are a member of the global nomad community. Ask any Third Culture Kid (TCK) who has read it and they’ll tell you it was “life changing” to learn that they are not weird or abnormal. They are simply part of a growing community of people who grew up among a multiplicity of cultures and languages. Their experiences are different from peers who never lived abroad. A TCK is someone who has spent a significant part of his or her developmental years outside his or her passport country.

An excellent book that provides a nice blend of academics, anecdotes and advice, Third Culture Kids provides tools to help global nomads face the unresolved grief of many moves and lost friendships; helps them to understand their underlying restlessness and rootlessness and provides hope that they will be able to one day feel “normal.” A major goal of the book is to let TCKs know that they are not alone, they belong to a growing community of people who live extraordinary lives.

This is an excellent resource for any parent raising a child in a culture other than their own. It is also a great gift for any TCK about to return to their home country or attend university for the first time.

Third Culture Kids, Growing Up Among Worlds, by David Pollack and Ruth E. Van Reken
Nicholas Brealey Publishing; Revised edition (September 25, 2009)
US $13.57
UK £8.44
France Eur 15,62

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