Cold Turkey

Not convinced yet? Read the intro and first chapter here!

Amanda Morris is in over her head.

I don’t want to give you the wrong impression within five minutes of meeting, but I feel like I should probably be up front and tell you that, barring divine intervention, the 80-ish-year-old woman currently patting my butt is the only patting of my butt that you’ll be forced to bear witness to for the duration of this, my tale of casting off the known and running into the wild. Oh wait, that title’s already taken.

Regardless, this is not going to be a grand operatic tale where you cheer from the sidelines as I walk through a giant life crisis that causes me to pack up my things and hike across Turkey whilst entertaining you with all the men with whom I’m sleeping.

That’s not to say I’m not susceptible to handsome men, because let me tell you, in my limited experience Turkish men are quite handsome and I might have to throw up a few personal boundaries so I don’t accidentally suscept to one of them.

It’s also not to say I wasn’t having a life crisis, double-negative notwithstanding, because obviously something was going on or I wouldn’t have made such a drastic choice—but the bottom line is that sleeping my way across any geographical region, foreign or domestic, is not really my cup of çay.


Join Amanda on her hilarious and culture-clashing adventures as she learns Turkish, dodges snide 8th-grade remarks, and stumbles her way through her first year at I-Squared, the Istanbul International School.


Perfect for those who love to laugh, travel, and read about other cultures.


What Readers are Saying About Cold Turkey

“My recommendation: Buy this book and escape with Amanda to Turkey for an experience of a lifetime!”

“I thoroughly enjoyed this book! Thank you for the trip back to Turkey and to my expat life. So much of what you wrote resonated with me and I loved the sense of humor you communicated, even when dealing with challenges and trials.”

“This book will strike a chord with anyone who has ever moved overseas and experienced culture shock, for anyone who’s gone through the myriad of emotions that come as a result of relocating to a new country, or for those who want to understand the experience of a friend or family member who is living cross-culturally.”

“It is a refreshing read that had me laughing at times, crying tears of joy, and smiling at how beautifully written it is. This book is an absolute must-read! It felt as if I was in Istanbul because of Jodi’s carefully crafted writing.”

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