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I cried...and laughed out loud.

  • Jul 12, 2010

My mother-in-law passed Kelly Corrigan's memoir "The Middle Place" on to me, and I stupidly let it collect dust on my bookshelf until I ran across it on a day I had nothing to do. Then I spent the entire day - and the few after it - devouring the book.

"The Middle Place" is a diary of Corrigan's battle with cancer, intertwined with lovely and funny stories about her family. I identified with the author and quickly started to think of her family as my own. I don't usually like memoirs because so often, I don't think the writer has all that much to say. But having never dealt with cancer myself or in my family (thank goodness), I feel like I gained great insight into what the battle is like and how to be there for those who are going through it.

What I particularly loved about Corrigan's writing is its clarity, humility, humor and self-endurance (aren't we all a little narcissistic? :o) She has a way of describing the people close to her in a way that makes them instantly feel close to you, and it's clear she has great love for them. This is a skill I would love to possess, but am so glad that she does!

I get emotionally wrapped up in books, but almost never to the point of laughing out loud and shedding tears. Corrigan is a wonderful writer and I can't wait to read more of her writing.


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review by . November 17, 2008
The Middle Place
This memoir is filled with love, humility, honesty, compassion and a great sense of humor. Well-written and highly readable, the structure pulls you from cover to cover so quickly, it's readable in one sitting. My one sitting happened to be on a long plane ride, however, the time I spent getting to know Kelly Corrigan and her father, "Greenie," along with the rest of Kelly's family, made the plane not only bearable, but also enjoyable. She moved me from tears to laughter to a place of profound contentment. …
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