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Review: Glitter and Glue

June 23, 2016

Glitter and Glue

When she was growing up, Kelly Corrigan’s father was the encouraging cheerleader of the family.  Optimistic and upbeat, his children knew he believed in them.  Her mother, on the other hand, was the more serious enforcer.  Her mother described them this way:

Your father’s the glitter but I’m the glue.

Corrigan always felt closer to her father and somewhat distant from her mother and all her rules.  After college, Corrigan and a friend decided to travel and ended up having to get jobs in Australia when their funds ran out.  It was there, as the nanny to two children whose mother had recently passed away, that Corrigan began to have a new appreciation for her mother.

Glitter and Glue by Kelly Corrigan is a memoir about Corrigan’s relationship with her parents.  Her father was always the fun one who encouraged his children to reach for the stars while her mother was the one who would remind them to brush their teeth.  While Corrigan loved them both, she felt herself drawn more to her father and his vibrant personality until she faced difficulties in her life and realized what a great balance they are.

I enjoyed Glitter and Glue and could relate to much of it, because my parents were much the same as Corrigan’s, but I think I realized the importance of both of their personalities earlier than Corrigan.  Still, I found the book to be thoughtful and thought provoking and would recommend it to those who enjoy memoirs.

Review copy provided by Penguin Random House.  I am an Indiebound Affliate.

19 Comments leave one →
  1. Patty permalink
    June 23, 2016 6:23 am

    It sounds really good for a memoir!

  2. June 23, 2016 6:46 am

    I enjoyed this one, but not quite as much as The Middle Place or Lift. She has some wonderful videos, too. They never fail to choke me up!

  3. June 23, 2016 7:29 am

    This has been on my wish list for a long time. Glad to know you enjoyed it!

  4. June 23, 2016 7:30 am

    So true about mothers being the glue.

  5. June 23, 2016 8:30 am

    Ha, could be a book about scrapbooking!

  6. June 23, 2016 8:33 am

    From the title, this is not what I was expecting.
    Both my parents were the glitter and the glue.

  7. June 23, 2016 9:21 am

    Definitely sounds interesting.

  8. June 23, 2016 9:24 am

    I think true of most partnerships!

  9. June 23, 2016 10:27 am

    I do enjoy memoirs, and have seen this one around with positive reviews. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  10. June 23, 2016 11:45 am

    I enjoyed this book a while ago. Thanks for sharing, and reminding me of how much I love a good memoir.

  11. June 23, 2016 11:51 am

    Sometimes I think my husband and I take turns being the glitter and glue. 🙂 This sounds like a worthwhile read.

  12. June 23, 2016 5:12 pm

    I thought this was a craft book initially, due to the title! It sounds like a good memoir. I’m glad you enjoyed it, Kathy.

  13. June 23, 2016 6:31 pm

    Sounds interesting! I think my husband and I are each a bit of both. 😉

  14. June 24, 2016 6:28 am

    I like my memoirs more foreign and sad for some reason

  15. June 24, 2016 11:07 am

    Sounds like a good read. this is similar to my family in many ways

  16. June 24, 2016 11:54 am

    Glitter and Glue is one of my favorite memoirs! I’m glad you liked it too!

  17. bookingmama permalink
    June 27, 2016 7:59 am

    Sounds like an inspirational memoir!

  18. June 27, 2016 1:51 pm

    I’ve read all of her books, beginning with The Middle Place which was my first book review on my blog!! It really touched me, I loved how open and honest she was. I enjoyed Glitter and Glue also. She’s working on book 4 now.

  19. July 1, 2016 8:35 pm

    I think parenting teams do well when they balance each other out. It’s too bad it took her so long to realize the truth, but good that she did in the end.

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