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

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

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...

Title:At Home in the World: Reflections on Belonging While Wandering the Globe
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ISBN:140020559X
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Number of Pages:288 pages

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

  • Bethany Turner
    Apr 24, 2017

    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

    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 the World compels me to live life well wherever I am. This will be a re-read for sure.

  • Sarah
    May 19, 2017

    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
    Mar 28, 2017

    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
    Mar 27, 2017

    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
    Mar 28, 2017

    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
    Apr 19, 2017

    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
    Apr 12, 2017

    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!

  • Antonia
    Jun 16, 2017

    3.5 stars. I really enjoyed this travel memoir, a most interesting journey around the world with three children (ages 4, 6, and 10) in tow. I enjoyed the format and style of the book, hearing about the countries visited, the people encountered, the ups and downs, foods eaten, friends made, and all the novelties and pleasures, from Australia to Zambia. So many wonders and exotic locales. There were difficulties, too — long flights, jet lag, being overtired — but nothing too serious. A few lost it

    3.5 stars. I really enjoyed this travel memoir, a most interesting journey around the world with three children (ages 4, 6, and 10) in tow. I enjoyed the format and style of the book, hearing about the countries visited, the people encountered, the ups and downs, foods eaten, friends made, and all the novelties and pleasures, from Australia to Zambia. So many wonders and exotic locales. There were difficulties, too — long flights, jet lag, being overtired — but nothing too serious. A few lost items, some barfing, one small accident (resulting in two chipped teeth). Overall, everyone fared really well. I wish there’d been more detail about some of the countries, especially later in the book. I was looking forward to hearing about France and was just getting into the chapter when, vroom, they were off to Italy. Considering that this book covered nine months of travel, it could have been considerably longer.

    I also appreciated the way the book led me to muse on the nature of home and, as one reader here put it, the tension between wanderlust and the comforts of cozy hominess. Oxenreider does justice to both of them. And she’s a good storyteller.

    The God-talk irritated me. Most of the time, it’s not excessive, but Oxenreider was on a “spiritual quest.” Whatever. . . . I’m perfectly capable of appreciating natural beauty, cultural variety, and human kindness without the need to credit a Creator or see any of it as a manifestation of God’s divinity.

    I listened to the audiobook, which is very well narrated by Oxenreider, herself. Occasionally, she mispronounces words (e.g., mores rhymes with forays, not doors) or gives an intransitive verb a direct object. This always threw me a bit. Sometimes it derailed me long enough to miss the rest of the sentence. But as narrators go, she’s pretty good and moves right along. Some audiobook narrators are too slow.

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