Dear Fellow Reader,
I have something I have to admit to you. Sometimes I read too fast. I will blame it on my mother’s insistence that her children take speed reading. Reading fast is fine in many ways. I can read books, enjoy them and move on. Sometimes though, it catches up to me and I need to slow down.
Tell Me More by Kelly Corrigan is one of those books I should have slowed down when I was reading. As a result, I have gone back and read it again. Tell Me More is a memoir. It is about the time in Kelly Corrigan’s life after her beloved Father’s death and her friend Liz’s death. Her coming to terms with those deaths and the clash of her grief meeting her real life of raising two teenage daughters and being a wife caused her to take a look at how she could be a better person.
The subtitle of the book is Stories about the 12 Hardest Things I ‘m Learning to Say.
“This book is about things we say to people we love (including ourselves) that make things better”
Each of the phrases that she is learning to say has a chapter that illustrates why she is learning to say it. For example, when her daughter calls her in tears about something that happened with her friends, Kelly was prompted by her friend to listen rather than try and jump in to “fix” the situation.
“I admitted that I can’t watch the girls climb a tree without telling them where to put their foot next. “I can sit on my hands for about eight seconds. When they tell me about a problem – which is rare and getting rarer – I can think of five things they should do before they finish their first sentence.”
“Right. But then, there’s that whole weird thing where half the time, it’s not even about what they are saying it’s about. So your advice is totally wrong because you don’t even understand what the real problem is or what they’re asking for.”
She let her daughter talk. She asked questions about how her daughter was feeling. She discovered that she was more helpful than if she had jumped in with solutions. By saying “Tell Me More” she was able to be a better sounding board for her daughter.
Kelly Corrigan is willing to let her readers see her as she actually is. She does not try to hide her warts. She does show that she is trying to be a better person. She isn’t a bad person – she is a person much like you or I with human frailties. It may be that she can see her flaws better than we can see ours.
I did like this book and I think it has many good points. It deserves to be on your TBR pile. I would also recommend her earlier book, Glitter and Glue: A Memoir. (My review of it can be found here.)
I am a bit overwhelmed by my TBR pile right now. There seem to be so many good books that have come out and I still have so many from before that I am feeling a bit flooded. Do you feel that way? Did you get any books during the holiday season that you can’t wait to read? Please share them in the comments!
If you would like to see and hear Kelly Corrigan talking about her book, here is a video you can watch.
Congratulations to Kelly Corridan as today is the publication day for this book. I received an advance copy of the book so that I could give an honest opinion of it.
Thanks for reading.