Review: Tell Me More: Stories About the 12 Hardest Things I’m Learning to Say

January 12, 2018 book review, Kelly Corrigan, non fiction, Random House 3

  • Written by:  Kelly Corrigan
  • Published by: Random House, January 9, 2018
  • Length:  240 pages
  • Source:  Digital advanced copy via Net Galley with permission from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.


In “I Don’t Know,” Corrigan wrestles to make peace with uncertainty, whether it’s over expected invitations that never come or a friend’s agonizing infertility. In “No,” she admires her mother’s ability to set boundaries, her liberating willingness to be unpopular. In “Tell Me More,” she learns something important about listening from a facialist named Tish. And in “I Was Wrong,” she comes clean about her disastrous role in a family fight–and explains why saying sorry may not be enough. With refreshing candor, a deep well of empathy, and her signature desire to understand “the thing behind the thing,” Corrigan swings in this insightful book between meditations on life with a preoccupied husband and two mercurial teenage daughters to profound observations on love and loss.

In channeling the characteristically streetwise, ever-relatable voice that has defined Corrigan’s work, Tell Me More is a meaningful, touching take on the power of the right words at the right moment to change everything.

My Thoughts:  

I first became acquainted with Kelly Corrigan when I  watched a talk she had given, Transcending, and then read her book The Middle Place.  This was my very first book review, March of 2009, prior to that the blog and been more about my family and my changing role as mother, daughter, caregiver.  To say I was smitten with Corrigan is an understatement.

Written in a comfortable conversional style, Kelly Corrigan’s books are like listening to a really good and smart friend. You want to be her friend. To have her in your corner.  Tell Me More takes 12 phrases that say easy and do hard, and delves into how Kelly has been working at doing better, accepting these simple things and working towards understanding them.  Topics include, I Love You, I Don’t Know, I Know, No, Yes, It’s Like This, I Was Wrong, and perhaps most gripping, No Words at All.
Her observations are ones you may have already discovered or ones you’re working to learn and achieve.  Kelly is open and honest and not afraid to share the things she is afraid of.  The most gut wrenching reality is the loss of her dear father, Greenie. My own dad has been gone nearly 5 years and still I can hear his voice and the unrelenting support he gave me.

I enjoyed this book very much, it’s a short read and again written in a way that the pages fly by and while you will likely laugh and cry, you will feel good about the time spent.

Thank you again Random House for allowing me early access to this book.

Links to reviews of Kelly Corrigan’s books


Glitter and Glue


3 Responses to “Review: Tell Me More: Stories About the 12 Hardest Things I’m Learning to Say”

  1. Sarah's Book Shelves

    This was my first foray into Corrigan and I adored her and this book! Now I want to read Glitter and Glue!

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