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The Middle Place by Kelly Corrigan
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Mar 06, 09

it was ok
bookshelves: listened-to
Read in March, 2009

When I had seen the YouTube video with Kelly Corrigan reading about the value of friendship, I was very touched, and I thought that this book would be absolutely fantastic. It wasn't. I did this as a BOCD rather than actually reading the book, and I am sure that had some impact on my review. The reader was too effusive, and hearing someone's dad refer to the daughter as Lovey was disconcerting. All I could think of was Gilligan's Island and Thurston Howell III. If everyone who has cancer gets to publish their story, look out. Not to belittle this woman's battle with cancer, but not everyone's story needs to be shared. I don't feel as though she had any unique insights or experiences. As a matter of fact, I thought her story was very mundane. Yes, she was going through cancer treatment and then her dad was diagnosed with cancer, so maybe that was a little unique, but I just couldn't develop any special empathy for her or her father.
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