* Have Mother Will Travel by Claire and Mia Fontaine

Have Mother, Will Travel: A Mother and Daughter Discover Themselves, Each Other, and the World is written by a mother-daughter duo who undertake an ambitious trip around the world with a highly optimistic (read: highly unrealistic) view of what it will be like to spend months together. Predictable conflict ensues. The book is written in alternating chapters by the mother and the daughter, often comically telling the same story from two different perspectives and (the best part of the book for me) reminiscing on the difficult years before the trip, when the daughter was living through harrowing teenage years. Unfortunately, the rest of the book reads like a rehash of any guidebook, overlaid with mundane considerations of how human beings are the same all over the world.


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