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Eden Book Club: All Over The Place Discussion

I felt an abundance of gratitude while reading All Over The Place. I felt grateful for the amount of love I have in my life (even on days when it doesn’t seem like much). I felt grateful for my marriage and my partner. I felt grateful for my parents; I even felt closer to my parents.

“Travel didn’t just help me make sense of myself. It helped me make sense of those closest to me.”

Geraldine Deruiter

All Over The Place is different from your standard travel memoir in that regard. Author Geraldine DeRuiter lets you know that at the start. It’s a laugh-out-loud funny, endlessly uplifting book that views travel through the lens of family and connections and re-connections. It’s a book that focuses on the cracks in glossy travel stories, the sh** you don’t see on Instagram (and I mean this quite literally. there is a lot of discussion of poop in this book).

It’s a wonderfully witty read and one of the best travel memoirs in existence. Yes, that’s an absolutely biased statement. I’m a long-time fan of The Everywhereist. Did you expect anything else?

I can’t wait to hear your thoughts in the comments down below!

Book Club Discussion Guidelines

Discussion posts (like this one) will have a series of questions as starting points. But honestly, you can talk about whatever you want regarding the books (or questions). You don’t have to answer all (or any) of the questions. I’d still love to hear your thoughts!

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You can join in regardless of whether you’ve read, not read, or DNF’d the book! I understand that not everyone has the time to read or finish the book so I try to include a general discussion question as well to make the discussions more inclusive.

All Over The Place Discussion Questions

  • What are the main themes of this memoir?
  • How did you feel about the author’s approach to sharing her life story?
  • Did any of the anecdotes in this memoir surprise you?
  • What parts of All Over The Place felt similar to other popular travel memoirs? What parts felt different?
  • How did you feel about the author’s voice, tone, and style of storytelling?
  • Are there any sentences or quotes that stood out to you?
  • How do you feel about DeRuiter’s thoughts on love?
  • What are some feelings that All Over The Place evoked?
  • Which parts (if any) of All Over The Place did you find relatable?
  • If you’re a fan of The Everywhereist, what is one travel experience from the blog you would have snuck into the book? Feel free to drop links!

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sincerely anshula

Let me know your thoughts in the comments below! Of course, these are just starter questions. There are no right or wrong answers. Feel 100% free to discuss anything regarding the book (or otherwise). I’ll be jumping in and responding as well!

5 Comments

  • Vyas Nellutla
    June 24, 2022 at 6:08 AM

    This book was so much fun to read!

    I liked how heartfelt the stories were. Geraldine was not afraid to talk about her good and bad experiences with equal honesty, which made the sweet moments with her parents, her husband, and her family that much sweeter.

    > How did you feel about the author’s approach to sharing her life story?

    I felt like I was hearing a stand-up comedian share their life story. She’s not afraid to laugh at herself, the situation, and make the best of what comes, which kept the book upbeat and light-hearted even during the more serious topics.

    > Did any of the anecdotes in this memoir surprise you?

    A-poo-calypse, enough said 😂

    > Are there any sentences or quotes that stood out to you?

    “Funny thing about being constantly scared of getting lost – when you finally know where you’re going, you become sort of invincible.”

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    • Demarcus Vandeveble
      June 25, 2022 at 1:37 PM

      So true, I found it so cool that she addressed many parts of her past while keeping the book light-hearted in the process. I’m usually a bit of a Debbie Downer when I remember sad memories, but Geraldine was so funny going over her memories.

      A-poo-calypse and the Smallpox Hospital both were soo surprising! But when she talks about both of those experiences, she makes it so down-to-earth and fun!

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  • Mariel Michelotti
    June 25, 2022 at 12:18 PM

    I had a blast reading All Over The Place! I only finished the first half so far (sorry I started in the last minute), but I’m blazing through it and should be done pretty soon.

    Literally all the chapter titles stood out to me, but also this one: “if you want to know the key to making one [relationship] work, the solution really is simple. You just need to find someone who will help you deal with your shit.”

    I sense that she has a mature and honest understanding of love. How situations can make life seem so messy, but love simplifies life if we choose to approach it honestly and accept people as they are.

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    • Grayce Stooks
      June 25, 2022 at 10:32 PM

      I also I felt that the author didn’t shy away from the messiness of life. She wrote about the Air France booking and as terrible as the situation was, she was still able to savor a sweet moment she had with her husband and her friends afterwards.

      And at the start of the book, I felt that I could relate to that feeling of knowing the job I have is about to end, but still pressing on and enjoying each bit of life despite what lies ahead.

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  • Sanford Hertel
    June 26, 2022 at 2:56 PM

    This book reminded me of how I feel invincible when traveling. There are so many things that could go wrong (and often does), but it somehow doesn’t stop me from feeling on top of the world (perhaps because on an airplane, we sort of are).

    And that feeling is so great when life isn’t going the way that I expected. Like how Geraldine went to Italy, I would long to drive out, hike trails, and see vast landscapes to just escape from today’s problems and get swallowed up by what nature has to offer.

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