The Middle Place by Kelly Corrigan

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For Kelly Corrigan, family is everything. At thirty-six, she had a marriage that worked, two funny, active kids, and a weekly newspaper column. But even as a thriving adult, Kelly still saw herself as the daughter of garrulous Irish-American charmer George Corrigan. She was living deep within what she calls the Middle Place--"that sliver of time when parenthood and childhood overlap"--comfortably wedged between her adult duties and her parents' care. But Kelly is abruptly shoved into coming-of-age when she finds a lump in her breast--and gets the diagnosis no one wants to hear. When George, too, learns that he has late-stage cancer, it is Kelly's turn to take care of the man who had always taken care of her--and to show us a woman who finally takes the leap and grows up.

Kelly Corrigan is a natural-born storyteller, a gift you quickly recognize as her father's legacy, and her stories are rich with everyday details. She captures the beat of an ordinary life and the tender, sometimes fractious moments that bind families together. Rueful and honest, Kelly is the prized friend who will tell you her darkest, lowest, screwiest thoughts, and then later dance on the coffee table at your party.

Funny yet heart-wrenching, The Middle Place is about being a parent and a child at the same time. It is about the special double-vision you get when you are standing with one foot in each place. It is about the family you make and the family you came from--and locating, navigating, and finally celebrating the place where they meet. It is about reaching for life with both hands--and finding it.


About Kelly Corrigan

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Kelly Corrigan is a writer living in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, Edward Lichty, and their two daughters. She is a graduate of The University of Richmond and San Francisco State University (for a Masters in Literature). She is the author of the bestselling nonfiction book, The Middle Place. Her newest work is entitled, Lift. It is written as a letter to her two daughters. The book is insightful and shows the vulnerability and life-altering aspects of parenting.
Published January 8, 2008 by Hachette Books. 284 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Parenting & Relationships, Literature & Fiction, Westerns, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Non-fiction

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My father died when he was only 59, and Kelly Corrigan's memoir, The Middle Place, brings so many memories back about my relationship with him.

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Kelly Corrigan's THE MIDDLE PLACE is a book about family --- about calling home, being home, returning home and making a home.

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Anything but a downer, this cancer memoir is made up of funny, appealing stories about the writer's family.

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They act as if the loss of an aged parent (the event Corrigan dreads) would be negligible: “People say, 'I heard your mom died, I'm so sorry, how old was she?' And you say, 'She was 80,' and then they say, 'Well, God bless her.' You're just supposed to get over the fact that you don't have a pare...

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