The Middle Place

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"The thing you need to know about me is that I am George Corrigan's daughter, his only daughter." So begins this beautifully written memoir, in which Kelly Corrigan intertwines her own story with that of her larger-than-life, Irish-American-born salesman father's, and illustrates both an unbelievably powerful and healing father/daughter relationship and the unbreakable bonds of family. Writing with candor and a surprising amount of graceful humor, Kelly alternates the tale of growing up Corrigan with her life and her father's today, as they each--successfully, for now battle cancer. Throughout, she explores the framework of illness and what it means when the one person who has been your source of strength is in need of some himself.

Uplifting without shying away from the realities of life with cancer, this highly personal story ultimately examines the universal theme of family, both those we create and those that created us. The Middle Place is about the bittersweet moment between childhood and adulthood when you're a devoted wife and mother, but you'll always be daddy's girl. In fresh, insightful prose, Kelly explores and ultimately embraces that "middle place," bringing to light the wonderful opportunity of coming to know who you are and where you truly belong.

Customer Reviews:

  • Make that call
    You will know Kelly Corrigan when you finish this book. You will figure out early that her father, the Green Man, is one of the deep loves of her life, and when you meet her husband, Edward, you will meet another deep love. Her young daughters will dash through the pages, giving you glimpses of Kelly's care as their eager and devoted mother. You will feel as though you want to pick up the phone to hear her laugh and to give you light-hearted morsels about her day. But, if you do make that call, you will also hear about her cancer and that of her father. Don't be afraid to call. She won't lie to you about how frightening cancer is, but she won't belabor the point. Somewhere in the conversation she will make you laugh. Somewhere else she will have to shout some quick guidance to one of her girls, and, of course, there will be the newest story to tell you about "Greenie". You'll call back. She's too full of life not to. ...more info
  • Balancing in the Middle
    In an era of memoir publishing that seems to have become an ongoing contest of who can claim the most horrific childhood, The Middle Place by Kelly Corrigan is strikingly different. She had an enviably normal childhood with a doting father, a somewhat stern mother and two lacrosse-crazed, good-natured brothers. But in the middle place in life, where she is both a child who still needed her parents for guidance and yet also a young mother herself, Kelly Corrigan is diagnosed with breast cancer.

    Written in chapters that alternate the story line of Corrigan's year with cancer with chapters of traditional memoir, we come to know who she is and why she so loves both her families--the one she came from and the one she makes with her husband and children--as she relies on them both through the medical nightmare of fighting cancer. In her weaving of the story of her childhood and young adulthood with her more recent year of illness and recovery, Corrigan makes it easy for the reader to fall in love with the characters in her life. Central among them is her father, George Corrigan, who not only goes by the nicknames "Greenie" or "Green Man," he also gives a nickname to most everyone he knows. His only daughter he calls "Lovey," never denying that she holds the sweetest spot in his heart. The favorite dad in the neighborhood, Corrigan always went to her dad for permission, knowing he was the easier target. Once, after he told her she could go to a party where there was beer, he showed up an hour later telling her he was there to bring her home because her mother couldn't sleep until he did.

    Months after Corrigan's discovery of her breast tumor Greenie himself is diagnosed with bladder cancer (something revealed on the book jacket). Corrigan then begins to take care of her father in the only way she can while living on the other side of the country and undergoing her own cancer treatment--she becomes and expert on bladder cancer and navigates her father to the foremost oncologist specializing in that area. In the process of literally fighting for not only her own life but also her father's, she truly becomes an adult.

