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No matter when and why this comes to your hands, I want to put down on paper how things started with us.

Written as a letter to her children, Kelly Corrigan's Lift is a tender, intimate, and robust portrait of risk and love; a touchstone for anyone who wants to live more fully. In Lift, Corrigan weaves together three true and unforgettable stories of adults willing to exper
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Hardcover, 89 pages
Published March 2nd 2010 by Hachette Books (first published 2010)
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Jennifer D. Munro
Oct 21, 2010 Jennifer D. Munro rated it it was ok
I feel bad giving such a low score for this book, because she is likely a lovely person and a fine writer, but this "love letter" reads more like an "apology letter to me," from an obviously compassionate, caring, attentive, intelligent, loving mother who has nothing whatsoever to apologize for. She feels horrible that she stopped breast-feeding too soon, she talks about her "obvious and hidden limitations" and about "possibly wrecking" her daughters, and I think this culture of mothers beating ...more
Ozma
Jan 16, 2011 Ozma rated it it was ok
Shelves: free-copy
I totally respect Kelly Corrigan, and I've heard that her first book, "The Middle Place", is just great. I feel like "Lift" is the chunk of text that was on Corrigan's "Clipboard" in MS Word. You know, where you "cut" text, and MS Word asks you, do you want to use this large amount of text in another ap when you quit? I think Corrigan thought, why, yes, I can turn this into a little book. In fact, it's a bit unfair to call it a book. It's more like a bookLET.

I'm a big fan of short books, but I
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Christine
Mar 31, 2010 Christine rated it really liked it
A letter to my kids... of course I love the idea of this book. Of course it made me cry when I saw myself as Kelly in more then one part of this very short book. I am loving most moments of being a mom to a 2 and half year old and an 8 month old. I feel blessed each day and love that even the rough moments make my life better and more memorable. I think the hardest thing is that I feel like each moment is here and gone before I fully lived it. I am excited for my babies to grow but at the same t ...more
Deb
Jan 14, 2017 Deb rated it really liked it
This is a beautiful, raw, and touching letter from a mother to her daughters. A letter that when they are mothers they will cherish and use it to understand the feelings and actions they find themselves going through. Having heard Kelly speak in person her voice, humor and straight forward personality comes through with every page.
Shannon
Jun 12, 2011 Shannon rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
Lift has adorned my shelf for more than a year, but was, until now, unread. Not long ago, my ten year old daughter picked it up and read it in an afternoon. I decided to follow suit. The timing was just right. With a busy weekend packed with hosting out of town guests, there wasn't much time for reading, so this slim volume was perfect for reading a few lines before bed and in other quiet moments.

Lift was written as a letter to Corrigan's daughters, Georgia and Claire. This type of book can easi
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Nicole
Apr 27, 2010 Nicole rated it did not like it
I wanted to like this book because I enjoyed Corrigan's first book, The Middle Place. However, this sparse book, which I read in its entirety in the waiting room while my son sat in the orthodontist chair, seemed like a hastily thrown-together obligation Corrigan promised her publishers. Written as a letter for her 6- and 8-year-old daughters to read someday, the book wanders around the topic of parenting being the greatest thing ever, but not very convincingly. I imagine this book is supposed t ...more
Mary
Jan 05, 2011 Mary rated it really liked it
I am your mother, the first mile of your road. Me and all my obvious and hidden limitations. That means that in addition to possibly wrecking you, I have the chance to give to you what was given to me: a decent childhood, more good memories than bad, some values, a sense of tribe, a run at happiness. You can't imagine how seriously I take that - even as I fail you. Mothering you is the first thing of consequence that I have ever done.

A lovely, lovely book. I felt a deep connection to many of h
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Robyn
Mar 06, 2013 Robyn rated it did not like it
Shelves: ebook, audiobook
I don't understand how some people get to publish books. This was garbage! This was a short book that was read in a quick sitting, and I kind of which I had that time back. The writing was all over the place and there was no actual point to anything in it.

