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What is a Perfect World?

by Nancy Lynner, AWC Central Scotland, illustrated by Tharien van Eck, AWC Antwerp, designed by Joyce Halsan, AWC Central Scotland and produced by Amanda Drollinger, AWC Central Scotland

This children’s book allows readers to share and discuss eleven world issues with young children and show them what work awaits. The title asks a question, and each page, through pictures and text, demonstrates an answer for a perfect world.

The whimsical watercolor characters include 22 children from multicultural backgrounds and abilities, and there are seven adult characters who are parents or helpers. The text asks the readers to help us make the world perfect together, and finishes with a soft surprise. The book is geared for the age group 3-8 years. Net proceeds from the book will be donated to the FAWCO Target Project, in perpetuity.

Available within the EU contact Tharien van Eck, within the UK contact Nancy Lynner. Also availbale on Amazon UK and Amazon US. See this article for more details

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Hope is the Thing with Feathers: Portraits of Human Trafficking Survivors and Change-Makers

Photographs by My-Linh Kunst, AWC Berlin, Essay by Robin Meloy Goldsby, AIWC Cologne, and Mary Adams, AWC The Hague

This book was originally conceived to support the 2016 Stand Up Against Human Trafficking Symposium sponsored by FAWCO and The FAWCO Foundation.

Survivors of human trafficking – and the change-makers who walk alongside them – turn to hope for inspiration and courage. In the shadowy world of modern-day slavery, hope comes in small, powerful packages – and often appears in unlikely locations. For the men and women battling the tragedy of human trafficking, hope can change lives. The change-makers in Portraits of Hope return dignity to survivors by inspiring hope in them. Portraits and essays include social workers, social enterprises, safe houses, hospitality sector employees, activists, and policymakers

To continue to give survivors hope, this e-book is available for download for a donation of $20. Your donation will support the Breaking the Cycle FAWCO Foundation Human Rights Development Grant.

Contact  to order the book. 

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The Drinnglennin Chronicles  

by K.C. Julius, AIWC Düsseldorf

Award-winning author K.C. Julius has been a member of the AIWC-Düsseldorf since 2012. The Drinnglennin Chronicles, her best-selling epic fantasy series, is available in paperback, hardcover and digital editions in all Amazon stores, and the recently released audiobook version of the first book of this quartet can be found on Kobo, AppleBooks, Google, and 40+ subscription outlets worldwide. 

Step Into an Epic World Where Dragons and Mortals Bind ~

The realm of Drinnglennin hangs poised on the cusp of chaos, for Urlion Konigur, the High King, is dying and has yet to name an heir. Rumors abound that the Helgrins, Drinnglennin’s bitterest foes, are preparing their longboats to raid the Isle’s shores, while the roving å Livåri folk, for whom the island kingdom is the last sanctuary, are strangely disappearing. And in distant Belestar, the fabled dragons are stirring from their self-imposed exile.

Drinnglennin’s hopes lie with the wizard Morgan, who must gather together and safeguard the king’s possible heirs, all three of whom are coming of age. Yet a dangerously powerful house seeks the succession for one of their own, even if it means disrupting the fragile peace of the realm.

One thing is certain: whoever next sits on the Einhorn Throne will determine the fate not only of Drinnglennin, but of all who dwell in the Known World.

The Drinnglennin Chronicles is an action-packed epic medieval quartet, replete with all the elements fantasy lovers crave—dragons & wizards, sword & sorcery, romance, intrigue and betrayal.

Omnibus edition available on Amazon. More information also at the author's website

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Portents of Chaos (Book 1/4)

by K.C. Julius, AIWC Düsseldorf

Notable Amazon Reviews:

"Julius' lush descriptions bring alive a world that is painted with rich details, layered with nuances, and peopled with memorable characters. Her prose and world-building put this series in the ranks of Terry Brooks, Robert Jordan, Terry Goodkind, Thad Williams and other legends in this genre."

“Four teenagers from different backgrounds... thrust into a world of chaos, magic and danger. A mysterious old wizard... Warring nations. A hidden kingdom of elves. An elderly king unwilling to name his successor. More than a nod to medieval times and customs. And dragons! All elements familiar to readers of fantasy series... given a refreshing new outing in The Drinnglennin Chronicles. The writing flows beautifully and makes for an easy read... If you are a fan of writers like JRR Tolkien, Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson, or George RR Martin, then you will love the writing of K C Julius. Highly recommended.”

