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Who Will Accompany You?: My Mother-Daughter Journeys Far from Home and Close to the Heart

Updated: Jul 25, 2023


Book Description

Award-winning memoirist Meg Stafford has an adventurous spirit, and this time she takes us along for the ride. When her daughters venture into terra incognita—one of them meditating in the Himalayas and the other negotiating with the Colombian military—Stafford decides to go too. In the process, she reflects on her own lifetime of wanderlust and what it means for a parent to love and to let go. Generous, insightful, and deeply funny, Stafford is the ideal tour guide for a journey as big as the world and as intimate as the human heart.

Editorial Review

Meg Stafford's book Who Will Accompany You?: My Mother-Daughter Journeys Far from Home and Close to the Heart is a wonderful literary journey that takes readers on a captivating adventure through different lands and cultures. Her writing is vivid and descriptive, creating a sense of being right there with her as she explores new and exciting destinations. You will love how she supports her daughters' decisions and the choices they make, especially when it comes to travel.

What makes the book even more engaging is Stafford's curious nature, which allows her to immerse herself in different cultures and appreciate the similarities and differences between people from various parts of the world; different bathroom facilities for instance. Her insights are enlightening and provide a refreshing perspective on how we all share a common bond despite our differences.

One of the most moving aspects of Stafford's book is the personal journey of her daughters Kate, and Gale. Through their honest and introspective journal entries, readers gain insight into the challenges and rewards of self-discovery, resiliency, and personal growth in new and unfamiliar environments. Meg's journal entries contain plenty of insight as well and offer a good balance with the daughters' perspectives.

Watching your children struggle is an issue all parents must contend with and that topic is handled well here, as Meg relinquishes much of her control or need to control every aspect of her daughters' lives. Letting go is an important and notable element in the book making way for growth and change for all involved. The book speaks to the power of family support and the resiliency of the human spirit, as Kate and Gale learn to navigate their new environments and come out stronger and more confident individuals.

The book is not just about the travels of a mother and daughter, but also about the transformative power of travel itself. Through Stafford's experiences and observations, readers are reminded of the immense value of immersing oneself in new and unfamiliar cultures and the impact they can have on personal growth and development. Travel is truly an important type of education.

Overall, Stafford's book is a beautiful tribute to the joys and challenges of travel, the importance of cultural exchange, and the power of personal growth and self-discovery. Her writing is thoughtful, fun, and inspiring. Readers will certainly come away from the book with a deeper appreciation for the beauty and diversity of the world we live in. This book is highly recommended for anyone who loves to travel, or who is simply looking for an engaging and thought-provoking read.

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About The Author

Meg Stafford

Meg Stafford is a writer who loves exploration of all kinds. Her 2011 memoir, Topic of Cancer, won six literary awards (including being named "Best First Book" by the IBPA's Benjamin Franklin Awards) for its engrossing and hilarious portrayal of surviving and thriving after a life-altering diagnosis of breast cancer. For 25 years she has been observing how small, remarkable moments enrich our lives in her monthly newspaper column, "A Moment's Notice." As a social worker in private practice, she's been helping others negotiate the terrain of relationships and connections for over 35 years. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband, two dogs and one large cat.


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