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Lift Hardcover – March 2, 2010
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Praise for The Middle Place "Funny and irresistibly exuberant."―O, The Oprah Magazine
Praise for The Middle Place"Come for the writing, stay for the drama. Or vice versa. Either way, you won't regret it."―San Francisco Chronicle
Praise for The Middle Place "Plan to laugh, cry, and be consumed by Kelly Corrigan."―Winston-Salem Journal
Praise for The Middle Place "For two days I ignored my family while I devoured Kelly Corrigan's memoir. I spent a good part of that time crying, but mostly I was laughing . . . She captures our hearts and teaches us something new about family, love, and yes, even death."―Ayelet Waldman, author of Bad Mother and Love and Other Impossible Pursuits
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Yes, I read fast and I am often in a hurry to boot, but I was working toward a personal best here for another reason: I had figured the book out. The arc of it was simple. Corrigan's love letter to her two young daughters becomes a meditation on Rilke's line, "The knowledge of impermanence that haunts our days is their very fragrance."
That's an interesting idea. Especially to parents --- we've all had it. The ticking clock. How the days are long, but the years are short. How our kids can't know what they mean to us until they have kids who mean everything to them.
That commonality --- feelings that apply to soccer moms and cynical moms alike --- is the reason that "Lift" will be a Mother's Day gift of choice deep into the next millennium. For Kelly Corrigan is the poet laureate of the ordinary. There's no cliche she doesn't kiss on the mouth. If she has a thought that isn't universal, she suppresses it. No wonder she is staggeringly popular with middle-aged women --- she is her readers.
Proof: Her video about women who transcend the dailiness of life, the cruelties of age and the shock of death has been viewed 4,655,000 times since December, 2008.
Proof: "The Middle Place" - her first book, which is about her marriage and her cancer and her dad's cancer, her kids and her childhood --- is a staple of reading groups.Read more ›
The author does a fabulous job of conjuring those telling moments in her family life. Her economical use of words in distilling those moments and emotions was simply magical.
Guys, read it when she is finished. You'll be glad that you did.
Thank you Kelly for telling your stories. They not only entertain, they resonate.
Kelly has two daughters, who were barely toddling when she discovered that she had breast cancer, the subject of her earlier book. Now they are growing up, maybe too quickly for her taste. "You won't remember how it started with us, the things that I know about you that you don't even know about yourselves...you'll remember middle school and high school, but you'll have changed by then." One suspects --- no, one is sure --- that LIFT is Kelly's way of trying to guarantee that no matter what happens, her girls will have a written set of memories to cherish when the incidents of childhood are long forgotten.
One reason why Kelly may have more than the ordinary mother's zeal to keep those precious moments alive is found in the story of her friend Kathy and Kathy's son Aaron. Aaron was "a joker and an optimist and a ponderer of great and small things." One night he went out to "swing by and say hello to some people" and never came home. "I tell you about Aaron," she writes to her little girls, "because I want you to live longer than he did."
With cutting-edge humor that any parent can identify with, Corrigan tells us that "my default answer to everything is no." But, she confesses to her daughters, "What you probably wouldn't believe is how much I want to say yes.Read more ›
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Such a beautifully written book. I am so grateful that I wait any longer to read this book. Kelly Corrigan has such a way with her words, many of them have stayed with me long... Read morePublished 26 days ago by Carmella
I read Kelly Corrigan’s second memoir, Lift, in one sitting, and wished it would go on forever. Lift, a pastiche of Corrigan’s family life told through several insightful,... Read morePublished 2 months ago by p.j. lazos
She writes the feelings we all have...I love reading anything she writes. I always look forward to her next book!Published 5 months ago by Beth A. Cassidy
I really enjoy Kelly Corrigan's books, but was disappointed to pay $9.99 for less than 100 pages. I wish I had paid closer attention to the # of pages before I purchased.Published 6 months ago by Karen Scott
I can't even begin to express how much I disliked this rambling and whiny jumble of words. It belongs as a blog entry from some woman seeking validation for her parenting NOT as a... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Mom 2 the Bean & Bear
An amazing and quick read that just gets the power and messy beauty of parenthood. I immediately wanted to read it again.Published 8 months ago by Heather Doucha