Global Mom Publishing Update

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Global Mom, the book, and Global Mom, the Mom, have hit the road.

Wearing her newest (and final) cover, the book strode right out the door, stopping somewhere along the way to make sure she’s well-pressed. Next, she’ll go to the market to meet the public.

As of June 1st, Global Mom: A Memoir will be in major bookstores (like Barnes & Noble) as well as smaller independent stores, and if for some reason you can’t find her there, she’ll be available for order on Amazon. Between now and then, you (and your friends) can pre-order if you’d like. Just don’t be thrown when you go here to order and find Global Mom wearing last season’s cover:

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(We’ll get someone at Amazon to help us with a quick wardrobe change well before June 1st.)

Some readers have asked if Global Mom will be available digitally, and, if so, when.

Yes, she will. She will be available on all digital readers at the same time she’s released in hard copy.

Oh, and one more bit of nice news: There are plans in the works for me to record an audio version to be available on iTunes. Honestly, I’d rather do that than proofread anything, even the alphabet.  And by the way, if you’re interested in doing any sound effects on the recording, sign up right here in the comment thread.

In the meantime. . .

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Global Mom the Mom has also hit the road. For Poland.

Train from Warsaw to Krakow. Cold, wet, shivering. Fantastic.

Train from Warsaw to Krakow. Cold, wet, shivering. Fantastic.

Wearing every last layer of our warmest clothing, our family spent the last week between central (Warsaw) and southern (Krakow) Poland. We’d planned for some time on traveling there with our kids, and thought Easter week in a country that’s over 90% devoted Catholic would be a good time.

We chose well.

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You can visit Poland with me in just a couple of posts from now, when I take you through the Jewish ghettos of both cities. . .

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Important sites where history has left its scars and where award-winning movies have been filmed. I’ll take you, for instance, to Oskar Schindler’s factory. . .

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Schindler Jews

Schindler Jews

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. . .And to the buildings that were the backdrop for “The Pianist”.

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You’ll see beautiful architecture. . .

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Contrasts between WWII devastation, Nazi occupation and today’s renewal. . .

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And we’ll have stuffed cabbage leaves and fish soup in this funky open kitchen restaurant where I got to chat up the chef while he whipped up Polish dumplings.

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You’ll meet other native Poles as well, with whom we took video footage.

Jan, native Pole, with whom we shared our train compartment and talked for hours.

Jan, native Pole, with whom we shared our train compartment and talked for hours.

(Live video footage will be a new and regular feature of this blog. And yes, I’m learning this all on the fly.)

You’ll see street musicians. . .

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Street dancers. . .

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A handsome parade of costumed and picketing atheists in front of cathedrals over-spilling with worshipful Poles. . .

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A procession of hundreds late at night on Holy Friday down a main boulevard of Warsaw. And the massive wooden cross. . .

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A lesser known (but my favorite) Leonardo DaVinci portrait. . .

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An evening vigil of hundreds of Israeli youth at the huge monument to the Jewish Uprising. . .

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. . .Which you saw in this post, and towers over this square where I first met the last living survivor of the Uprising, the man you might remember as Antonini.

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And no one should miss a visit to the concentration camps of Auschwitz and Birkenau. The experience for our family was blood-chilling. The boys say they’ll always remember it as the coldest day of their lives.

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So please follow me* on my daily posts this week, beginning with excerpts from Global Mom, where we’ve just moved into the very heart of Paris. As you know from the last post, the move was slightly messy. It gets messier.

And then I’ll bring you along for the several posts and photos from Poland.

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(The irony running underneath this week wasn’t lost on me: one hour editing a piece on the “slightly messy” but ultimately cushy relocation to Paris. Then the next hour visiting the train lines that deported human cargo to their deaths.  You’re right.  The juxtaposition’s painful. And invaluable.)

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And at the end of it all, on Easter Sunday over all of northern Poland fell the white comforter of heavy snowfall.

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*Instead of “Follow Me,” I prefer, “Come along with me.” If you want to do that on this blog, just scroll down past “Leave a Comment”, and click “Follow This Blog Via Email”. It’s an honor having your company on the road.

Luc at the camera. Train back to Warsaw. Colder, wetter, still shivering. And fantastic.

Luc at the camera. Train from Krakow back to Warsaw. Colder, wetter, still shivering. And fantastic.

© Melissa Dalton-Bradford and melissadaltonbradford.wordpress.com, 2013. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Melissa Dalton-Bradford and melissadaltonbradford.wordpress.com with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

12 thoughts on “Global Mom Publishing Update

    • Hi, Ellen– I’m so glad you’ve come by. Thank you for your kind words. I’ll tell you, it’s hard to take bad photos when the subject matter is Poland. There are stories and texture and color and contrast everywhere.

      And I’m starting to understand my camera. Which, uh, helps.

      See you again soon!—M.

  1. I enjoyed all the photos, especially the ones from the movies and the concentration camps. We have a Holocaust Museum here in Richmond (Virginia). The guy who funds it asked me if I had any questions and all I could blurt out was that it was a wonderful remembrance. And it was – his family’s story wove throughout the entire exhibit. At the end was a reproduction of the Nuremburg trials, complete with voice overs and photos on the wall of what happened to each defendant. I’m glad to see the photos of before and after Poland as well.

    I enjoyed the entire story – thanks for taking time to put it together and share it. What a lot of work but wow – very good!

    Nancy

    • Nancy, It’s encouraging to hear that local museums pay tribute to the Holocaust, and how wonderful to know that the proprietor himself was connected to the events through family history. Because I’ve lived so long in Europe, I have had close friends my whole life who are survivors of the Holocaust or of other atrocities associated with WWI and WWII, and have spent a great deal of time sitting and hearing their stories. I’ve looked into eyes that have witnessed things my mind can barely stretch far enough to comprehend.

      Please do come back to all my Poland posts (they’re coming in a couple of days, promise!), and the photos, which even I think are worth a visit.

      In the meantime, I’m trying my darnedest to figure out how to post vertical shots and not lose the continuity of my text. It’s a real disappointment with this theme, but we’ll get it worked out.

      Until next time, Nancy—

      M.

  2. Hello, Melissa. I’ve been reading your blog for some time, now. I would love to order your book. Will it be available on the UK Amazon site? Kind regards, Jen

    • Hello, Jen–So nice to meet you here! I’m touched that you read my blog, and I’m even more touched that you dare pipe up and leave a comment. Thank you so much. Yes,as far as my publisher has told me, my book will be available on the UK Amazon site as well. I’ll double check for you, and post here or drop in at your blog and tell you there as soon as I am certain beyond a question.

      Warmest spring greeting—M.

      • Thank you for your reply! I’m sure you’ll update us all when the book is finished, 😉 You won’t be able to keep that to yourself! God bless. Love your photos and writings.

  3. For anyone curious, I wanted to be sure to follow up on Jen (tellthetruth1), who asked if Global Mom: A Memoir, will be available through UK’s Amazon site (as it will be on the US Amazon site). Yes, it will be, so UK readers, you’re welcome to preorder and, when June 1st hits, you can post your reviews on Amazon, too.

    A note on reviews, (if you’re still listening): as a blog follower, you have read extended excerpts by this point, and although you don’t have the entirety of the narrative in your hands, you have a good idea of the story and style. Still, the most powerful chapters are yet to come in excerpt form here in the blog. After you read them (in the month of May), you’ll be well-qualified to write a review for Amazon.

    Reviews can be two sentences. Or fewer. Five words. Just whatever you feel adequately and honestly captures your experience with reading this book.

    I’m going to be giving out free digital copies as the release date approaches, so stick around and win yours!

    With warmth–M.

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