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Glitter and Glue - A Memoir

Kelly Corrigan

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, Pra

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, Pra
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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 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, Pra

Language:

English

Length:

5h 39m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:10


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:27


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

00:28


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:04


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

03:56


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:39


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:36


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:49


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:19


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:45


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:46


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:19


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:22


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

03:57


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:11


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

03:09


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:22


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:17


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:10


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

03:45


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:40


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:37


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

08:03


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

03:38


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:26


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:00


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

03:07


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:39


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:34


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:39


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:24


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

03:05


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:07


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:57


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

03:43


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:17


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

07:50


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:05


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:31


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:18


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

03:48


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:12


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:05


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:28


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:46


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

02:34


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

06:25


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:07


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:56


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

05:20


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

03:31


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:09


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

02:56


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:57


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:08


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

02:44


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

07:51


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

07:00


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

02:15


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

01:52


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

03:18


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

07:11


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

04:34


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

06:55


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

04:53


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

07:48


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

04:34


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

04:32


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

05:42


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

00:26