Available on Amazon also as an audiobook (complete series will release in the coming months)

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A Realm at Stake (Book 2/4)

by K.C. Julius, AIWC Düsseldorf 

Notable Amazon Reviews:
“From the first page, A Realm at Stake casts its spell. The characters who seek love, adventure, and glory draw you in, and those who thrive on hate, revenge, and terror make you recoil. Yet both are inextricably intertwined. The struggle is full of beauty and darkness—a compulsive read from beginning to end.”

"The interplay of fantasy and royal politics... is redolent of well-known multi-volume fantasies such as George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones saga. However, the intrigues and adventures of [Julius's] characters are entirely original..." —The BookLife Prize 2020.

Available on Amazon

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Bindings of Peril (Book 3/4)

by K.C. Julius, AIWC Düsseldorf

Notable Amazon Reviews:
"Intrigue and suspense deepen in this third book of The Drinnglennin Chronicles. Our favorite characters travel... further afield, exploring new lands, encountering increasingly difficult and dangerous challenges. The outcomes are not always what we'd expect or hope for. Prepare for loss as well as love. Desperate to find out how everything will be resolved in Book Four! Highly recommended.”

Available on Amazon

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The Wings of Dread (Book 4/4)

By K.C. Julius, AIWC Düsseldorf

Notable Amazon Reviews:
“Well, it has been worth the wait! The final book in this series manages to fulfil all expectations, drawing together all the many threads of intrigue, political alliances, romantic liaison, powerful enemies, and astonishing wizardry. The courage of the young characters we have come to know and love is never thrown into doubt, but a successful outcome to the battle between good and evil often is. There are dark forces at work indeed and our suspense is kept on a knife-edge throughout, making this the most compelling of all the Chronicles! Highly recommended!”

Available on Amazon.


Odyssey of Love: A Memoir of Seeking and Finding

by Linda Jämsén, AWC Finland

Originally from New York and Boston, writer-musician Linda Jämsén lives in Finland. Her debut book, Odyssey of Love, was released on June 1st, 2021.

When Linda doesn’t receive the marriage proposal she had expected on her 41st birthday, she reluctantly visits a psychic, who predicts she will soon be leaving her boyfriend for a romantic and music-filled Odyssey in Europe. There, a “Russian icon” will lead to her future husband, a “tall man with glasses."

Eager to reignite her passion for music, Linda moves to Budapest, land of her idol, Franz Liszt. She reinvents herself as an English teacher and performs at the Liszt Music Academy. During her travels, she is tempted by romantic close calls, but vows to “settle down, not settle for.” During a last-minute trip to Finland, she wonders if her Odyssey is over or just beginning.

Available for on Amazon or




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Among the Maasai

by Juliet Cutler, FAUSA

In 1999, Juliet Cutler leaves the United States to teach at the first school for Maasai girls in East Africa, marking the beginning of a twenty-year journey to empower young Maasai women through education. Working alongside local teachers, Cutler emerges transformed by the community she finds in Tanzania and by witnessing the life-changing impact of education on her students—many of whom face staggering poverty, forced marriages, genital cutting, and other forms of gender-based violence—even as she examines the challenges inherent in tackling issues of human rights and extreme poverty across vastly different cultures.

All book proceeds are supporting education and safety for at-risk Maasai girls.

Among the Maasaiwon the2020 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award, one of the highest national honors in the United States for small presses and independently published books. It also won the 2020 Independent Publisher Book Award (gold medal for multicultural non-fiction) and the 2019 Living Now Book Award (bronze medal for inspirational memoir by a woman). The book is a finalist for several other awards.

To learn more, visit

Available on Amazon Worldwide and wherever books are sold.


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by Tracey Rosenberg, AWC Central Scotland

Secondary is the debut full-length collection of an insightful and compassionate poet.

Starting with the hopelessness of unrequited love, a theme which twines through medieval France, the aftermath of the Russian Revolution, and the cruelty of a Time Lord choosing yet another companion, the poems move to the agonies of cancer told from a myriad of perspectives. Even in despair, though, miracles are found— in gardens and the stars, in the loyalty of dogs and the trust of a man in a Black Watch kilt.