One quote I did like in the book was:
"If John Lennon was right that life is what happens when you're making other plans, parenthood is what happens when everything is flipped over and spilling everywhere and you can't find a towel or a sponge
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Ruth
Jul 21, 2011 Ruth rated it liked it
I read Kelly Corrigan's book The Middle Place which told the story of when she and her dad had cancer at the same time. It was a loving tribute to a man that she loves dearly. As a person who felt the same way about her father, it certainly touched a cord. (I also loved a video that I saw where Kelly was telling the story of how her mom went to Barnes and Noble every day when the book first came out to check on where the book was placed in the store and even to move it so that it would be seen b ...more
Greg
May 22, 2010 Greg rated it liked it
I'm conflicted about this book...I enjoyed most of it, and found some parts quite touching and impactful. It is a nice manifestation of one woman's love for her children. That was coupled with her very natural acknowledgement of mistakes made and her hope that the fallout from those mistakes won't last too long.

On the other hand, there were occasional sidetrips into political and personal philosophies that I find disagreeable or even abhorrent. They distracted from the main message of the book,
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Julie
May 15, 2010 Julie rated it it was amazing
A short book that can be finished in a single sitting, Lift is a letter from Kelly to her daughters. In this book she describes the unique and special love that exists between parents and children. Filled with both funny and poignant stories of her childhood as well as her children, Kelly perfectly captures the amazing experience of parenthood. There were so many times when I wanted to shout 'Yes! That's exactly how I feel.' Whether it's convincing her single friend that even the difficulty of p ...more
Lisa
Dec 14, 2009 Lisa rated it really liked it
The knowledge of impermanence that haunts our days is their very fragrance ~Rilke

Corrigan cites this quote from Rilke in her new book, Lift, and I have to say it captures part of her theme perfectly. Readers who loved The Middle Place might be disappointed in Lift, only because it's more of a snapshot than the complete photo album that The Middle Place was. Despite being a quick read, Lift has several passages that will make parents of any age want to linger. It's a beautiful, touching book - ju
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Aimee Keithly
Jun 17, 2013 Aimee Keithly rated it it was amazing
I chose the audio version of this book which is read by the author. I loved every second and was weepy within the first few sentences. Motherhood is articulated in a way that resonated with me more than anything has before. It was so honest and beautiful. It reminds you of what's really important in this world and how bittersweet it all is.
Elizabeth R
Mar 26, 2013 Elizabeth R rated it really liked it
This is a lovely read- rather short- but sweet. This book is an intimate letter to Kelly Corrigan's two daughters about parenthood and her love really shines through. Made me appreciate being a mom and remembering how fleeting my kids' childhoods are.
Angie
Jan 20, 2015 Angie rated it really liked it
I loved her book Glitter and Glue so much. This one, while much shorter, gave me the same feeling. I love Corrigan's honest, witty, emotional perspective on life, loss, motherhood and the art of keeping going when life gives you crazy.
Kelly Martin
Feb 01, 2013 Kelly Martin rated it really liked it
My sweet friend Annette gave me this book. :) Loved it. Every mom should read it. Very touching. We are so blessed to be mommies.
Sandy Hanson
Feb 27, 2013 Sandy Hanson rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
When I started reading this book I got so exited…Wow this is going to be great! "I heard once that the average person barely knows ten stories from childhood and those are based more on photographs and retellings than memory. ..You won't remember how it started with us, the things that I know about you that you don't even know about yourselves…'' see how it sucks you in! I had finally given up on The Red House and was happy to have started another book that just made sense and was easy to read. ...more
Sheri
May 27, 2013 Sheri rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
So this isn't really a book...it is a "letter" to Corrigan's daughters, but mostly just a memoir of her thoughts on motherhood and her wishes and hopes for her daughters. She highlights some sad and scary moments and comments on the importance of the mundane in everyday life.

