5 Minutes for Books: Traveling with Pomegranates

by Jennifer Donovan

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We go through so many stages as women: first being a child, dependent on our own mothers for everything; then a teenager, raging with hormones and aching for freedom and independence; as young adults we try to figure ourselves out; then we are young women, perhaps wives; motherhood is a distinct and life-changing phase, but soon our children need us less and less; we adjust to the empty nest phase which brings more hormone fluctuations and is a rebirth and a dying as we ask “What now?”

Fifty-something Sue Monk Kidd and her twenty-something daughter Ann Kidd Taylor explore these stages of a woman’s life in Traveling with Pomegranates.

The book begins ten years ago when Sue plans a trip to Greece — a gift to herself in honor of her fiftieth birthday, and a college graduation gift for her daughter Ann. I thought this book would be a lot more of a travel memoir than it is. There is a strong sense of place, but it’s more in the effect that each place has on each of the women.

So much ground is covered in this memoir, which is written honestly, poetically and inconclusively. It’s not one of those books where someone shares the answer she has found. This is a book about the journey. If any of these topics interest you, you might wish to go along on the journey with them:

  • Mother-Daughter relationships
  • Self-discovery
  • Life’s purpose
  • Spirituality and feminism
  • A call to write
  • The birth of a novel (Sue Monk Taylor’s The Secret Life of Bees)


We have two copies to give away — to anyone! U.S. and International residents welcome! Please leave a comment to enter. We’ll post the winners in next Monday’s book column.

The winner of last week’s book giveaway of Pink Brain, Blue Brain is #21 Heidi (@aol).


Contributing editor Jennifer Donovan manages 5 Minutes for Books and contributes to 5 Minutes for Giveaways. She blogs at Snapshot.



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Jennifer Donovan has been a part of the 5 Minutes for Mom team since 2007. She writes product reviews, covers events, and manages the 5 Minutes for Books weekly column and website. She lives in Houston and blogs at Snapshot about life with her family.

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1 Krista September 28, 2009 at 1:46 am

Sounds really good. Especially the mother-daughter relationship part… ;)
Does the random number generator ever pick #1? :)

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2 Cheryl F. (The Lucky Ladybug) September 28, 2009 at 2:52 am

I’d love to read this :) *Thanks* for the giveaway!

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3 Mecha September 28, 2009 at 5:11 am

I love this author, the movie not so much, but the book was just wonderful.

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4 Patti September 28, 2009 at 5:35 am

This book looks wonderful – I’d be thrilled to win a copy! Thank you!

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5 Julie P. September 28, 2009 at 7:08 am

I just spoke with someone this weekend who is reading this book and absolutely loved it! I would love to win a copy.

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6 Amanda (A Bookshelf Monstrosity) September 28, 2009 at 7:58 am

I would love to win a copy of this book! Thanks for the contest.

amanda n.
fitz12383(at)hotmail(dot)com

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7 Hailey September 28, 2009 at 8:08 am

It sounds like a fabulous book! I would love to win.

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8 Rhonda Brand September 28, 2009 at 9:55 am

I love Sue Monk Kidd. I’d love to read this book.

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9 Amy September 28, 2009 at 10:52 am

This sounds really interesting; I’d love to read it!

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10 Angel B September 28, 2009 at 11:51 am

I have really enjoyed some of Sue Monk Kidd’s other books. This one looks great too!

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11 Patty Reiser September 28, 2009 at 12:16 pm

This books sounds interesting. Would love to read!
Wishing you a scent-sational day!

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12 Erin September 28, 2009 at 12:18 pm

Looks like a great read! =)

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13 Rebecca September 28, 2009 at 12:31 pm

Sounds wonderful!

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14 Sarah September 28, 2009 at 12:34 pm

I’m in!

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15 Zee September 28, 2009 at 12:46 pm

The book sounds really good. I would love to win it.

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16 Elli September 28, 2009 at 1:11 pm

oooh, this looks wonderful! i’d love to read it.

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17 Tesa September 28, 2009 at 1:28 pm

I just read a review of this book and it looks great. I would love to win it.

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18 Michelle September 28, 2009 at 1:59 pm

I would LOVE a copy. I’ve heard great things about this book.

Thanks for the giveaway!

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19 Mary Ward September 28, 2009 at 4:24 pm

I’d love to read this book.

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20 monica jensen September 28, 2009 at 4:38 pm

id love to win a great book like this!

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21 Marj M. September 28, 2009 at 5:38 pm

What an awesome novel title. I would love to win a copy.

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22 Letessha September 28, 2009 at 6:03 pm

Looks great, I want to read it!

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23 sandy September 28, 2009 at 6:13 pm

looks interesting

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24 blueviolet September 28, 2009 at 6:23 pm

I’d love to read it!

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25 Elaine R September 28, 2009 at 7:56 pm

Sounds like an interesting,touching story!

