Friday, January 30, 2015

Friday Favorites

The week has flown by and we have made it to another Friday!

Favorite View:  These Lighthouses

Favorite Read:  Food Bank Gardeners

Favorite Slurp:  Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup

Favorite Cozy Corner:  This Reading Nook

Favorite Vacay:  The Bay of Fires

Favorite Thought:  A Strong Woman

Favorite Treat:  Strawberry Parfaits

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

The Middle Place by Kelly Corrigan - A Book Review

The middle place is that space of time when your childhood and your adulthood overlap... That span of time when you are someone's daughter and also someone's mother.  Kelly Corrigan is in that space.  The Middle Place is her memoir.

The book starts off with the author introducing her beloved father, George "Greenie" Corrigan, lacrosse coach and eternal optimist who throws his window open every morning and yells out "Hello world! I'm coming out to getcha!"  She is very close to her father and frequently refers to moments in her childhood when he has done something outrageous - like run errands in town with a missing front tooth while waiting for an open appointment at the dental office.

Early in the book, Kelly discovers a lump in her breast and learns it is malignant.  Just as she is starting to go through treatment, Greenie, having survived two previous bouts of cancer, finds out he has bladder cancer.  Kelly takes to google to research cancer terms while her father went to God, attending regular mass at his church.

The Middle Place is Kelly's journey through chemotherapy and radiation while at the same time her father is receiving treatment on the other side of the country.  Through it all, she leans on her father for moral support and pressures him to approach his treatment in a more aggressive fashion.  The book does acquaint you with other characters, Kelly's mother and two brothers, Booker and G.T. as well as her husband, Edward and two daughters, but the story seems to follow her relationship with her father.

Even as an adult, Kelly seems to focus on and recognize herself as the daughter of George Corrigan. At one point in the book, Kelly's daughter goes missing and after looking for her everywhere, she bargains with God, saying "You can have anything.  You can have Greenie!", clearly offering her most prized possession for her daughter's safety.

After reading the book, I listened to an audio interview with Kelly Corrigan and she explains that she wrote this book to tell her father how much he has meant to her.  This point will make itself apparent about three paragraphs into the book.  I enjoyed The Middle Place, but if you are looking for a deep, thoughtful book, this is not it.  The author uses a lot of flowery writing to describe her journey through cancer but leaves a lot to be desired.  If you are looking for a book about someone who survived cancer, look elsewhere.  A lot of the details of Kelly's treatment read like facts from Wikipedia.  If you are looking for a feel-good read to make you appreciate your father, this will do it for you.

The Middle Place is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.  To read more about Kelly Corrigan and her other books, visit her website.

*This post was not sponsored.  I borrowed this book from my local library.  :)  As always, all opinions are genuinely my own.*

Friday, January 23, 2015

Friday Favorites - Cozy Winter Edition

It is COLD outside and we are expecting some big snow this weekend or early next week!  That means today's favorites are all ways to stay cozy in the chilly weather.  Let's jump in!

Favorite Comfort Food:  Irish Beef Stew and Mashed Potatoes from Lauren's Latest

Favorite Chunky Scarf: Rapunzel Scarf

Favorite Sip: How to Spice Up Your Hot Chocolate

Favorite Activity: 28 Crafty Ways to Stay Busy and Cozy When It's Snowing

Favorite Laugh: Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee

Favorite Read: 46 Brilliant Short Novels You Can Read in a Day

Favorite Treat:  The Best Brownies in the World from Cravings of a Lunatic

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