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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Book Review - Global Mom: Eight Countries, Sixteen Addresses, Five Languages, One Family by Melissa Dalton Bradford

About The Book:

After more than twenty years living internationally—sixteen addresses, eight countries and five different  languages—writer Melissa Bradford shares a fantastic journey of motherhood that will inspire any family.

Follow this family of six on their passage—extraordinary, hilarious and heartbreakingly poignant—from Bright Lights (of New York City) to the Northern Lights (of Norway) to the City of Light (Paris) to the speed-of-light of the Autobahn (in Munich).  Continue deep into the tropics of Southeast Asia (Singapore) and end your voyage in the heights of the Swiss Alps (Geneva).

As varied as the topography—the craggy fjords, the meandering Seine, the black forests, the muggy tropics, the soaring Alps—this multicultural tale traverses everything from giving birth in a château in Versailles to living on an island in a fjord. From singing jazz on national Norwegian T.V. to judging an Indonesian beauty contest. From navigating the labyrinth of French bureaucracy and the traffic patterns of Singapore to sitting around a big pine table where the whole family learns languages, cultures, cuisines—where they, in short, learn to love this complex and diverse world and, most importantly, each other.

My Thoughts:

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!  
Melissa is brave in surviving all those international moves and all the many, many obstacles that one has to overcome just living in a new city, let alone a new country.  She is brave for guiding her family through the many ups and downs of their lively lives.

But what I admire most in Melissa Bradford after reading her story is her bravery for surviving the death of her beloved oldest son Parker, and being able to share her heartbreak of his loss and how her family managed to survive as well. Her telling of this tragic event touched this mother’s heart so deeply – I can’t imagine her pain, her heartache, but she manages to convey her grief in such a beautiful way that it will be remembered by all her read it as both poignant and inspiring.

In other chapters Melissa give such beautiful descriptions of each place her family has lived, and her stories are just intriguing – you feel like you are right there with her as she discovers each new and exciting thing. Some are funny, some are sad, but all are such a wonderful bit of human interest that all readers will relate to, even if you've never left your own hometown.

I highly recommend "Global Mom" for anyone who enjoys reading of strong women and strong family life.

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 US, Scandinavia, Central Europe, and South East Asia. She and her husband raised their family of four children in Hong Kong, Vienna, Oslo, Paris, Munich, Singapore, and Geneva, Switzerland.

Be sure to check out Melissa's blog at http://melissadaltonbradford.wordpress.com/

My thanks to BookSparks PR for providing the review copy of this book. I was not compensated for my opinion.

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1 comment:

Melissa said...

Many thanks, Sharon, for this glowing and sensitive review. Women's stories are essential to read and learn from, and if you felt enriched from mine, I'm simply humbled and grateful. Warm thanks again!--Melissa