It reminded me a bit of Michael Chabon's book of non-fiction stories (Manhood for Amateurs); there are some great comments and Corrigan does a great job of capturing the simultaneous guilt, boredom, and affection one feels t
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Robin
Mar 12, 2010 Robin rated it it was amazing
What a beautifully written and poignant, lovely book. A gift from my daughter for my birthday, I read from it aloud last night and cried through the reading. And because my children are my children they listened with moist eyes. Thank you Kelly Corrigan for another wonderful gift.

Favorite quotes: " You are both in bed now. Dad, too. I should be sleeping but I'm wound up. " page 1 (This opening line caused a knowing roar of laughter in my house.)

"I don't think you'll remember tomorrow, or many o
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Kaley
Feb 08, 2010 Kaley rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2010
Anyone who has ever been a parent will appreciate and relate to Kelly Corrigan's newest book, Lift. With her signature wit, wisdom, humor, and honesty, Corrigan offers a glimpse into her most straightforward and touching parental musings. Written as a letter to her young children, her motivation is to give them the gift of knowing her at that moment in time. The idea is that by the time they are older and interested in getting to know her as a person, she will no longer be the person she is now. ...more
Alee
Apr 21, 2010 Alee rated it it was amazing
I have not read "The Middle Place," so I can't compare this to her previous book. That being said, "Lift" by Kelly Corrigan is a great short read all by itself. Written as a letter to her two young daughters, Kelly makes an attempt to give them an idea of what she was like when they were young. Reading through both big and small events in Claire and Georgia's short lives, readers are given a glimpse of the kind of mother Kelly is and encouraged to reflect on their impact in their own children's ...more
Karla
An endearing look into every mothers hopes and fears in raising children. This is Kelly Corrigan's letter to her two girls Georgia and Claire after surviving breast cancer. It really lives up to the title and gave me a lift and reassurance as a mother I may not always do everything right but I do everything I do because I care so much for the two blessings in my life. I enjoyed Corrigan's since of humor, heart and her honesty about her outburst moments. This is a short little purse size novel th ...more
Rebecca Tees
Dec 26, 2010 Rebecca Tees rated it really liked it
Really makes me think about my children getting older and what they will or will not remember. It also makes me think about what I remember from my childhood and what I forgot...did I forget all the little things? I'll never know.
Linda
Dec 10, 2013 Linda rated it really liked it
My introduction to Kelly Corrigan is a letter to her two young daughters. This short love letter is beautiful in its simplicity yet complicated by what life throws at her. It appears that heavy burdens have resulted in personal spirituality I expect will be passed on to her daughters.
Tiffeny
Jan 25, 2016 Tiffeny rated it it was ok
I started off thinking I was going to really love this book. It felt really special at the beginning, but it never really became anything. I was expecting a lift, but instead kind of got a lull.
Heidi
Jul 05, 2014 Heidi rated it really liked it
Quick read. I love Ms. Corrigan's writing style. This book makes me want to write letters to my daughters...
ميرام
Oct 12, 2016 ميرام rated it liked it
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Elizabeth
Feb 18, 2010 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
I loved this book so much I want to put it under my pillow while I sleep.
Sarah
Aug 03, 2013 Sarah rated it really liked it
Absolutely love Kelly Corrigan. Love this book; just wish it was longer!
Shelley
Aug 29, 2010 Shelley rated it really liked it
This is an awsome feel good easy read, I hope everyone will take the time to read.
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Kelly Corrigan is a New York Times bestselling author whose writing has appeared in O Magazine, Glamour and Good Housekeeping. Her newspaper columns for the Bay Area News Group cover everyday matters from the power of an unequivocal apology to the contagious nature of weight gain, extramarital affairs and going green."
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“If John Lennon was right that life is what happens when you're making other plans, parenthood is what happens when everything is flipped over and spilling everywhere and you can't find a towel or a sponge or your "inside" voice.” 34 likes
“We're never ready for the things that happen. When the big stuff happens, we're always looking in the other direction.” 12 likes
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