Memoir has been a new discovery for me over the last year or two. It's just about my favorite genre at this point. The Middle Place is a different type of memoir--it's more a journey to adulthood, yes with the typical memoir-esque obstacle (in this case, cancer--both hers and her father's). Most memoirists show you the pit of despair from which they came and bring you along the journey as they crawl out of it. I like those stories of hope as well, but Kelly Corrigan simply offers perspective, hope, wisdom, and a few laughs as she shares her journey.
I dare you to watch the video on the product information page and NOT buy this book.
The Middle Place is as compelling a memoir as I have read in recent memory. The book was a gift from a friend shortly after I had a bout with breast cancer earlier this year, so although my own experience with the dreaded C word was much less traumatic, Kelly Corrigan's recollections about the fears and other overwhelming emotions that occur while going through the process rang so true. In addition to her own diagnosis, at about the same time, Corrigan's father had a recurrence of bladder cancer, … more