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Pictured: Dr. Anu talks about her book, “Beyond Guilt Trips,” at Elliott Bay Book Company in Seattle

As an author, I write to engage and inspire curiosity. I weave critical social analysis with accessible storytelling. What's your story? How might it connect with mine?

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Beyond Guilt Trips: Mindful Travel in an Unequal World

Through engaging personal travel stories and thought-provoking questions about the ethics and politics of our travel, "Beyond Guilt Trips" shows readers ways to grapple with their discomfort and navigate differences through accountability and connection.

"Beyond Guilt Trips" was published in 2019, and has garnered many awards and honors: 

 

  •  Washington State Book Award in Nonfiction, 2020 (Shortlisted)

  • Fodor’s Travels best “13 Books to Inspire Your Travels”

  • Oprah Magazine’s “26 Best Travel Books Of All Times”

  • Foreward INDIES Book of the Year Prize (Bronze Prize Winner)

  • Wishing Shelf Awards in Nonfiction (Shortlisted)

  • Next Generation Indie Award in Social Justice (Shortlisted)

"Beyond Guilt Trips" has been featured in national media, including YES!, AFAR,

Mindful, Bitch and National Geographic magazines, the national podcast

“To the Best of Our Knowledge,” and “Travel with Rick Steves” radio program. 

The book is illustrated by Ronald "Otts" Bolisay (pictured with Dr. Anu at our 

fabulous book launch party).

TIPS to Study Abroad: Simple Letters for Complex Engagement

 

Showcasing a simple yet high-impact assignment that Dr. Anu created whereby her students wrote letters during their study abroad program in India, this collaborative book project helps travelers reflect on how moving from one culture to another sparks questions about identity, society, and the meaning of travel itself.

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Let's WOW it Out: Simple Drawings to Explore Big Ideas

 

If you are looking for a simple way to approach complex ideas, this book offers a fun and effective method of artistically engaging with the world and understanding big ideas.

Other noteworthy published works

Traveling While Brown: Journeys in Privilege, Guilt, and Connection,Yes! Magazine (June 2019)

Out and About as a Global Citizen,AWAY: Experiments in Travel & Telling (Winter 2016)

 

Sofa Talk,” Jaggery: A DesiLit Arts and Literature Journal (Summer 2016)

 

The Power of Stories: Globalization in India and the TIPS Curriculum,” Education About Asia (Spring 2015)

 

Tender Coconut Seller in Bangalore: A Story of Development and Growth,Seattle Times Newspapers in Education Program, Global Studies Outreach Centers, and Jackson School of International Studies (May 2014)

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The Q-SAR: Queer Study Abroad Resource

 

A collaborative magazine project, The Q-SAR explores the connections between LGBTQ movements, identities and politics in the United States and Mexico. If you're interested in The Q-SAR, do contact me and I'd be happy to send you a copy.

© Anu Taranath & Dr. Anu Consulting: dialogues for justice 
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