“Eating Kimchi and Nodding Politely”
My first book Eating Kimchi and Nodding Politely is now available. It’s a collection of short narratives about my life in South Korea, many (but not all) of which are on this site. They’ve been fine tooth combed for errors, and scenes have been added, as well as a few extra stories.
It’s available as an ebook in all major formats (Kindle, Nook, iPad etc.) and as a hardcopy. Below are links to purchase Eating Kimchi and Nodding Politely, the publisher description you’ll see on Amazon et al. and a continuing list of nice words from good people about it. Enjoy the book, and spread the word.
Lulu (For a hard copy)
Amazon.com (For the Kindle and for a hard copy)
Barnes & Noble: (For the NOOK)
iTunes Bookstore: (For the iPad or iPhone and iPod touch)
Imagine leaving behind everybody and everything familiar to live in a foreign country where you don’t speak the language and don’t know a soul. Worst yet, you look different from everybody there. People find your cultural norms insulting, and you can’t get a date to save your life.
Imagine you wrote a book about your time there…
Eating Kimchi and Nodding Politely: Stories About Love, life, Death, and Discovery From an American in South Korea is a collection of snapshots that cover the two years that Alex Clermont lived in the country of South Korea as an English teacher. Scribed with a flair for humor, emotion, character and depth, these introspective narratives don’t act as a travel guide. Instead, they are creatively written windows into the life of someone discovering new things about himself, the world, and the people who he shares it with-all while stuffing his face with kimchi.
“Yes, the collection is a window into a culture Americans know little about, but the universality of the topics serves to illustrate one of Mr. Clermont’s most simplistically perfect lessons—“life is easily translatable.” That these lessons took place in South Korea is immaterial. That these lessons could take place anywhere is what makes for profound writing.”
- Jenah, from The Indie Book Blog
“In those first few pages I was pulled in by the writer’s honest depiction of experiences that all brought memories of my own flooding back to mind. I put on some music, poured a drink, and got comfortable”
- Steven D. Ward, Amazon.com customer reviewer
“Using well-chosen slices-of-life, Clermont creates a vivid account of his two years overseas. His collection is funny, moving, and very memorable.”
- Leigh T. Moore, Former Editor at Baldwin County Living magazine
“… The mostly autobiographical tales are a vivid reminder of what it’s like to arrive in Korea and know almost nothing… While some [of the stories] were written when the author first arrived, the stories themselves are timeless.”
- Chris Backe, writer for TravelWireAsia.com
“The stories are honest and interesting. They follow a daily life that’s full of new places and colorful people. Some of the [stories] are sad, some are funny, and some just make you laugh out loud.”
- N. M. Bronson, TheRunawayPen.com
“‘Eating Kimchi And Nodding Politely’ is an entertaining account of an American traveling abroad from his own country, with all the idiosyncrasies that might entail.”
- Red Haircrow, Flying With Red Haircrow
“What a delightful book! I wished it could have gone on and on. A look at a foreign country, South Korea, that made me feel I had been there… It is a great book and I feel this man will become an author of many more.”
- Jean Brickell for Readers Favorite
“As a man of color I related to his gumption and his observations about discovering this foreign territory. Truly something I will come back to when I need some inspiration.”
- Martin Berrios for Flawless Crowns
“An excellent read, both for its insights into life in Korea and how it shines a light on the human condition in general.”
*Video by Raoul Dyssell