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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The Memoir and Its Cover

The Memoir and Its Cover

A week before I returned to our house in Portugal, USPS brought me the box I’d been eagerly awaiting for weeks. Not a large box, but big enough to hold several Advance Reading Copies of my book-- Expecting the World --a memoir of the thirty years I worked for the...

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Wild Fire – Epilogue

Wild Fire – Epilogue

It’s been over a year now since the Obenchain fire ripped through my son’s property in Eagle Point, Oregon. A year since the fire took down his shop, the chicken coop, the water pump, the power lines. A  year since a couple of very kind strangers arrived with two...

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Wild Fire – Part Two

Wild Fire – Part Two

A year ago-- three days after Adam and his wife Deanna were evacuated from their home, the Obenchain fire was only 40% contained. Adam called me again: “Mom, we’ve been watching the news. Eagle Point’s been decimated. Don't worry. We’re safe in Sam’s Valley,...

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