    Filled with revealing--even embarrassing--anecdotes and honest assessments of herself and those around her, Kelly Corrigan's The Middle Place is a funny, yet serious, memoir. In the final chapters, the two threads meet, Kelly's memoir culminates where her cancer story began, the year she fought not only her own cancer, but for the best treatment for her father's cancer. A character driven, fast read, The Middle Place is a delightful antidote to the dark, abused-child focus of many contemporary memoirs. Its only risk is leaving the reader jealously longing for such a richly normal and loving childhood as Kelly Corrigan's....more info
  • The title should have been - "Me Me Me"
    I'm not sure why people liked this book. I did not like the book because the main character was so incredibly self-focused and so needing for everything to be about her. I keep thinking it is fictional because surely the Dad couldn't be so perfect and the daughter so unlike him. Something just doesn't jive. But that is just my impression, I hope they will all continue to do well. I'd love to meet the Dad but would never be interested in meeting her. I must be missing something....more info
  • Easy, delightful, insightful read...
    This book is an easy read! I read it in 24 hrs, with 2 kids under 6 on the go. Even though I myself had a benign tumor removed from my own breast, the possibility of having breast cancer never dawned on me. I never knew anyone I cared about having breast cancer. But the day after I finished reading this book, a friend wrote and told me her mother had just been diagnosed with breast cancer in both breasts. I immediately tuned in and understood a little better on how to talk to my friend because of Kelly Corrigan's account of her experience in her book. The book opened my eyes to the possibilities of a tragedy that only her humor and positive outlook could overcome. She talks lightly, yet seriously about her illness in such a way, that you just have to be rooting for her team. I just loved the way she talks about her dad. I wish she wrote a whole book just about her dad. What a great character. Oh, while I'm at it, I want her husband too, not the real one, her fictional book husband! If you don't fall in love with her 'in book' husband, there has to be something wrong with you. ...more info
  • Utterly moving
    I absolutely loved this book. Greenie reminds me of my dad with a little dysfunction thrown in. It was poignant to read about her relationship with her Dad and her Mom through the lense of her recovery from cancer. I am in a recovery of sorts myself - this book was healing, uplifting - the perfect medicine. Thanks Kelly!...more info
  • Raw, emotional, wonderful
    As a mother and a cancer survivor I could relate to so many of the emotions Kelly Corrigan skillfully expresses in this memoir. I was amazed at her candor, I don't know if I could have been as open about some aspects of my past as she is. But she holds nothing back from the reader. And as a result this book is completely engrossing. If you read it, be prepared to be consumed by it. Oh, and I guarantee you'll fall in love with Kelly's dad, George ("Greenie") Corrigan like I did.

    Sara Ellington
    The Must-Have Mom Manual (Ballantine, 2009)
    The Mommy Chronicles (Hay House, 2005)...more info
  • Surprisingly upbeat and funny! Not what I expected.
    Wonderful! A sweet, touching and funny book-- I was pleasantly surprised at the author's fresh and interesting perspective on motherhood, family, friendships as well as what changes (and what doesn't) when faced with the challenge of cancer. I especially liked the honesty with which it was written-- the author shares her reactions and behavior even when they are less than flattering. It made her story all the more real and enjoyable. ...more info
  • Perfect for a child of the 80's! I too was born in 1967. I too had to wear a prom dress that came up to my neck, mine however had a hoop skirt! This must be why I so totally enjoyed this book. It made me laugh at times, and cry at times. What more could you ask for? I think I read this book in two sittings. Anyone born in the late 60's early 70's will be able to relate to Kelly's childhood. Anyone who has aging parents will also be able to relate. This is the first book I've read in a long time that I feel was written for an audience just like me! Even though it's a memoir! You will not be disappointed if you buy this book....more info
  • Awesome Memoir
    Kelly Corrigan will make you laugh and cry with her memoir of growing up and being the person who still needs her parents when she is diagnosed with breast cancer at an early age. Corrigan writes with passion and enough detail that you will feel like you know her family personally. Going back and forth between telling stories of her childhood and her battle with cancer, Corrigan's book reads quickly....more info
  • The Middle Place
    I really enjoyed reading this book. It made me laugh and cry sometimes at the same time. Kelly Corrigan make you feel and understand the love and strengh her family shares....more info
  • a careful dance between lightheartedness and gravity
    Kelly Corrigan does an amazing job at recounting her experience of dealing with cancer with 2 very young children. During this traumatic experience, she learns her father who is her idol is diagnosed with cancer as well. The most remarkable aspect of this novel is how light-hearted Corrigan manages to keep her tale while alternating between stories of growing up as a Corrigan between her day-to-day experience fighting cancer. I was laughing most of the time while fighting back tears some of the time. I LOVED this book and strongly recomment it to everyone....more info
  • Wow a complete masterpiece
    This is a great book, I asked my husband to buy it for me after a girlfriend sent me the You Tube clip. I was sucked in from the start, and only 5 hours later I was done. Yes 5 hours. You will cry and laugh and when it is all done, you will value what you have and hope that your children can have the same thing that Kelly and Greenie have!! ...more info
  • Great book!
    I started reading the Middle Place late Friday and finished by the end of the weekend. It was a great book and easy read. The story was relatable and took me back to memories of my own childhood and bond with my parents. Highly recommended....more info
  • Fabulous
    I laughed out loud and, at other times, had tears in my eyes while reading this book. I found her storytelling abililty to be fantastic, and really connected with her sense of humor. ...more info
  • Funny, poigant page-turner memoir
    Kelly Corrigan has penned a poigant memoir describing those 30-something years when you've a young family of your own, but feel deeply connected to your family of origin, still. Readers will giggle over the exuberance of the author's Dad, "Greenie." Any girl who adores her dad will relate to this story.

