Saturday, December 20, 2014

Glitter and Glue by Kelly Corrigan

In Glitter and Glue, Kelly Corrigan shares her personal experiences after college when she traveled with her best friend to Australia, which doubles as nice break from her know-it-all mother. Kelly has grand notions that she is going to explore the world, but of course, things never go as planned.

Soon the money runs short, and she is forced to find employment if she intends to continue traveling. Kelly secures the job of a nanny for John, a widower who works for an airlines and often travels and who has two young children that need tending to. What is meant as a short stint to collect a paycheck becomes much more.

Kelly learns what it takes to be a mother, or the glue, to a family who is without one. There is also a budding romance between Kelly and John's stepson who sometimes lives in room above the garage. Now an adult with her own kids, Kelly, who has been diagnosed with cancer, reflects on her summer nannying and comes to have a stronger appreciation for her own mother.

In this breezy and heartfelt memoir, Kelly Corrigan (LiftThe Middle Place) drives home that in her family, her dad was always the glitter, or the person who could make you laugh and was easy to get along with. Her mom, however, was the glue, and even though their relationship could be rocky, it was her mom that held everything together. This book will have readers questioning who the glitter and glue are in their own families.

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