British Author Shares Stories of Settling in the US

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Valerie Crowe’s new book on humor, cultural differences

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Offering an amusing picture of life in the United States from a British point of view, “Who Put Ice in My Tea?” is a collection of short stories detailing the cultural differences between the United States and the United Kingdom.

Author Valerie Crowe, a newcomer to the United States, narrates humorous anecdotes and musings about life in her new country. From driving on the right-hand side of the road, to the trials of pushing a disabled shopping cart, to battling a fitted soap dispenser, to dealing with computerized voice answering services, and more, she gives a compelling first-person perspective of adjusting to an array of new and interesting situations in the United States.

“You have a choice in life: you can either take things very personally, or you can try to see the funny side,” said Crowe. “I choose to take the second option.”

The British answer to Erma Bombeck, “Who Put Ice in My Tea?” presents a variety of observations from a woman who moved from Jolly Old and is trying to acclimate to a life and fresh experiences in Florida.

“Who Put Ice in My Tea?”
By Valerie Crowe
ISBN: 9781480850859 (softcover); 9781480850866 (eBook)
Available at the Archway Publishing Online Bookstore, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble

About the author
Valerie Crowe is a published author of children’s stories and is now sharing some of her more amusing experiences as a recent newcomer to the United States. While continuing to write, she enjoys a busy retirement in Palm Harbor, Florida. Crowe is the author of the “Adventures of the Precious Knights” Series. To learn more, please visit

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