    The structure of the book, alternating chapters between childhood remembrances and cancer treatments, works well. The topic could well be maudlin, but Corrigan's humor tempers the description of coping with cancer.

    About 3/4 of the way through the book, I became just a bit annoyed with the author's self-absorption, but I read the book from cover to cover. The text elicited laughter and tears. My only complaint is that I didn't get my housework done because I couldn't put the book down. Read it. ...more info
  • it will Capture you
    a lovely honest sincere and capturing memoir, it will capture you with its simple easy reading pages that you will fly between the pages .
    the only book i read in years and felt sad that i finished it so fast, i had to re-read it to enjoy it once more , it made me stop and reflect for a moment in the busy sequenced live i am living and i think in a way i had to rearrange my priorities.

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  • Amazing Book!
    I took this book on vacation with me for a little r and r. I am a breast cancer survivor, so that topic caught my attention. What I didn't expect was what a beautiful love story this was of a dauthgter and father. I sat at the pool crying and had to pace myself so I wouldnt read it all in one day and then have nothing to read the other days. Its a 'one sitter' if you let it be. What a wonderful relationship these two have. It reminded me of the relationship between my grandfather and my mom. She was always his girl and that was understood by everyone....more info
  • best book in ages
    this is the best book i have read in ages. it was such a quick read and so enjoyable. i have shared it with all the moms in my playgroup who have enjoyed it as much as i did....more info
  • Not What It Appears To Be
    If you're looking for an inspiring, moving, life-affirming true story
    about a person struggling with a life-threatening illness, there are many
    fine books out there from which to choose. This book, however, is not
    one of those. It's noteworthy mainly because it's one of the few memoirs
    about living with cancer that, more than anything else, is downright
    Maybe that's because it's not really about the author's struggle with
    breast cancer. It tends to spend more time describing the close relationship between author Kelly Corrigan and her lovable, larger-than-
    life, garrulous father. Just how lovable you'll find him depends on your tolerance for aggressively congenial "charmers" who speak about themselves
    in the third person, confer nicknames on everyone they meet, monopolize
    every conversation, and generally behave as if they are performing for
    some invisible audience at all times. While the author may find this
    kind of behavior adorable, some readers may find that a little of this
    personality type goes a very long way.
    It's the Mutual Adoration Society of Kelly Corrigan and her father
    which sours this story. George Corrigan (or "Greenie," as he's usually
    called--don't ask why, you won't want to know) adores his only daughter,
    and never ceases to cover her with words of praise and admiration about
    how utterly fantastic she is. Now, there's nothing wrong with that--unless
    you've grown up hearing so much praise that you learn to expect it from
    everyone, and resent it when you don't get it. The author's battle with
    cancer often pales alongside her struggle to get everyone around her to
    validate her with the same intensity shown by her father; when she doesn't
    get that validation, pouting ensues. Her husband fails to exhibit the
    proper amount of awe and wonder when she announces a career triumph--she
    provokes a squabble. A friend innocently mentions the success he's had
    with his new exercise regimen--she takes it as a personal affront to her
    illness and rebukes him with a tearful lecture. When Kelly's father is
    also diagnosed with cancer at about the same time, it increases their
    special bond even more. Now no one else can understand how they both feel;
    no one else can offer the right kind of sympathy, advice, or philosophical
    phrases. Their affection for each other seems sometimes to exclude other
    relationships--most notably between Kelly and her mother, whom she often
    seems to resent, when she mentions her at all; and, perhaps most disturbingly, between Kelly and her patience-of-a-saint husband, whose
    biggest crime, he admits, is that he's "not one is."
    The moral of the story? Cancer is painful, but so are marital
    relationships when one is constantly in competition for the affections
    of an emotionally needy spouse and a childishly idealized parent. The
    "middle place" perhaps refers to the area where Corrigan envisions herself, while the world revolves around her. A touching, heartwarming
    memoir about illness and family? Please, look elsewhere.

