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Are We Nearly There Yet? - review - Ben Hatch

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TRAVEL LOG Hatch sets out to turn a guidebook into art and accomplishes it with humor and candor

Are We Nearly There Yet?

Current Status:
In Season

We gave it an A-

”I’ll turn guidebook writing into an art form,” Hatch declares early on in his astute meta-travelogue, Are We Nearly There Yet?. The weird thing is that he kind of does. Hatch wrote the Frommer’s England With Your Family in 2010, but here he tells the real story. Cramped in a hatchback with his wife and toddlers, he hilariously navigates 8,000 miles’ worth of doll surgeons, ”smug farmers’ sons,” and a toothbrush incident not fit to reprint here. These droll episodes (printed next to his actual Frommer’s drafts like a DVD commentary) are offset by moving memories of his late father and a touchingly frank look at his own parenting skills. A-