Ken’s Books

During the past four years, international traveler and author Ken Anderberg has written nine books. All of his works are published as e-books and can be purchased online at Amazon Kindle.

The latest is:

Indonesia – An Expat’s TaleIndonesia cover

Vagabond journalist Ken Anderberg provides a one-year glimpse into living in Indonesia, with an emphasis on the lifestyles and culture in Batam, Indonesia. Included is useful information about visas and passports, places to see, restaurants, medical care, nightlife and a myriad of other topics of interest to anyone contemplating an extended stay in Indonesia.

To view and/or purchase, please go to Amazon/Kindle

A Visit to Penang, Malaysia

During four years of traveling abroad, the author often researched what countries mightPenang cover be interesting to live in for a few months at a time. The first criteria is cost of living, and others include political stability, interest in the culture, climate, visitor restrictions, places to see. Malaysia was part of that research. Because of the author’s location in Indonesia, he was able to take short trips to various Southeast Asia countries to get a better idea of the possibilities of living in any of them. Malaysia was the closest to his current location, and while his trip was more touristy than a “living” experience, here he provides a “six days in-country look” to provide many useful insights into Malaysian culture and living conditions.

To view and/or purchase, please go to Amazon Kindle.

A Visit to BaliBali book cover

A brief look at a tourist’s experience in one of Southeast Asia’s premiere travel destinations – the Indonesian island of Bali. This book includes photos of a number of tourist sites, as well as cultural and real-life experiences.

To view and/or purchase, please go to Amazon Kindle.

Brothers Lost
When international journalist Todd Walters traveled to Pakistan to interview a former member of al-Qaeda, he entered a tangled conspiracy of double agents, suicide bombers and the search for al-Qaeda’s new leader, Ayman al-Zawarhiri. What he wasn’t expecting was to be reunited with the two brothers he was separated from as a child, one now a CIA operative, or to find the mother he was taken from three decades earlier. The tale of “Brothers Lost” begins in a federal prison in Florida, and leads its main characters through Mexico, Singapore and, finally, Pakistan. Available at:

Love Letters from Mama

Sometimes it takes the poetry of fiction to reveal a complex truth. Sometimes the raw simplicity of truth is itself poetic, poignant, and powerful. Ken Anderberg holds no truth back in “Love Letters from Mama,” and sheds a little light on the universal question of who we are, what we become, and why. I started reading out of a curiosity to know on what kind of literary adventure my friend had embarked. I soon found myself turning page after page, captivated by the stark honesty, as I observed this man’s search for identity turn into a discovery of love. You will certainly be moved by the story. You might even by changed by it. But be forewarned. Confronting the fears and demons of childhood is not a task for the timid, and Anderberg is not timid. Available at:

Rome & Sicily: An Expat’s Tale 

Traveling to “live” in a country, not just to visit, has become something of an addiction for me since I set out just two years ago to see as much of the world as possible. Navigating a new culture involves more than just research, however. You never know what circumstances life might send your way, and these often can be difficult to deal with even in your own country, in your own language. But wouldn’t it be cool if you could find some real “on the ground” kind of information about such mundane tasks as grocery shopping, or doing laundry. Not in a travel guide.

Experience Croatia

Blessed with a spectacularly beautiful coastline along the Adriatic Sea, Croatia offers visitors Roman ruins, old stone cities within modern ones, vineyards and fields of olive trees, and a friendly and honest people. What you will find on these pages is not a tourist guide to Croatia, although several interesting tourist areas have been chronicled. Herein, you will find useful information for navigating life as an expat in Croatia, such as how to get around, or how to handle the language disconnect. Included are many of the photographs the author took in this beautiful country. Available at:

Costa Rica: An Expat’s Tale

During his time in Costa Rica, the author kept a running blog account of his experiences (2bagsandapack.com). These accounts were not about being a tourist in Costa Rica; in fact, he hardly visited any typical tourist destinations in the country. The author’s purpose in writing about his experiences was to provide useful information to anyone retiring or moving there, insights that might help others more easily navigate Costa Rican culture and day-to-day activities. This book provides useful, on-the-ground advice and ideas on how to negotiate this Central American country as a resident, not a two-week tourist, and includes numerous photos taken by the author. Available at:

Mother and Son

A book of poetry written by Muriel Ricci and her son, Ken Anderberg, over the course of several decades.

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