When her husband was appointed by President Barack Obama to be U.S. Ambassador to Spain and Andorra, Susan Solomont uprooted herself. She left her career, her friends and family, and a life she loved to join her husband for a three-and-a-half-year tour overseas. Part memoir and part travelogue, Solomont learns the rules of a diplomatic household; goes on a culinary adventure with some of Spain’s greatest chefs; finds her place in the Madrid Jewish community; and discovers her own voice to create new meaning in her role as a spouse, a community member, and a 21st century woman.
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About the Author
From 2008 to 2012, Susan Lewis Solomont served alongside her husband, Alan Solomont, in Madrid, Spain, where he was appointed as U.S. Ambassador to Spain and Andorra under President Barack Obama. She was named International Woman of the Year by FEDEPE, the leading organization for Spanish women executives and directors. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University and a master’s degree in education from Tufts University.
Table of Contents
Introduction: From Boston to the Land of Oz 1
1 "Darlin', Do Not Fear What You Don't Really Know" 11
2 From Sea to Shining Sea 35
3 Foodie in Paradise 59
4 I'll Always Love You" 83
5 We All Have Jewish Blood 107
6 Not Your Average Hostess 137
7 From the Mountains of Madrid to the Coast of Barcelona 171
8 "What a Long Strange Trip It's Been"-and Still Is 199
About the Author 231