Three from The Interchange Institute

After living overseas for many years, and missing whole seasons of “NYPD Blue”, passing by whole trends, being the only house without any American Girl dolls and failing to learn which ones are the Backstreet Boys and which ones are N'Sync, we returned to the U.S. for a year, only to confront the 8,457,892 choices that had to be made when signing up for phone service. Seventeen long distance choices? Call waiting/ forwarding/ IDing?

We really wondered how someone new to America would deal with this. Well, despite my own failings (do you know if you accept all the options monthly phone costs can equal the budget for the space program?), someone wrote a set of handbooks designed to teach people how to live in America. That someone is The Interchange Institute, a not-for-profit organization in Massachusetts. I read three of their publications, and came away smiling from each.

The three books are:

  • Hit the Ground Running: A Checklist for Starting a Home in the U.S.
  • A Smooth Beginning: 20 Suggestions to Help Your Family Feel Settled in the U.S.
  • Understanding American Schools

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