The book is available on Red Squirrel Press.

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At Sea with a Song

by Catherine Monnet, AAWE

Catherine is  an American living in Paris, where she spent most of her adult life working as a teacher, philosophical counselor, translator, script analyst for Canal Plus (a French film/television company) and freelance journalist. Her professional writing experience includes collaborating on writing French film scripts, La Dame Blanche, with Alan Michel Blanc who won a César for another film in 2005 and The Baroness with Michael Henry Wilson. She has written essays for the websites,, and As a journalist, she has published articles in Dance Magazine and Los Angeles Magazine as well as several philosophical reviews in the APPA Journal.  Her non-fiction book Recognition: The Key to Identity, was published in French by Editions L’Harmattan in 2014. 

Catherine describes her book:

I have always been interested in cultural diversity; an underlying theme treated in my manuscript At Sea With a Song, and hopefully, my experience in film writing has helped me to create a cohesive fictional plot. My research in writing this book has been aided by my experience in Asia. I lived and worked in Shanghai for four years and own a house on the island of Koh Samui in Thailand, where I’ve been vacationing for the last ten years.

Though my intention was to write a feminist story emphasizing cultural differences, it is listed as romance fiction. It is suitable for a general reading public, including young adults.

At Sea with a Song, available online on and on






Ozlem's Turkish Table

by Ozlem Warren, AW Surrey

Born and raised in Turkey, author Ozlem Warren is passionate about sharing the riches of her homeland through its cuisine, with her cookery book, Ozlem’s Turkish Table. Ozlem taught Turkish cookery classes at Central Market Cooking Schools in Texas for five years. Then her family moved to England in 2009 prompting her to launch her blog ( to connect with food lovers globally. Ten years on, her love for Turkish cuisine has opened up exciting opportunities for her teaching classes in Amman, Jordan; London’s Divertimenti Cookery School, the Istanbul Culinary Institute in Istanbul and more.

Ozlem’s Turkish Table cookery book is Ozlem’s tribute to the diverse cuisine of Turkey and a celebration of her Southern Turkish roots from her home town, Antioch with personal stories and stunning photography. Ozlem takes you on a Turkish journey – to learn and enjoy the delicious foods of her homeland and feel the warmth and sharing spirit of Turkish culture.

Turkish cuisine is based on seasonal fresh produce. It is healthy, delicious and easy to make. Dishes are flavored naturally with: olive oil, lemon juice, nuts, spices, as well as condiments like pomegranate molasses. Turkish cuisine also offers plenty of options for vegetarian, gluten-free and vegan diets.

Ozlem’s Turkish Table, available on Amazon UK (hardback and Kindle) and on Amazon worldwide.

Ozlem’s Turkish Table - signed copies also delivered worldwide at






Parenting Adventures through Paris, Germany and America: A Multicultural, Instructive Memoir

by Marlane Nigbur (Wingo), AWC Hamburg

What's the ultimate goal for every parent? To raise a happy, independent child. Marlane was dumbfounded with German child-rearing techniques. When she moved to Hamburg, she could not understand their logic behind feeding their children mounds of bread and dessert. And why hasn’t anyone heard of sleep training? As an American living abroad, a new mom in a new country sets out to make sense of different parenting styles from Europe and America. She sports her cultured-colored sunglasses and ventures out with her son to playground playdates and gelato meet-ups. Geographically speaking, she assumed parenting tactics would be similar, but they often clash. After seeing past the stereotypes and gracefully collecting herself from embarrassing cultural mishaps, she maneuvers toward optimum results to raise her young gentleman. Let Marlane lead you into a real-life fairy tale where moms can take showers daily and wash their hair every three to four days. She believes babies can sleep through the night at three months; in return, both parents and child receive a good night’s sleep. And Brussels sprouts are not only served on the grown-ups’ table. Although Marlane does not pressure Alec with Suzuki piano lessons, she is determined to bring up a model UN citizen who is multilingual. Other advice and “this is how we do it in my country” are sprinkled throughout the book from parents around the world. Parenting Adventures through Paris, Germany and America is a chance to explore other cultures’ lives where Google Maps and drones might reach but cannot comprehend.