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26 Michael Capp September 28, 2009 at 8:18 pm

I’d love to win!

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27 Shannon Baas September 28, 2009 at 8:54 pm

Looks like a good book.

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28 TopazTook September 28, 2009 at 11:29 pm

I’ve read and enjoyed other Sue Monk Kidd books, and this one sounds intriguing — particularly seeing her daughter’s writing. I’d love to win!

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29 Cindy S. September 28, 2009 at 11:57 pm

this look great

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30 Lisa Duffy September 29, 2009 at 2:24 am

My mom and I have a very special relationship. i would love to read this and then pass it on to her.

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31 Becky September 29, 2009 at 3:24 am

I am desperately looking for a new book to read- just finished “Replacement Child: A Memoir” by Judy L. Mandel, which left me really pondering and empathizing with the family in this memoir, and can think of hardly anything else (truly was a fascinating book). Now I need something new to read and would love to win a copy of this book.

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32 edj September 29, 2009 at 7:44 am

No way! You would actually send it to Morocco!! OH please, please, random picker thingy, pick me! Pick me! :) (Cuz it also looks fascinating. Believe me, I wouldn’t be begging for a board book)

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33 Tricia September 29, 2009 at 10:42 am

This looks like a great book, thanks for the giveaway!

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34 Linda Kish September 29, 2009 at 10:45 am

I would love to win and read this book.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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35 Heather McDonough September 29, 2009 at 12:49 pm

I’d love to win!

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36 LaVonne September 29, 2009 at 12:59 pm

I really like Sue Monk Kidd. Thanks for the chance to win!

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37 McKim September 29, 2009 at 2:04 pm

I have read articles she has written for Guideposts and enjoyed them.

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38 Jonnie H September 29, 2009 at 2:04 pm

This book sounds interesting. Please enter me.
dftrew(at)gmail(dot)com

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39 Deedee September 29, 2009 at 2:16 pm

I’d love to win this! Thanks so much :-)

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40 michele anne September 29, 2009 at 2:21 pm

Sounds very interesting….sign me up….would like to win it

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41 stephanie September 29, 2009 at 2:31 pm

would love to read this – as a new mother, it’s made me rethink about my own relationships and the person that i am

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42 Marjorie R. September 29, 2009 at 4:07 pm

This book sounds great, please count me in.
I am an email follower.

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43 Linda Chaput September 29, 2009 at 4:17 pm

Looks like an interesting book i’d love to read.

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44 Angie September 29, 2009 at 5:20 pm

I LOVE books that are actually ABOUT something and this sounds like one of those books. :-) Thanks for the review!

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45 Kim September 29, 2009 at 8:24 pm

Sounds interesting. I’d love to win!

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46 Staci A September 29, 2009 at 8:42 pm

Sounds like a good read! Thanks for the chance!

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47 Julie H September 29, 2009 at 8:59 pm

Sounds like a great book, please count me in!
Thanks.

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48 James Coyne September 29, 2009 at 9:19 pm

I hope i win. Enter me please

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49 Linda Mahmarian September 30, 2009 at 12:23 am

I stumbled across Sue Monk Kidd years ago through her book “When the Heart Waits; spiritual direction for life’s sacred questions”. She put words to my life experience as a mother and woman who longed for something deeper with God. As the mom of an adult daughter, I can’t wait to immerse myself in the journey of Sue and Ann!

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50 Jason Nickolay September 30, 2009 at 11:17 am

This looks like a great Fall book

jason(at)allworldautomotive(dot)com

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51 karen k September 30, 2009 at 12:47 pm

I love the mother/daughter relationship…please count me in. thanks.

karen k

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52 sito September 30, 2009 at 3:58 pm

I’ve enjoyed Sue Monk Kidd’s novels and I adore the title of this book. I’d love to win a copy. Thanks!

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53 Margaret September 30, 2009 at 4:16 pm

Sounds like an interesting book! Thanks for offering!

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54 Neas Nuttiness September 30, 2009 at 7:50 pm

Thanks so much for all your giveaways. Please include me for a chance at winning a copy.

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55 Michelle Dyer September 30, 2009 at 8:20 pm

This looks so insightful into the Mother-Daughter Dance. I’d really enjoy the opportunity to read the book & I’d love to be selected to win a FREE copy. Thank you.

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56 Karen B September 30, 2009 at 8:22 pm

This sounds like a super book!

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57 Adele September 30, 2009 at 9:19 pm

I am living through this now. Would love to read how others dealt with it.

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58 Kari McLennan October 1, 2009 at 1:31 pm

This interests me b/c I LOVED the Secret Life of Bees, and my hope and dream is for my relationship with my daughter to be much better than the one I had with my mother.

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59 Tiffany Tom October 1, 2009 at 3:33 pm

The book sounds very interesting, can’t wait to read it!

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60 Nancy October 1, 2009 at 4:50 pm

I have never read anything by this author, but the journey of life’s purpose and self discovery sounds intriguing.

