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Glitter and Glue : A compelling memoir about one woman's discovery of the true meaning of motherhood

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From the author of the bestselling memoirs The Middle Place and Lift comes a compelling new memoir about the true meaning of motherhood. One of the things you should know about Kelly Corrigan is that she is the daughter of Mary Corrigan, a woman of conviction and grit who taught her kids that No Means No and Actions Speak Louder than Words and if they wanted a bunch of Rah Rah Lovey Dovey, go talk to your father - so Kelly did, over and over again, exiting her childhood with the sense that she'd always have more shared ground with him. But when she arrived in Australia in the summer of 1992, the only job she could find was as a nanny. She thought she was signing up for carpools and babysitting and some light cooking, but what she walked into instead was a household still reeling with grief from the recent loss of the mother. Completely unprepared, Kelly spent five months trying to help the Tanner family pick up the pieces.
And to her surprise, she found herself quietly deferring to the wisdom of Mary Corrigan, a pattern that would become more pronounced years later, when her own daughters were born, and it turned out that each and every day demanded her mother's signature conviction and grit. This is a story about growing up and stepping up, and about the great mother-daughter adventure -- the deep ways they end up relating to each other, no matter how far apart they may have started.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 152 x 232 x 20mm | 280g
  • Coronet Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1444725149
  • 9781444725148
  • 329,400

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It's a great story, made all the more memorable because it is true. And because although it is far from Kelly's dream job, she is a good person and she wants to do nice things for the family. I loved the adage , Things happen when you leave the house , but by the end it seemed that you don't have to leave the house, as long as you've already left the country. Evan, I'm looking at you boy.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, finishing it in under 48 hours. It can be hard, sometimes, to care that much about someone else's life, their personal-to-them details that don't mean much to you, but the author got me so invested in this book I needed to know what happened to all the featured characters. The ending, in particular the epilogue itself, made me weep and I was sorry for the way some of it turned out, though not surprised. I too have traveled the world and made great friends along the way, but I'd be at a loss to tell you where they are and what they're doing now, Facebook updates aside.
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It's easy to see how Corrigan has become a best-selling author: she has an immensely likeable voice... while it's "heart-warming it's also perceptive. * Sunday Herald * It's a great story, made all the more memorable because it is true. And because although it is far from Kelly's dream job, she is a good person and she wants to do nice things for the family. I loved the adage , Things happen when you leave the house, but by the end it seemed that you don't have to leave the house, as long as you've already left the country. Evan, I'm looking at you boy.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, finishing it in under 48 hours. It can be hard, sometimes, to care that much about someone else's life, their personal-to-them details that don't mean much to you, but the author got me so invested in this book I needed to know what happened to all the featured characters. The ending, in particular the epilogue itself, made me weep and I was sorry for the way some of it turned out, though not surprised. I too have traveled the world and made great friends along the way, but I'd be at a loss to tell you where they are and what they're doing now, Facebook updates aside. * The Book Bag *
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About Kelly Corrigan

KELLY CORRIGAN is the author of The Middle Place and Lift, both New York Times bestsellers. She is a YouTube sensation whose beloved "Transcending" video has been seen by more than 5 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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13,734 ratings
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4 43% (5,909)
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