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Traveling with Pomegranates
Traveling with Pomegranates: A Mother and Daughter Journey to the Sacred Places of Greece, Turkey, and France | Sue Monk Kidd, Ann Kidd Taylor
An introspective and beautiful dual memoir by the #1 New York Times bestselling novelist and her daughterSue 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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Travelling with Pomegranates | Sue Monk Kidd, Ann Kidd Taylor

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Libby1
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@wanderinglynn

1. Yes!

2. I would say that only about 10% of what I read is non-fiction.

3. History, Women‘s Studies, Politics. I read a lot of non-fiction related to the Holocaust.

4. The Hare With Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal.

5. Tagged - but this was only a So-So travel memoir. My next non-fiction read will be The Badass Librarians of Timbuktu!

thea-block I‘ve been wanting to read this one! I look forward to hearing how you like it when you‘re done 😊 1y
wanderinglynn Thanks for playing! 😀 1y
Libby1 I‘ll let you know, @thea-block ! 1y
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Libby1 You‘re welcome, @wanderinglynn 😊. 1y
Herschelian 1. Yes. 2. Approx 20% 3. No special subjects - anything and everything 4. ‘Mother Tongue‘ by Bill Bryson 5. ‘This is Going to Hurt : secret diaries of a junior doctor‘ by Adam Kay (edited) 1y
Libby1 Hi, @Herschelian ! Great answers. My husband is a big Bill Bryson fan. I must read more of his work. 1y
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Libby1
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Mehso-so

I thought I was a queen of introspection, but this book provided too much navel gazing even for me.

There were some beautiful thoughts and images, but overall I found the pace too slow and the themes too repetitive.

This was my third choice in a row that turned out to be not my cup of tea.

The next book better be the equivalent of a pretty darn good cup of tea.

❤️☕️❤️☕️❤️☕️❤️☕️❤️☕️❤️☕️❤️

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Libby1
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“Every woman needs to become self-mothering, I remind myself. To learn to take care of herself, to love herself.”

Cathythoughts ❤️❤️❤️ 1y
tammysue ❤️ 1y
TrishB Hard lesson to learn. 1y
Libby1 It is a hard lesson to learn, @TrishB , @Cathythoughts , and @whatshesreadingnow . ❤️❤️❤️ 1y
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Libby1
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Beautiful.

I feel this tension.

Cathythoughts Beautiful writing... 1y
Libby1 @Cathythoughts - I have to ration my reading of this book at the moment because the beauty of the writing and the emotional impact of it makes me tearful! 1y
SamanthaMarie I love this. Sue Monk Kidd is one of my favorites, I'm reading through her Dance of the Dissident Daughter right now and I find her writing and her honest appraisal of all things in life, very refreshing. 1y
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Libby1 @SamanthaMarie - she is one of my favourites. I want to read the book you mentioned, as well. 1y
SamanthaMarie @Libby1 It is so good. Just what I think I needed to happen upon. We should start a Sue Monk Kidd book club haha! 1y
Libby1 @SamanthaMarie - not a bad idea! 1y
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Mccall0113
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Daughter gets a new Barbie set. This gives me time to read my thrift store find!

GypsyKat I love Sue Monk Kidd! This is the one she co-wrote with her daughter, right? 1y
Soubhiville I liked this a lot! 1y
JamieArc I enjoyed this a lot as well. 1y
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MommyWantsToReadHerBook
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Pickpick

I really liked it... Despite the facets I wasn't crazy about. I think if helps if you've read at least one of SMK's books on spirituality, like When the Heart Waits, just to understand her voice and way of looking at the world a bit better. As many other readers, I too started getting annoyed with all these trips these ladies can afford to take and how oblivious they seem to be of their affluence. ⬇

