Simply put, Glitter and Glue is a tribute to mothers. Author Kelly Corrigan pens this witty and poignant memoir as she looks back on two specific events in her life: her time as a nanny in Australia and her cancer scare. Both experiences help Corrigan understand and reminisce about her own mom and the role of motherhood in general.
Corrigan does a remarkable job of balancing the book’s mood. Her travels, nights out with her friend, and light-hearted anecdotes about her mother help counter the book’s heavier content. There isn’t a lot that occurs in this memoir; in fact, I kept waiting for some great, miraculous event to take place, and when none did, I was left a bit disappointed. Despite the lack of plot action, Glitter and Glue is an entertaining and thought-provoking memoir.
This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Ballantine Books
Profanity/Language: 11 religious exclamations; 16 mild obscenities; 2 derogatory names; 6 scatological words; 2 anatomical words; 1 offensive hand gesture; 4 f-word derivatives.
Violence/Gore: Report of a child being spanked; a teenager is slapped by her mother.
Sex/Nudity: Two incidents of kissing; a few sexual references and reported incidents of sexual activity; a mention of a pornographic magazine.
Mature Subject Matter:
Stealing, death of a family member, terminal illness.
Alcohol / Drug Use:
Characters frequently drink and smoke.