Ann O. (Kansas City, MO)
A Heartfelt Memoir
I loved Glitter and Glue. Reading it made me feel as if I were talking to my best friend who was telling me her story about the five months when she launched herself far from home into a country – and family -- she didn't know. It is an honest and heartfelt memoir about her experience caring for children who had lost their mother, children who pretended not to need her, but did ultimately need her. It is funny, endearing and loving.
Amber B. (East Sparta, OH)
More than meets the eye
I really enjoyed Glitter and Glue - the first person I texted after reading it was my own mother - with the words, "I have a book for you!"
The memoir leaves one with much to think about - in terms of parenting, romantic relationships, what it means to be a son or daughter, and especially about your own mortality... what you leave behind.
I found myself turning down lots of pages to come back to certain phrases and sections to jot down and revisit.
Diane D. (Blairstown, NJ)
I can't place my finger on just why I liked this book so much, but I sure did. Maybe it had something to do with the fact that my parents moved to Australia, when they got married, and I wanted to know more about the people there. Of course, as it turned out, people are the same everywhere.
Kelly seemed to learn a lot about herself by being a nanny for the two young children, who had lost their mother; and it was interesting to see how she understood her mother more, as the time went on. It would be interesting to hear how my reading group would respond to this book, since it makes me wonder if everyone misunderstands their mothers till they are older and have more experience in life.
I would have liked to have read more, but maybe that's another story for another book.
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.