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  1. Glitter and Glue A Memoir by Kelly Corrigan – HERLIFE Magazine
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  4. Kelly Corrigan - Glitter and Glue: A Memoir

I think the title appealed to me most of all: it evoked memories of craf shelfnotes. I think the title appealed to me most of all: it evoked memories of crafting - making paper crowns and wands with which to become a princess - with my own mother when I was little. So, I guess in one way, I was completely unexpectedly prepared for this book: it was ultimately about the relationship between a mother and daughter, reflected upon by a daughter who has reached womanhood and her own motherhood, and therefore is trying to sort out her complicated and often frustrating relationship with her mom.

I think Kelly and her mother had an especially interesting relationship because Kelly was the only daughter in the family; having a sister to talk to and relate to might have helped her immensely during her adolesence. They definitely did have an often-at-odds relationship, which I found fascinating to watch unfold throughout the book. But, in the long run, I wasn't quite sure this book "gave" me anything. There wasn't much of a resolution to the whole thing, besides that Kelly had come to the realization that she did, in fact, really need her mother. It was interesting the way the author explained her coming to terms with this through the story of her experiences in Australia over a three-month period, when she was in her early twenties.

She nannied for a recent widower's children, and while they came to understand and manage life without their mother, Kelly simultaneously began to understand the connection she and her mother had. While essentially child-rearing for the first time, she began to watch herself adopt many of her own mother's mannerisms. I feel like maybe if I'd read a few others of Corrigan's memoirs, perhaps I would have felt as if this were a more complete story, one that fit in neatly with her other works to form a whole portrait of a person.

As it stood alone, though, I didn't feel like it was I enjoyed the narrative, but in the end felt as if I'd just finished an article reflecting in detail on one part of one woman's life, not an entire book. That's not a bad thing, though - just an observation. I'd recommend this to women who struggle with the mother-daugther relationship, either with their mothers or their daugthers. I think it was a heartwarming and entertaining book, which hit upon some good moments and did draw some great parallels between the author's situation in Australia and her situation at home.

Certainly a fun and light-hearted little read. Especially the relationship with her father; that was always adorable to watch. Yours, Arianna View all 5 comments. May 13, Jeanette rated it it was ok.

Glitter and Glue A Memoir by Kelly Corrigan – HERLIFE Magazine

It's probably me, not the book. But I had to force myself to finish. And yet these "me, me, me" and "I had to find myself" books are just not my cup of tea. It was suggested as a cozy?

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Why does it not surprise me that when she finally was forced to physically and mentally work for others' wants and needs, she begins to wake up to her own past parental reality. Having spent 13 years taking care of ill parents and their house too, and just It's probably me, not the book. Having spent 13 years taking care of ill parents and their house too, and just losing the last, my Dad, in April he was 95 and stroke victim for the last 8 years - I am probably not an audience for parental critiques, even if they suggest growth and found love for a parent after the fact.

To me, it just took her way to long to get there. Apr 16, Janet rated it really liked it. That was a real sob fest.

I started it in the doctor's office but couldn't continue because I was tearing up in a waiting room full of strangers. I explained to the lady sitting next to me, who then showed me pictures on her phone of her 92 year old mother She had movie star looks, reminded me of Lana Turner.

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This is a story that most every woman can relate to and then proceed to celebrate the uniqueness of her own mother. My mother passed 26 years ago but I That was a real sob fest. My mother passed 26 years ago but I think of her every day. Dec 14, Ayelet Waldman rated it it was amazing.

Kelly did it again, brought us another heartbreaker that'll keep you laughing and crying. Oct 27, Sara rated it it was ok Shelves: book-club-reads , reads. Oh how I wish we had partial stars in Goodreads, because I need them to accurately describe my feelings for this book! It wasn't bad enough for a two, but it also didn't earn a 3 in my mind. What did I like? It was a fast read and was enjoyable for the most part when I could get past my annoyance with the narrator What didn't I like?

While I found her experiences in Australia to be interesting, she was a bit whiny. Also, while the Australia parts were decent, I found that weaving in the relationship with her mother was forced.

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It didn't seem to fit in an authentic way and left a bad taste in my mouth. I wasn't able to connect at all with this part of the book or her relationship with her mother at all.

In the end, this book was like a tv show you watch because it happens to be on, but don't really care about at all. Nov 21, Irene rated it it was amazing. By the time I finished this heartfelt book, tears quietly slid down my cheeks. After I read a certain quote, I sobbed. I will forever hold this in my heart, "You don't have to be able to decode every passage to want to hug it when you finish.

Feb 25, Mary rated it it was amazing. With really no inclination to pick it up sorry, Kelly Corrigan! But some books just find you at the exact right time, and this one found me just at the time I could receive it most. This one is different than Tell Me More, of course, but I loved her honesty and her often messy, not-always-painted-in-a-likable-light reflection on her relationship with her mother.

Aug 01, Anne rated it it was amazing Shelves: non-fiction , audio-book , read-in , heartclench , humor-and-heartclenches , serious-themes. I loved this with my whole heart. At times it's difficult to get through because much like Kelly's observation below it's exhausting to FEEL so much, but it's absolutely worth it. So many layers to absorb as a woman, a daughter, a mother, and a friend.

People want to help, and the more we've seen and heard and done, the more useful we are. And this is why even the tiniest show of stoicism in little girls and grown women makes me mad. It makes us useless to each other. Only she has the range. Only she can move in multiple directions.

Once she's gone, it's a whole different game. Oct 24, Lauren Henderson rated it really liked it Shelves: memoir , netgalley , favorites. Your father may be the glitter, but I'm the glue. This book is a great read for anyone who has a mom I found myself tearing up often with memories of my own mom. Glitter and Glue is a beautiful tribute to the mother-daughter relationship. Kelly Corrigan is a really great writer. I've never read anything by her, and I picked this one up solely because I love memoirs about mother-daughter relationships. She writes the story in first person, so it rea Your father may be the glitter, but I'm the glue.

She writes the story in first person, so it reads like fiction and is very entertaining. Also, Kelly Corrigan must have 1 been keeping insanely detailed journals her entire life, or 2 exaggerated some details in this story, or 3 have superhuman abilities for remembering details.

I'm going to guess it's number one. Although I think I'll just stick with blogging. It's vividly written with details and emotional responses. She struggles with winning the love of Milly who just lost her mother to cancer, and she realizes that she hears her mother's voice with everything that happens and finds herself becoming her mother - like a lot of us do. I thought she was going to have some splendid reunion with her mom The end goes into hyper speed mode and does not give much detail about how Austrailia actually changes her relationship with her mother.

It was kind of a let down, but did not ruin the beginning of the story that was so beautifully told - It reminded me somewhat of the writing style of Cheryl Strayed in Wild.

Kelly Corrigan - Glitter and Glue: A Memoir

Overall, a great read that I would recommend to someone who wants to reminisce about their childhood and have lots of memories pulled out that they forgot existed. Feb 10, Patti's Book Nook rated it really liked it Shelves: memoir-biography , booktopia-vermont Due to lack of perspectives as kids, most of us can't even fathom our parents as having lives before we existed just like it was mind boggling to see your teacher at the supermarket- gasp!

One of my favorite excerpts was when K "Your dad's the glitter, but I'm the glue. One of my favorite excerpts was when Kelly inadvertently hears her mother talking to colleagues in a breakroom and telling a naughty joke. Her insight is "But now I see there's no such thing as a woman, one woman.

There are dozens inside every one of them. I probably should've figured this out sooner, but what child can see the woman inside her mom, what with all the Motherness blocking out everything else?