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3.08 out of 53.08 out of 53.08 out of 53.08 out of 53.08 out of 5 3.08 (24 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: September 2009 ISBN: 9781101079546
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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.”

    Booklist

  • 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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frances | 1/31/2014

    " This was a really enjoyble book. I did this on audio and I know that you can do what you want with your own book,but It makes me a little crazy when people with southern accents read books on audio. Sue Monk Kidd and Ann Kidd Taylor read it. Could someone please tell them that the word is "mirr-or" not "mirr-O" not a big thing I admit but the word came up many times in the course of the book and when she started to read "mirr-o, mirr-o on the walll..." I nearly drove off the road. Southern accents are beautiful, but when you are reading, the director, I assume there's a director, needs to tell you when some of your deliveries are impossible to understand when heard rather than read from a book. That's my only criticism...as I said, I really liked this book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 1/23/2014

    " This probably goes without saying, but if you aren't a young woman or approaching 50, this book isn't for you. I enjoyed Ann's segments but couldn't relate to Sue's. Although it was pretty interesting to read about the ideas/formation of The Secret Life of Bees. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pam | 1/15/2014

    " Another book by Sue Monk Kidd that I could not put down. Her daughter is a splendid emerging writer. I was especially touched by the insightfulness of Kidd's 'coming of age' for the next stage of her life. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Linda Marie | 1/2/2014

    " While I love books about the mother daughter relationship I was disappointed with this book with a boorish attempt at feminism intermingled with menopause. Read Monk Kidd's first book, the secrete life of bees and stop. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jbsfaculty | 12/22/2013

    " Not much of interest here "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lizz | 12/5/2013

    " A great story of mother-daughter bonds and the inspiration from travel... loved her insight into writing The Secret Life of Bees as well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 9/21/2013

    " Interesting mother - daughter theme. Also interesting to hear about the Sue Monk Kidd's inspirations in writing The Secret of Bees. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Helene | 2/23/2013

    " Delicately written. What did I learn? To trust the imaginative ways we listen to ourselves - and to hold it carefully, but lightly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janice | 2/1/2013

    " Wonderful travel journals from mother and daughter of their travels together to Greece, Turkey and France. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cynthia | 12/14/2011

    " I liked this book but it was not a page-turner. Some of their imagery and references were a little hard to follow. It's a good read about a mother/daughter relationship. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judithproller | 10/18/2011

    " Good mother-daughter discussion book. Lots about love, loss, and recentering. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin Harrington | 10/9/2011

    " Some of the scenes were admittedly forced but I did find myself longing for Europe, travel, and my own mother, so I appreciate the book for helping me tap into those needs. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Randi | 9/26/2011

    " A very special mother daughter bonding shown throught-out the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 5/15/2011

    " I liked the two voices - but I did think the author was a little self indulgent
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 5/5/2011

    " Very enjoyable book with mother/daughter perspectives as they travel through Greece and France, visiting religious and mythological sites. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kimberly | 4/28/2011

    " I couldn't really get into it. Read as far as page 74. Maybe one day I will try again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue | 4/15/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book at the beginning and could relate and started thinking of several women in my life who it reminded me of. However, it go a little boring, and self-centered about 3/4 of the way through and I found myself just waiting for it to get over.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeanette | 4/12/2011

    " Eh. I only finished reading this book so I could be a part of my Book Club discussion. A travel log to Greece and the relationship of Sue Monk Kidd and her daughter. Not so compelling. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jackie | 4/7/2011

    " Started out okay, but I got so bored I finally had to quit reading it... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jayne | 4/1/2011

    " I enjoyed ann's writing style more than her mothers.....felt much more down to earth and sincere. I'd give Ann 4 Stars! "

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About the Author
Author Sue Monk Kidd

Sue Monk Kidd's first novel, The Secret Life of Bees, spent more than one hundred weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, has sold more than six million copies in the United States, and was turned into an award-winning major motion picture, and has been translated into thirty-six languages. Her second novel, The Mermaid Chair, was a number-one New York Times bestseller and adapted into a television movie. Her third novel, The Invention of Wings, was a number-one New York Times bestseller and a selection of Oprah's Book Club 2.0. She is also the author of several acclaimed memoirs, including the New York Times bestseller Traveling with Pomegranates, written with her daughter, Ann Kidd Taylor. She lives in Florida.