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Recently I was picked to host a giveaway for a Sue Monk Kidd book. I jumped at the chance, as I loved The Mermaid
Chair and The Secret Life of Bees. When I first received my copy for review I dove right in and was immediately confused. Each chapter had either "Ann" or "Sue" written above it. How strange. So, I decided to read the book jacket, which is not something I like to do because often they give away important information. That's when I realized it was a memoir. Oh lordy, a memoir. I'm not a fan. Sure, I'm a fan of Memoirs of a Geisha, but that was written by a third party. So, I reluctantly now, dive into reading. I was surprised to find out that I really enjoyed the book. I'm not going to say that it was a page turner- it's no Twilight- but I did always want to read more. Fine, I started and finished a new Harlan Coben book in the middle of reading Traveling with Pomegranates, but I did enjoy the book. It is well written and would be a nice book to share with your mother...or your daughter. I won't waste your time telling you exactly what the book is about, as you can read that below in the description. If you liked either of Sue Monk Kidd's other books, you'll like this one as well.
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Traveling with Pomegranates
By Sue Monk Kidd and Ann Kidd Taylor
On Sale Now
· Read an excerpt:
· Book description:
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 andThe 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.
Sue Monk Kidd:
SUE MONK KIDD is the author of the novels, The Secret Life of Bees and The Mermaid Chair, and the memoirs, The Dance of the Dissident Daughter, When the Heart Waits, and Firstlight, a collection of early writings. The Secret Life of Bees has spent more than 125 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and was adapted into an award-winning movie. The Mermaid Chair, a #1 New York Times bestseller, was adapted into a television movie. Each of her novels has been translated into more than 24 languages. The recipient of numerous literary awards, Sue lives in South Carolina with her husband.
Ann Kidd Taylor:
Ann Kidd Taylor is a graduate of Columbia College in South Carolina. She has published articles and essays in Skirt! magazine in Charleston, SC, where she worked for two years after college as an editorial assistant. She left to pursue a career in writing, working on a book about her travels, which evolved into Traveling with Pomegranates, a memoir she co-authored with her mother Sue Monk Kidd. It is her first book. Ann lives near Charleston with her husband and son.