Available through Amazon and also available for Kindle.


Harvesting Stones
by Paula Lucas, FAUSA

Congratulations to Paula Lucas, FAUSA member and the founder of Americans Overseas Domestic Crisis Center, on the publication of her memoir Harvesting Stones! From victim to victor, Paula weaves you through her astonishing life journey for the first time since her escape almost fifteen years ago from an abusive husband in an exotic foreign land. Harvesting Stones is available on Amazon, paperback or Kindle.


Hostage in Havana
by Ann Somerhausen, AWC Brussels

Ann Somerhausen, an ambassador's wife recounts a year of diplomatic life in Cuba culminating in the terrifying ordeal of her husband being kidnapped by an armed and desperate dissident. Ann Somerhausen was born in Connecticut and grew up in New York City. After graduation from St. Lawrence University, she married Jean Somerhausen, a Belgian diplomat. In the course of her husband's long career she lived in seven different countries spread out over four continents. In addition to her duties as a diplomat's wife, she pursued her own vocation for writing. Short stories and articles have appeared under her name in various publications in the United States and in Belgium. The experience in Cuba had haunted her for many years before she finally was able to write about it in this memoir. She currently lives in Brussels, Belgium. Available at Amazon Worldwide.



Subtle Differences, Big Faux Pas
by Elizabeth Vennekens-Kelly, AWC Antwerp

Your home country is a very large comfort zone. What can you do now to help you cope with the many differences of life overseas? It’s human nature to think that if something is different, it may be wrong. Subtle Differences, Big Faux Pas will introduce you to some of the many differences you may encounter living in a country not of your origin. ISBN-13: 978-1904881667. Available at Amazon Worldwide.



Secrets of a Summer Village
by Saskia E. Akyil, IWC Munich

This young adult-general fiction crossover coming-of-age story follows Rachel Guo as she travels far away from her home and family in Olympia, Washington to spend her summer with a host family in Turkey. ISBN-13: 978-1463740115. Available at Amazon Worldwide and Barnes&



The Prehistoric Rock Art of Morocco:
A Study of Its Extension, Environment and Meaning
by Susan Searight, AIWC Casablanca

This study analyses almost 300 known prehistoric rock art sites dating from c.2500 BC set within their environmental context. Susan Searight discusses the themes and motifs represented, comprising anthropomorphs, human hands and feet, weapons, agricultural tools, chariots and geometric forms, and their distribution. ISBN-13: 978-1-84171-659-6- Available through Amazon Worldwide.



Piano Girl: A Memoir
by Robin Meloy Goldsby, AIWC Cologne

“Goldsby has seen it all from her piano and she dishes it up with a true storyteller's gusto. As refreshing as a frozen daiquiri . . .” Jeff Yanc, Book Sense Picks and Notables

"Goldsby has a wicked sense of humor and a keen eye for the absurd. Big-hearted, funny, truly eye-opening memoir.” Publishers Weekly Starred Review

Backbeat Books.ISBN-13:978-0879308827. Available from Amazon.

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Waltz of the Asparagus People: The Further Adventures of Piano Girl

by Robin Meloy Goldsby, AIWC Cologne

Waltz of the Asparagus People follows the hero of Piano Girl, Robin Meloy Goldsby, and her family to Europe, recounting their adventures and frustrations as they learn a new language, adapt to a new culture, and find new friends. Sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking, and always insightful, Goldsby’s lyrical stories reveal the trials and triumphs of an expatriate musician’s life, as Goldsby connects her music to family, friends, and home, past and present.
“Goldsby’s tales are often laugh-out-loud funny, sometimes poignant, and always abundantly human.”
Kathy Parsons,

Bass Lion Publishing ISBN-13: 978-1456477547. Available from bookstores everywhere and Amazon. Also available in all e-book formats.


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Piano Girl Playbook: Notes on a Musical Life

by Robin Meloy Goldsby, AIWC Cologne

Publishing date: June 18, 2021

A pianist in lounges and lobbies around the world, Robin Meloy Goldsby tells her warm-hearted stories by linking people she has met with places she has played. Along the way, she connects the humanity of her audiences—princes and paupers, dreamers and doers, moguls, mobsters, wanna-bes, and has-beens—with the quiet soundtrack of her peripatetic, melodic life. Goldsby's autobiographical stories and essays deliver insights into the art and craft of piano playing, the merits of live music, and how the right song at the right moment can add color and depth to a drab, one dimensional world. Music, it turns out, connects us in unpredictable ways.

