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The Middle Place

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

a must read memoir

I love memoirs and often sit and evaluate what makes one work while another doesn't. Is it content? Writing style? Well, its both. Interesting, moving, compelling content must be merged with a fresh voice and keen insight about the experience. This book offers both. I o...
I love memoirs and often sit and evaluate what makes one work while another doesn't. Is it content? Writing style? Well, its both. Interesting, moving, compelling content must be merged with a fresh voice and keen insight about the experience. This book offers both. I obsessively read it in one weekend. I ignored my kids for a full day of reading one quiet Sunday. I laughed and cried so many times I lost track. It is funny, poignant, insightful. I wanted to know her family and be her friend. You have to read this book!

posted by Anonymous on July 28, 2008

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Most Helpful Critical Review

2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

This lady can write!

But in reading her writing I learned I sure didn't like her. (My whole book club felt this way.) We all said we would not read another of her books, b/c we just couldn't support her.

posted by MamaPhalen on February 20, 2010

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

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    This lady can write!

    But in reading her writing I learned I sure didn't like her. (My whole book club felt this way.) We all said we would not read another of her books, b/c we just couldn't support her.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2009

    Poignant but self-absorbed

    The author endured difficult illness and treatments, as did her father, but the author still has a lot of growing up to do. "The Middle Place" is usually when one's energies are spent caring for the generation above and below. This author is not truly in the "middle place," as she was not the caregiver for either of her parents - they were busy helping her. The author's worship of her father is wonderful, but comes at the expense of severe underappreciation of a wonderful spouse, mother and children, who seemed to devote their lives to her. Corrigan's devotion to her father is admirable - he comes across as a wonderful person - but her mother and husband deserve far more credit than she offers in the book. One wonders how her friends and family feel about the publicity of their stories - mean middle schoolers, early romances, mother and siblings judged, named and blamed. She is a talented writer, and the book was a quick read, but her snarkiness was annoying, despite what she'd gone through.

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