A friend of mine has published her very first novel: Earth to Kat Vespucci. I haven't read this final version yet, but I had the honor and pleasure of reading one of the earlier drafts, and, assuming the book hasn't changed too much, or suffered too much on an editor's chopping block, I can say that it is a thoroughly entertaining read, as well as an interesting and thoughtful look at an American living abroad in Europe. Regardless of whether you are an American or European, I have no doubt you will enjoy the story of Kat Vespucci as she navigates the social mores of a foreign culture and learns what it takes to become a sophisticated world traveler. Anders does an excellent job of bringing the reader along for this transformative journey, particularly because she is so adept at dotting the landscape with lost-in-translation-type moments that are sure to make readers on both sides of the pond laugh out loud. But then, I might be biased, so, if you don't want to take my word for it, check out this independent review at Gadling.com and then check out the book... You can read the first two chapters at Ingrid's web page, or you can buy your very own copy of the book.
I am currently a postdoctoral research fellow in Memphis, TN. Though the blog tends to cover a lot of popular psychology, my areas of research include, or have included:brain injury, auditory neurobiology, neuroendocrinology, and developmental neurobiology.