About the Book:
Living abroad is the best way to understand the world and its varied cultures. Recently divorced, Ann Marie decided to pursue her dream to live overseas, accepting a position as a prep school English teacher in Istanbul. She battled loneliness as she tried to make the most of her ex-pat existence, and her forays into the Muslim culture and the stunning landscape of Turkey brought them both close to her heart. Part travelogue, part adventure, and part romance, this memoir will transport you to Turkey as you glimpse Islam through an American lens.
About the Author:
A retired English teacher, Ann Marie Mershon lives on a woodland lake with her husband Jerry and their two dogs. She grew up in a wooded suburb of Minneapolis, and in her mid-twenties she and her husband moved north to the wilderness they’d always loved. She has two grown sons who live in California and Puerto Rico. After 30 years of teaching English in Minnesota, she moved overseas to complete her teaching career in Istanbul, writing weekly e-mail missives and posting blogs about her experiences there. Ann Marie discovered her passion to write in the late 1990’s. She penned a weekly newspaper column for five years, wrote numerous articles for newspapers and magazines, and published two books. Her first was a middle-grade historical novel, Britta’s Journey~An Emigration Saga, about the emigration of a family that settled near her home. Her second book, Istanbul’s Bazaar Quarter, Backstreet Walking Tours, was a collaboration with Edda Renker Weissenbacher, a Turkish woman who guided small groups on walking tours through Istanbul. Ann Marie writes every day but always finds time for hiking, biking, swimming, kayaking, canoeing, skiing, or snowshoeing with her friends in the wilderness she calls home.