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We'll Always Have Paris: A Mother/Daughter Memoir [Kindle Edition]

Jennifer Coburn
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Book Description

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.

"Brimming with joie de vivre!"—Jamie Cat Callan, author of Ooh La La! French Women's Secrets to Feeling Beautiful Every Day

"Coburn proves as adept at describing the terrain of the human heart as she is the gardens of Alcázar or the streets of Paris."—Claire and Mia Fontaine, authors of the bestselling Come Back and Have Mother, Will Travel


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"I'm profoundly in love with Jennifer Coburn's memoir We'll Always Have Paris! From Coburn's picture-perfect travelogue to her hilarious observations, she's woven together a powerful narrative with a heartfelt and thoughtful examination of what truly makes a family. I was enthralled from the very first page and I cannot recommend this book highly enough. I want to read this again, tell all my friends about it... and then renew my passport." - Jen Lancaster, NYT bestselling author of Bitter is the New Black, The Tao of Martha, and Here I Go Again

"This book touched me in a profound way. I lost my beloved father a short time ago and I have been ruminating about all the trips we never took together. Before my sisters and I were born, he traveled the world and regaled us with tales all through our childhood. We planned to see many of those same places together, but fate intervened in the form of marriage and a child of my own. In the end I can say that I am grateful that we shared so much time together and that his stories will always live on in me. Thank you Jennifer." - Cayocosta72

"We'll Always Have Paris reads like a sweet stroll through Europe with a funny friend who shares touching stories of her parent-child relationships. A great escape." - Janice MacLeod, author of Paris Letters

"We'll Always Have Paris is simply brimming with joie de vivre! From the very moment I embarked on Jennifer Coburn's delicious Paris memoir, I wanted to travel back in time to when my own daughter was eight years old, take her by the hand, and bring her to Paris for the adventure of a lifetime. Well, until I have a granddaughter, I have the next best thing--Jennifer Coburn's gorgeous story of love, family and the ties that bind. I am recommending this to all my friends and family and especially to my own daughter. It's simply fantastique!" - Jamie Cat Callan, author of Ooh La La! French Women's Secrets to Feeling Beautiful Every Day

"Jennifer Coburn's We'll Always Have Paris takes us on two journeys. One is a trés entertaining mother/daughter travel tale in which Coburn brings their evolving relationship, and Europe, to life with such vibrance, humor and insight, it made us want to pack our bags and hit the road again tomorrow. She also takes us on an internal journey chronicling her deep love and longing for the adored hippie/musician father she lost to cancer as a teen. In passages powerful, tender and funny - often in one sentence - Coburn proves as adept at describing the terrain of the human heart as she is the gardens of Alcazar or the streets of Paris." - Claire and Mia Fontaine, authors of the bestselling Comeback and Have Mother, Will Travel

We'll Always Have Paris: A Mother/Daughter Adventure is a funny, honest, sometimes kooky memoir by San Diegan Jennifer Coburn...to read the book is to experience Europe anew, and relive all the wonder that travel brings.

Jennifer's narration of their adventures is laugh-out-loud funny, warm and touching-I thought of Nora Ephron and Anna Quindlen.

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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1663 KB
  • Print Length: 397 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1402288638
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks (April 8, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HFDVOHI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,034 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging Memoir April 8, 2014
By LKC
Format:Paperback
Jennifer Coburn, you had me at "Paris."

In the introduction to this engaging memoir, Jennifer remarks that she has "never heard anyone talk about Paris without sighing." I'm no exception. As a francophile and lover of memoir, I was delighted to receive an advance review copy.

Jennifer was still in her teens when she lost her father, and, she writes, has spent her adulthood "checking my rear-view mirror to see if the Grim Reaper is tailgaiting." Despite excellent health, she was convinced she too would die young, so was determined to jam-pack her daughter Katie's mental scrapbook with beautiful mother-daughter memories.

To that end, she and her daughter spent several summer vacations traveling overseas. I suspect many of us will recognize ourselves in this description: "I don't need to be this happy at once, I thought. Can't I save some for later? A better part of me admonished that I should enjoy the experience now and stop searching for life's doggie bags."

In thoughtful, frequently hilarious detail, Jennifer writes about letting go of that fear of death and learning how to enjoy her life. "Katie instinctively knew what I had struggled my entire life to grasp," she says. "And I still hadn't gotten it. Eluding me was the ability to focus on what I had, rather than what I had lost or could lose."

A meditation on the meaning of family and memory, this funny, poignant memoir will have you reaching for your own passport.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
“This heartwarming story of a mother-daughter journey through Europe is a sweet and funny adventure that is a fun and inspirational read. “We’ll Always Have Paris” is a glimpse into a unique relationship written from the eyes of two generations. It makes you laugh, smile and admire these two kooky real-life folks who do it their way. Better yet, Jennifer Coburn’s story makes me want to pack up my bag... and my daughter… and hit the road to make similar memories. I am recommending this book to all of my friends and family. This is a “feel-good” must read!”

