Glitter and Glue: A Memoir

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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 ...

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Overview

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
 
“[A] funny, sparkling memoir.”More

“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 writes with warmth and delicate humor.”The Washington Post

“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
 
“Corrigan remains a lively, nimble cheerleader for the joys of family.”People

“Kelly Corrigan parses the bittersweet complexities of motherhood with humor and grace. Her writing has depth and buoyancy and light. It's a river on a summer day. You slip into the current, laughing, and are carried away by it. Glitter and Glue is a perfect gift for anyone with a mother.”—Mary Roach, New York Times bestselling author of Stiff and Spook

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
09/16/2013
Corrigan (The Middle Place) looks back on a transformative period in her life in the early 1990s. As a college grad determined to see the world and find adventure far from the safety net of her Philadelphia-based family (fans of her previous memoir have already met her outgoing dad, “Greenie,” and her more stoic mom Mary, the “glitter and glue”), she travels to Australia where she soon runs out of money and takes a temporary position as a nanny to two young children whose mother has passed away. Though disappointed to find herself in a mundane job in the suburbs, Corrigan is quickly drawn into the struggle of a family trying to carry on in the absence of its most “irreplaceable” member. As widower John Tanner, his young children, and his stepson Evan wind their way into young Kelly’s heart, she finds herself thinking more and more of her own mother’s voice, of her solid commitment to her children, husband, and faith, and of the lessons one can learn from ordinary life, “which are big, hard beautiful things.” Initially believing that “things happen when you leave the house,” the young Corrigan soon finds that life’s greatest dramas and deepest messages often unfold within the quiet underpinnings of relationships. The author’s fans and newcomers alike will welcome this story that probes the depths of mother-daughter bonds (Feb.)
Kirkus Reviews
2013-12-14
Corrigan's third book (Lift, 2010, etc.) deals with the layered relationship between mother and daughter. The glitter refers to her father, George, her cheerleader, "almost impossible to frustrate or disappoint." The glue, her mother, Mary, with whom she had an "adversarial but functional" relationship, held things together with her pragmatism. After college, when Corrigan decided to go on a multicountry odyssey, her father responded, "Fantastic!" Her mother: "You should be using that money to get established, get your own health insurance, not traipse all over creation." Ironically, it was Corrigan's travels that led her to appreciate her mother's point of view. The author ran out of money in Australia and took a job as a live-in nanny for a widower. John Tanner hired her to look after his two children while he traveled for his job as an airline steward, but it was a dysfunctional household: There was John, who seldom smiled; Martin, the open, affectionate 5-year-old; Milly, the resentful 7-year-old; Pop, their 84-year-old grandfather; and Evan, John's grown stepson. "If this family were a poker hand, you'd fold," writes Corrigan. "Without that middle card, it's an inside straight, and those almost never work out." Aside from a friendly flirtation with Evan, the action is internal as Corrigan called upon her mother's directives to help her provide some stability for the family. The most affecting part of the narrative is her struggle to connect emotionally with Milly and her realization that "maybe the reason my mother was so exhausted all the time wasn't because she was doing so much but because she was feeling so much." Written in a breezy style with humor and heart, the book reminds us how rewarding it can be to see a parent outside the context of our own needs. It's that illumination that allows Corrigan to turn what starts as a complaint about her mother into a big thank you.
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“Kelly Corrigan’s heartfelt homage to motherhood is every bit as tough and funny as it is nostalgic and searching. It’s a tale about growing up, gaining wisdom, and reconciling with Mom (something we all must do eventually), but it’s also an honest meditation on our deepest fears of death and abandonment. 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
 
“[A] funny, sparkling memoir.”More
 
“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 writes with warmth and delicate humor.”The Washington Post

“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
 
“Corrigan remains a lively, nimble cheerleader for the joys of family.”People

“Kelly Corrigan parses the bittersweet complexities of motherhood with humor and grace. Her writing has depth and buoyancy and light. It's a river on a summer day. You slip into the current, laughing, and are carried away by it. Glitter and Glue is a perfect gift for anyone with a mother.”—Mary Roach, New York Times bestselling author of Stiff and Spook
 
Glitter and Glue explores how and why, in our exuberant and impatient youth, we launch ourselves into the world at large—and how and why we eventually circle back to home port, where, waiting for us, is the parent with whom we’ve had the more complicated relationship. 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

“In Glitter and Glue, Kelly Corrigan gives us a lovely and insightful lesson in what it means to be both a mother and a daughter. This book will make you laugh, it will make you cry, and I know that you will gobble it up in a single day, just like I did.”—Ayelet Waldman, New York Times bestselling author of Bad Mother
 
“I teared up so many times while reading Glitter and Glue, thinking, ‘See? You never stop needing your mother.’ Yet with openhearted wisdom, Kelly Corrigan beautifully illustrates the idea that life goes on no matter what—and that even the impossible is always possible.”—Vanessa Diffenbaugh, New York Times bestselling author of The Language of Flowers
 
