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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'sLiftis a tender, intimate, and robust portrait of risk and love; a touchstone for anyone who wants to live more fully. InLift, Corrigan weaves together three true and unforgettable stories of adults willing to experience emotional hazards in exchange for the gratifications of raising children.


Lifttakes 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.Liftis 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'sGift from the Sea, Liftis a meditation on the complexities of a woman's life, and like Corrigan's memoir,The Middle Place, Liftis boisterous and generous, a book readers can't wait to share.

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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'sLiftis a tender, intimate, and robust portrait of risk and love; a touchstone for anyone who wants to live more fully. InLift, Corrigan weaves together three true and unforgettable stories of adults willing to experience emotional hazards in exchange for the gratifications of raising children.


Lifttakes 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.Liftis 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'sGift from the Sea, Liftis a meditation on the complexities of a woman's life, and like Corrigan's memoir,The Middle Place, Liftis boisterous and generous, a book readers can't wait to share.

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CD Audio
Published: March 2, 2010
Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
Imprint: Random House Audio
ISBN: 9780307736758
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  • Glitter and Glue

    Glitter and Glue
    A Memoir
    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 savings shot, she had a choice: get a job or go home. 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, 10,000 miles from the house where she was raised, 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. Advance praise for Glitter and Glue   “Kelly Corrigan’s heartfelt homage to motherhood is every bit as tough and funny as it is nostalgic and searching. It’s a tale about growing up, gaining wisdom, and reconciling with Mom (something we all must do eventually), but it’s also an honest meditation on our deepest fears of death and abandonment. I loved this book, I was moved by this book, and now I will share this book with my own mother—along with my renewed appreciation for certain debts of love that can never be repaid.”—Elizabeth Gilbert, New York Times bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love   “In this endearing, funny, and thought-provoking memoir, Kelly Corrigan’s memories of long-ago adventures illuminate the changing relationships between mothers and children—as well as everything else that really matters.”—Gretchen Rubin, New York Times bestselling author of The Happiness Project   “Kelly Corrigan parses the bittersweet complexities of motherhood with humor and grace. Her writing has depth and buoyancy and light. It's a river on a summer day. You slip into the current, laughing, and are carried away by it. Glitter and Glue is a perfect gift for anyone with a mother.”—Mary Roach, New York Times bestselling author of Stiff and Spook   “Kelly Corrigan’s thoughtful and beautifully rendered meditation invites readers to reflect on their own launchings and homecomings. I accepted the invitation and learned things about myself. You will, too. Isn’t that why we read?”—Wally Lamb, New York Times bestselling author of We Are Water

    The Middle Place

    The Middle Place
    "The Middle Placeis about calling home. Instinctively. Even when all the paperwork -- a marriage license, a notarized deed, two birth certificates, and seven years of tax returns -- clearly indicates you're an adult, but all the same, there you are, clutching the phone and thanking God that you're still somebody's daughter." For Kelly Corrigan, family is everything. At thirty-six, she had a marriage that worked, a couple of funny, active kids, and a weekly newspaper column. But even as a thriving adult, Kelly 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. He greeted every day by opening his bedroom window and shouting, "Hello, World!" Suffice it to say, Kelly's was a colorful childhood, just the sort a girl could get attached to. Kelly lives deep within what she calls the Middle Place -- "that sliver of time when parenthood and childhood overlap" -- comfortably wedged between her adult duties and her parents' care. But she's abruptly shoved into a coming-of-age when she finds a lump in her breast -- and gets the diagnosis no one wants to hear. And so Kelly's 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. Kelly Corrigan is a natural-born storyteller, a gift you quickly recognize as her father's legacy, and her stories are rich with everyday details. She captures the beat of an ordinary life and the tender, sometimes fractious moments that bind families together. Rueful and honest, Kelly is the prized friend who will tell you her darkest, lowest, screwiest thoughts, and then later, dance on the coffee table at your party. Funny, yet heart-wrenching,The Middle Placeis about being a parent and a child at the same time. It is about the special double-vision you get when you are standing with one foot in each place. It is about the family you make and the family you came from -- and locating, navigating, and finally celebrating the place where they meet. It is about reaching for life with both hands -- and finding it.

    El lugar entremedio

    El lugar entremedio
    El lugar entremedio es una historia de crecimiento personal, una crónica del cáncer y un homenaje a un padre excepcional. Es el sobrecogedor relato de una mujer que se enfrenta a múltiples desafíos y de su capacidad de sobreponerse a la adversidad.   Kelly Corrigan es una feliz mujer casada, madre dos preciosas hijas, que tienes una columna semanal en un periódico de San Francisco. Su modelo a seguir es su padre, el carismático y encantado George Corrigan , quien reciba cada mañana con su característico “HOLA MUNDO” y siempre se las arregla para encontrar el lado positivo de todo. A sus más de treinta años, Kelly se encuentra en lo que ella llama el “lugar entremedio” ese momento en que se es  madre e hija a la vez. Pero todo cambia de repente, cuando Kelly encuentra un bulto en su pecho. Y por si fuera poco, su padre —su héroe— también tiene cáncer y ahora será el turno de Kelly de cuidar del hombre que siempre estuvo ahí para ella. From the Trade Paperback edition.

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