Have Mother, Will Travel

Have Mother, Will Travel

A Mother and Daughter Discover Themselves, Each Other, and the World

Book - 2012
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Told in alternating voices, a travelogue capturing the changing relationship between a mother and her adult daughter follows their sixteen-city, twelve-country tour during which their adventures and mishaps brought them closer together.


Glamour magazine called Come Back, the first nonfiction collaboration by Claire and Mia Fontaine, the “best mother-daughter memoir,” while the New York Times Book Review praised it as, “a testament to the power of the love.”

The Fontaines are back with Have Mother, Will Travel, a beautiful, thoughtful, insightful, inspiring book that brilliantly captures the changing relationship between a mother and her adult daughter. Seen within the context of an unforgettable round-the-world adventure, the emotional milestones reached and the new understandings and appreciations achieved will warm the heart and nourish the soul—an extraordinary journey that should not be missed by armchair travelers and by mothers and daughters everywhere.

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Told in alternating voices, this unforgettable travelogue, capturing the changing relationship between a mother and her adult daughter, follows their 16-city 12-country tour during which there where many adventures and mishaps that brought them even closer together. 50,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : William Morrow, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061688393
Branch Call Number: 920 FON
Characteristics: 309 p. ;,24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Fontaine, Mia


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Apr 11, 2016

No.v '16 Book Club

Nov 15, 2013

Repetitive. Ultimately quite boring. And the authors attempt to put so much weight on their opinions about mother and daughter relationships, that finally it feels like they're judgmental, and almost talking down to the reader. As well as the fact that they tend to lump all mothers and daughters together. Lacks humor or balance. I won't read their other book.

Cdnbookworm Nov 09, 2013

This joint memoir by mother Claire and daughter Mia is their second joint book, but I haven't read the first, Comeback, which is about Mia's rebellion as a teenager and Claire's fight to bring her back from a life involved with drugs and self-destruction. I was travelling with my parents as I read this, but I am closer to the mother's age here as Claire is 51 and Mia in her early 20s. While the two had grown very close during that time, Mia's time at university and subsequent move to New York City to work and Claire's choices in life had led to their connection being less strong. Claire wanted to reconnect and heard about something called the Global Scavenger Hunt and asked Mia to sign on as her partner in this endeavor. The book is split into two parts with the first covering some of their experiences during the Global Scavenger Hunt and the second part covering their following long-term vacation in Avignon together.
The book starts with background on their relationship, and the preparation for this adventure in a chapter called Big Bang. The first part then covers their adventures in China, Malaysia and Singapore, Nepal, Cairo, and Greece and the Balkans. The two learn a lot about each other, with Mia in particular learning about her mother's choices in life and why she chose the path she did. They also learn about each other's weaknesses and strengths and encourage each other to open up and face these.
The second part of the book has them living together for a summer in a studio apartment in Avignon, an area that Claire has spent time in before, but doesn't know overly well. They continue to learn about each and the close quarters and forced together time increase their bond, though not always smoothly.
An interesting book about a mother-daughter relationship and its continuous development.

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