We’ll Always Have Paris:
A Mother/Daughter Memoir
by Jennifer Coburn
Release date: April 8, 2014 at Sourcebooks
More than a travelogue, this book is about a young, vibrant healthy woman facing her fear of dying, attempting to focus on living while creating lifelong memories traveling with her young daughter.
I’m a sucker for mother-daughter memoirs, needless to say I was curious to read this book. I was expecting something totally different, as I turned the pages I was surprised at what followed. It’s a sweet story, a mother and daughter experiencing Europe, their interactions, adventures, predicaments, fears. The sites visited were typical of a newbie traveler, nonetheless it was entertaining to read their thoughts and reactions. Coburn dispenses humor as well as intimate recollections of her father and her feelings regarding his demise and loss. Parts of the narrative felt contrived, a strong fictional presence and a few instances I questioned, however, I remind myself I am reading Coburn’s experiences and story not mine.
Witnessing Coburn shed her uptight, neurotic skin was welcomed. She is a worrier as you learn of her personality, from this readers perspective I was very thankful when she attempts to change her ways, even more thrilling when she is successful in changes.
A story of a woman reflecting on family, memories, her ability to embrace life and the present. A travelogue of sorts of a mother and daughter sharing time, both growing and letting go.
How her daughter and her passport taught Jennifer to live like there’s no tomorrow.
Jennifer Coburn has always been terrified of dying young. So she decides to save up and drop everything to travel with her daughter, Katie, on a whirlwind European adventure before it’s too late. Even though her husband can’t join them, even though she’s nervous about the journey, and even though she’s perfectly healthy, Jennifer is determined to jam her daughter’s mental photo album with memories—just in case.
From the cafés of Paris to the top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Jennifer and Katie take on Europe one city at a time, united by their desire to see the world and spend precious time together. In this heartwarming generational love story, Jennifer reveals how their adventures helped vanquish her fear of dying…for the sake of living. [provided by the author]
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jennifer Coburn is a USA Today best selling author of six novels
and contributor to four literary anthologies.
Over the past two decades,
Coburn has received numerous awards from the Press Club
and Society for Professional Journalists for articles that appeared in Mothering,
Big Apple Baby, The Miami Herald, The San Diego Union-Tribune
and dozens of national and regional publications.
She has also written for Salon.com, Creators News Syndicate and The Huffington Post.
Coburn lives in San Diego with her husband, William, and their daughter, Katie.
We’ll Always Have Paris is her first memoir.
Visit her website.
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