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  • The Middle Place
    Very realistic perspective and great writing on that perspective. The perfect book for a neighborhood book club....more info
  • Great story!
    Ms. Corrigan's book is a winner. I loved reading it. It has been added to my book club list! Get a copy today. You will enjoy it....more info
  • Started out great, but what happened in the second half?
    I have struggled with the idea of whether to review this book or not because this book is a memoir about someone's actual life. But I have been mulling this book over for a few weeks since I read it, and frankly, I am mystified as to how it has garnered so many 5 star reviews.

    I absolutely loved the first half of the book. I truly did. It was a real, moving, lovely tribute to her dad, known as "Greenie". The anecdotes about him and her early growing up years were so funny. Her description of her family members was so detailed and she gave so many humorous accounts of them, I felt as if I knew them. I also thought how much I would love to have Kelly as a friend. She sounded funny, spunky, and real. If she had stopped the book right there, just as a wonderful reminiscence of her life growing up with her family, I would not be writing what I am about to write.

    But just past the second half of the book, the writer's tone and the content becomes whiny, self indulgent, leaving the author sounding like a spoiled child who needs to grow up. She recounts several seemingly unrelated episodes in which she is either bemoaning someone's insensitivity to her needs or is patting herself on the back for how strong she is when she needs to be. Her example of her strength? When she was in the delivery room, she kept screaming "I can't do it!" when it was time to push. But in the end, she stepps up to the plate and pushed, giving birth to her child! What else was she going to do, NOT have the baby?! It is the self-congratulatory way she perceives herself in this instance that is irritating.

    The other episodes in which she is complaining about someone's insensitivity reads like a personal diary entry - one we all may make now and then when feeling particularly sorry for ourselves, but not a diary entry we ever expect anyone else to read. She complains that she can't have any more children (she already has two). Then there is the incident at the dinner party with friends where two male friends are talking about how far they have come in getting themselves healthy and in shape. The author then throws a wet blanket on the conversation with them with a "what about poor old me" monologue about how broken she feels since her cancer, and how her body has failed her. Then there is the time she runs into an old acquaintance on the street who hasn't seen her since her cancer and makes a series of very benign remarks about one thing or the other that Kelly finds insensitive, and then states how this "friend" will blanch later when she learns Kelly has cancer and remembers what she said to Kelly. She complains about her husband and his closeness to his family (how ironic is that?), complaining about how he calls them on the weekend when she feels he should be devoting his time exclusively to her and their two children. The poor guy sounded so hen pecked based on her description of the conversation she had with him, I felt sorry for him. And he ends up agreeing, not unagreeably, to no longer phone his parents on the weekend when she is around, but when he is driving home from work!

    The only real conclusions I felt the author reached at the end of the book were: (a) until she experiences the death of a parent, she doesn't feel she will really be an "adult", and (b) no one will ever admire, cherish, and idolize her like her father does. The best piece of advice in the entire book comes from her mom. The advice she gives, just prior to Kelly becoming engaged, is for Kelly to not expect too much from people in life because if you don't expect a whole lot, you will never be too disappointed. Sadly, I think Kelly might come across as a happier person had she considered this advice. She seems to expect a lot from everyone throughout the book.

    I think the author is a talented writer, and, again, I thoroughly enjoyed the first half of the book. And I think with a bit more editing, or perhaps as a series of essays, this book could have been a better read. But not as a full length book with no conclusions or resolutions of much depth.
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  • Exploring the spaces in between
    A treasure of a read, The Middle Place is as inspirational as it is real. Artfully weaving together the chapters of Kelly's life, The Middle Place is both a memoir and an opportunity to reflect on what ultimately matters most. Kelly explains that the "middle place" is the place between being a child and being a parent. It seems as if it is also the space between life and death, hope and despair, vulnerability and empowerment, connection and independence, what-could-be and what-is-now, and beginnings and endings. The Middle Place takes readers to dark places, light places, and all places in between....more info
  • True to its word
    Book is true to its word, makes you laugh and makes you cry. The author has a nice writing style which makes the book easy to read. The manner that she weaves together her childhood to her present life is readable. The story itself is sad and her life to me seems somewhat empty and shallow. ...more info
  • A Wake-Up Call
    Amazing book! It really made me wish my dad was George Corrigan! If you do not read this book, you are missing out on those warm feelings you get when you think back to great childhood memories. ...more info
  • The Middle Place
    A very touching and heart warming story of the love between a father and daughter, when both are undergoing medical challenges....more info
  • An Optimistic Book
    The bookseller at Borders highly recommended this book and I had been eying it for some time when I decided to go ahead and buy it. I wasn't sure what to expect. It is a fast read ... read this book in three days. It is funny. It is heart-warming especially when she talks about her dad. It is sad in spots and basically an endearing book. She is a very blessed woman being forced to grow up.

