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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 experience emotional hazards in exchange for the gratifications of raising children.
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Published March 2nd 2010 by Random House Audio (first published 2010)
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Jennifer D. Munro
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
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
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
Nicole
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
Shannon
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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Mary
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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Ruth
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
Robyn
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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Greg
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
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
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
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
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.
Kelly Martin
My sweet friend Annette gave me this book. :) Loved it. Every mom should read it. Very touching. We are so blessed to be mommies.
Alee
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
Robin
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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Sheri
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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Kaley
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
Sandy Hanson
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
Angie
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.
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
Alanna
I really liked this, but I read it in about twenty minutes, and I'm not exactly a speedreader. So I sort of felt like it might have been better as a really long article in a magazine or blog post. It just seemed way too short to be published as a hardback book. At least, if I'd spent money on it, I'd be annoyed. (Thank goodness for libraries, then, right?)

But having said that, I did really like it. Corrigan is a fine writer and it makes me happy to read about others who love parenting, despite i
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Karna Converse
The type of conversation every parent should have with his/her children.

Corrigan’s opening lines—"I should be sleeping but I’m wound up"—sets the tone for this book-length letter she wrote to her daughters on the eve of the first day of school. In it, she reminisces about her own childhood, her early years of marriage, her friends, her daughters’ births, and the seemingly inconsequential, yet memory-making moments that fill her days. Even though, the average reader won’t understand specific refe
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Heidi
Quick read. I love Ms. Corrigan's writing style. This book makes me want to write letters to my daughters...
Rebecca
I can't even begin to express how much I disliked this rambling and whiny jumble of words. It belongs as a blog entry from some woman seeking validation for her parenting NOT as a $10 "book." Talk about capitalizing on past success for a profit. The author picked a devicive subject "a letter to my daughters about what it was like when they were young" and then spend 80 pages telling them about what an insecure and bad parent she felt like. We all have doubts, I get it, but after the first 20 pag ...more
Charlie
Every parent and every teenager/young adult should read this book...took me less than hour and touched my innermost soul. I am not a parent - my choice due to my own childhood and adult fears.
However, I am beginning to learn the depths of love parents have for their children and am in awe of
that feeling. My own mother told me when I was in my early 20's that 'she never wanted me'; that haunted me for so many years. Yet, when my mother was elderly, suffering from dementia and then cancer, I was t
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Rebecca Tees
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.
Shelley
This is an awsome feel good easy read, I hope everyone will take the time to read.
Elizabeth
I loved this book so much I want to put it under my pillow while I sleep.
Kristin
Not at all what I was expecting. I can't remember why this book was on my to-read list or who recommended it. I liked it, but it wasn't fiction or a story. It was a letter, well kind of a journal entry of a mom to her children. It was in the moment with a lot of reflection on why things were they way they were, what some of the things that had happened effected the way she parented and reacted, like the terrible tragic story of a dear cousin who lost her teenage son in a car crash changed her an ...more
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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
“This tug-of-war often obscures what's also happening between us. 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.” 12 likes
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