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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,453 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sue Monk Kidd, Ann Kidd Taylor Narrator: Sue Monk Kidd Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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An introspective and beautiful dual memoir by the #1 New York Times bestselling novelist and her daughter 


Sue 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 fiftysomething and a twentysomething, 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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Quotes & Awards

  • “A touching rapprochement between mother and daughter.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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

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  • 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.

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

  • Selected for the September 2009 Indie Next List
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A Barnes & Noble Recommends Selection

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lea | 2/15/2014

    " This was a great read. Made me really want to go traveling to Greece and Turkey and France :) One day haha "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Amanda | 2/9/2014

    " I really enjoyed Dance of the Dissident Daughter. I have not read the secret live of bees yet but think I will like this book so much more when I do. I'm not a big fan of non-fiction but always love hearing how a writer works out the story, untangling their thoughts and onto paper. I will be looking for more books by Anne, I felt like she is only starting to find her writing style and will enjoy watching it grow and evolve. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Joanne | 2/9/2014

    " I picked up "Traveling With Pomegranates" to study the form, which is pretty straightforward. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Tina | 2/1/2014

    " I liked this book quite a bit until I got about 2/3 of the way through. It was getting a bit long winded and I seriously thought about quitting. The novel is a travel journal written by Sue and Ann, her daughter, about changes - career and life - for each of them. It will be a wonderful memoir for their children to cherish, but I'm not sure it's interesting enough for the rest of us to read. "

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