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“This could have been a memoir about loss, and a mother's grief. It would have been natural and understandable, given that her son, Parker Bradford, died suddenly and unexpectedly at the age of eighteen. Any parent brave enough to try to imagine that loss would have forgiven Melissa Dalton Bradford for being unable to write from any other point of view than that of sorrow.   Moreover, I have no doubt that book would also have been worth reading, since Melissa Dalton-Bradford writes very well.  Instead, here is a rich, frank and funny book in which the essentials of family and friendship and community are combined with interesting travelogue and the best kind of spiritual writing. In short, this is a book about love.""  —Kate Braestrup, New York Times best-selling author of Here If You Need Me

""After twenty years and eight  different international relocations for her husband’s career,  Melissa Dalton-Bradford has much to offer on how ordinary family moments can create an extraordinary family journey when you mix countries and cultures.  Global Mom:  A Memoir is a brilliant hero’s journey highlighting the challenges and triumphs of motherhood under unique cross-cultural circumstances.  With honesty, sensitivity, and humor, Dalton-Bradford is a role model for all parents who will be relocating with children, especially those who will relocate for their spouse’s career."" --Paula Caligiuri, P.h.D., author Cultural Agility:  Building a Pipeline of Successful Global Professionals

Global Mom provides an honest and poignant look at the unique challenges of raising a family across multiple cultures. It’s a journey worth visiting for readers. –Bicultural Mama

""The humor is self-deprecating; the pain—beyond compare.  I found myself laughing out loud. . .  and sobbing out loud, as well."" --The Association for Mormon Letters

"". . . a stunning picture of life . . ."" —The Deseret News

""a must read . . . a powerful story . . . extraordinary."" —Chick Lit Central

“After reading Melissa Dalton Bradford's fascinating memoir of her adventures with her family I am left with many emotions - admiration, amazement, and, as a mom who has done her own fair share of moving her family around, deep empathy.  This is one brave woman!” —Sharon Galligar Chance

""Your account of life as a global Mom and the way you describe your immersion in the many cultures and languages are simply inspiring. I think your book should be required reading for all those working in global companies, especially if they are going on a foreign assignment, or if they interact with other cultures""
––Sharon Moshayof

About the Author

Melissa Dalton-Bradford is a writer, independent scholar, world citizen, and mother. She holds a BA in German and an MA in Comparative Literature, both from Brigham Young University. She speaks, reads, and writes fluent German, French, and Norwegian, is conversant in Mandarin, and has taught language, humanities, and writing on the university level. Bradford has performed professionally as a soprano soloist and actress in the United States, Scandinavia, Central Europe, and South East Asia. Parents of four children, she and her husband have built their family in Vienna, Hong Kong, Oslo, Paris, Munich, Singapore, and Geneva, Switzerland.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Familius; First edition (July 16, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193830134X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1938301346
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #742,664 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By E. Edgley on July 8, 2013
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Global Mom is not only a masterfully written memoir on creating a home in diverse landscapes, it is also a story with universal appeal - that of finding home and hope in the midst of love, loss, and change. Melissa Dalton-Bradford is both a master writer as well as an entertaining storyteller. Her words transported me (one who has lived in the same city the majority of my life and who travels abroad all too little) into her world and ways. I chuckled, I consulted with my dictionary, I cried. In reading, I have found deep meaning in the bridges, crossroads, intersections, the confluence of rivers mentioned - the passages marked by loss of self (and an eventual burial or immersion into new cultures where identity was again established) as well as the establishment of bonds (whether they be familial or cultural) that though they constantly are reshaped - due to welded bonds - cannot be marred nor broken by movement from one "country" to another. I love how Melissa Dalton-Bradford, in writing this book, has invited each of us - global or local - to her table where she feeds us and shares universal substance more dense than any hardwood. She opens and shares her heart and her greatest treasures. I have been changed by her well-woven words.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Swedemom on January 2, 2014
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This is not an ordinary memoir of a globe-trotting family. Perhaps because of the tragedy the family faces, this memoir achieves a depth and weightiness that sets it apart from other titles in the genre. As a former globe-trotting mother myself, I felt a kinship with Dalton-Bradford. She is warm and personable, making you feel you could dash off an email to her in response to a passage and have a meaningful conversation about it.
Melissa Dalton-Bradford does an admirable job of distilling years of experiences into a few pages covering critical ex-pat experiences like daycare, international and local schools, culture clashes, language acquisition, bureaucracy, navigating medical systems and pharmacies, food, giving birth, friendship, job transfers, etc. She writes of these things with small anecdotes, often hilarious, but always insightful and cohesive.
Dalton-Bradford articulates far more deftly than I have ever been able to express the wonder and privilege of such a globe-trotting lifestyle. She does not, however, gloss over the real costs of the same lifestyle--the rootlessness, the relentless loss, and the curious experience of feeling a stranger in one's own country.
Perhaps the greatest feat of the book is how the heaviest and most painful of topics-the death of the Bradford's eldest son just days after beginning university-is integrated into the narrative without being choppy or derailing the book. Indeed the candor and dignity with which Dalton-Bradford expresses her grief and the struggle to move forward in such a painful landscape (almost like an entirely new country) was deeply and profoundly moving.
I found the typos in the original edition distracting and frustrating--though I think a new edition has been printed and I believe that it has been better proof-read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Maria Oka on December 6, 2013
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This is the kind of book that gives you much to think about during your day. I finished it last week, but the stories continue to come back to my mind, teaching me and giving me pause. I love how the Bradford family really digs in and digs deep wherever they go. (The next part may contain "spoiler" information if you don't want to know too much about the story before you read). My parents live in the same neighborhood as Melissa's parents, and I remember meeting the Bradford family in the summer of 2006. My mom and sisters had visited them in Paris that spring, and while they were visiting Utah, my family had them over for dinner. I had just come home from serving a mission and was living at home for a few months. I remember the Bradford kids and how each was so unique. I remember Parker playing some small African drums that my dad had lying around, and joking around while making music with my sister. Mostly, I remember how comfortable and full of life he was. The next summer when I heard about his accident, I remember crying for weeks - I had recently married and I don't think my husband quite knew what to do with me. It just didn't seem right that someone so full of life was gone - I don't know if I've ever been affected so much by the death of someone I didn't intimately know. I was afraid to get to that part in the book, so it took me some time. I was heart-broken reading about the family's struggles in trying to communicate to strangers in a new country about their oldest son who had "gone on". I have very close friends who have also experienced devastating loss of children or spouses, and reading Melissa's experience helped me to realize more fully what it has been like for them.Read more ›
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Karen D. Austin on December 4, 2013
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I loved this book. I usually read quite quickly, a book or two each week. However, i lingered over Dalton-Bradford's prose for a few reasons: First, her prose nears poetry in its intensity of images and concentration of ideas. I had to put the book down to process her complex prose. Second, she discusses life experiences that are very foreign to me because of the landscape, the culture, the language, and the history. I experienced a bit of culture shock with each country she describes, so I needed time to adjust to each setting. Third, I had to position myself in relation to her life experience. She is a beautiful, articulate, sophisticated person. And I am living a life nothing like hers. So I had to find a way to embrace my own life without coveting hers. She conveys a lot of warmth and vulnerability, which makes her less intimidating. But I had to squash some of my own insecurities that emerged in the first few chapters before I could really "listen" to her tell her own story. Fourth, she experiences some dramatic emotional set backs, so I had to slow down to grieve with her. Even though the book challenged me on several levels, I found it enriching and heart warming / heart breaking / heart healing. I applaud Dalton-Bradford for taking the risk of making (parts of) her life an open book.
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