Jan M. (Broken Arrow, OK)
This is a book that really surprised this reader. As I began reading, I assumed it would be a light, fun tale of two young women experiencing the adventure of their lives. Very quickly I became aware that it was much more than that. Kelly's narrative revealed a lovely young woman's self-discovery as she grew into a mature adult. Her insight into her parent's roles in her life caused this reader to inspect and understand her own. Rarely has a book brought me such an Ah-Ha moment. Kelly's first person writing style allowed this reader to feel her emotions as she revealed her story. It was a job well done, and a story well told. I am recommending this book to my book club as I think it will generate much discussion.
Dorothy G. (Naperville, IL)
A book for every generation of women
Kelly Corrigan spoke to me on so many levels in this book....as a mother, a daughter, a granddaughter, and a one-day grandmother. The female journey and the discovery of the connection between ourselves and our mothers is one we all must take. Kelly bridged the gap between our young selves and our more mature selves; the mothers we become. She does this with humor, amazing insight, and heart tugging thoughtfulness. I enjoyed each page and wish I could pull up a chair beside her and hear more. For me, that is always the sign of a great book. Our mothers' voices echo inside us all our lives, but we often don't stop to listen. With the insight provided by Kelly, I will stop and listen and remember all the lessons passed on from my grandmother down to my daughters. I think everyone will see themselves and their well-meaning mothers. A lovely, short read.
Daryl B. (Poolesville, MD)
Never having read anything by Kelly Corrigan, I was delighted to find a new author I enjoy. I think being so far away from home and working as a mom to her two Australian charges, was the perfect scenario to make Kelly realize how big a role her own mom played in making her who she is. I loved quirky little Martin. Mother/daughter relationships always make for good discussions at book club .I would recommend this to any mom. Funny and touching.
Leah L. (Lawrence, NY)
Not just another Mommy Dearest memoir
I'll admit it up front -- It took me a while to get into this book. In this "selfie" age when memoirs on just about anything proliferate, especially when a 20-something is trying to find herself, I groaned. Yet Kelly Corrigan is not run-of-the-mill. Her worldwide odyssey was not Mom-and-Dad financed. Rather, she worked. Her commitment to the motherless Australian family is laudatory and all the more so since she had no idea how this experience would shape how she'd see her mother as well as herself as a mother. I ached when she disclosed that the Aussie kids never sought her out when they became adults. Her conclusion though about who loses out when a Mom dies was right on and refreshingly honest. Kelly -- When you make it out to the East Coast, I'd love to have dinner with you.
Kathy M. (Duncannon, PA)
Ready for More Kelly Corrigan!
Glitter and Glue by Kelly Corrigan was a quick, easy, interesting read. A couple of times, I had to re-read the back cover to remind myself this is a memoir; not fiction. I, like Kelly, never had a "best girlfriend" relationship with my mother and often disagreed with her rules and ideals. Throughout the story, you learn of Kelly's relationship with her mother, how it evolves over time (solely through Kelly's maturation), and how Kelly eventually finds herself emulating her mother while working as a nanny. I believe most mothers are the "glue" of families and that children, later in life, find themselves acting exactly like their mother. I am anxious to read the other books written by Kelly Corrigan.
Joan V. (Miller Place, NY)
Mother DOES know best
"What child can see the woman inside her mom?" This to me sums up "Glitter and Glue." Ms. Corrigan needed to go halfway around the world from Pennsylvania to Australia to appreciate her mother not as a "mom" but as a person. I enjoyed this book very much, not only for the discussion of a mother/daughter relationship but also for what it feels like to be an American in another country. The feeling of patriotism, sometimes in a defensive way is something that you cannot understand until you have experienced it. Ms. Corrigan is an excellent writer and I would like to read more of her books. This would be a good book club selection and I can see a lively discussion about family relationships in general not just from the mother /daughter perspective
Kathy S. (Danbury, CT)
Needs More Glue
I was expecting a much different book, with more stories about Kelly's relationship with her mother and how it had changed over the years. Her experience as a nanny in Australia dominated the book, and then when she returned to the States, Kelly is home only a short period of time before moving across the country to California. It is here that she falls in love, marries and raises her family. Although she claims she emulates her mother more and more as she embraces her own motherhood, there is not enough back story to support this. Fast read, enjoyable, could have been so much better.