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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (140 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jane Christmas Narrator: Eileen Barrett Publisher: Post Hypnotic Press Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In this travelogue of self-discovery, Jane Christmas brings her wickedly irreverent style to a new mother-daughter experience. Since the beginning of time, mothers and daughters have had notoriously fraught relationships. Show me a mother who says she has a good or great relationship with her daughter, Jane Christmas writes, and I'll show you a daughter who is in therapy trying to understand how it all went so horribly wrong.

To smooth over five decades of constant clashing, Christmas takes her arthritic, incontinent, and domineering mother, Valeria - a cross between Queen Victoria and Hyacinth Bucket of the British comedy Keeping Up Appearances - on a tour of Italy. Neither has been to Italy before, but both are fans of ancient art, architecture, and history. Will gazing at the fruits of the Italian Renaissance be enough to spark a renaissance in their relationship?

As they wander along the winding Amalfi Coast, traverse St. Peter's Square in Rome, and sample the wines of Tuscany - walkers, biscuits, shawls, and medications in tow - they revisit the bickering and bitterness of years past and reassess who they are and how they might reconcile their differences.

Unflinching and frequently hilarious, Incontinent on the Continent will speak to all women who have tried to make friends with their mothers.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Roberta | 2/15/2014

    " Light, frothy and a very quick read. The book has its moments, some quite funny, but overall Jane Christmas comes across as mean spirited, impatient and whiny. I kept getting flashes of her stalking around Italy like an outraged adolescent, rolling her eyes and snapping out sarcastic comments. Maybe that was the point. Was she trying to say that our mothers can reduce us to our worst selves? I also found her description of her mother's various ailments intrusive and mean. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Audrey ❦❦❦ | 2/11/2014

    " The author takes her mother on a six-week tour of Italy. Things don't always go as planned, and tempers flare, but throughout the voyage they both come to a better understanding of one another. At times humorous, at times undeniably bittersweet, anyone who is a daughter or a mother of a daughter will identify with the relationship and love/hate interaction of these two travelers. I particularly enjoyed the book because it took me back to some of the places I have been to in Italy, and it was a great armchair travel book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Ellen | 2/9/2014

    " I wouldn't recommend this book. I though I would enjoy it after my trip to Italy. But I found the author did too much complaining about how horrible it was to take care of and travel with her Mom. I was hoping there would at least be some kind of catharsis in the end but there was very little to justify a whole book of complaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Susan Castle | 1/26/2014

    " it was okay - but not one of my favorites. Some friends liked it alot. so go figure. "

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