- 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: 68 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #891,008 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Global Mom: Eight Countries, Sixteen Addresses, Five Languages, One Family Paperback – July 16, 2013
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""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""
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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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. While Bradford's prose is beautiful and elegant, I found it distracting at times-causing me to lose track of the story. I loved the foreign phrases which were scattered throughout the text, but they weren't always translated which made me feel like an outsider and missing critical parts of the text. Many of the chapter titles were foreign phrases and I think a translation should have been provided as well underneath the title. I also wish the chapters about Singapore and Asia had been expanded. That section of the book felt too cursory and brief.
Who should read this book? People who want to travel or have ever wondered what it is like to actually live in a foreign country. People who are preparing for an international move. Expat families who are looking for sources to help validate their experiences. Anyone who is coping with grief would also benefit from this book. I will be sharing this book with my family to help them gain a deeper understanding of my own experiences living in three different foreign countries for 7 years.
One reviewer stated that "Bradford's pain caused a shadow to descend over the last few chapters, it changed her point of view so dramatically (which one would expect) that it changed her writing style...the story came to an almost bitter conclusion, even though it fulfilled the circle and returned to the starting point." This is EXACTLY what makes the book so real and raw and poignant. Ironically, the reviewer loosely described the reality of grief; life is suddenly and bitterly halted by a tragic and unthinkable loss where perspective is clouded and life itself becomes unrecognizable. In time and with the miracle of healing one begins to rise above the deep darkness of despair and to move slowly towards light; to remember and to feel and to accept and to allow oneself to circle back and at the same time begin anew. Melissa articulates this beautifully in Global Mom: A Memoir.
Wow! Fabulous writing...laugh, ponder, relate, learn, experience, ache, weep, want more.... My favorite kind of book. My favorite kind of writer.