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61 mindy October 2, 2009 at 8:51 pm

sounds like a great read thanks

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62 amy October 3, 2009 at 3:39 am

I need some autumn reading. Thanks for the chance

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63 Christina October 3, 2009 at 5:21 am

This sounds like a complex yet joyful book!

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64 Christina October 3, 2009 at 5:21 am

I’m a faithful subscriber!

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65 Andria October 3, 2009 at 10:35 am

I would love a chance to win. Thank you.

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66 Candie L October 3, 2009 at 12:28 pm

I would like it, I hope. THank you

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67 Benita G . October 3, 2009 at 3:25 pm

Thanks for the opportunity. I love reading about relationships.

bgcchs(at)yahoo(dot)com

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68 Ed Nemmers October 3, 2009 at 3:57 pm

Happy Weekend!

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69 Tia October 3, 2009 at 8:53 pm

I would love to read this book, it sounds like a great read!
nhmummab@comcast.net

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70 shawna f October 3, 2009 at 9:58 pm

Sounds like a great read!

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71 Susan C October 3, 2009 at 10:15 pm

I have just about finished up all my books and looking to start my “winter reading collection”. This would be a welcome read.

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72 Chrysa October 3, 2009 at 11:11 pm

Looks great! Thanks for the giveaway!

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73 Pamela S October 3, 2009 at 11:23 pm

I’ve loved Sue Monk Kidd’s previous books and would love the chance to read this one. Thanks so much.

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74 Carla Pullum October 3, 2009 at 11:46 pm

mother and daughter relations ships! Count me in!
Carla
cpullum(at)yahoo(dot)com

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75 CherylS22 October 4, 2009 at 12:22 am

Thanks for the chance to win this book – please count me in!

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76 Molly Capel October 4, 2009 at 2:47 am

This sounds like a really great book. I would love to read it.

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77 DanV October 4, 2009 at 8:58 am

This looks like an interesting book

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78 kathy pease October 4, 2009 at 10:36 am

Thank you for the AWESOME GIVEAWAY.. Please count me in :)

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79 Angie P October 4, 2009 at 11:29 am

This sounds like a good read~ thank you :)

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80 Susan Smith October 4, 2009 at 12:32 pm

Sounds like a good book

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81 dorothy l October 4, 2009 at 12:36 pm

sounds interesting please enter me.

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82 Tim Hughes October 4, 2009 at 12:52 pm

I would love to win this for my wonderful wife. We only have 2 kids left in the house and they will soon be moving out and I can already see the loss in my wife’s eyes so I think this book would be of major help.
titletowntreasures(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

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83 Genevieve Larson October 4, 2009 at 1:04 pm

I would love to win this book and then pass it on to my mom.

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84 Jessica Kaufman October 4, 2009 at 2:11 pm

I love books with this kind of theme. It would be a great read.

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85 john ferris October 4, 2009 at 2:13 pm

The book sounds interesting to read.

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86 Lu Ann October 4, 2009 at 2:34 pm

This sounds like a great book. I would love to read it. Thanks!

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87 Michelle October 4, 2009 at 3:38 pm

Sounds like a wonderful book. Thank you for the giveaway!

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88 Lily Kwan October 4, 2009 at 3:58 pm

Please enter me into the contest. Thanks!

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89 Alison October 4, 2009 at 4:33 pm

Great Giveaway. I’d love to read this and then pass it on to my mom.

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90 christa marteny October 4, 2009 at 6:15 pm

book sounds fun would love to win

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91 Kelly Grant October 4, 2009 at 7:02 pm

I’d love to win this contest.

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92 Laura October 4, 2009 at 7:38 pm

I love Sue Monk Kidd books.

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93 Sand October 4, 2009 at 8:18 pm

This sounds like a great read.

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94 Megret October 4, 2009 at 8:40 pm

Oh my goodness, didn’t know this book was out. Adding it to my list if I don’t win!
Thanks for the chance,
Megret

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95 Aimee C October 4, 2009 at 9:58 pm

I have been dying to read this book. Thanks for the contest!

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96 Gianna October 4, 2009 at 10:08 pm

Please enter me :)

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97 Heather October 5, 2009 at 12:16 pm

I’d love to read this book! It would be my first by the authors.

heatherlbrandt (at) verizon (dot) net

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98 Cindy B. in Montana October 6, 2009 at 2:07 am

This book is near the top of my reading list!

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99 christy davis October 6, 2009 at 9:25 am

i love to read so i would love to win this as i have not read it yet! thanks for the chance!

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100 Carol Flayer October 10, 2009 at 11:53 pm

Regarding Sue & Ann’s book: I heard these fantastic women speak at The National Book Festival on Sept. 25. Their book-talk and life-talk was insightful and entertaining. It would be great to win a copy of their book. (We first read Sue’s writing as she participated in The Daily Guideposts lots of years ago.

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