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We’ll Always Have Paris By Jennifer Coburn To Benefit The American Cancer Society

(Photo Credit: Sourcebooks)

(Photo Credit: Sourcebooks)

Jennifer Coburn has been looking in the rear-view mirror expecting to see the Grim Reaper for the last 20 years—ever since she lost her father to lung cancer when she was just 19.

When she became a mom herself, Coburn vowed to jam-pack her daughter Katie’s mental scrapbook with beautiful memories…starting in Paris.

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 month-long trips to more than a dozen European (including Paris, London, Rome, Salerno, Florence, Venice, Madrid, Seville, Granada, Barcelona, and Amsterdam).

(Photo Credit: Jennifer Coburn)

(Photo Credit: Jennifer Coburn)

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 Dalí 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.

This is what Jen Lancaster, New York Times bestselling author of Bitter Is The New Black, The Two Of Martha, and Here I Go Again, has to say about this powerful and tender memoir: “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.

(Photo Credit: Google.com)

(Photo Credit: Google.com)

Coburn’s travel memoir will be released by Sourcebook on April 8, 2014. The author is donating all of the proceeds from pre-ordered copies to the American Cancer Society, the nationwide voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer. Pre-order before April 8 at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound, Books-A-Million, and Indigo to give your valuable contribution to the cause.

Jennifer Coburn is a USA Today bestselling 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. To read more about her and her books, please visit her website.

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