Saturday, 5 June 2010

Audio Memoir

Finished June 5
Traveling with Pomegranates: a mother-daughter story by Sue Monk Kidd and Ann Kidd Taylor, read by the authors.
This book is a story of travel and self-discovery. It is told in alternating chapters by the two authors, and deals with travels and life events between 1998 and 2000. Their travels took them to Greece, Turkey, and France, with a concentration on women-centered religion and myth. Playing large roles here are Athena, Demeter, Persephone, the Virgin Mary, and Saint Anne. On their first trip together, the two women find small glass pomegranates in a store in the plaka in Athens and they become important talismans and symbols.
Sue is turning 50, and is becoming aware of her life's stages. Ann has just graduated college and is struggling to find her future. Touching on Greek myth, the two find meaning in the stories of Demeter and Persephone. They also find themselves drawn to particular representations of Mary, such as the Black Mary of Rocamadour. As they work their way into their futures, they find their struggles and epiphanies intertwined. A fascinating book of a special relationship between mother and daughter that will surely inspire others.

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