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Glitter and Glue

A Memoir

Corrigan, Kelly

(Book - 2014)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Glitter and Glue
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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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Ballantine Books,, [2014]
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 034553283X
9780345532831
Branch Call Number: B-C8225g 2014
Characteristics: 224 pages :,illustrations, portraits ;,22 cm

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I loved Corrigan's first book, The MIddle Place, but was not impressed with her second, so I wasn't sure what i would find in her third book. This book is about motherhood, and she completely and utterly nails it. She writes with humility, humor and a hefty dose of reality. Reading this book fee... Read More »


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I could not get into this book. Neat that she travelled though.

Jul 29, 2014
  • writermala rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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.

Jun 08, 2014
  • jrczak11004 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

All women should read this book. I devoured it in two days. I laughed out loud and I sobbed while rocking my baby at the end. Really good.

Jun 02, 2014
  • pattyloucor67 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Kelly Corrigan leaves the US after graduating from college on the adventure of a lifetime. She heads to the eastern hemisphere and lands in Australia. Seeking work to earn extra money for the rest of the trip, she becomes a nanny to two young children. Their mother felled by cancer, their father trying to keep things together while working for Qantas Airlines, the children embark in this new relationship. Kelly describes her attempts to win over the children while coming to grips with her own maternal instincts. The books was a very good read.

Apr 05, 2014
  • booklady413 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This personal memoir delves into the mother/daughter relationship. I especially enjoyed Kelly's description of Australia and their customs!

"When author Kelly Corrigan was a child, her mother would explain that while Kelly's father provided "glitter" with his ebullient personality, her mother was the "glue" that held the family together. As a young woman seeking interesting experiences, Kelly came to appreciate her mother's saying when she became a nanny to the children of a widowed Australian man. Glitter and Glue relates her experiences as a stand-in mother, during which she drew on her own mother's pragmatic wisdom despite having resented it when she was younger. This conversational, humorous memoir offers insight and inspiration into growing up and serves as a prequel to Corrigan's earlier memoir, The Middle Place." Biography and Memoir March 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/1622705f-5af4-4dc2-9e26-3b28d1be098f?postId=f56cf88e-7093-4fd9-bfa7-93d497929bcc

Feb 22, 2014
  • niceauntie rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A wonderful memoir. A must read if you are a mother or a daughter.

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