Almost There

Almost There

The Family Vacation Then and Now

Book - 2012
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We all have memories of family vacations: the cross-country marathon drive, the camping trip, a couple lazy weeks at the lake, a helter-skelter month in Europe, four days in Disneyland. The variations may be endless, but the common denominator is that there are always stories to tell.

The family vacation, with all its funny, sad, relaxing, stressful, frustrating, and exhilarating moments, shapes us, and helps us create an understanding of who we are and of those we travel with. In his humourous new book, Almost There , award-winning writer Curtis Gillespie explores the meaning of our family vacations, the memories created by them, and how we use these memories to define our relationship with our families and ourselves.

Using his own history of family vacations as a backdrop, Gillespie explores how the meaning and symbolism of the family vacation has shifted throughout the decades. For years, families drove across the country or relaxed at a lakeside cottage. Now even the middle-class travel with their nannies or go on a Disney cruise ... or take their nannies with them on a Disney cruise. As he sifts through memories and explores family vacation history, Gillespie ultimately discovers that not only is how we choose to vacation an expression of who we are as individual families, but that the very nature of the family vacation reflects, and sometimes even predicts, societal change.

The family vacation is something we all share; the laughter, the tears, the moments, the memories. In Almost There , Curtis Gillespie reminds us how important these moments in our lives are, and how important they will continue to be.

Publisher: Toronto : Thomas Allen, [2012]
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9780887629389
Branch Call Number: 306.48125 GIL
Characteristics: 236 pages ;,23 cm


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Jul 11, 2012

"Before setting out this year, put a copy of Curtis Gillespie’s Almost There: The Family Vacation, Then and Now in your glove compartment or your carry-on. Better yet, give it a read well before you plan your next family trip. You’ll find yourself laughing aloud at the sometimes gross hilarity that ensued on his family trips. But you’ll also find yourself thinking about his messages and what they say about you as a parent, and what you hope to get from your family holidays... Almost There is both a trip down memory lane, for the author and the reader, and a thoughtful examination of the values inherent in a family vacation." - Sarah MacWhirter, Globe and Mail

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