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Glitter and Glue

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Glitter and Glue

A Memoir
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

From the 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 chatted for an hour, discussed timing and pay, and a week later, Kelly moved in. And there, in that house in a suburb north of Sydney, 10,000 miles from the house where she was raised, her mother's voice was suddenly everywhere, nudging and advising, cautioning and directing, escorting her through a terrain as foreign as any she had ever trekked. Every day she spent with the Tanner kids was a day spent reconsidering her relationship with her mother, turning it over in her hands like a shell, straining to hear whatever messages might be trapped in its spiral.

This is a book about the difference between travel and life experience, stepping out and stepping up, fathers and mothers. But mostly it's about who you admire and why, and how that changes over time.

Praise for Glitter and Glue

"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 Eat, Pray, Love

"Kelly Corrigan's thoughtful and beautifully rendered meditation invites readers to reflect on their own launchings and homecomings. I accepted the invitation and learned things about myself. You will, too. Isn't that why we read?"--Wally Lamb, New York Times bestselling author of We Are Water

"Kelly Corrigan is no stranger to mining the depths of her heart. . . . [In] Glitter and Glue,Corrigan turns the microscope on her relationship with her own mother. . . . Through her own experience of caring for children, she begins, for the first time, to appreciate the complex woman who raised her."--O: The Oprah Magazine

"Corrigan [is] a lively, nimble cheerleader for the joys of family."--People

"[A] funny, sparkling memoir."--More

"Corrigan writes with warmth and delicate humor."--The Washington Post

"[An] irresistible cocktail of lyrical writing and solid, useful insight."--San Francisco Chronicle

"In this endearing, funny, and thought-provoking memoir, Kelly Corrigan's memories of long-ago adventures illuminate the changing relationships between mothers and children--as well as everything else that really matters."--Gretchen Rubin, New York Times bestselling author of The Happiness Project

From the Hardcover edition.
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

From the 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 chatted for an hour, discussed timing and pay, and a week later, Kelly moved in. And there, in that house in a suburb north of Sydney, 10,000 miles from the house where she was raised, her mother's voice was suddenly everywhere, nudging and advising, cautioning and directing, escorting her through a terrain as foreign as any she had ever trekked. Every day she spent with the Tanner kids was a day spent reconsidering her relationship with her mother, turning it over in her hands like a shell, straining to hear whatever messages might be trapped in its spiral.

This is a book about the difference between travel and life experience, stepping out and stepping up, fathers and mothers. But mostly it's about who you admire and why, and how that changes over time.

Praise for Glitter and Glue

"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 Eat, Pray, Love

"Kelly Corrigan's thoughtful and beautifully rendered meditation invites readers to reflect on their own launchings and homecomings. I accepted the invitation and learned things about myself. You will, too. Isn't that why we read?"--Wally Lamb, New York Times bestselling author of We Are Water

"Kelly Corrigan is no stranger to mining the depths of her heart. . . . [In] Glitter and Glue,Corrigan turns the microscope on her relationship with her own mother. . . . Through her own experience of caring for children, she begins, for the first time, to appreciate the complex woman who raised her."--O: The Oprah Magazine

"Corrigan [is] a lively, nimble cheerleader for the joys of family."--People

"[A] funny, sparkling memoir."--More

"Corrigan writes with warmth and delicate humor."--The Washington Post

"[An] irresistible cocktail of lyrical writing and solid, useful insight."--San Francisco Chronicle

"In this endearing, funny, and thought-provoking memoir, Kelly Corrigan's memories of long-ago adventures illuminate the changing relationships between mothers and children--as well as everything else that really matters."--Gretchen Rubin, New York Times bestselling author of The Happiness Project

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  • Chapter One

    It's her fault. That's another thought I'm having as I set down my backpack on a single bed in a room with a skylight but no windows, and John Tanner says, "I hope this will be okay." If she had given me even a little money . . . a loan . . .

    This is not what I left home for. That's the chalky horse pill I choke down when John Tanner says the kids are so excited about me moving in, they'll be in here bouncing on my bed in no time. "First nanny and all," he says.

    I'm a nanny, a fucking nanny.

    For the record, I didn't touch down in Oz, open The Sydney Morning Herald, and circle "Recent Widower Looking for Live-­in Nanny." If anything, I was thinking bartending, or at least waitressing. Good money, tons of laughs, guys everywhere.

    My college roommate Tracy and I had been traveling for two months, burning through cash, so when we got off the bus in downtown Sydney, we filled out applications at all the restaurants and bars that sounded Yank-­friendly: Uncle Sam's, Texas Rib Joint, New York Steak House. We followed up, we waited. Seven days in, we broadened the search--­surf shacks, burger joints, cafés, pubs. Nobody would hire us. We called friends of friends and left messages asking if they knew of any temp work. No one called us back. We tried all the bulletins posted at the hostels. No one would bend the rules to let us work under the table. So after three weeks, we did what no self-­respecting globe-­trotter would: We looked in the help-­wanted ads for nanny gigs, all of which were in the 'burbs, where we would meet zero boys and have zero big experiences and learn nothing about anything.

    I picked a rich family with an indoor pool and views of the Sydney Opera House, but Eugenia Brown turned out to be a total despot, and after I made a funny face about scrubbing her pool tiles and dragged my heels about helping with a mailing regarding her availability as a bridge tutor, I pointed out that her ad had said nanny, not nanny plus housecleaner plus personal assistant, at which point she said I was her first American--­she usually hired Asians, who had "worked out so nicely"--­and that I might be too "unionized." Then she fired me.

    After that, I interviewed with four more families. I told Smiley Vicki in Chatswood that I was open to babysitting on weekend nights, which would suck, and Skinny Jane on Cove Lane that I knew CPR. Didn't matter. No one wanted a nanny who could only stay for five months, so I went back to the newspaper, and the widower's ad was still there.

    John Tanner was older than I thought a man with a seven-­year-­old and a five-­year-­old would be. His mustache was graying, and his hairline had rolled back a touch from where it started. His shoulders were sloped, giving him the outline of my grandmother's Frigidaire. All in all, he struck me as someone who might participate in Civil War reenactments.

    In a conversation that lasted under an hour, he explained that he was a steward for Qantas and used to work the overnights to New Zealand, Tokyo, and Singapore. It had been six months since his wife passed, and it was time to resume his usual schedule. He needed an extra pair of hands, someone who could drive the kids to school when he was flying. He didn't care that I couldn't commit to a year. He couldn't either. He said this would be a good way to test the nanny plan--­he wasn't sure it was the right long-­term solution for them--­and I said that sounds great to me, and we shook hands, the deal done. He did not ask to make a copy of my passport. He was tired and I was good enough for now.

    The house is a rancher...

About the Author-
  • Kelly Corrigan is the author of The Middle Place and Lift, both New York Times bestsellers. She is also a contributor to O: The Oprah Magazine, Good Housekeeping, and Medium. Kelly co-founded Notes & Words, an annual benefit concert for Children's Hospital Oakland featuring writers and musicians onstage together. Her YouTube channel, which includes video essays like "Transcending" and interviews with writers like Michael Lewis and Anna Quindlen, has been viewed by millions. She lives in the Bay Area with her husband, Edward Lichty, their two daughters, and a poorly behaved chocolate lab, Hershey.

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