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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 experNo 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 experience emotional hazards in exchange for the gratifications of raising children.Lift takes its name from hang gliding, a pursuit that requires flying directly into rough air, because turbulence saves a glider from "sinking out." For Corrigan, this wisdom--that to fly requires chaotic, sometimes even violent passages--becomes a metaphor for all of life's most meaningful endeavors, particularly the great flight that is parenting.Corrigan serves it up straight--how mundanely and fiercely her children have been loved, how close most lives occasionally come to disaster, and how often we fall short as mothers and fathers. Lift is for everyone who has been caught off guard by the pace and vulnerability of raising children, to remind us that our work is important and our time limited.Like Anne Morrow Lindbergh's Gift from the Sea, Lift is a meditation on the complexities of a woman's life, and like Corrigan's memoir, The Middle Place, Lift is boisterous and generous, a book readers can't wait to share....

Title : Lift
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ISBN : 9781401341244
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 96 Pages
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Lift Reviews

  • Jennifer D. Munro
    2019-05-26 13:55

    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 up on themselves for not being perfect has got to stop. If we judge ourselves as mothers that harshly, then we also judge other mothers harshly. I will tell you this in my brief experience as a foster-to-adopt mother: the truly bad mothers who have a lot to apologize for are NOT apologizing. Secondly, I had a lot of trouble accepting her statement that she would rather her daughters have cancer than infertility. Perhaps she means that she would rather her daughters, like her, have battled cancer and survived than have experienced infertility? Cancer can be a fatal disease. Infertility is not fatal. And there are other ways to parent.Third, a book this size for seventeen bucks??? Fourth, I had trouble with some of her assertions, such as that despite knowing the importance of families sitting down together to dinner every night, that she's a terrible cook, so she can't do that. What, has she never heard of Trader Joe's? Canned spaghetti sauce? I have never been a worse cook since I became a mother, but the kid doesn't care! Again, I think her expectations on herself are too high. The kids aren't expecting gourmet. Pizza on an English muffin doesn't matter, but the family sitting down together does.Such an odd little book.

  • Ozma
    2019-06-10 11:49

    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 thought this was a little self-indulgent, rambling on about various crises in her children's lives, like one really long sentence. Though well written, I think I would have liked the stories about her kids' throwing tantrums or her younger child's near death fever had they been framed within a stronger narrative. I also wonder if mothers out there would find these stories unique or written uniquely. Doesn't every mom go through these things? The "Lift" concept is cool but underdeveloped. The foundations of a really enjoyable book are here. They just need some walls on top of them and a roof!

  • Christine
    2019-06-09 14:57

    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 time desperately want them to stay the same age forever. I feel like I am constantly in a state of panic... trying to fully enjoy each amazing wonderful moment and each amazingly difficult moment. One line from this book that took my breath away was "I've had cancer twice and if I had to pick one fate for you, cancer or fertility problems, I'd pick cancer." I feel like I could discuss that one line for hours. Kelly still made me laugh but this book more made me want to go upstairs, rip James and Avery from their cribs and snuggle them for the rest of the night. Last quick comment- and I felt the same way with Middle Place- too much crammed in one book. Too many meaningful thoughts combined with her fun writing style made me feel like I needed to reread it. But more then that I'd just like to sit in a starbucks with Kelly Corrigan and chat about life.

  • Shannon
    2019-06-12 10:56

    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 easily veer into sentimentality, but Lift avoided that trap. The author is honest about the pitfalls, inevitable failure and great reward that peppers parenting. Like me, being a parent is the hardest job she's ever had. Like me, she wouldn't trade a moment of it.Lift made me want to better document the everyday moments I have with my daughters. Not just so that they'll remember what these days were like, but so that I'll remember who they were all those years ago. Because they are changing before my very eyes. Be forewarned that Lift may make you want to journal, scrapbook, blog or paint some reminders of life with your children. Know that it's worth the risk to read the book and be encouraged to document, remember and live every moment fully.If you're in a particularly discouraging season of parenting, if your children are heading out of childhood and into adolescence or if you just have a few hours one afternoon to kill, read Lift. It might not change your life, but it's still worth doing.