    Corrigan discovered a lump in her breast and after tests, found out it was cancer. Shortly after she started treatment for it, her father was discovered to have cancer also. Rallying back and forth between her childhood/young adulthood memories, she would talk about her love for her father and her mother. In between treatments, she would share conversations among friends and family ... it is a very light-hearted read about something so scary and what possibly could be fatal. She shares her hardest moments when she lost the last of her eyelashes due to chemo. She shares her joy of getting married and having children and throughout the entire book, one gets the sense that she is slightly spoiled, but oh so loved by everyone, her husband, her children, her parents and brothers and friends.

    This book touches lightly on cancer and how scared she must have felt. This book is more of a gratitude, "count your blessings" type of book, and definitely not a book about "woe is me, I have cancer." There is humor throughout this book and love. It is just a delightful book to read.

    If you know someone who has cancer or had fought it and survived, this book might be a good read for them. Corrigan and her father survived the treatments and their love for one another is stronger than it was before. It is a time where Corrigan realizes that she is no longer a child and she has to be strong for her children's sake, and perhaps learn to love and let go. Even while letting go, she has never stopped the love.

    It is a thoughtful and optimistic book about a cancer survivor.

    3/26/09...more info
  • honest and funny memoir
    I enjoyed getting to know Kelly Corrigan and I laughed and cried throughout the book at her wit and honesty. I loved learning about her "larger than life" Dad, aka "Greenie" and the special father-daughter relationship they share. Her candid point of view and humor kept me reading and wanting more - I look forward to her next book!
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  • A lovely read
    Alternately funny and poignant, I found this to be a delightful read. It made me want to hug my kids and my parents and live a more joyful life.

