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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: February 2013 ISBN:
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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 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 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 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 Susan Castle | 1/26/2014

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

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennww2ns | 1/18/2014

    " All I could think when I read this was, "Why? Why would you want to do that?" Not so much a travel memoir as a dealing-with-aging-parents memoir. Maybe someone with aging parents would appreciate it more? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve | 1/4/2014

    " in the style of Bill Bryson, a hilarious travelogue ... makes me want to plan another trip to Italy (with carefully selected travel companions) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Natalie | 12/13/2013

    " The book was entertaining and I loved reading about adventured in Italy; however, I didn't like the seemingly consistent quips or complaints about traveling with an elderly mother. The book was well-written and great for the pool. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 12/5/2013

    " I loved this book...read it in 3 days. However, I don't think I'll be going to Italy anytime soon...;) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kitty | 11/30/2013

    " I found this to be an interesting book about the delights and disappointments of taking a dream trip to Italy while hoping to mend a contentious mother-daughter relationship along the way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barb | 10/27/2013

    " Highly entertaining, especially for any woman who has a volatile relationship with their mother. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laurie | 10/12/2013

    " Why would anyone take their mobility impared mother on a 30 day tour of Italy? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa Eggers | 10/11/2013

    " I chuckled my way through this one. My husband kept calling out, "What's so funny?". I love the brutal honesty of Jane taking care of her mother while trying to have a life-changing 6 week tour of Italy. I also loved her discriptions of the country and it's quirks. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heather | 9/26/2013

    " I picked this up at the library in the Italy section. I thought it would make better plane reading than Frommer's Italy. You don't really learn anything about the country, just that the food is bad, they overcharge you and aren't equipped for disabled people. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pinky | 7/31/2013

    " pretty good,though she is within a breath of slapping her mother.i would be too.but why she just can`t leave her mother to sleep (what SHE wants to do),and explore on her own,i can`t understand "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Okanagan Regional | 5/13/2013

    " -not a flattering look at travel in Italy (it poured with rain, the food was horrible) but a good, true-to-life portrayal of a relationship of a middle aged daughter and her elderly mother. The troubled past history was not resolved but in the end new memories were made. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patricia | 3/21/2013

    " At times humorous, at times sad, this is an account of a six-week trip to Italy undertaken by the author with her mother. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann Chenhall | 3/16/2013

    " This book is making me laugh outloud and is a funny travel book about Italy. "

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