Tell Me More: Stories About 12 Hardest Things I'm Learning to Say by Kelly Corrigan

Review by Janet Mitchell

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This engaging book is part memoir and part tribute to the writer’s father and a dear friend, whose deaths had a profound effect on the author. Kelly Corrigan is married, a mother of two school-age daughters and a woman addressing the various challenges that confront us all. From time to time, I laughed aloud, but the substance has stayed with me a long time. Here are some of the things Corrigan is learning to say:

Tell me more…Paying attention is a tremendous gift. Keep asking and listening. I do not know… You cannot be expected to have all the answers. Life is full of mystery. Validate reality. No… Refuse when you need to, and do not explain. “No” is a legitimate response to a request. It makes your “yes” more valuable. I was wrong… It is not the same as being bad. We must acknowledge our errors. No words… Honor the moments when silent companionship is all that is needed.

Corrigan is not in the least didactic. Her own story is both entertaining and poignant – like ours. I highly recommend this book.

Review courtesy of Northfield Public Library
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