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  • Funny, Real, a great Memoir
    This book is one of the best memoir's I've read, up there with A Girl Named Zippy. Corrigan is funny and honest, and you know she is a real person just like you, holding nothing back. Although she talks about her cancer and her father's, it does not take a depressing, sad tone. A very quick read, I couldn't put it down!...more info
  • I did not like Kelly!
    OK, hate that anyone has to go through cancer, and glad that she did survive. But. I found her superficial and trite, to be as kind as possible. When I got to the part of her sulking because her husband calls home...Or earlier, bringing down a whole group of friends at a dinner in Carmel, or the constant references to how much she cried, she lost me. The whole bit with her father was just too cutesy to bear. I do not understand all the five stars awarded this book. If you want to read about loss, survival and faith, go to Anne LaMott....more info
  • An insightful, touching page-turner
    This book is incredibly well written. From start to finish, I was never tempted to skip a single word. Kelly Corrigan's honest memoir is deeply insightful, incredibly moving, and impossible to put down. She draws her readers into her story in a way few authors can, detailing both humorous and painful experiences without resorting to hyperbole and without becoming verbose. A must read....more info
  • A Fun and Great Communicator
    This isn't really literature, it's more of a journey through the author's fight with cancer. Really, the thing that makes it special is her loving way of describing her love for her family, especially her charismatic father. She has the ability to describe with great warmth, human relationships and the importance of friends and family. ...more info
  • The MIddle Place
    Kelly Corrigan does an amazing job of capturing family and real life. This is an absolute MUST read!!...more info
  • Hillarious
    What a great book. I need a Greenie in my life. Even though the cancer is real, the family is a strong one and I know for a fact that I was a nicer person while reading this book. Life is too short!...more info
  • Cancer is so yucky!
    I'm not sure Kelly Corrigan even thinks cancer is yucky. I'm not sure what she thinks other than she is the centre of the universe and other people better know it.
    This entire book is full of her superficial complaints and whining, and shows a complete lack of insight on her part (my daddy my daddy oh no my husband wants to talk to his parents! how dare he! oh there's my daddy!). Being young and diagnosed with cancer should make for a compelling story on its own but she appears to have no internal life other than being sad that Chemo made her miss the big Crate and Barrel sale. (Okay, I made that up). I'm giving it two stars because for some reason I finished the stupid book so she's got writing skills at least....more info
  • The Middle Place
    This book was in mint condition. I received it within 3-4 days. I will definitely order again!...more info
  • A memorable story
    After seeing her "transcends" tribute on You Tube, I had to read her is a funny, sweet, sad,,memorable read......more info
  • If you like fluff, then this is for you
    My book club read this memoir and all nine of us disliked it. Not one of us thought this was the inspiring memoir of a breast cancer survivor - which is what we expected. If you like reading light, fluffy stuff about people you don't know, then you may enjoy this book. There are some funny stories (when she went to the prom as a freshman, for example), but to read this book thinking you'll hear about a survivor's journey is a mistake. I think she used her breast cancer as an excuse to write a memoir. I found her to be incredibly selfish. For example, she criticizes her mother throughout simply because she was (had to be) the disciplinarian in the family - she even recognizes her unfair treatment but chalks it up to "that's just a mother's burden". What??? Everything had to be about Kelly - especially her father's cancer (she was unbelievably bossy - to the point of bombarding her father's doctor with emails, the poor guy!!! Bless him for his patience with her). Add her whining tone to her selfishness and what a recipe for bad reading. ("It's just so unfair that I can't have more children because it would put my health at risk" - ever consider helping a child in need and adopt? And, "Oh my God, do you really mean I can't drink alcohol anymore? I don't think I can handle that - I, like, live to drink, even if it means temporarily losing my daughter.") I was also very offended by her statement that women are just play-acting at life and marriage until they have children, which, according to the author, is when "real life" commences. Sorry, Ms. Corrigan, but I've chosen not to have children and I think my life and marriage are plenty real. It amazes me that someone can write such fluff and make, presumably, tons of money off of it. Hmmm... I gotta go - need to write my own memoir....more info
  • A must read
    A wonderful easy read, albeit a sobering subject matter, however the author grabs you with her, and her family's, attitude spirit and humor....more info
  • A Memoir of Triumph
    I loved this story of life and strength, family and love. The Middle Place helped me to appreciate even more deeply the spirit of a young woman - Kelly Corrigan - who, like my beloved daughter, had to surrender to her baldness and her new identity post diagnosis. This kind of "put your feet down on the floor every morning" living takes enormous courage and humor. It all comes through in this memoir. It also takes sheer guts to write about a journey that is both scary and unpredictable while making oneself vulnerable in the process. It's also the truth that sets the spirit free.

    Kelly Corrigan loves her enthusiastic and attentive father. I loved mine for similar reasons. Daughters who are this cherished by their dads survive things. Kelly also had to beat her cancer while her own father battled his. Watching it outside; experiencing it inside, all this while raising her precious children. Speaking of which, every mother will adore reading about the tender moments of mom and child, those quiet, gorgeous times that we sigh, "I love being a mom"! I think of Kelly's mom and siblings here with seeing two people they loved going through treatments at the same time. What faith this family must have.

    I enjoyed meeting Kelly's husband on the page. A spouse who is our port in the storm - when the waves are rocking and rolling the boat - is a blessing from heaven above.

    There is a refreshing authenticity in The Middle Place because Kelly Corrigan rips the face right off pretension with her humor and story-telling ability so I say high five on this book. I say bravo to this young and very gifted writer.

    Mary Jane Hurley Brant
    Bryn Mawr, PA
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  • a strong 4 stars!
    The Middle Place is a nice, comfortable read. You feel like Kelly is practically your girlfriend sharing her stories and experiences. I loved reading about her dad "Greenie" a guy you'd love to know and would be extra fortunate to have as a dad. Kelly is actually one lucky girl to have such a fabulous dad and loving husband. I wish her a lifetime of good health and happiness... and hope to bump into sometime because I, too, live in the bay area....more info
  • eh.
    I almost feel bad for not liking the author since she is a cancer survivor. But.....I really don't like her. She was extremely negative. She had many blessings in her life (besides her saint of a dad) like a supportive husband, no financial woes, great medical care, 2 healthy daughters, an extended support system. Honestly she annoyed me to no end. She needs to take stock in her life and learn to be thankful for what she has....more info
  • Caught In The Middle
    This book is the true story of Kelly Corrigan, who is having a nice life until she finds out she has breast cancer. if that is not bad enough, later on she finds out her dad has cancer. Thus she is caught in trying to battle cancer and deal with her husband and kids while wanting to be there for her dad too. She's stuck in the middle, hence the name of the book. How she does it is her tale. It goes quick. I would say this is a woman's book primarily, but I read it anyway. It's a nice story--read it if you get around to it.

