Lisa Kirchner, Hello American Lady CreatureWhen Lisa Kirchner traveled to Qatar to help launch Carnegie Mellon University’s new Middle East campus, she had no idea she’d actually be embarking on a personal, spiritual journey. In her narrative, “Hello American Lady Creature: What I Learned as a Woman in Qatar,” the Pittsburgh native shares how she learned to get up and over life’s pain and setbacks. With equal parts inspiration and dark humor, Geography of Bliss author Eric Weiner says, “Think Bridget Jones meets Lawrence of Arabia” — a combo we’ve enjoyed again and again. — Rachel Jones

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