Elisa Bernick

Elisa Bernick spent the first 12 years of her life lying on a hill in her suburban Minnesota backyard staring up at the sky wondering what life was like outside her tiny spot on the globe. She has spent the next 35 years doing her best to find out. At 17, she headed off to travel around the world and worked with fire-eaters in Paris, inoculated turkeys on a kibbutz in Israel, fed truckers on a boat to Greece, rode the Magic Bus to London, and sold camping supplies in Edinburgh. During college in Madison, Wisconsin, she sat down on a bench next to a 23-year-old man named Michael. He had a long blond ponytail, a quick smile, and excellent traveling stories of his own. They decided to try some adventures together (including having a couple of kids) and have been traveling together ever since.

Elisa is an award-winning writer and journalist. During her 25-year career, she has worked as a reporter and producer for radio, broadcast television, and cable stations that include Minnesota Public Radio, PBS, WCCO-TV, and Twin Cities Public Television. Her freelance magazine articles on travel and parenting have been published by Parents Magazine, Minnesota Parent, and Transitions Abroad. She is the author of Cyberos, a romantic thriller set in the mysterious world of virtual reality, and Exit Strategies, which traces the adventures of a Jewish family that moves to the Protestant Midwestern suburbs in the 1960s and ’70s.

Elisa has taught creative and broadcast writing at Syracuse University, the University of Minnesota, and in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. She is an avid gardener and lives with her husband and two children in St. Paul, Minnesota. She started work on The Family Sabbatical Handbook while living in Mexico for 18 months with her family.

Visit the author’s website: www.ElisaBernick.com

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