Posts tagged ‘Kelly Corrigan’

Book Review: The Middle Place

Cover of "The Middle Place"

Cover of The Middle Place

By Mandy Webster

The Middle Place. By Kelly Corrigan. New York. Hyperion, 2008.

O, The Oprah Magazine, calls Kelly Corrigan’s memoir, The Middle Place, “Funny and irresistibly exuberant.” Personally, I had some difficulty discovering exactly what it was that Oprah (or her current staff of book reviewers) found so amusing. The only exuberance came in the form of Corrigan’s salesman-for-life father, who she kept on a pedestal throughout the entire book.

One review I read on The Middle Place said, “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.” I was unable to find humor in this work, given the self-centered, overbearing nature of the main character. There were a few promising passages early on, but Corrigan’s obnoxious, “Pay attention to me!” attitude began to grate just a few chapters in. Read more…

Read With Me: February Books

Cover of "Running With Scissors"

Cover of Running With Scissors

By Mandy Webster

Well, I am officially back to school for the spring semester, and I have a nice, heavy load of novels to read for my Literature & Humor – ENG 794.001 at Mount Mary College. Several of our February books are from my reading list for this course: