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November Book Club: "Beyond Guilt Trips" by Dr. Anu Taranath

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New York — Wednesday, November 3, 2021From 12:00 pm to 1:00 pmLos Angeles — Wednesday, November 3, 2021From 9:00 am to 10:00 amLondon — Wednesday, November 3, 2021From 4:00 pm to 5:00 pmAthens — Wednesday, November 3, 2021From 6:00 pm to 7:00 pmSingapore — Thursday, November 4, 2021From 12:00 am to 1:00 amSydney — Thursday, November 4, 2021From 3:00 am to 4:00 am


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Every year, hundreds of thousands of young people pack their bags to study or volunteer abroad.

Well-intentioned and curious Westerners — brought up to believe that international travel broadens our horizons — travel to low-income countries to learn about people and cultures different from their own.

While travel abroad can provide much-needed perspective, it can also be deeply unsettling, confusing, and discomforting. Travelers can find themselves unsure about how to think or speak about the differences in race or culture they find, even though these differences might have fueled their desire to travel in the first place.

In Beyond Guilt Trips: Mindful Travel in an Unequal World, storyteller Anu Taranath begins at home, unpacking our baggage about who we are, where we come from, and how much we have. She takes us on a journey through engaging personal travel stories and thought-provoking questions, providing us with tools to grapple with our discomfort and navigate differences with accountability and connection.

Yes, travel! But be mindful. Be present.

If you haven't read this book yet, don't worry, you can get it here on Bookshop or here on Amazon. If possible, try to use Bookshop as sales there go to support local and independent bookstores. It's our preferred online retailer.

Dr. Anu Taranath brings both passion and expertise to her work as a speaker, facilitator and educator.

A professor at the University of Washington for the past 18-years, she teaches about global issues, race, gender, identity, and equity. A four-time member of Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau, she has also received the Seattle Weekly’s “Best of Seattle” recognition, the UW’s Distinguished Teaching Award, and multiple US Fulbright Fellowships to work abroad.

Beyond Guilt Trips: Mindful Travel in an Unequal World was named one of Fodor’s Travels best “13 Books to Inspire Your Travels,” featured in YES!, AFAR, Mindful and Bitch magazines, UW’s Alumni Magazine, the national podcast “To the Best of Our Knowledge,” and “Travel with Rick Steves” radio program. For more, see anutaranath.com.

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