Glitter and Glue by Kelly Corrigan


Non-Fiction pick by Tara

I received a link from Random House and actually took the time to watch the video about this book called Glitter and Glue. Well I cried and I laughed and I decided I just had to read it.

I am still not someone who reads the write up on the inside cover of the book, I just dive in. Because of this I am often caught off guard with how a book plays out. After watching the video I was expecting a story that focused more on her daughters and her more recent life with flashbacks to younger days. That is not the case. This is about her time right after college, experiencing the part of life that happens when you leave the house.

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 cheques, she took off for Australia to see things and do things and Become Interesting.

I highly recommend this book and the video link. Enjoy!

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