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Traveling With Pomegranates: A Mother And Daughter Journey To The Sacred Places Of Greece, Turkey…

by Ann Kidd Taylor, Sue Monk Kidd

Penguin Publishing Group | September 7, 2010 | Trade Paperback

Traveling With Pomegranates: A Mother And Daughter Journey To The Sacred Places Of Greece, Turkey, And France is rated 3.3333 out of 5 by 3.
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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 304 pages, 7.7 × 5 × 0.52 in

Published: September 7, 2010

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0143117971

ISBN - 13: 9780143117971

Found in: Biography and Memoir

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Enjoyed it... Well, I did enjoy this book and I found it to be very relatable to many women out there. Though I did find that it was not a "can't put it down" kind of novel. Maybe for me there was not enough going or not enough drama/suspense. Otherwise I would still classify this book as a good read, especially if you are looking for spiritual growth and love travelling.
Date published: 2012-07-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from plodding towards self-awareness Having read The Mermaid Chair and The Secret Life of Bees, both by Sue Monk Kidd, I was excited when this was chosen as one of our book club selections. That was in November. I just finished reading the book now. What does that tell you? Traveling with Pomegranates should have been a better book than it actually is. This is a mother(Sue)/daughter(Ann) memoir about travel, faith, love, creativity and writing. At the beginning, as I settled in, I thought that it was going to be quite compelling. I felt a kinship with Sue: “I didn’t understand why I was responding to the prospect of aging with such shallowness and dread, only that there had to be more to it than the etchings on my skin” (4). In Sue’s capable hands, this journey is – if not always engaging – at least well written and thoughtful. Sadly, I can’t say the same for Ann’s part. I found her whiney and entitled. I never warmed up to her. Mother and daughter visit Greece together in 1998. Ann is 22 and Sue mourns the loss of the little girl she was. She is also acutely aware that something troubling is going on with her daughter. At first glance it might seem that Ann’s disappointment has to do with the fact that she didn’t get into graduate school, but as the mother/daughter writers unspool the story it turns out that they are both looking for something more complicated. And they spend the rest of the book kneeling at the feet of Madonnas (and other powerful female icons) in Greece and Crete and France…trying to find it. Ultimately, it turns out that graduate school was never what Ann truly wanted; she wants to be a writer. And how wonderful for her that her mother is and that they could do this book together. Lesa’s Book Critiques Washington Examiner Review Although the women in my book club were wishy-washy about the book, we unanimously LOVED this Pomegranate Salsa. It’s delicious! Pomegranate Salsa seeds of 1 pomegranate 1/2 bunch cilantro 1/2 bunch parsley (equal to cilantro) 1/2 sprig mint 1 small red onion 2t lime zest 2 T lime juice 2 t oil 1 jalapeno pepper salt/pepper to taste I use the seeds of 2 pomegranates and adjust the quantities of everything else to taste. This keeps well; I made a big batch for Christmas Eve and I am still eating it.
Date published: 2009-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful story I am a fan of Sue Monk Kidd and enjoyed reading The Secret Life of Bees and The Mermaid Chair. This new book by Sue Monk Kidd and her daughter Ann Kidd Taylor is a dual memoir. They take us through their travels to Greece and France. It is a story about relationships and love. It covers many aspects that would affect women in their 20s and 50s such as love, aging, depression, and what to do in life. The bond between mother and daughter makes this a very special book. I love travelling and travelled to Greece and France recently and found the travelling aspect very interesting. I highly recommend this book, especially to women and travellers.
Date published: 2009-10-04

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Traveling With Pomegranates: A Mother And Daughter Journey To The Sacred Places Of Greece, Turkey, And France

Traveling With Pomegranates: A Mother And Daughter Journey To The Sacred Places Of Greece, Turkey…

by Ann Kidd Taylor, Sue Monk Kidd

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 304 pages, 7.7 × 5 × 0.52 in

Published: September 7, 2010

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0143117971

ISBN - 13: 9780143117971

Read from the Book

SueNational Archaeological Museum–AthensSitting on a bench in the National Archaeological Museum inGreece, I watch my twenty-two-year-old daughter, Ann, angle hercamera before a marble bas- relief of Demeter and Persephoneunaware of the small ballet she’s performing— her slow, precisesteps forward, the tilt of her head, the way she dips to one knee asshe turns her torso, leaning into the sharp afternoon light. The scenereminds me of something, a memory maybe, but I can’t recall what.I only know she looks beautiful and impossibly grown, and forreasons not clear to me I’m possessed by an acute feeling of loss.It’s the summer of 1998, a few days before my fiftieth birthday.Ann and I have been in Athens a whole twenty- seven hours, agood portion of which I’ve spent lying awake in a room in theHotel Grande Bretagne, waiting for blessed daylight. I tell myselfthe bereft feeling that washed over me means nothing— I’mjet- lagged, that’s all. But that doesn’t feel particularly convincing.I close my eyes and even in the tumult of the museum, wherethere seem to be ten tourists per square inch, I know the feeling isactually everything. It is the undisclosed reason I’ve come to theother side of the world with my daughter. Because in a way whichmakes no sense, she seems lost to me now. Because she is grownand a stranger. And I miss her almost violently. Our trip to Greece began as a birthday present to myself and a collegegraduation gift to Ann. The extravagant idea popped into myhead six
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From the Publisher

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 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 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.

Editorial Reviews

“A touching rapprochement between mother and daughter.”—Kirkus Reviews

“A return trip in 2000 finds both women changed, and a 2008 afterword roundsout this stunning account of inner journeys, separate and intertwined.”—Booklist

“Read this one as a memoir, a travelogue and as a self-renewal book”—Milwaukee Journal Sentinel