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  • The Middle Place
    I am a recent breast cancer survivor. I originally bought this book for myself after seeing Kelly Corrigan on youtube. I have since shared the book with friends with new diagnosis....more info
  • Ho-hum.
    Although very readable and in some parts "cute", I found this memoir slightly irritating in the perfect family, and the fact that I don't see why Kelly's story is noteworthy enough to warrant a memoir. I'm sure thousands of people have been placed in similar situations, including myself. I found the main characters one-dimensional and not that interesting. That being said, as a breast cancer survivor, I hope Kelly and her father continue to do well....more info
  • Uplifting and life affirming
    Kelly Corrigan grew up quite the "Daddy's Girl." Her father, George, is one of those characters who everyone loves - the kind of person who never meets a stranger. In 2004, Kelly was a happily married mother of two, comfortable in the middle place - "that sliver of time when childhood and parenthood overlap." While playing with her daughters one evening, Kelly discovered a lump in her breast that turned out to be cancer. While she was undergoing cancer treatments, her father found out that he had bladder cancer.

    The Middle Place by Kelly Corrigan is more than the story of Kelly's and her father's battles with cancer. It includes stories from Kelly's past, so that you learn how she got to be who she is. The love she and her family have for each other is evident in the pages of this book. Kelly's parents really reminded me of my own parents. When Kelly's mother told her that one of the worst times of her life was Kelly's sixth grade year, I could tell that she is just like my mother. I really enjoyed this emotional book. I wouldn't call it sad, though - it's really up-lifting and life affirming. I probably laughed more than I cried while I read it....more info
  • Humorously Touching Journey
    Kelly Corrigan has a humorous approach to her writting. Found the transition from present to past interesting. Wasn't sure how losing her virginity had a thing to do with her journey. Actually found it a little disappointing. Wanted to give it to my daughter to read but changed my mind.

    It was easy read and her recovery was worth celebrating....more info
  • Courageous topic made fun and approachable
    Chose it for bookclub. Hoped it wouldn't be a downer. Cancer is never a fun topic, but Kelly Corrigan wrote her story in such a way that you can't help but want more. You'll feel like you've known her and the loving Corrigan family for years, cry with her, definitely laugh a lot, and hopefully learn a few things about how to deal through some of life's hardships, whether they are your hardships or those of someone you care about. It's a pretty fast read, but my entire bookclub seemed to really enjoy it and were very surprised at how approachable Kelly (I feel like I'm on a first-name basis with her now!) could make the topic of cancer. I just passed the book on to another friend. ...more info
  • Living Life to its Ordinary Fullness
    Drawn into the pages of a family we all wished we had, Kelly Corrigan knows what it is to be treasured and to treasure. For those of us who don't have a dad who gives George Corrigan's affirmations or a mom as steadfast and nurturing as practical Mary, we are inspired to become them. Thank you Kelly Corrigan for your story that is not just about surviving, but living life to its ordinary fullness!

    You've invited us to fall in love with whom we, ourselves, can be. ...more info
  • 5 stars?are you kidding me?
    I do not understand why this book has been so praised. It's superficial and has no point, except that cancer can be beaten. This is a miracle,a God's miracle, but the author doesn't take it this way.There are a lot of vernacular words which do not have their place in an acclaimed book....more info
  • How do you rate someones life?
    They say every life is a story. This book just happens to be about Kelly Corrigan. This story will neither dazzle nor disappoint. The story seems to be about a daughter who loves her father more than anything. It also is a wake up call for Kelly that as much as she does love her father she realizes she would let him die to save her children. I think Kelly was very lucky to have such a great family. Her husband and her mother who deserve more acclaim then they receive in the story, made me feel bad for them. It is hard to put stars on someone else's life, so for writing it and making easy to read I gave four stars....more info


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