MommyWantsToReadHerBook Criticisms aside, I especially liked Sue's parts and hope I've learned something for my own slow acceptance that I'm getting older and one day I'll be truly old (Lord willing) - sometimes the thought already scares the crap out of me. The incredible focus on the Marys was a challenge to my little Protestant soul lol, but gave me a lot to think about and examine theologically. 2y
BarbaraJean I borrowed this from Sarah during our last months in SA! I remember feeling like it was just okay. I have a feeling the parts on aging would resonate more with me now—ha! I have When the Heart Waits on my shelf and should pick it up one of these days. (edited) 2y
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Things have been a bit rough and I'm so behind on reading Litsy updates that I can never really catch up. Been Facebooking too much and doing Litsy or actually reading too little when I have downtime... Not in a flourishing place right now. My husband is away for two nights until tomorrow morning and I know having spouses travel is normal for almost everyone but he's never been away from us! Anyway, my daughter was adorable today 😊

TrishB I‘m the one that travels in our house. I dislike it even when I know everything‘s fine!! 2y
MommyWantsToReadHerBook @TrishB I can't imagine being away from my family, hugs to you! 2y
bedandabook I‘m sorry to hear you‘re having a rough time. Sending hugs 🤗 and hope tomorrow morning comes quickly. 2y
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MommyWantsToReadHerBook @bedandabook thank you. It's just been work, work work and I'm running a bit low on emotional resources (and sleep!). Not long now before at least my dear one is back. 2y
asiriusreader Hugs to you! Hope life returns to normal soon. 2y
cobwebmoth *hugs* 2y
Suet624 💕💕💕 2y
BarbaraJean Love and hugs from California! So sorry things have been rough lately—wish I could just drop in for coffee and a chat! 💜 2y
MommyWantsToReadHerBook @BarbaraJean thank you! Man, I miss you. You Americans would probably laugh at me because part of my stress has been cleaning my own flat and doing all the ironing for weeks because there was a massive bus strike... But for me it was stressful and wonderful to have help again today! 2y
BarbaraJean I miss you, too! No laughing here... stress is stress! I‘m just lazy and buy clothes I don‘t have to iron... 😂 2y
MommyWantsToReadHerBook @BarbaraJean that's one way to do it! 2y
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Tjackson
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Pickpick

28/52 - 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 - I ❤️ memoirs and I ❤️ travel, so this book was full of great stories about person growth, reflection, and finding ones self. It was full of great profound thoughts about aging and wisdom. I really enjoyed learning from Sue and Ann! Plus, I am going to Greece in 2019 so I read about some places I would like to visit.

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Tjackson
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Thought provoking quote.

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Tjackson
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90% finished reading, but way too tired to finish it tonight. It is a great book about a mother and daughter relationship, so I was hoping to finish it on Mother‘s Day - not going to happen unfortunately.

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Tjackson
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Trying to use my time wisely by reading on the train. Nap or read??? We shall see?????

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Tjackson
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Our final day in NYC and I have found a little downtime to read! I ❤️❤️❤️ NYC!!!

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Tjackson
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Everything leads back to Shakespeare! This is #myyearwithwill and when I am not purposely reading about him and his works, I am still reading about him in other books!!!

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Tjackson
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Traveling with FRIENDS from DC to NYC via Amtrak to see Hamilton tonight!!!! Woooo hooooo - so excited!!!!

tammysue Nice, enjoy! 😁 2y
erinreads That‘s exciting! I love the train ride to NYC from DC. It‘s just the right length. 👌🏻 2y
Eggs How fun! 2y
Pamwurtzler That sounds so fun!! I hope you love it! 2y
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Tjackson
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We all need help at one time or another!

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Tjackson
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Give up all other worlds.....,I must do this! Very profound!

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Tjackson
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Another wonderful quote!

TheBookKeepers Oh I like that! 2y
Joyfulmimi I meed to reread this as I am older now. Thanks! 2y
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Tjackson
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Being invisible to others??? Not sure I like feeling invisible, but maybe in 5-10 years, I will feel like author. Today, I am contemplating taking a sick day because I feel terrible and I really just want to nap and read before my busy weekend. Being invisible at work today sounds fine.

