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Publisher's Note:

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Middle Place comes a new memoir that examines the bond—sometimes nourishing, sometimes exasperating, occasionally divine—between mothers and daughters. 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 checks, she took off for Australia to see things and do things and Become Interesting. But it didn’t turn out the way she pictured it. In a matter of months, her savings shot, she had a choice: get a job or go home. That’s how Kelly met John Tanner, a newly widowed father of two looking for a live-in nanny. They…

Glitter and Glue: A Memoir

by Kelly Corrigan

Overall Book Review:

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


Content Analysis:

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. 

Overall Book Rating
Profanity/Language
Rating:
9
10
Violence/Gore
Rating:
2
10
Sex/Nudity
Rating:
3
10

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About the Reviewer

My mother was the one who sparked my love of books. Long before school instruction, she sat me down and taught me to read. My childhood was filled with trips to the library and bookmobile to find great books. My first loves were The Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder and the Pippi Longstocking series by Astrid Lingren. Now as a mom and speech pathologist, I am constantly looking for good, clean books to use at home and in therapy. I enjoy reading many different genres, but my favorites are usually historical fiction. I married my best friend, the “boy next door”, and we have a beautiful little girl who we often find sprawled out on the floor, flipping through picture books. Together our family likes to swim, run and play tennis. Besides reading, I also love to bake, garden and travel.