It’s finally happening. The memoir of our family’s nomadic journey will be available in bookstores, online, and via e-readers on August 14, 2018. My book is called Excess Baggage:One Family’s Around-the-World Search for Balance. It took me over a year to write it, 6 months to find a publisher, another 6 months to edit, and these last few months to finalize the cover and interior design. But now it’s actually done. I can hold the galley proof in my hands and flip through all 313 pages of it. All 97,000 and some words. Pre-order sales have now opened on Amazon. The publicist is sending out advanced reader copies to media lists, I’m starting to schedule launch events…. this thing is actually happening. I wrote a whole damn book.
It’s kind of surreal. When I started writing, it was something I was doing more for myself than for anyone else. As we landed in Colorado and settled in to our new “normal” life, I felt this burning desire to document the other side of the journey. My side of it. The personal growth and spiritual awakening I’d experienced as we traveled from country to country, meeting unique people and experiencing new places together. It was a story I hadn’t shared on this blog…or with anyone, for that matter. It was a journey from frazzled, overscheduled working mom to balanced, grateful citizen of the world. You won’t find a regurgitation of blog posts in this memoir. Instead, you’ll find the private side. The poignant moments that changed me forever. As one reviewer put it, “Excess Baggage is part Eat Pray Love and part National Lampoon’s Vacation.”
So, there you go. That’s my shameless plug. If you’d like to help me set up a book reading event in your town, reach out through the Contact page of my new web site, www.traceycarisch.com. I’d love to come visit you, share a little of my story, and hear some of your stories, too. We all have an important story to share. We just have to take the time to sit and write it.