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:
(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. . .
Global Mom the Mom has also hit the road. For Poland.
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.
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. . .
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. . .
. . .And to the buildings that were the backdrop for “The Pianist”.
You’ll see beautiful architecture. . .
Contrasts between WWII devastation, Nazi occupation and today’s renewal. . .
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.
You’ll meet other native Poles as well, with whom we took video footage.
(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. . .
Street dancers. . .
A handsome parade of costumed and picketing atheists in front of cathedrals over-spilling with worshipful Poles. . .
A procession of hundreds late at night on Holy Friday down a main boulevard of Warsaw. And the massive wooden cross. . .
A lesser known (but my favorite) Leonardo DaVinci portrait. . .
An evening vigil of hundreds of Israeli youth at the huge monument to the Jewish Uprising. . .
. . .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.
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.
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.
(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.)
And at the end of it all, on Easter Sunday over all of northern Poland fell the white comforter of heavy snowfall.
*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.
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