Sue Monk Kidd was already a local favorite for her book The Secret Life of Bees, which is set in the Lowcountry. When she teamed up with her daughter, a writer for Skirt!, we knew to expect a great read. Traveling with Pomegranates was just that: a travelogue describing the duo’s journeys through France, Greece, and Turkey, as well as their personal journeys to discover their separate feminine identities after quarter- and mid-life crises. Monk Kidd mentions her decision to buy a house in Charleston and the subsequent inspirations for her first novel, while she tries to feel relevant as she approaches the later stage of her life. Kidd Taylor captures younger readers with her story of her first heartbreak and the trip abroad that helped her come into her own.