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Review: The Middle Place

May 23, 2009

The Middle Place

Kelly Corrigan grew up quite the “Daddy’s Girl.”  Her father, George, is one of those characters who everyone loves – the kind of person who never meets a stranger.  In 2004, Kelly was a happily married mother of two, comfortable in the middle place – “that sliver of time when childhood and parenthood overlap.”  While playing with her daughters one evening, Kelly discovered a lump in her breast that turned out to be cancer.  While she was undergoing cancer treatments, her father found out that he had bladder cancer.

The Middle Place by Kelly Corrigan is more than the story of Kelly’s and her father’s battles with cancer.  It includes stories from Kelly’s past, so that you learn how she got to be who she is.  The love she and her family have for each other is evident in the pages of this book.   Kelly’s parents really reminded me of my own parents.  When Kelly’s mother told her that one of the worst times of her life was Kelly’s sixth grade year, I could tell that she is just like my mother.   I really enjoyed this emotional book. I wouldn’t call it sad, though – it’s really up-lifting and life affirming.   I probably laughed more than I cried while I read it.

Kelly Corrigan lives in California with her husband and two daughters.  She has started an organization,  Circus of Cancer, to teach people how to help a friend or loved one with cancer.  Book Club Girl will be interviewing Kelly on Blog Talk Radio on May 27, 2009 at 7:00PM.  Listen in or sign into the chat room and ask a question – these interviews are always so much fun.

28 Comments leave one →
  1. May 23, 2009 7:32 am

    I have had this on my TBR forever! I need to read it. Great Review!

  2. Melanie permalink
    May 23, 2009 8:13 am

    I read this book when it first came out and I really enjoyed it. I email the author to tell her that I really liked her book but I never heard from her. I am glad that you liked it.

  3. May 23, 2009 8:37 am

    Loved it! My review will be coming out early next week. It is an upbeat book despite the cancer.

  4. May 23, 2009 8:43 am

    I have read such wonderful reviews about this book. I know I will read it — sometime.

    I wanted to let you know that I gave you the “you don’t say” award today 🙂

    Have a great Memorial Day weekend!

  5. May 23, 2009 8:58 am

    Sounds like another winner. I’m going to have to tune in for the interview.

  6. May 23, 2009 9:38 am

    sounds like a good one! I have a hard time w/memoirs, but will have to give this one a try.

  7. May 23, 2009 10:00 am

    Oh, I loved this book. Have you been to the VOICE website and seen Kelly’s video where she is talking about this book to a group of people? It blew me away. I love her style. Great review for a great book!
    Karen (Bingo)

  8. May 23, 2009 10:30 am

    I have a hard time with books about cancer, but I have this on my list for a time when I will be a little more okay with it. Great review!

  9. May 23, 2009 10:59 am

    First, I love the cover. Second, I’m glad to hear that this has an upbeat message. Maybe I’ll give it a try.

  10. May 23, 2009 12:15 pm

    This books sounds really good and after seeing that Mother’s day clip that J.Kaye posted about the author’s mom at Borders, I really want to read it now. 🙂

  11. May 23, 2009 12:45 pm

    I’ve been wanting to read this ever since I saw the clip of her talking about women supporting each other. One day…

  12. May 23, 2009 1:21 pm

    This was an uplifting book … and it’s hard to pull that off when the subject is so heavy. Greenie’s attitude is amazing, I really believe his outlook helped him to beat cancer, not once, but twice!

    Both videos are great – need Kleenex for “transcending”, and smiles for the one about her mom at the bookstore.

  13. May 23, 2009 3:14 pm

    I’m glad to hear that you found this book life affirming and uplifting. I have it in my TBR pile and look forward to reading it. I know that so many of us know someone with cancer and it seems that books like this can help us all just a little bit in the process. Great review Kathy.

  14. May 23, 2009 3:32 pm

    I never did receive my copy so I won’t be participating in the chat but I’d sure still like to read the book one of these days.

  15. May 23, 2009 4:26 pm

    Family is sooo important.

  16. May 23, 2009 7:46 pm

    Normally I wouldn’t have wanted to pick up this title – I don’t enjoy sad books very much. But I’m interested that it’s uplifting – that sounds good to me.

  17. May 23, 2009 8:31 pm

    I really want to read this, it sounds like a wonderful memoir and after seeing the Borders video of Kelly’s mom I couldn’t stop smiling 🙂

  18. May 23, 2009 9:00 pm

    It is me again! I have an award for you. Please come by BOOKIN’ WITH BINGO when you get a chance to pick it up. It is enchanting!

  19. May 24, 2009 12:15 am

    Great review! I will have to check this one out.

  20. May 24, 2009 11:16 am

    Nice review. I haven’t really had an interest in reading this book (the subject matter is too much for me just yet), but I am really glad you enjoyed it.

  21. May 24, 2009 12:53 pm

    I really want to read this one. I am glad it isn’t “too overly sad.” I love stories of families and how they face obstacles. Great review.

  22. May 24, 2009 10:04 pm

    This is one I’ve been wanting to read. I was supposed to receive a copy in the mail last summer, but it never arrived. Maybe someday I will get the chance!

  23. May 24, 2009 11:03 pm

    Knowing me I’d be bawling through the whole thing. Sounds like a winner though.

  24. May 25, 2009 2:42 am

    I just saw a video with her mom in it. I forgot where but it had her mom taking the books from a shelf from some corner place and putting them where they are more visible. It was really funny. I really want to read this book. Glad you enjoyed it.

  25. May 25, 2009 10:10 am

    i love memoirs and i’m glad the author was able to spin her story in a positive way. the subject matter strikes a bit too close to the bone for me, so i’m going to pass on this one. happy to see you enjoyed it.

  26. May 26, 2009 12:43 am

    This sounds like an amazing book! I also just love the cover – makes me feel carefree!

    ~ Wendi

  27. May 27, 2009 2:10 pm

    Cancer runs strongly in both sides of the family so it really scares me. I don’t think I could read something like this without it putting me into a reading slump afterwards.

  28. June 17, 2009 12:12 pm

    Not sure this one’s for me, but I’ve heard good things about it. Thanks for the review!

    –Anna

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