Saturday, April 12, 2014

Book review: We'll Always Have Paris

*Disclosure: I received a copy of this book to review. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.

I read a lot of books. There are books that I enjoy, books that I tolerate, and books that I never, ever want to end.  We'll Always Have Paris definitely falls firmly into the "never want to end" category. It's absolutely lovely and funny and inspiring.  Here's a bit about the book, from a press release that I received:

In her forthcoming memoir, We’ll Always Have Paris: A Mother/Daughter Adventure Coburn shares details of their summer travels through Europe, one city at a time, united by their desire to see the world and spend precious time together.

Even though her husband can’t join them, even though she’s nervous about venturing overseas, and even though she’s perfectly healthy and not actually dying, Coburn decides to leave the bathroom and kitchen repairs for another day, and invest in building memories with her daughter.

Their journey begins in Paris when Katie is 8, and ends in Paris in 2013, when Katie is 16, after taking monthlong trips to more than a dozen European (including Paris, London, Rome, Salerno, Florence, Venice, Madrid, Seville, Granada, Barcelona, and Amsterdam).

Whether they are sleeping at Shakespeare and Company Booksellers in Paris, singing Korean folk songs at the Alhambra, playing charades with the locals in Pompeii, or visiting the Salvador DalĂ­ Triangle in Spain, this is the story of how one mother lets go of the fear of death—and how her daughter teaches her to enjoy life. 
My family loves to travel (which is good, since I work as a travel writer), and I can't wait to explore new cities and countries with them when they get a bit older. After reading We'll Always Have Paris, I'm even more anxious to pack our suitcases and go.  This book is a lovely exploration of the effects that travel has on life and relationships and the joy of sharing travel with a loved one. But it's not just about travel- the author honestly explores her relationship with her father and the effect of his death when she was just 19 years old.  Yes, there are serious parts, but there are a lot of things to smile and laugh about as well- the end of the chapter on Amsterdam had me laughing like a lunatic!  This is the type of book that you close with a smile and look forward to picking back up again in the future.  I highly recommend it!