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Traveling with Pomegranates by Sue Monk Kidd
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Feb 08, 2010

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bookshelves: audio-books, memoir, 2010
Read from February 08 to 26, 2010

This is Ann Kidd Taylor's, Sue Monk Kidd's daughter's, debut book-length publication. As she worked on the memoir of her travels through Europe with her mother, she felt that something was missing. She eventually realized that only the addition of her mother's travel experiences would make the memoir complete. The memoir follows mother and daughter through almost a decade of travel and transformation as Sue discovers her muse in the Black Madonnas of France and Greece, wrestles with the inevitability of growing older, and frees her secret desire to become a fiction novelist; and Ann struggles through depression brought on by self-doubt and the purposelessness sometimes brought on by the transition to adulthood, and eventually finds her calling.

For anyone who loves Sue Monk Kidd, Travelling with Pomegranates offers interesting insights into Kidd's inspirations for her debut fiction novel, and runaway success, The Secret Life of Bees. Both Ann's and Sue's sections are impeccably written. The narratives are replete with historical facts and mythology. But the memoir is by no means a page turner.

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