Year 4, Book 76

76. Traveling with Pomegranates: A Mother-Daughter Story by Sue Monk Kidd and Ann Kidd Taylor
I expected this to be more of a travel writing book than it actually turned out to be. The book is written in alternating chapters by Sue Monk Kidd and her daughter Ann Kidd Taylor. The backdrop for the story is various trips they took together to Greece and France, but those places are really just the setting for self-examinations that they share with us. Sue Monk Kidd’s chapters focus on her mid-life crisis of dealing with menopause and what that means to her as a woman. It’s very based in mythology and rather esoteric. I liked Ann Kidd Taylor’s chapters better probably both because they were not so steeped in tedious mythology and because I can better relate to the quarter-life crisis issues she was experiencing. It was an okay book, and I did admire their relationship, but it was not the fun travel read that I was expecting. It was very melancholy for most of the book. I give it 5 out of 10.

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