Two things flashed through my mind when I opened the door to the sex shop to find my mother standing in front of the display case talking to a tall salesman wearing a leather harness, jock strap and a dog collar. The first was, "Oh, crap!" The second was, "I hate it when Dad's right."
Thus begins David Alan Morrison's hilarious memoir about the evolution of a family. Following the sudden death of his right-wing, conservative father, a middle-aged, liberal gay guy struggles with the idea of his own mortality by reminiscing about the quirky travel experiences he shared with his gregarious mother. Told through a combination of journal entries, random thoughts and interviews, TRAVELS WITH PENNY takes us on an adventure both funny and touching as David tries to make sense of seemingly random vacations that, somehow, weaved a new relationship with his estranged parents. As he and Penny travel through an Amsterdam hash bar, a New York gay theatre and the most conservative states in the USA, they learn that the events of their stormy past does not mean they must face the future in a broken relationship. They learn love trumps traditional notions of "family," despite the pain of change and a society filled with anti-LGBT bias.
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I really enjoyed the conversational feel of this book. A lot of it felt like I was sitting down with the author in one of those interview shows and just getting him to talk about a variety of topics. Many, many of these topics (most of them involving his Mom) made me laugh. For me it felt a bit special because it reminded me a little of how my own mother can be at times and how protective I feel about her. This would have made a great sit down with Oprah, that interview would be awesome. While I liked the conversational feel there were spots that I felt it a bit of a ramble. Like any real conversation topics changed often and sometimes quickly and this was a bit of a mix for me. There were times I liked the shifts and others when I felt lost. That being said I did enjoy getting a peek behind the magical curtain at the author of The Guild of Immortal Women. Disclosure: I received this free from the author in exchange for an honest review.