Nancy L. (Zephyrhills, FL)
Glitter and Glue
"Glitter and Glue" by Kelly Corrigan caught me by surprise. As I began reading it, I thought it would be a travelogue/memoir: two twenty something women off to discover Australia, complete with Ayres Rock, coastal surfing, and snorkeling. Although there was a bit of that, the story took a right turn when Corrigan took a job as a nanny for two small motherless children. The further Corrigan took the story, the more she layered insightful musings about the links between mothers and their children as well as what it means to be a mother. I found myself at times pausing my reading to think about my own relationships with both my mother and my children. I enjoyed this thoughtful memoir.
Cathy W. (Rancho Palos Verdes, CA)
Glitter and Glue
Kelly Corrigan has an amazing ability to tap into the human psyche and articulate the findings in a way that is both astute and humorous. Her words resonate with mothers, daughters, and women who are trying to figure out family relationships. It's the kind of book you want to share with your best friend, and if you are lucky, your mother.
Celia A. (Takoma Park, MD)
Touching story of a woman's relationship with her mother
Many of us worry about turning into our mothers, but maybe that's not such a bad thing. It was only as a nanny and then as a mother herself that Corrigan came to understand the many ways in which her mother had been the glue that held her family together. This memoir of how the author's relationship with her mother has changed over the years is deeply touching. I defy anyone to read the last two pages (before the epilogue) and not get a little misty eyed.
Lisa M. (Fullerton, CA)
Reading Kelly Corrigan's writing is like sitting down over coffee and dishing about life with a close girlfriend. Her latest memoir, Glitter and Glue, delves into the fraught relationships between mothers and daughters, and how, to a great extent, woman rarely understand or appreciate their mothers until they are themselves mothers. Poignant, witty, and true, this book. I loved it.
Cam G. (Murrells Inlet, SC)
Glitter and Glue
Kelly Corrigan's mother would tell her that "your father is the glitter but I am the glue." This delightful book is a paean to her mother after finally discovering her mother was truly the "glue" in her life. This is Corrigan's 3rd book, and while her first, The Middle Place, remains my favorite, Glitter and Glue is a humorous, touching memoir.
Carolyn S. (Decatur, GA)
Homage to Motherhood
While acting as a nanny to a bereaved family in Australia, Kelly Corrigan recalls the many things her own Mother would have said and done in different situations that she faces in Glitter and Glue. The novel has a weak storyline and seems more like an essay about paying homage to motherhood.
Suzanne G. (Tucson, AZ)
If you love love your mother, don't miss this one . . .
This story, a memoir of a young woman and the disparity with her mother, shows how in actuality mothers and daughters are often so very much alike. Kelly tells it like it is. My mother and I had much the same relationship for years. It wasn't until after she died I was able to see who she was. I am my mother's daughter! There may not be too much to chew over for a book club; it is a short book but written so well it could go on forever.