-Karen Ronney, author of Proud Parents’ Guide to Raising Athletic, Balanced, and Coordinated Kids: A Lifetime of Benefit in Just 10 Minutes A Day
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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"We'll Always Have Paris" is funny, emotional and touching. Entertaining from page one and filled with a story of that makes you want to spend more time with the ones you love.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I have been reading Jennifer Coburn's new book "We'll always have Paris", where she recounts her travels with her daughter through Paris and Italy, with touching and sometimes heart-breaking flashbacks from her childhood in New York.
Reading this book is, most of the time, like breathing laughing gas while reading comic books. I laughed out loud and imagined these two gals (mother and young daughter) treading their ways through Paris and places in Italy. Jennifer making fun of her own insecurities, while still hopping on trains, buses, faking accents, playing charades when unable to find the correct words, etc... I so totally enjoyed this book.
On a more serious note, Jennifer's father, whom we meet thorough her book, died of cancer at the age of 49. In his honor, she is donating her royalties from the first 1000 pre-orders to the American Cancer Society.
Vive "We'll always have Paris" and Jennifer Coburn!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tres Bon! April 8, 2014
By KC
Format:Paperback
I loved Coburn's memoir about "dragging" her daughter Katie through Paris and other parts of Europe. I too am a bit paranoid about being struck down too soon, so I could relate to the urgency she felt in giving Katie the best possible well-rounded childhood she could. Enjoyed their journey and the courage it took to take a then-8 year old on such an adventure. Fortunately, neither Jennifer nor her daughter were simpering Americans longing for cheeseburgers! They embraced the European cultures with great aplomb, language barrier be damned. (Perhaps her husband should also get a nod/shout out for holding down the fort while his wife and daughter did their globetrotting. What a guy!) For me what really gave the story traction was her memories of her father, and the "journey" of losing him. It was poignant and profound. You should read this book.
~KC
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A touching memoir April 8, 2014
Format:Paperback
I have read several of Jennifer Coburn’s fiction novels and couldn’t wait for this next round of impending belly-laughs. To my surprise, one of the first emotions I experienced was a deeply profound connection with Jennifer as a mother. Different from her Chick-Lit adventures, this memoir touches on the insecurities we feel about “doing it right”, our fear of time moving too fast and out of our control, and yes, of course the humor, that comes from being a mom in this day and age.

Like the roller coasters Jennifer describes enjoying with her father on Coney Island, this book took me on a ride from snorting giggles one moment to tear-filled eyes the next with few paragraphs in between.

Jennifer shows the reader her anxieties about everything from motherhood to being an adept traveler in a foreign land to worrying about not measuring up as a daughter to two eccentric, yet seemingly inspiring and loving parents.

At times, her travels mirror the stories of her parents’ actual, and sometimes unfulfilled, histories and challenge her to accept life as it comes, as difficult as that often proves to be. Her daughter, Katie, serves as a calming (and hilarious) influence that help Jennifer overcome some of her fears: an early death, loss of control and even veering from her carefully (perhaps obsessively) planned itineraries.

What I took away from this book was an unquenchable desire to plan a European adventure with my own daughters and to never pick up another cigarette, again. Thank you, Jennifer, for that.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Really enjoyed it! Easy read.
Published 1 day ago by Diane Laird
4.0 out of 5 stars This author is such a joy. The way she weaves in and out of ...
This author is such a joy. The way she weaves in and out of the past and present allows you to experience her moments with vivid understanding. Read more
Published 1 day ago by ShelleyFlanders
3.0 out of 5 stars Light Reading
I chose this book because my adult daughter and I took several trips to Europe to some of the same countries that the mother and daughter in this book also visited. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Diversity
5.0 out of 5 stars A TRUE PLEASURE TO READ
WHAT A WONDERFUL STORY. A MOTHER-DAUGHTER "MUST READ". JENNIFER'S WRITING IS SO VERY DESCRIPTIVE AND MAKES THE READER FEEL THAT THIS IS YOUR TRIP TOO. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Ruth
5.0 out of 5 stars My new favorite book!
I love this book! I have taken my 2 Granddaughters to Europe for their Graduation/18th birthdays. Some of the places they traveled to were ones we went to, but they did so much... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sharron
3.0 out of 5 stars next to me were three fresh rodent turds...at a Paris bookstore.
Coburn's memoir reads like a collection of essays on Paris, London, and other cities. Perhaps, there is a reason that she prefers to call her book, a memoir, rather than a... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Hung Tak Lee
4.0 out of 5 stars Visit to wonderful European destinations
A different way of presenting an excellent travelogue, as well as describing an evolving mother-daughter relationship. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Carmen J. Katz
3.0 out of 5 stars A fun romp through Europe...
A fun mother-daughter romp through Europe with a subtheme of resolving the father-wound and grieving his loss...all told with entertaining good humor.
Published 1 month ago by Barbara B. Westmoreland
4.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational story of a mom braving her fears to travel with her...
*Full disclosure: I received a copy of this book to review and purchased a second copy

Although I thought this book would only cover the author's trip to Paris with her... Read more
Published 1 month ago by kitpaw
3.0 out of 5 stars Liked the concept...
While I liked the concept of the book, by the end I was glad it was over. It felt like a tour guide book without pictures.
Published 1 month ago by L. Gregory
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