The Scottish Ambassador: Learning How To Be Scottish In America by Aefa MulhollandThe Scottish Ambassador: Learning How To Be Scottish In America by Aefa Mulholland

The Scottish Ambassador: Learning How To Be Scottish In America

byAefa Mulholland

Paperback | October 1, 2015

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When she moved from Scotland to America, Aefa Mulholland had never gone to a Highland Games, spoken Scottish Gaelic or played golf. Or worn a kilt or feather bonnet. Or thought about swapping the grumpy old tabby for a Scottie dog, gone Nessie-spotting or played bagpipes. Or done so many things so often expected of Scots overseas. Growing up in Glasgow was entertaining, but her antics and outfits tended not to feature tartan or have a bagpipe soundtrack. Aefa's Scotland was grittier. It was down-to-earth. It threw pizzas into deep-fat fryers. And she never felt it lacking… until now, 20 years later, when she realises that she's been away so long that her Scottishness is fading.

She sets out immediately to shore up her Scottishness, facing her fear of bagpipes and dread of organised social dancing as she travels from Florida to Washington State, New York City to Honolulu, meeting the kind, the compelling and the kooky characters that inhabit America.

She struggles through a Gaelic immersion weekend on a ranch full of cats in Texas, attempts Scottish country dancing in Honolulu, plays golf on a rattlesnake-infested sand course in Arizona and is bemused by proliferations of cloaks and dragon puppets at her first Highland Games in Oregon. She visits Chicago’s Scottish Retirement Home to learn secrets of 'The Scottish Way,' has tea with Hawaii’s freshly elected Scot of the Year and is as confused as the passing New Yorkers by the Tartan Day parade. She catches caber tosses, Scotch tastings and sheepdog demonstrations from the Pacific to the Mississippi, tries to claim Elvis for the Scots and finds herself deep in backwoods Georgia with a hundred Scottie dogs.

Everywhere she goes, she is met with warmth and kindness—and by puzzled Americans, confused as to why a Scottish-born Scot can’t recognise her clan colours or muster even a 'Good Morning' in Gaelic.

From the early days of the quest till its final steps, Aefa explores what it means to be Scottish, what it means to be Scottish-American and what it means to be at home so far away from home.

Title:The Scottish Ambassador: Learning How To Be Scottish In AmericaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:296 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.62 inPublished:October 1, 2015Publisher:Ponies and Horses BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1910631094

ISBN - 13:9781910631096

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Table of Contents

1. THE SCOTTISH AMBASSADOR: PORTLAND, OREGON, 2. CLOAKED IN TIME: PORTLAND AND GRESHAM, OREGON, 3. ADDITIONAL BADGERS: SALEM, PORTLAND AND OREGON CITY, OREGON, 4. THE SCOTTISH WAY: CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, 5. HARK, THE PIES ARE CALLING: MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE, 6. THE GREAT SCOTTIE: SAVANNAH AND WARM SPRINGS, GEORGIA, 7. THE HELLHOLE OF THE PACIFIC: ABERDEEN, WASHINGTON, 8. FAR OFF IN SUNLIT PLACES: HONOLULU AND KAILUA, HAWAII, 9. TILTED KILTS: APACHE JUNCTION AND TEMPE, ARIZONA, 10. GAELIC WITHOUT GROANS: FORT WORTH, TEXAS, 11. BLOODY BRIGADOON: NEW YORK CITY, 12. KILLING THE CHANTER: NEW ORLEANS AND GRETNA, LOUISIANA, 13. LAND OF MY HEART FOREVER: GATLINBURG, TENNESSEE

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"Very funny and entertaining... Too many books about Scotland as po-faced and serious as my own are craving attention. [The Scottish Ambassador] will amuse readers of every political stripe and will be popular with both Scots patriots and their critics." Alasdair Gray, author of Lanark."Welcome to the USA - the United Scots of America - as chronicled by [Aefa Mulholland], a Glasgow-born author who has spent four years documenting the good, the bad and the crazy subcultures of our expats across the pond," Scotland's Daily Record.