Barrett Bookstore and the Community Fund of Darien welcome Kelly Corrigan, author of the funny, thought-provoking memoir “Glitter and Glue” as the keynote speaker for a benefit luncheon at the Country Club of Darien, 300 Mansfield Avenue, on February 12 at 11:30 a.m.
Corrigan, a newspaper columnist and mother of two, has been critically acclaimed as the “Poet Laureate of the ordinary.” Kelly’s latest book tells the story of her adventure post-college, armed with a backpack and a wad of traveler’s checks, to see the world and Become Interesting. But quickly her fanny pack full of savings dwindles and she needed a job—or go back home, which as Corrigan recalls, would please her mother to no end. That’s how she met John Tanner, a newly widowed father of two young kids looking for a live-in nanny. In that house in a suburb north of Sydney, Kelly’s mother’s voice was suddenly everywhere, nudging and advising her through a terrain as foreign as the rapids she rafted and glaciers she climbed. And most surprising of all was that for the first time ever, she was really listening to her mother’s words—and in a way that would lay the foundation for their relationship to come.
Reading a book by Kelly Corrigan is an intimate event. With graceful prose, intimate voice, and keen insight into the daily workings of our lives and our connections to those in it, Corrigan is time and time again able to relay her singular personal experiences while transforming them into the universal threads we instantly understand and see ourselves reflected back. “Glitter and Glue” is about the journeys we all take in life—both literal and emotional—and what really counts as ‘life experience’ and how that too, changes over time.
Not all of us are mothers—but all of us has one. Kelly Corrigan’s “Glitter and Glue” is as heartfelt as it is provocative and will urge you to re-examine the woman behind your mother.
PRAISE for “Glitter and Glue”
“Kelly Corrigan’s heartfelt homage to motherhood is every bit as tough and funny as it is nostalgic and searching. It’s a tale about growing up, gaining wisdom, and reconciling with Mom but it’s also an honest meditation on our deepest fears of death and abandonment. I loved this book, I was moved by this book, and now I will share this book with my own mother—along with my renewed appreciation for certain debts of love that can never be repaid.” Elizabeth Gilbert, New York Times bestselling author of The Signature of All Things and Eat, Pray, Love.
People Magazine says reading a book by Corrigan is “like having a heart-to-heart with your most perceptive friend.”
She won the hearts of many during her last visit to Darien, to discuss her first memoir, “The Middle Place,” an account of both her and her father’s battle with cancer.
Tickets are $55 and include a light lunch and a copy of “Glitter and Glue”. Tickets are available through the Community Fund of Darien website, or at Barrett Bookstore, 314 Heights Road, Darien. For more information call 203 655-2712.