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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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Saluting Mom on her special day
Celebrating Mother’s Day is always a treat, but this trio of books will make the day more meaningful, thanks to their insight, inspiration and humor.
Kelly Corrigan—writer, wife, mother, cancer survivor—became a household name after the publication of her best-selling memoir, The Middle Place, and popular YouTube video, which has 4.7 million views to date. Her inspirational message takes yet another form in Lift, a letter to her two young daughters, Claire and Georgia. She shares memories and milestones, and muses on how parenthood has changed her: “Before I was your mom, I didn’t have one of those plastic dividers in my silverware drawer. I’d just take the basket out of the dishwasher and dump all the knives, forks, and spoons right into the drawer.” She writes with honesty and elegance about her terror at Claire’s illness, her joy at a friend’s impending motherhood and her sorrow about the death of another friend’s child. And through it all, Corrigan evokes parallels between hang gliding and life: One must go through turbulence to achieve altitude, the titular “lift.” At 96 pages, Lift reads like a letter to a friend—a short read that will leave a lasting impression.
SUPER SURVIVAL GUIDE
Working moms don’t have a lot of time, but even the most harried mother should steal a few moments to enjoy Just Let Me Lie Down: Necessary Terms for the Half-Insane Working Mom. This handy survival-primer will offer a laugh, some respite or both. Kristin van Ogtrop, editor of Real Simple magazine, shares her own half-insane moments, from the cringe-inducing introduction (alas, vomiting is involved) to the funny work- and home-life tidbits throughout. Dispatches from the worlds of career and motherhood intersect in entries ranging from “Nanny envy” to “Sisterhood of the black, lightweight wool pants”—and there are important questions, too, like “Why do working moms and stay-at-home moms make such assumptions about each other?” Really, there’s something for every mom here, not least an entry to which any mother can relate: “Time management: What?”
LUCKY IN LOVE
A few years ago, three friends—successful journalists, all—learned they had another important thing in common: They were nearing 40, childless, with no potential fathers in sight. Three Wishes is a memoir-times-three about what happens when co-author Carey Goldberg decides to go to a sperm bank. The eight vials she purchases turn out to have an unexpected effect: As each woman consider using the vials, she falls in love and becomes pregnant without an assist from science. Goldberg, Beth Jones and Pamela Ferdinand take turns sharing their stories, which are not without heartbreak, but happiness and hope ultimately prevail in this surprising tribute to friendship and motherhood, despite the odds.
A review of Kelly Corrigan's The Middle Place
A behind-the-book story from the authors of Three Wishes
Kelly Corrigan's YouTube video: