The Middle Place

The Middle Place

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At 36, Kelly had a good marriage, a couple of kids, and a weekly newspaper column. But she still saw herself as George Corrigan's daughter. A garrulous Irish-American charmer from Baltimore, George was the center of the ebullient, raucous Corrigan clan. Kelly's was a colorful childhood, just the sort a girl could get attached to. She lives deep within what she calls the Middle Place--"that sliver of time when parenthood and childhood overlap"--But she's abruptly shoved into a coming-of-age when she finds a lump in her breast. And so her journey to full-blown adulthood begins. When George, too, learns he has late-stage cancer, it is Kelly's turn to take care of the man who had always taken care of her--and show us a woman as she finally takes the leap and grows up.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Voice/Hyperion, ©2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781401303365
Call Number: 616.99449 C825m 2008
Characteristics: 266 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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Corrigan's moving memoir is about her own breast cancer experience; how being bald without eyebrows makes you look like a salamander, and living in the 'Middle Place' where daughter and parent overlap.

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HCL_staff_reviews Dec 01, 2016

If you love memoirs, you are in for a treat with this one. Although young wife and mother Kelly Corrigan develops breast cancer in her thirties, her memoir is about so much more than her struggle. Kelly alternates chapters between her childhood and young adulthood with the reality of her illness and life now. She has a special relationship with her outgoing and unfailingly optimistic father, Greenie. I hope Corrigan continues to write because she has a true gift. Both funny and tender, "The Middle Place" is an outstanding memoir. — Kim B., Ridgedale Library

Apr 19, 2015

All three of this woman's books are exceptionally well-written, hilarious, thoughtful and touching. All three are ruminations/memoirs about her birth family and the family she's given birth to. You'll laugh out loud, I promise! She's wonderful and I hope she writes more.

JCLCaitlinT Apr 11, 2013

I found this book to be both moving and well written. The fact that Kelly--a young woman fighting breast cancer--does not try to portray herself as flawless helps the reader to relate to her. Anyone who has struggled with the dichotomy of being a parent while also still wanting the loving protection from ones own parents will understand Kelly's emotions in this moving memoir.

skd3 Aug 05, 2011

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Oct 28, 2010

I really enjoyed this book - Kelly Corrigan writes as if talking to a friend. It was a pleasure to read and now I miss knowing what's going on in her life today :)


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