A Book Review and my First Give A Way!

March 25, 2009 book review 18

The Middle Place
Kelly Corrigan

Earlier this month my friend Shiela emailed me a link to a You Tube Video entitled Transcending.

I watched this video and cried and knew I had to read this woman’s book……it was something I could relate to, I’m a woman who loves other women. I cherish friendships and sisterhood and being a daughter.

Kelly Corrigan, like many of us, is a woman who grew up with wonderfully loving parents. They cheered her on when things were going well, but when she stumbled, her parents helped pick her up. Now, as an adult, she’s a wife and mother who sometimes still feels like the little girl her parents raised. When her world is rocked by a breast cancer diagnosis, Kelly looks to her greatest sources of comfort — her husband, of course, but also her mom and dad.

The Middle Place is about raising children and struggling with aging parents. It’s about appreciating your upbringing and being able to look back on it not with anger, but with fondness. But at its heart, The Middle Place is about strength and fighting cancer and admitting that you might be weak, sometimes, and that your parents, even though you’re grown, will always be there for you.

With my parents living a thousand miles away, I still rush to the phone to share my daily life as well as my greatest triumphs — meeting my husband, falling in love, finally conceiving twins after a bout with infertility. . .

I love this book so much, and I want you to have the opportunity to read it too. I want this so much I’m giving away 2 copies!!! Just to sweeten the pot, so to speak, I’m sending chocolate too, because I believe it just makes all things better.

To enter leave me a comment about why you want to win and read this book. For a second entry, post about this give away on your blog and put a link back to my blog. Please let me know you blogged about it. We’ll be drawing names the old fashioned way here at our house, small pieces of paper drawn by one of my children. Contest is open until Sunday March 29, 2009, 10:00pm EDT, and then we’ll draw names and I’ll post the winners by Monday morning.

18 Responses to “A Book Review and my First Give A Way!”

  1. Casey

    WOW, that sounds like a wonderful book! I too cry to my mom when something happens. My family and friends are the most important thing to me and I cherish them deeply. I must say that I am having a hard time with my parents aging, it scares me and I don’t want to imagine my life without them. I honestly don’t know how to handle them aging. I would love to read this book because I need something inspirational and uplifting right now.

  2. Denise

    This sounds like an amazing book. Just having moved back to where my parents live, one factor in moving was that they were getting older. It’s a harsh reality.

    Something that caught my attention on the video was her connection and her mother’s connection to a group of friends. I’ve moved around so much, and I’ve made friends everywhere I move. We always promise to stay in contact, and we do, for a while. I’m hoping to find those close friendships, the kind to last the rest of my life.

    BTW> Good job on the picture upload!

  3. PJ

    I’d like to read the book because I have raised a daughter – the teenage years were uh, um, fun(?) and the mom job is never over; and now I am caring for my aging mom who has a degenerative progressive neurological disorder that will chip away at her until the end. It’s life – new, raw, ever changing and full circle. I think I could relate to the author’s tale.
    If you tell me how to link to your blog, I will…I’m just learning. 🙂

  4. Lisa

    This looks really interesting. I’m glad you got it to work! Sorry I wasn’t able to help you this afternoon.

  5. Crazy Mom of Three

    I would like to win this book because I love books and you, Anita, liked it so well that I am totally intrigued about it. I love when book comes highly recommended. The story sounds a bit difficult to digest for some reason (Cancer is so scary and it sounds like this book will bring out much emotion? So, I am not sure I would have picked it up to read on my own.) But I would like to read this book because it sounds very meaningful and it comes highly recommended. Plus, I could use a good fiction book right now. (Btw Anita, I am waiting to schedule my mammogram until after April 1 when we find out about our new health insurance.)

  6. linda

    Just stopping over via Denise…hope you don’t mind.

    This book sounds wonderful and something that most women could relate to on some level. I’m definately “in the middle” in my life at this time and some days are harder than others…but we do the best we can and get through it. I’d love to read the book and see what the author has to say on the subject.

    Thank you for the great giveaway.

  7. Ali

    I’ve heard about this book–it sounds great! I always hate it when women say that they don’t like hanging around other women, that they like having guy friends better. Girls are awesome!

  8. Denise K.

    Oh how ironic…I have seen this video before, and didn’t realize who the woman was…please enter me in your drawing Anita! The book sounds great and I would love to read it! We are all approaching this stage in our lives where the kids are getting older, and our parents are aging, and we are aging too…thanks for the inspiration! Love, Denise 🙂

  9. April

    Hi Anita! Sounds like a great book 🙂 I wanted to give you some contesty-commenty love, but don’t enter me because I have a stack of books half as tall as me I’m already working on – I’d feel terribly guilty if I won and then it sat on my night stand for 2 years :-/

    Good luck with the contest!!!

  10. Elizabeth

    I would love to be entered in your drawing! The video brought tears to my eyes as well. I love women. I love how strong and inspiring we are. How all of us have the ability to rise above our weaknesses, our heartaches, and our tragedies and join together in person or online to just help one another grow.

  11. Sharon

    This couldn’t have come at a better time. My sister just told me that her best friend was diagnosed with breast cancer. She has three children, one grown, but the other two still in school. She lost both of her parents early in her life, and has struggled. This book sounds like a fantastic gift to help her get through this tough situation. Thank you for sharing!

  12. Wendy

    Hi Anita,

    I was moved that you were doing this giveaway. I recently wrote a blog about what it means to be a “woman’s woman” and how we need to stick together and uplift one another.

    I have three little girls and also live far away from my aging folks. We learned 5 months ago that my dad has lung cancer and it has been a process dealing with that diagnosis while at the same time loving into my children and being the mom and wife I’m to be.

    I appreciate this idea…your are planting thoughts in my head about ways to reach out!!

    ~ Wendy

  13. ikkinlala

    I’d like to read this book because I’d like to understand better what a friend of mine might be going through right now (it sounds like a similar situation).

  14. Kelly

    Hi all,

    Thanks for the good vibes on the book.

    I am actually coming to Clearwater FL to speak on April 30. Details here:

    Clearwater, FL * April 30 * Luncheon
    Planter’s Womens Inspirational Luncheon
    A Benefit for the Morton Plant Mease Foundation
    Sandpearl Resort
    500 Mandalay Avenue
    contact: Trisha at Trisha.Evensen@baycare.org

    Love to see you there.


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