Russell Sunshine


For 40 years in more than 40 countries, Russell Sunshine advised international organizations and foreign governments on development policies ranging from foreign investment and public procurement to navigating democratic transition to post-conflict peace-building. His long-term residencies included India, East Africa, China, Laos, Central Asia, Italy and Sri Lanka. Now repatriated to the United States with his wife, author Nancy Swing, Russell writes creative non-fiction on California's Central Coast.

Smashwords Interview

What do you read for pleasure?
My reading tastes are very broad, spanning fiction and non-fiction. My main criterion for selecting books to read is good quality writing, as indicated by glowing reviews in the New York Times or The Economist. For fiction, I'm likely to select a mystery, a thriller, or a historical novel from a setting or period that interests me. For non-fiction, I like current politics and economics, especially international, science and history.

Our local public library has a splendid program under which they purchase a copy of any book requested by a local resident, so long as it's vetted and approved by their Acquisitions Committee. They're so generous that I often request two books a week and almost all of my requests are granted. This permits me to read current releases in hardcover. a real treat!
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Since I am 75 years of age, I confess that I greatly prefer reading print books. I own a Kindle and I respect the fact that younger readers prefer e-reading devices. But I like to hold a book in my hands and turn the page.
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Far & Away: True Tales from an International Life
Price: $3.12 USD. Words: 89,860. Language: English. Published: August 21, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs, Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues
This rewarding memoir collects true tales from an exceptional international life. Russell Sunshine worked for 40 years in 40 countries. His long-term residencies included India, Tanzania, China, Laos, Kazakhstan, Italy and Sri Lanka. Far & Away interweaves stories of traveling, working and living within layered cultures. The emerging profiles are nuanced, respectful, entertaining and accessible.

Russell Sunshine's tag cloud

asia    china    east africa    india 1960s    international    italy living    laos    memoir    travel abroad