“Some books you quite like, some you even love, but especially rare are the books that remind you what reading is for. Glitter and Glue is my favorite reminder. Nobody tells a more natural story—with more easy charm, with such personal warmth and style—than Kelly Corrigan. In Glitter and Glue she’s your dream tour guide, making you laugh as she points out the biggies—love and death, mothers and daughters, sickness and health.  Buying this book feels like investing in a lifelong friend.”—Darin Strauss, award-winning author of Half a Life

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345532831
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/4/2014
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 13,135
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Kelly Corrigan

Kelly Corrigan is the author of The Middle Place and Lift, both New York Times bestsellers. She is also a contributor to O: The Oprah Magazine, Good Housekeeping, and Medium. Kelly co-founded Notes & Words, an annual benefit concert for Children’s Hospital Oakland featuring writers and musicians onstage together. Her YouTube channel, which includes video essays like “Transcending” and interviews with writers like Michael Lewis and Anna Quindlen, has been viewed by millions. She lives in the Bay Area with her husband, Edward Lichty, their two daughters, and a poorly behaved chocolate Lab, Hershey.

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Interviews & Essays

Kelly Corrigan on her new memoir GLITTER AND GLUE


I'm Irish. That must be where the luck comes from, the luck required to find a publisher after filling diaries and journals for thirty years, first in a gingham wonderland from Sears, then in a dorm room in Virginia, finally in a fixer-upper near Oakland, California.

My first book, The Middle Place, was about my father, Greenie, who was very sick at the same time that I was very sick. Next, in 2010, I tried to capture what it has been to my daughters' mother in Lift. Finally, with Glitter and Glue, my mother gets her due. Now, Mary Corrigan is a complicated topic, as most mothers are. Think stoic, gritty, unbending; one part saint, two parts sergeant. Or, as she put it, "Your father's the glitter, but I'm the glue. It takes both, Kelly."

I hope that somehow, given the toppling pile of books on your nightstand, you can find an evening to spare for this story of how I came to wonder who my mom was before I arrived, what motherhood had done to her and who she had become since I left home. Parenthood is so distorting; we all deserve a second, longer look.

I love hearing from readers so please feel free to connect with me online.

Until then,

Kelly

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2014

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    This is a phenomenal book. Very inspiring. Well written. Very in

    This is a phenomenal book. Very inspiring. Well written. Very interesting.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 24, 2014

    I just finished reading Glitter & Glue and loved it!  Kelly

    I just finished reading Glitter & Glue and loved it!  Kelly Corrigan has the ability to draw the reader in with a memoir that defines her future as a mother, daughter, wife & friend.  A fitting tribute to her mother that entertains and relates to daughters everywhere.  A must read and share book! 

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2014

    Excellent!

    Excellent!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2014

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    Kelly Corigan is a very gifted author. Her book Glitter and Glue

    Kelly Corigan is a very gifted author. Her book Glitter and Glue is a great one. It is filled with life lessons and insight. The stories are varied and entertaining. Overall I really enjoyed this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2014

    I loved this book and the message that it had. I liked the journ

    I loved this book and the message that it had.
    I liked the journey that kelly had with her mother throughout the book.
    It delievers a great message to any teen girl going through a tough time with their mothers.
    I would suggest this book to anyone who likes a good read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2014

    A very special treasure ...

    This book had such impact on me that I have given 4 copies as gifts ... so far.

    Full of meaning for mothers and daughters ...

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  • Posted March 30, 2014

    Kelly Corrigan really hit it out of the park with this book. She

    Kelly Corrigan really hit it out of the park with this book. She really captures the
    mother-daughter relationship. I don't even have children and I really felt a connection to this book.
    It really makes you think about your mom and appreciate her in anew light if you didn't already. Fabulous read.

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  • Posted March 30, 2014

    Great book

    This is a great book for helping us all remember that what we learn each day, from any source - even mothers and grandmothers - may turn out to be wonderful resources at some point in our lives.

    A great, readable & interesting book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2014

    Brooke

    Haha if i lock my sis or bro out of thair room my mo lockes me out side

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2014

    Gino

    Thats mean like if my sis bfs come over then im not allowed to be in the house or near them

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 14, 2014

    A very good read. Very much recommended.

    I really enjoyed this book, because I have many grown children, I certainly can relate with this author. Even if you have no children, I'm sure you will enjoy it. I would like to see more of Kelly Corrigan's work.

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  • Posted March 14, 2014

    Good book- recommended read

    Have not finished the book yet, but am thoroughly enjoying it so far.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2014

    Just ok

    A nice quick beach read, but nothing life-changing. I prefer a more substantial book.

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  • Posted March 1, 2014

    Love Kelly Corrigan books

    I enjoyed this book as much as all her other books. They read like a visit with a friend. Kelly's style of writing is always something I want to delve into. This one about the mother-daughter relationship, that sometimes changes with age and wisdom. Her relationship with her mother was much better understood after she worked as a nanny.Very real story for a lot of women, I think.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2014

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    I loved this book. It really captures all facets of the mother/d

    I loved this book. It really captures all facets of the mother/daughter relationship. The writing is crisp and a joy to read. The author is adept at making you relate to her reflections.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2014

    Ohmygosh! I loved this book! 

    Ohmygosh! I loved this book! 

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