Corrigan’s memoir, about being a busy mom faced with two bouts of cancer (her own, and her father’s), made similar rounds. Reader after reader found themselves profoundly touched by the way she reaches way back and down deep to tell her story with rip roaring humor, painfully honest inner thoughts, and personal details that are scary because so many of them are (personally) familiar. From her retelling of the “Guess Jeans Fight” she had with her mom back in 1984, to losing track of her toddler on a beach vacation (and the sheer panic that followed), Corrigan’s anecdotes have the power to make you laugh and cry. Even if you’re nothing like her, you’ve been there. And as you read, you’ll find yourself reading poignant passages to your family and your friends, because it’s just that good.
We just learned that The Middle Place is now number six on The New York Times Best Sellers list. Congratulations, Kelly, we’re thrilled for you! (Funny, but you kind of feel like family now.)