Glitter and Glue

Glitter and Glue

A Memoir

Book - 2014
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

From the 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.

Praise for Glitter and Glue
 
"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
 
"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

"Kelly Corrigan is no stranger to mining the depths of her heart. . . . [In]  Glitter and Glue, Corrigan turns the microscope on her relationship with her own mother. . . . Through her own experience of caring for children, she begins, for the first time, to appreciate the complex woman who raised her." -- O: The Oprah Magazine
 
"Corrigan [is] a lively, nimble cheerleader for the joys of family." -- People

"[A] funny, sparkling memoir." -- More

"Corrigan writes with warmth and delicate humor." -- The Washington Post

"[An] irresistible cocktail of lyrical writing and solid, useful insight." -- San Francisco Chronicle

"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
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, c2014
ISBN: 9780345532831
Branch Call Number: 921 COR
Characteristics: 224 p. :,ill., ports. ;,22 cm

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ohbejoyful
May 01, 2015

Really fun read. Author's coming of age story, or a slice of it at least, she finds her own mother love when she spends a summer nannying an Australian family who's just lost theirs.

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writermala
Jul 29, 2014

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.

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jrczak11004
Jun 08, 2014

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.

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pattyloucor67
Jun 02, 2014

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.

booklady413 Apr 05, 2014

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

ChristchurchLib Mar 17, 2014

"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

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niceauntie
Feb 22, 2014

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

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