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Liftby Kelly Corrigan
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No matter when and why this comes to your hands, I want to put down on paper how things started with us. Written as a letter to her children, Kelly Corrigan's Lift is a tender, intimate, and robust portrait of risk and love; a touchstone for anyone who wants to live more fully. In Lift, Corrigan weaves together three true and unforgettable stories of adults willing to experience emotional hazards in exchange for the gratifications of raising children. Lift takes its name from hang gliding, a pursuit that requires flying directly into rough air, because turbulence saves a glider from "sinking out." For Corrigan, this wisdom--that to fly requires chaotic, sometimes even violent passages--becomes a metaphor for all of life's most meaningful endeavors, particularly the great flight that is parenting. Corrigan serves it up straight--how mundanely and fiercely her children have been loved, how close most lives occasionally come to disaster, and how often we fall short as mothers and fathers. Lift is for everyone who has been caught off guard by the pace and vulnerability of raising children, to remind us that our work is important and our time limited. Like Anne Morrow Lindbergh's Gift from the Sea, Lift is a meditation on the complexities of a woman's life, and like Corrigan's memoir, The Middle Place, Lift is boisterous and generous, a book readers can't wait to share.
"Penned as a letter to her two young daughters, the latest from author Corrigan is an attempt to illuminate their particular relationship ('I want to put down on paper how things started with us'), and an ambitious, inspirational meditation on parenthood in general. A slim volume, it perhaps suffers for its brevity but recounts engagingly events like Corrigan and her husband's decision to start a family, and baby Claire's bout with viral meningitis, 'the beginning of how I came to know what a bold and dangerous thing parenthood is.' She also examines the gifts all mothers hope to present their kids: 'a decent childhood, more good memories than bad, some values, a sense of a tribe, a run at happiness.' Fans of Corrigan's The Middle Place, a memoir of her fight with cancer, will welcome the return of figures like Corrigan's father, Greenie, and should appreciate her wistful but down-to-earth thoughts on parenthood. Newcomers might be less inspired, but should appreciate Corrigan's charm and honesty." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
- Kelly Corrigan's first book, The Middle Place, was a New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, IndieBound, Washington Post, Boston Globe, and San Francisco Chronicle bestseller.
- Kelly gives over 100 speeches a year, and her website for friends and family of breast cancer patients, CircusOfCancer.org, welcomes over 10,000 visitors a month.
- On You Tube, Kelly has become a sensation: Her video Transcending has been viewed more than 4 million times.
From the "New York Times"-bestselling author of "The Middle Place" comes this memoir of Corrigan's struggle with cancer and her family's support and strength that sees her through.
About the Author
Kelly Corrigan is, more than anything else, the mother of two young girls. While they're at school, Kelly writes a newspaper column, the occasional magazine article, and possible chapters of a novel. She is also the creator of CircusOfCancer.org, a website that teaches people how to help a friend through breast cancer. Kelly lives outside San Francisco with her husband, Edward Lichty, and their children.
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