Beth M. (NY, NY)
A book you want to hug and re read
I love, loved this book. Kelly Corrigan is an involving, passionate writer who tells stories like your best friend. You understand what she's talking about and you nod your head in acknowledgement of the truths she shares. This is a wonderful story about mothers and daughters and the importance of friends. It's about finding out what's really true and how truth changes over time. As her editor wrote: "I'm excited for you to turn the page. You're in for something very special". I agree and would add, you'll also be very sorry when it ends.
Sue J. (Wauwatosa, WI)
mothers and daughters
This memoir explores the relationship between a mother and daughter and how it evolves over time. Kelly Corrigan's mother described the family dynamic as "Your father's the glitter but I'm the glue." After college, Kelly takes off with a friend to see the world and become interesting. While visiting Australia, her savings runs low and she takes a job as a live-in nanny for a recently widowed father of two. While trying to fit into the family, she hears her mother's voice everywhere giving advice. Corrigan has a great sense of humor, she's able to describe her situation in a very frank way. I enjoyed this memoir not only because it helped me reflect on the relationship I had with my mother, but also the relationship I have with my adult daughter.
Elizabeth L. (Beavercreek, OH)
Another Winner by Kelly Corrigan
I was a huge fan of Kelly Corrigan's "The Middle Place" and her third book, "Glitter and Glue" is just as good if not better. The book is a powerful meditation on mothers and daughters written from the perspective of an avowed daddy's girl who discovers she has much more in common with her mother than she would have believed. Ms. Corrigan's writing style is casual and engaging. Reading the book is much like reading the blog of a good friend. It is revealing and tender and funny. Highly recommend.
Priscilla M. (Houston, TX)
A little more glue, perhaps?
There isn't a woman alive who does not have stories to tell about her relationship with her mother. I was prepared to sympathize with the author as she discovered through life experiences just how much of her mother she had internalized without knowing it. I know I have been amazed at the number of times I have opened my mouth to say something and out popped my mother.
The author, Kelly Corrigan, goes on an extended trip to Australia and finds herself needing a job to make ends meet. She takes a job as a nanny, and in the process of caring for three motherless children, finds herself relating more and more to the mother with whom she thought she had nothing in common. It was a an easy read, and I did enjoy it, but I found myself looking for a little more internal conflict along the way. I felt like the full realization of her relationship to her mother did not occur until she herself was a mother, much later after her time in Australia.
Pam S. (Henderson, KY)
Glitter and Glue
This is a lovely book that many will enjoy. However, every woman of a certain age and/or with children will love this book. Just make sure you have lots of tissues when you do. Both funny and poignant, it is a loving tribute to the author's mother but also a lovely example of how mothers and daughters often don't understand or appreciate each other until later in life. I will be recommending this book to every woman dear to me as a must read.
Karen J. (Bremerton, WA)
Wanted More Depth
Fans of Kelly Corrigan will enjoy this touching memoir of her first foray from her childhood home wherein she travels to Australia to live adventurously and experience interesting things, free of the constraints of her strained relationship with her mother. However, soon her funds dwindle and Kelly, needing a job, takes a position as a nanny to a newly widowed father's young children. It is through parenting these two maternal orphans that Kelly begins to gain insight into her stoic and emotionally distant mother. An easy quick read and good material for a book club. However, I only gave it four stars as it did not plumb deep enough for me.