Almost There by Curtis Gillespie
The Family Vacation, Then and Now

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...Gillespie is not so much trying to plan the perfect vacation as understand why it’s worth taking at all, and his probing and amusing look at holidays should give you plenty to think about while you’re getting there.
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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.
 

About Curtis Gillespie

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Curtis Gillespie has written four books, including the memoir Playing Through: A Year of Life and Links Along the Scottish Coast, and the novel Crown Shyness. He has won numerous awards for his fiction and non-fiction, including the Danuta Gleed Literary Award and three National Magazine Awards. His journalism has been widely published, and he is the editor and co-founder of Eighteen Bridges magazine. He lives in Edmonton with his wife and two daughters.
 
Published by Thomas Allen Publishers.
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Travel.
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Reviewed by David Berry on Jul 06 2012

...Gillespie is not so much trying to plan the perfect vacation as understand why it’s worth taking at all, and his probing and amusing look at holidays should give you plenty to think about while you’re getting there.

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Reviewed by David Berry on Jul 06 2012

Gillespie is not so much trying to plan the perfect vacation as understand why it’s worth taking at all, and his probing and amusing look at holidays should give you plenty to think about while you’re getting there.

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