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Tjackson
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50% Read and really enjoying it! I ❤️❤️❤️ reading about places I am going and places where I have been! Greece 2019 - can‘t wait! Paris 2015 - my first, but not last visit! Travel really does change your soul!!!! Northern Italy in 5 weeks will continue to change me into a better me.

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Tjackson
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Great quote!!!

JamieArc Yes! So important. I really should reread this book! 2y
Tjackson @JamieArc I am savoring it because there are many lessons to be learned or reminded about. 2y
Eggs Agreed!! Cuz who else is going to do it... 2y
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Tjackson
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I wonder the same thing sometimes.

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Insightsintobooks
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It's only 1.99 on kindle.
#BecauseofLitsy

MommyWantsToReadHerBook Purchased! I wasn't sure I would like it enough to spend a lot of money on it, but it was only $1.28! 2y
Vertabrain I read this years ago, and it‘s definitely worth the expense! Sue Monk Kidd is one of my favorite writers. Her prose is exquisite, and you can tell that she takes her time with each word. 💕 2y
MommyWantsToReadHerBook @Vertabrain I started last night and already loving it. No idea why I was hesitant 2y
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Tjackson
Travelling with Pomegranates | Sue Monk Kidd, Ann Kidd Taylor
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A great quote! I can relate to this sometimes.

Gina Awww man sometimes wandering is my favorite state of being! I do rein it in when it comes to my kids but it is hard. 2y
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Tjackson
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Spontaneous purchase for $1.99. I loved Secret Life of Bees and Mermaids Chair, so far I am liking this one, too. It is very different from her novels, a great story about her personal journey.

Alfoster Oh love her and met her at a book signing. She was SO gracious!😍 2y
Tjackson @Alfoster It is always great to hear positive things about famous people!! Her writing is very genuine. 2y
Vertabrain She‘s amazing! The Invention of Wings is a favorite. 2y
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Tjackson
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This quote... this quote!!! OMG!!!

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Lchnessmnstr
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I‘m flying to Istanbul in 5 days! I‘m so excited to explore a new country! #wanderlust
I also love how much uninterrupted reading time I get when traveling. So many TBRs are knocked out on transatlantic flights! #booksinflight

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Mdargusch
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A mother and daughter memoir about finding themselves and building their relationship with each other as they travel through Europe #dontwannafight #tuneintonovember

Cinfhen This sounds interesting 😍 2y
JSW I enjoyed this one. 2y
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Soubhiville I really liked this book! 2y
Mdargusch There aren‘t any reviews for I️t on litsy @cinfhen @JSW and @Soubhiville so I️ wasn‘t sure about I️t. 2y
emilyhaldi Hmmm, curious about this one. Did you get I️t recently? 2y
Mdargusch It‘s in Florida and I️ did not bring I️t home @emilyhaldi 2y
Reviewsbylola I‘ve def heard of it. 2y
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MrBook
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#TBRtemptation post! While we're on the subject of writers writing about themselves... Here's another one to add to your TBR (I'm bad, aren't I? 😈😆). A dual memoir by Sue Monk Kidd & her daughter, Ann Kidd Taylor. A 50-something and a 20-something attempting to redefine themselves & rediscover their relationship with one another. Maybe I should re-post this before Mother's Day as a friendly reminder 😊. #blameLitsy #blameMrBook 😎

Thedrunkstrawberry I read this when it came out. It's a great book!!!! 3y
Soubhiville I loved this book! 3y
MrBook @Thedrunkstrawberry @Soubhiville 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻! 3y
LitsyGoesPostal 😊👍🏻 3y
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jennirl
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this book is hitting me right in the feels

Soubhiville I loved this book so much! 4y
moranadatter I enjoyed this book so much, I bought a copy for my mom when I finished. 4y
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