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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 89 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion; First Edition edition (March 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401341241
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401341244
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,704 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Penned as a letter to her two young daughters, the latest from author Corrigan is an attempt to illuminate their particular relationship ("I want to put down on paper how things started with us"), and an ambitious, inspirational meditation on parenthood in general. A slim volume, it perhaps suffers for its brevity but recounts engagingly events like Corrigan and her husband's decision to start a family, and baby Claire's bout with viral meningitis, "the beginning of how I came to know what a bold and dangerous thing parenthood is." She also examines the gifts all mothers hope to present their kids: "a decent childhood, more good memories than bad, some values, a sense of a tribe, a run at happiness." Fans of Corrigan's The Middle Place, a memoir of her fight with cancer, will welcome the return of figures like Corrigan's father, Greenie, and should appreciate her wistful but down-to-earth thoughts on parenthood. Newcomers might be less inspired, but should appreciate Corrigan's charm and honesty.
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"Although we've never met, I love Kelly Corrigan like a friend. Her work gives me a rich sense of intimacy with someone who is full of life and hard-fought wisdom. She's hilarious, tender-hearted, tough, loyal, wild, and screwed-up--like all the coolest women I know."—Anne Lamott, author of Bird by Bird and Traveling Mercies

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

More About the Author

Kelly Corrigan is, more than anything else, the mother of two young girls. While they're at school, Kelly writes a newspaper column, the occasional magazine article, and possible chapters of a novel. She is also the creator of CircusOfCancer.org, a website to teach people how to help a friend through breast cancer. Kelly lives outside San Francisco with her husband, Edward Lichty.

Customer Reviews

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Format: Hardcover
I was on the bus, on the way to collect our daughter at her best friend's apartment, so of course I was reading. The book was "Lift", Kelly Corrigan's 84-page snip of a book. My ambition was to finish it in less than 20 minutes --- the time it takes a slow bus, in late afternoon traffic, to get across town.

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.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Richard Cumming on March 9, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I'm a guy. Reading this book helped me to understand how women think, how women feel, what women want, and a lot of things I never knew before. It helped me to understand my mother, my wife, my sister, and all the other women and mothers who have always seemed so mysterious to me.

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.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By M. Greenberg on March 2, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I picked up my copy of Lift and sat down on the floor of my bedroom and just read it - I didn't move for an hour. Just as I did with the Middle Place, I laughed and wept. Mostly I felt relieved that like Kelly I don't know what souvenirs to keep and don't know whether I am doing damage when I "verbally discipline" my adorable children but tonight I found myself giggling in my kitchen as I cleaned up the dinner dishes and listened to my 6 and 8 yr olds try to figure out all the words to a Ben Folds song.

Thank you Kelly for telling your stories. They not only entertain, they resonate.
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26 of 35 people found the following review helpful By The librarian on March 13, 2010
Format: Hardcover
A tiny book (82 pages) that I read in about an hour. If you are Kelly's daughter, husband, or friend you will love the book. For those of us unrelated to Kelly, the book is a disappointment. I loved the Middle Place, and hoped for more substance in this book. Overpriced at $16.99.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By vancouver123 on August 31, 2011
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This book is very self-indulgent and annoying to read. It's like a stream-of-consciousness, and I think only her family members would enjoy reading it. I'm glad it was only a couple of dollars. Don't bother.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Natalie on May 11, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I see that I am in the minority of readers but I thought that this book was mere tripe. And derivative tripe to boot.
If you don't like "inspiration" or the overly sentimental, you will not like this. Corrigan's friends and family members will love it, of course--it's the kind of material that one does want to write for family.

And I understand those who are astounded that the book costs so much money. But would you really want more? The thesis of the book is simple: the author loves the miracle of motherhood and she loves her daughters. Like a lot of people, she also has to contend with serious illness and a death in the family at the same time that she's bringing up her young children. The book might have been more interesting if she had written more about the pain of the difficulties, but as a letter to her children, I think she wants to spare them the essential anguish that people go through when it comes to death and disease.

If you want to "feel good" without taking Prozac, you might like this book. It has the same mind-numbing effects. And it probably works for a fair percentage of readers.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Hardy on March 2, 2010
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Like The Middle Place MIDDLE PLACE, LIFT has the ability to cause you to take pause from your busy life and think about what's important to you, what you really care about, and what you should be thankful for. How many books do that? A quick but fulfilling read, a special book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia Styers on September 30, 2010
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Loved this book! Kelly is very frank and a great writer. I wish she lived closer, I'd want to be her friend! She has been through a lot and expresses it amazingly well. She had me laughing and crying out loud. I can't wait to read The Middle Place.
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