Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Global Mom by Melissa Dalton-Bradford, a Review

Global Mom: Eight Countries, Sixteen Addresses, Five Languages, One FamilyGlobal Mom: Eight Countries, Sixteen Addresses, Five Languages, One Family by Melissa Bradford
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I picked up this book at a talk given by Melissa Dalton-Bradford at a stake center in Cambridge, Massachusetts. While initially drawn by the cover page and title, “Global Mom” and the author’s bio (writer, scholar, fluent in German, French, Norwegian…)—my own aspirations for living a life abroad intrigued—I found the reading to be (as her talk suggested) a narrative on a much deeper experience than living an exotic adventure and a commentary on life coping with the colossal amounts of sadness that comes with gut-wrenching grief and loss.

In terms of writing, Bradford has a way of weaving objects into metaphors effortlessly. She uses imagery and humor to make fascinating comparisons to help her audience connect to her experiences and keen observations while sharing her story and insights on life and home. Her adventure is interesting to read, but her commentary and interwoven reflections make it much more than a travel memoir, though there are present themes of culture shock, integration, upheaval, misunderstanding, and all of the lovely hardships that come with cross-cultural living.

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