Jerri Dell

Traveler ~ Writer ~ Educator

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Growing up in a literary family, I’d always expected to write books as my prolific novelist grandfather did. But for thirty years, working in international development while raising a family left me little time to write. But when I retired, I found the time. In 2017, I published Blood Too Bright, a book about my grandfather’s life in Greenwich Village. I recently completed “Expecting the World,” a memoir about my years in Africa, Asia and South America working with village women, which is now with the publisher! I also blog on topics as diverse as writing, family, art, farms, memoir, and living abroad. 

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Expecting the WorldLearning from Women in Left-Out Places is a memoir of my unlikely thirty-years in the male-dominated World Bank, taking a new approach to international development. It is an intimate account of my work and travel in the bustling cities and dusty villages in Africa, India, and Peru, and what I learned from the women there.

My story takes place in the last three decades of the twentieth century, encompassing world events that took place during those tumultuous years: the politics of oil, war in the Mideast, and the Egypt-Israeli peace accords of the 1970s; the assassination of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat in 1981; Nelson Mandela’s release from prison in 1990; and the horror of September 11, 2001.

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Expecting the World!

Expecting the World!

As of today, my book stops being mine alone. Now it is out in the world for anyone to see. I find this just slightly amazing. Saly Portudal, Senegal, 1991 The only thing that could match my delight in learning of my book's release was being able to celebrate the good...

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The Memoirist Holds Her Breath

The Memoirist Holds Her Breath

You’ve been alone so long with your book – a memoir about thirty years of your life. Your  obsessive and solitary  pursuit.  At last you call it done. You hand it to your publisher to take it from there. You worry whether your story is engaging enough,...

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The Beauty of the Douro

The Beauty of the Douro

Two weeks ago, my husband Terry and I got in our car and traveled five hours northwest from our village in the Alentejo  to the Douro Valley, one of the oldest wine regions in the world. After ten months in lock down last year, the freedom to travel around...

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