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Discussion Guide

Who Will Accompany You?

By Meg Stafford

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.

 

We are afforded the viewpoints of both daughters as the author weaves their voices and perspectives about their experiences, and feelings about who they meet. This three dimensional look at their relationships as well as the colorful places they visit bring us close to them as people while whetting our appetite to strike out for places unknown. 

 

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Discussion Questions

Use these discussion questions to guide your next book club meeting.

Meg, Kate and Gale all travel for different reasons. How does travel help you learn more about yourself?

How do you define connection with family? How do you create it?

What makes you hesitate? How do you know whether to push yourself to try something new or whether it is a good idea to abstain from participating?

"What a heart-warming and emotional ride! This memoir does not stick you in the 

back seat but allows you the liberty of riding ‘shotgun’. Upfront, you witness the deeply poignant tale Meg Stafford and her daughters weave together. From soaring heights to silent temples, whatever adventure there is to experience and feel is yours too."

--- Readers’ Favorite

 

"Meg and her daughters' prose put me right there: trekking in Nepal or bouncing on the bus in remote Colombia. With humor and so much heart, this is more than a travel story; it's the story of letting go and watching your children fly."

—Kathleen Klofft, Travel Educator and Editor of GoSeeItTravel.com

 

"Meg is an accomplished therapist, memoirist, and organizational consultant. Now with Who Will Accompany You?, her second memoir, Meg illuminates how there may be no greater test in parenting than trekking around the globe with your adult daughters. While she will always be Mom, this is a delightful masterclass in auditioning one another as adult fellow travelers. A humor-filled and colorful triumph! The voices of Meg, Kate, and Gale are distinct, while their love, humor, and trust are the bungee cords holding these three together, supple and strong."

—Mark Gianino, PhD, MSW, Clinical Associate Professor, Boston University School of Social Work

 

"I can't stop talking about this book! Its touching anecdotes and descriptions of unusual places keep finding their way into my conversation. From exotic or risky parts of the world, Meg Stafford's courageous daughters meld awareness, service, and international adventure at such young ages. Shepherded by the keen awareness of a mom who supports their global journeys, Who Will Accompany You? speaks to many angles of staying true to our own paths. I adore the rotating voices and perspectives of a mother and two daughters, woven together by a warm, golden thread of rich spirituality and love. This book will stay with you. Don't miss it."

—Shawn Mahshie, Thought Leader & Happiness Coach, Author of The Spark of Self-Love and the upcoming Self-Solidarity Solution