The Friends of the Mirror Lake Library and Keep St. Pete Lit present: An Evening With…Lisa L. Kirchner on September 12, on the second floor of Mirror Lake Library, 280 5th Street North, St. Petersburg. Open seating is available at 5:00 p.m. Opening remarks and the lecture begin at 5:30. The author reception and book signing is from 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Lisa Kirchner hoped moving to Qatar would change everything. Until it did. Unlike the most women’s travel memoirs, this is the story of the person left behind. “Think Bridget Jones meets Lawrence of Arabia,” says Eric Weiner, the author of the best-selling GEOGRAPHY OF BLISS.
Lisa L. Kirchner is the author of the critically-acclaimed Hello American Lady Creature: What I Learned as a Woman in Qatar.
Lisa Kirchner was 35 when she married the man of her dreams. Together they moved to Qatar for one last adventure before starting a family. But things quickly derailed. Heading up the marketing department at a university in one of the world’s most patriarchal cultures brought unanticipated challenges. Then she learned she’d never have children. At least they had each other.
“He pulled me close and said, ‘Baby, I didn’t marry you for your ability to reproduce.’ I never wanted anything more than to be loved like that.” If only the story ended there.
With powerful and frank insight, the author describes what it was like to lose everything in a land that was utterly foreign. At the heart of this narrative is a magical place and time in history – Qatar at the turn of the 21st century – that shaped her own radical transformation. It’s the author’s first book.
Lisa L. Kirchner has been featured on FOX News, BBC Radio and on NPR stations. Her writing has appeared in book anthologies, magazines & newspapers including The Washington Post, New York Times and Salon.com. At one time she was simultaneously the dating columnist for an alternative newsweekly, bridal editor for a society rag and the religion reporter for a gay and lesbian newspaper.