At Home in the World by Tsh Oxenreider

At Home in the World

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.In her late thirties and as a mom to three kids under age ten, Tsh Oxenreider and her husband decided to spend a rather ordinary nine months in an extr...

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Number of Pages:240 pages

At Home in the World Reviews

  • Sarah

    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.

  • Kori Morris

    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.

  • Kaytee Cobb

    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

    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 want to scoop up your kids and take them to see where you met your spouse, and watch their eyes light up at a great wonder of the world or UNESCO world heritage site, and see them make friends everywhere in the world despite the lack of a common language or culture. I can't wait to read this book again and to give it to friends to read for the first time. And I'll be honest and say I found myself tearing up on more than one occasion while reading.

    Perfect gift for the parents that gave you your own wanderlust, the recent graduate, the empty nesters debating their next adventure, and the mom sitting next to you at school pickup every afternoon.

    *I received an advance copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*... but I also bought a hard copy for myself with my own cash-money!

  • Anna

    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.

  • Mary Lange

    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

    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 either part of myself in my desire for adventure AND sense of place. Reading this book was like coming home– and striking out into the world– all at once.

    I loved every second of this read! (It's well dog-eared already– that's how you know it has a place in my ❤)

  • Dee

    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

    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 travel trip. This was a 9-month excursion through guest houses, AirBnBs, and friends' houses. The grown-up, modern version of hosteling it across the world (and actually they do also stay at a hostel!).

    My only complaint of the book was its brevity. Tsh spends about a chapter on each location but I wanted more, much more. She gave you the overall, authentic view of each stop, but it's still a snippet of their time in each location. It had a little bit of the Europe in 8 Days feel to it because just as you began to sink into a place, a new chapter and a new location began. I realize that a slower pace would've been a much longer book. I also suspect that Tsh didn't want to give you the warts-n-all experience, but rather she wanted to leave you with a hunger and a thirst for travel as well as the belief that you CAN do it, even with children. I don't know what it says about me that I wanted to hear the kids argue, to experience when the parents were just sick of one another, or the serious question of whether there's enough money to finish the trip as planned. Conflict...I guess I just wanted a bit of conflict.

    I recommend the book highly, though. It's a palate cleanser when you've had too much high drama, too much negativity (and haven't we all). It's a survey of the world, and not the kind you'll get from Frommer's. It's a glimpse into real families living real lives in ways that often are not much like those in the States.

    Grab a glass of wine and a cookie, get in the bath, and enjoy!

  • 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. I would've loved even more details about the places they went.

    However, parts did feel repetitive and her choice of words/phrases felt a little forced and overused. Maybe that seems nitpi

    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. I would've loved even more details about the places they went.

    However, parts did feel repetitive and her choice of words/phrases felt a little forced and overused. Maybe that seems nitpicky, but it took me out of the book. Some parts felt a little self-important, but not too obnoxiously so.

    Still, an enjoyable read and I hope to follow her example in various ways.

  • Daniel Espinoza

    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

    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 about any of the countries that couldn't be gained from a travel brochure.

    There was also no insight or explanation of _how_ they schooled their kids or _how_ work got done in the road.

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