Thursday, May 08, 2014

30 Things to Know about Swiss Life

Grüezi People,
Whatever one should know about Swiss life, The Frau learned the hard way. But this is good for you, yodelers. Because The Frau is going to make your Swiss life a little easier (or at least a little funnier) in a just published essay collection.
It’s life in Switzerland. 
The not-made-for-TV version. 
What should you know about Swiss life? Well, how about the fact that you can be hired in one language and fired in another? Or the realization that your Swiss neighbor is not coming over to chat—she is coming over to clean your gutter? Or the reality that cheese is a homeopathic treatment—for lactating boobs?
Learned anything about life in Switzerland yet? Well, sit back, relax, and enjoy some cheese and chocolate. Because that, dear yodelers, is just the beginning.                                               
Swiss Life: 30 Things I Wish I’d Known is a collection of both published (The Christian Science MonitorNational Geographic GlimpseChicken Soup for the Soul Books, and Brain, Child) and new essays in which The Frau discovers that whatever she thought she knew about the land of a certain storybook mountain girl, she had a lot to learn about the real Switzerland, you know, the one on the world map.
Come to the reading on May 23. Get a free bookmark.
The Frau, joined by Geneva-based American author Anne Korkeakivi (author of An Unexpected Guest), will read from her book at Orell Füssli The Bookshop (Bahnhofstrasse 70, 8001 Zurich) on May 23, 2014 at 7 p.m. She would love it if you stopped by to say hello in any of your official languages of choice. She’ll even give you a free bookmark if you do.
But if you can’t make it, the print version of the book is now available on Kindle version is now available too. Alternatively, you can join The Frau’s mailing list to find out when the book is available at other retailers. Nook, Kobo, and other versions are also coming soon. 
The Frau

P.S. To celebrate the publication of Swiss Life: 30 Things I Wish I'd Known, The Frau is offering 30% off the print book on to her mailing list members (see, great deals in Switzerland do exist!). To get the discount, all you have to do is join the book's mailing list by Monday, May 12. The code will be e-mailed to all mailing list members on Tuesday, May 13 and will remain valid for one week. The Frau says danke vielmal in advance for your support.


Dominik said...

I'd love to buy this. Is it going to be released as an eBook for Kindle, too? I'm a digital guy here :-)

Chantal said...

Yes. Kindle version is coming soon. Along with Nook, Kobo, and more. Don't worry The Frau will keep you posted with more shameless self-promotion!

Irene said...

Sounds like an interesting read! So much to learn about the tricky Swiss life, looking forward to reading some of your hard-learnt lessons :)

Chantal said...

Thanks, Irene. Hope you enjoy it.

Douglas Brouwer said...

Congratulations! I'll be there.p

Chantal said...
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Chantal said...

Kindle version is now available too:

Hattie said...

Downloaded and reading it now. The basic issues are the same as they were when we moved there in 1974. For a woman, moving to Switzerland is like being demoted.
Most of my ex-pat friends left after five years. They tried very hard to fit in but took things at face value and felt they had failed and could not adjust. I stayed the course and succeeded only because I understood the way the Swiss really are, not the way they say they are. One thing I have retained, though now back in the States, is a fine sense of irony and a radar for when people are lying. Thank you, my Swiss mentors!
I felt very free there.

Chantal said...

Thanks for reading, Hattie!

GHE said...

Excellent book! Just finished the Kindle version. Since I'm here in CH I tried to read all the books about this country and this one is one of the best. Keep up the good wotk Chantal !

Chantal said...

Danke, GHE, that is quite the compliment.

Dimitri / Newly Swissed said...

It's always a pleasure reading from the Frau's perspective!

Here's a raving review about "Swiss Life" on Newly Swissed!

Chantal said...

Danke, Newly Swissed!

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