Available for order on Amazon.


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Rhythm: A Novel
by Robin Meloy Goldsby, AIWC Cologne

Meet teenage drummer Jane Bowman. She’s fifteen, funny, and wounded by the loss of her famous percussionist mother. Robin Meloy Goldsby’s touching and humorous coming-of-age musical odyssey invites us to tap our toes in time to Jane’s powerful music — cheering her on as she mends her shattered heart, finds her groove, and discovers the tragic beauty of human resilience.
“Goldsby, who marries the pathos of her plot line with the whimsy and near-magical-realism of her characters, deserves comparison with John Irving, a modern master.” Marion Winik, NPR commentator and author of First Comes Love

Told with great passion and a marvelous sense of humor, Rhythm illustrates the obstacles a woman encounters in the male-dominated world of jazz. Bass Lion Publishing. ISBN-13: 978-1419699399. Available from bookstores everywhere and Amazon. Also available in all e-book formats.

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Manhattan Road Trip: Short Stories

by Robin Meloy Goldsby, AIWC Cologne

In Robin Meloy Goldsby’s musical tales of passion, wild success, and gut-wrenching regret, a classical pianist battles middle age and Rachmaninoff; a bebop saxophonist struggles with a varmint sharing her New York City apartment; and a cellist performs Mozart for her mentally ill mother. Filled with the biting humor and razor-sharp honesty familiar to Goldsby’s Piano Girl fans, thirteen sparkling fictional stories illuminate the not-so-public lives of musicians. Fragile, feisty, courageous, but sometimes just plain world-weary, Goldsby’s unbreakable protagonists push aside little injustices, dodge the slings and arrows of their tone-deaf neighbors, and keep playing the music they love.

Available from Amazon. Also available for Kindle.


Beyond Borders
by My-Linh Kunst, AWC Berlin

Beyond Borders features inspiring FAWCO women making a difference to the world around them. This beautiful photography book makes a perfect gift for your women friends and as a speaker’s gift for your Club. Order online from Amazon.






Basel: A Cultural Experience
The first book available in English about Basel and its culture
by editor Shirley L. Kearney, AWC Basel

Shirley, member of AWC Basel was featured in Beyond Borders: Portraits of American Women around The World. 272 pages, with 90 color photos, 29 color illustrations, 101 b/w photos, 90 b/w illustrations, hardcover, thread sewing, with bookmark. ISBN 3-908142-23-7

This book is a unique perspective of Basel - its waters, history, people, churches, architecture, traditions, legends, and more - as portrayed by several Americans and Swiss, all of whom have experienced a special relationship with the city. An easy-to-read, non-academic text, based on the 1986 publication, corroborated by Basel experts in the museum, art history and cultural environments; personalized with historical images, photos and original artwork. Here is Basel as it has never been seen before, as it was yesterday and is today, with the people and forces that have influenced its development.

Join us on a short journey through its history and traditions as we go behind doors and windows, opening your eyes and revealing an unknown and fascinating picture of Basel. This book will make us all members of the FCB - the FAN CLUB of BASEL. For non-English speakers, a bonus is offered; the opportunity to improve your knowledge of English, while learning about Basel in a new light. The book is now available on

An original concept and production! The author's honorarium of SFRs 20,000 was offered directly to The FAWCO Foundation Awards Fund.

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Stayed Awhile
by Elayne Moisey, AWOG

Elayne Moisey has been an active member of AWOG in Greece since she first arrived in 1974. Stayed Awhile is an autobiographical description of the sad, amusing and every-day incidents of the life of an expatriate family in Tanganyika/Tanzania told in an anecdotal form. During the time from 1960 to 1971 Elayne lived through the end of the colonial period, the transfer to internal self government, independence and then the traumatic unification with Zanzibar.

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Further information about FAWCO Member authors:
Juliet Cutler

 K.C. Julius

My-Linh Kunst

Robin Meloy Goldsby