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From the New York Times bestselling author of The Middle Place comes a new memoir that examines the bond — sometimes nourishing, sometimes exasperating, occasionally divine — between mothers and daughters.

When Kelly Corrigan was in high school, her mother neatly summarized the family dynamic as “Your father’s the glitter but I’m the glue.” This meant nothing to Kelly, who left childhood sure that her mom — with her inviolable commandments and proud stoicism — would be nothing more than background chatter for the rest of Kelly’s life, which she was carefully orienting toward adventure. After college, armed with a backpack, her personal mission statement, and a wad of traveler’s checks, she took off for Australia to see things and do things and Become Interesting.

But it didn’t turn out the way she pictured it. In a matter of months, her fanny pack full of savings had dwindled and she realized she needed a job. That’s how Kelly met John Tanner, a newly widowed father of two looking for a live-in nanny. They chatted for an hour, discussed timing and pay, and a week later, Kelly moved in. And there, in that house in a suburb north of Sydney, her mother’s voice was suddenly everywhere, nudging and advising, cautioning and directing, escorting her through a terrain as foreign as any she had ever trekked. Every day she spent with the Tanner kids was a day spent reconsidering her relationship with her mother, turning it over in her hands like a shell, straining to hear whatever messages might be trapped in its spiral.

This is a book about the difference between travel and life experience, stepping out and stepping up, fathers and mothers. But mostly it’s about who you admire and why, and how that changes over time.

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"Corrigan (The Middle Place) looks back on a transformative period in her life in the early 1990s. As a college grad determined to see the world and find adventure far from the safety net of her Philadelphia-based family (fans of her previous memoir have already met her outgoing dad, 'Greenie,' and her more stoic mom Mary, the 'glitter and glue'), she travels to Australia where she soon runs out of money and takes a temporary position as a nanny to two young children whose mother has passed away. Though disappointed to find herself in a mundane job in the suburbs, Corrigan is quickly drawn into the struggle of a family trying to carry on in the absence of its most 'irreplaceable' member. As widower John Tanner, his young children, and his stepson Evan wind their way into young Kelly's heart, she finds herself thinking more and more of her own mother's voice, of her solid commitment to her children, husband, and faith, and of the lessons one can learn from ordinary life, 'which are big, hard beautiful things.' Initially believing that 'things happen when you leave the house,' the young Corrigan soon finds that life's greatest dramas and deepest messages often unfold within the quiet underpinnings of relationships. The author's fans and newcomers alike will welcome this story that probes the depths of mother-daughter bonds (Feb.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Kelly Corrigan is the New York Times bestselling author of The Middle Place and Lift. She is a YouTube sensation whose “Transcending” video has been seen by more than four million viewers. She is also a contributor to O: The Oprah Magazine and Good Housekeeping and is the founder of circusofcancer.org. She lives outside San Francisco with her husband and two daughters.

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Cristina Banuelos, September 29, 2014 (view all comments by Cristina Banuelos)
I actually received this book as a gift and while waiting to pick up my daughter after school I cracked it open. Not only was I late picking her up because I lost track of time but I continued reading it well into the night. It spoke to my personally as a mother and a daughter but anyone who has been young and free and hopeful in their youthful selves will enjoy this book . The author, Kelly Corrigan, takes you along and experience those awkward and heady moments as a nanny in a foreign land. But by far my favorite aspect of the book are the moments with her mother, her mothers sturdy, realistic persona shines through and makes me want more. I'm so glad I read this book - it made me cry and laugh and I' am looking forward to reading more by Mrs Corrigan. "And it occurs to me that maybe the reason my mother was so exhausted all the time wasn't because she was doing so much but because she was feeling so much."
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writermala, July 29, 2014 (view all comments by writermala)
I fell in love with this book when I read in the first chapter Kelley's reference to Mikey in the Life Cereal commercials! Kelley writes about the mother daughter relationship with a lot of insight - for example when she says that there are dozens of women inside each woman in general and mothers in particular. Kelley's stint as nanny to the Tanner kids points her back to her own mother and she sees her with a new understanding. The book is loaded with metaphors and the analogy of the mother with the Queen in a game of chess is sure to resound in every reader's mind.
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Annies books, July 23, 2014 (view all comments by Annies books)
Just sped through this charming book. Kelly tells it like it is, tells things you would only tell your best friend. An insightful look at the Mother/daughter relationship at a time when she could see past the daily irritations of such. A favorite book this year!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780345532831
Author:
Corrigan, Kelly
Publisher:
Ballantine Books
Subject:
Biography - General
Publication Date:
20140204
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.52 x 5.76 x 1.08 in 0.9 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Corrigan (The Middle Place) looks back on a transformative period in her life in the early 1990s. As a college grad determined to see the world and find adventure far from the safety net of her Philadelphia-based family (fans of her previous memoir have already met her outgoing dad, 'Greenie,' and her more stoic mom Mary, the 'glitter and glue'), she travels to Australia where she soon runs out of money and takes a temporary position as a nanny to two young children whose mother has passed away. Though disappointed to find herself in a mundane job in the suburbs, Corrigan is quickly drawn into the struggle of a family trying to carry on in the absence of its most 'irreplaceable' member. As widower John Tanner, his young children, and his stepson Evan wind their way into young Kelly's heart, she finds herself thinking more and more of her own mother's voice, of her solid commitment to her children, husband, and faith, and of the lessons one can learn from ordinary life, 'which are big, hard beautiful things.' Initially believing that 'things happen when you leave the house,' the young Corrigan soon finds that life's greatest dramas and deepest messages often unfold within the quiet underpinnings of relationships. The author's fans and newcomers alike will welcome this story that probes the depths of mother-daughter bonds (Feb.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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