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Traveling with Pomegranates: A Mother-Daughter Story

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ISBN13: 9780670021208
ISBN10: 0670021202
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An introspective and beautiful dual memoir by the #1 New York Times bestselling novelist and her daughter

Sue Monk Kidd has touched millions of readers with her novels The Secret Life of Bees and The Mermaid Chair and with her acclaimed nonfiction. In this intimate dual memoir, she and her daughter, Ann, offer distinct perspectives as a fifty-something and a twenty-something, each on a quest to redefine herself and to rediscover each other.

Between 1998 and 2000, Sue and Ann travel throughout Greece and France. Sue, coming to grips with aging, caught in a creative vacuum, longing to reconnect with her grown daughter, struggles to enlarge a vision of swarming bees into a novel. Ann, just graduated from college, heartbroken and benumbed by the classic question about what to do with her life, grapples with a painful depression. As this modern-day Demeter and Persephone chronicle the richly symbolic and personal meaning of an array of inspiring figures and sites, they also each give voice to that most protean of connections: the bond of mother and daughter.

A wise and involving book about feminine thresholds, spiritual growth, and renewal, Traveling with Pomegranates is both a revealing self-portrait by a beloved author and her daughter, a writer in the making, and a momentous story that will resonate with women everywhere.

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"In a probing literary collaboration that moves from Greece to their home in Charleston, S.C., novelist Kidd (The Secret Life of Bees) and her daughter, Taylor, explore and record the changing stages of a woman's life. At 50, Kidd, a wife and mother who had found fulfillment as a writer in recent years, was approaching menopause and anxious about tapping the 'green fuse,' or regenerative energy, for the next step in her life. Traveling to Greece with her daughter, Taylor, 22, when the latter graduated from college in 1998, Kidd recognized that her daughter, who had just received a stinging rejection from a graduate school, was also undergoing another kind of wrenching transformation — from child to adult faced with decisions about what to do with her own life. In passages narrated in turn by Kidd and Taylor, the two create a gently affectionate filial dance around the other, in the manner of the fertility myth of Persephone and her mother, Demeter. In travels through Greece, Turkey and later France, Kidd and Taylor found strength and inspiration on their respective journeys in the lives of Athena, the Virgin Mary and Joan of Arc, but mostly through a new understanding and appreciation of each other. Although the 'maiden-mother-crone' symbolism grows repetitive and forced, their's is a moving journey. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

A wise and involving book about feminine thresholds, spiritual growth, and renewal, "Traveling with Pomegranates" is a revealing self-portrait by the beloved author of "The Secret Life of Bees" and her daughter, a writer in the making.

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Unabridged CDs ? 7 CDs, 8 hours

A unique and profound spiritual memoir by the author of The Secret Life of Bees and her daughter.

Synopsis:

The New York Times–bestselling memoir of pilgrimage and metamorphosis by the author of The Secret Life of Bees and The Invention of Wings (Viking, January 2014) and her daughter

Sue Monk Kidd has touched the hearts of millions of readers with her beloved novels and acclaimed nonfiction. Now, in this wise and engrossing dual memoir, she and her daughter, Ann, chronicle their travels together through Greece and France at a time when each was on a quest to redefine herself and rediscover each other.

As Sue struggles to enlarge a vision of swarming bees into a novel, and Ann ponders the classic question of what to do with her life, this modern-day Demeter and Persephone explore an array of inspiring figures and sacred sites. They also give voice to that most protean of human connections: the bond of mothers and daughters.

 

About the Author

Sue Monk Kidd is a bestselling author and the recipient of numerous literary awards.

Ann Kidd Taylor is a graduate of Columbia College. She has written personal essays for Skirt! magazine in Charleston, South Carolina. This is her first book.

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BGKY Reader, January 1, 2012 (view all comments by BGKY Reader)
Mother and daughter alternated writing chapters about their travels together primarily in Greece. Each brought her perspective and insight about each other, sites, and fellow-travelers along the journey. It is a tender and loving memoir.
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Judith Auslander, September 1, 2011 (view all comments by Judith Auslander)
This is a beautifully written book by both mother and daughter. Each woman frankly voices her concerns as she faces crossroads in her life. Trips to Greece is the setting of self-discovery, pain, and triumph. While Sue Monk Kidd is facing turning 50 and what that means to a woman who witnesses herself aging, her daughter, Ann Kidd Taylor, is facing what she wants her life to be. She is thinking about a Masters Degree, getting married, and who she is as a woman. All of this takes place with Greece with her history of mother goddesses, Madonna's, and symbolism. It is a story of a mother/daughter relationship which is to be envied and admired. It is history woven with present day lives. I enjoyed the book, the narrative, and the history. I highly recommend it for a woman who is passing through the changes that life produces and wants to hear another woman's view of how she made it through the other side.
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jmcdowell, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by jmcdowell)
A profound shared diary of mother and daughter traveling together, navigating life changes and their ever-changing relationship. Many insights and poignant moments of growth and discovery. Loved it!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780670021208
Subtitle:
A Mother-Daughter Story
Author:
Kidd, Sue Monk
Author:
Taylor, Ann Kidd
Author:
Kidd Taylor, Ann
Publisher:
Viking Adult
Subject:
Mothers and daughters -- United States.
Subject:
Authors, American - 21st century
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Travelers
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
Biography - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20090908
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.48x5.88x1.04 in. .96 lbs.
Age Level:
17-17

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In a probing literary collaboration that moves from Greece to their home in Charleston, S.C., novelist Kidd (The Secret Life of Bees) and her daughter, Taylor, explore and record the changing stages of a woman's life. At 50, Kidd, a wife and mother who had found fulfillment as a writer in recent years, was approaching menopause and anxious about tapping the 'green fuse,' or regenerative energy, for the next step in her life. Traveling to Greece with her daughter, Taylor, 22, when the latter graduated from college in 1998, Kidd recognized that her daughter, who had just received a stinging rejection from a graduate school, was also undergoing another kind of wrenching transformation — from child to adult faced with decisions about what to do with her own life. In passages narrated in turn by Kidd and Taylor, the two create a gently affectionate filial dance around the other, in the manner of the fertility myth of Persephone and her mother, Demeter. In travels through Greece, Turkey and later France, Kidd and Taylor found strength and inspiration on their respective journeys in the lives of Athena, the Virgin Mary and Joan of Arc, but mostly through a new understanding and appreciation of each other. Although the 'maiden-mother-crone' symbolism grows repetitive and forced, their's is a moving journey. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , A wise and involving book about feminine thresholds, spiritual growth, and renewal, "Traveling with Pomegranates" is a revealing self-portrait by the beloved author of "The Secret Life of Bees" and her daughter, a writer in the making.
"Synopsis" by ,
Unabridged CDs ? 7 CDs, 8 hours

A unique and profound spiritual memoir by the author of The Secret Life of Bees and her daughter.

"Synopsis" by ,
The New York Times–bestselling memoir of pilgrimage and metamorphosis by the author of The Secret Life of Bees and The Invention of Wings (Viking, January 2014) and her daughter

Sue Monk Kidd has touched the hearts of millions of readers with her beloved novels and acclaimed nonfiction. Now, in this wise and engrossing dual memoir, she and her daughter, Ann, chronicle their travels together through Greece and France at a time when each was on a quest to redefine herself and rediscover each other.

As Sue struggles to enlarge a vision of swarming bees into a novel, and Ann ponders the classic question of what to do with her life, this modern-day Demeter and Persephone explore an array of inspiring figures and sacred sites. They also give voice to that most protean of human connections: the bond of mothers and daughters.

 

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