Glitter and Glue

Glitter and Glue

A Memoir

Large Print - 2014
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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." 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."
Publisher: Thorndike, Maine :, Center Point Large Print,, 2014, ©2014.
Edition: Center Point Large Print edition.
ISBN: 9781628990423
Branch Call Number: LPE 994. 4 COR C
Characteristics: 287 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 23 cm.


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Kelly Corrigan reconsiders her relationship with her mother in this thought-provoking memoir. This read reminds us of all the things that we learn from our mothers, and evokes a new appreciation for their roles in our lives.

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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.

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.

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.

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

Feb 22, 2014

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

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