I have review copies of several upcoming releases. Today, I’m featuring reviews of two books released last week (on February 4). I would have scheduled this post for last week, but I let Digital Learning Day take precedence.
Without further ado…
Glitter and Glue by Kelly Corrigan
Ballentine Books, 2014. Hardcover, 240 pages.
Glitter and Glue is the third in a series of memoirs* by Kelly Corrigan. In this one, she explores her relationship with her mother through the lens of a short-term nanny job she took in Australia. As a twenty-something, Kelly and her best friend Tracy decide to see the world. However, they did not budget well. A month after leaving the United States, they are nearly out of money with eleven months of their trip left. Thus they looked for jobs while in Australia and Kelly becomes a nanny to a widower’s children. As Kelly guides the Martin and Milly through life, she begins to realize she is more like her mother than she ever dreamed possible. With this awareness, Kelly learns to respect the mother she never understood growing up.
I found the memoir fast-paced and highly entertaining. While the underlying message of the book is constant, Corrigan adds humor to many situations. She also explores issues common to twenty-somethings, such as the need for independence, desire to explore the world, and life in love (in this case, with her employer’s adult stepson). Between both themes, this book should have an equal appeal to women of all ages.
The Deepest Secret by Cara Buckley
Bantam, 2014. Hardcover, 448 pages.
The Deepest Secret was a quick read. The text flowed easily and one wanted to know the ultimate outcome. At times, it was heart-wrenching. Compared to other fiction, I think the novel is fairly average.
Next week, I’m hoping for the return to history!
*2008’s The Middle Place examines her relationship with her father and battle with cancer while Lift is about raising her children. I haven’t read these, but I think I someday will.