  • Nicole
    2019-05-26 10:56

    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 to be inspirational and its size (and butterfly on the cover) will probably translate into many Mother's Day gifts, but it just fell flat for me. A big problem is that a mom who hasn't hit the teen years (and lived to tell) cannot justifiably write about parenting without regrets and unconditional love. (I'm a mom in the midst of the teen years and hope to live to tell.) Skip this one and read The Middle Place instead.

  • Mary
    2019-05-27 15:54

    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 her comments on motherhood: guilt and fear and heart-squeezing love. I'm not an overly sentimental person, but some of the writing had me feeling emotional. I read part of this at my son's swim lesson, and I had to pretend I had an eyelash in my eye so that I didn't give in and do the ugly cry in public.

  • Deb
    2019-06-18 15:57

    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.

  • Robyn
    2019-05-22 11:52

    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 or your 'inside' voice."Ha - that is so true, living firsthand as a mom of 3 boys. But, Corrigan wrote this as a letter to her daughters and it should have been hand written on pretty paper, packed up in a box and left for her daughters; I don't get why this was published. I don't recommend this book at all.

  • Jennie D
    2019-05-29 13:51

    I loved the Ms. Corrigan's writing style--funny, self-deprecating, wry, open, and honest. Her writing made me feel like I was having a conversation with someone I would like to have as a friend.But when she started talking about how having children was the only worthwhile thing she had done in her life, and how her life wouldn't have been complete without her children, and then when she started in on her single friend and how she needed to have a child to fully experience life--and further goes on to play coy matchmaker through the pages of her book--Ms. Corrigan completely lost me. I support anyone's decision to have a child, and how that experience makes them feel, as an individual, well, that's fine. Maybe it IS the most worthwhile thing she has done in her life. That's a lovely thing. But just because someone doesn't have a child, either through choice or through circumstance, it doesn't mean they have done nothing of consequence and that their lives are somehow less or incomplete. Ultimately that is how this book made me, a middle-aged woman with no children, feel.

  • Ruth
    2019-05-22 12:38

    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 better by folks coming in. It was so funny!)In her second book she has written it to her daughters Georgia and Claire. She uses examples from her life, her life with her children and some friends to let them know how much she loves them and wanted to be a mother. Using her friend's story of hang gliding and how you need turbulence in order to get lift as a metaphor for life's endeavors and how sometimes the most meaningful experiences, like parenting, involve chaos but also joy.It was worth reading but perhaps could have been a little more developed.

  • Greg
    2019-05-31 17:58

    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, and left me wondering - was she trying to explain herself to her daughters, excuse herself and her friends, or not-so-subtly influence her readers? Either way, those sidetrips were not only unnecessary, but actually diminished the otherwise comforting and loving message of the book. Too bad.

  • Julie
    2019-06-13 12:50

    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 parenting alone is worth the reward of having a child to describing the vulnerability all parents feel when a child is ill, she captures the essence of being a parent. Listening to a book like this makes me wish that I could express these emotions to my own children.

  • Lisa
    2019-05-31 15:44

    The knowledge of impermanence that haunts our days is their very fragrance ~RilkeCorrigan 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 - just too short!

  • Aimee Keithly
    2019-05-18 12:37

    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
    2019-06-06 09:46

    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
    2019-06-04 11:00

    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
    2019-06-04 15:40

    My sweet friend Annette gave me this book. :) Loved it. Every mom should read it. Very touching. We are so blessed to be mommies.

  • Tracy
    2019-06-04 10:54

    I listened to this wonderful letter that Kelly wrote to her daughters (super quick - around 2 hours) and in the same way that she did in Tell Me More and Glitter & Glue, she has a way of making me realize just how blessed I am to have my family and friends. We all need reminders to not take our relationships for granted.

  • Sandy Hanson
    2019-06-15 15:58

    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. When I began flying through it, I knew I'd want to read more from this author. I immediately went back to the library website and downloaded her other book - The Middle Place. But then as I got further into the book - I don't know - it just didn't pan out as well as I had hoped. I was hoping for it to continue building on cute, funny little "I remember these moments about your childhood" - which it did to an extent - but a majority of the moments she wrote about were so dark, scary or tragic and not really about her kids. In the end, I was disappointed because it was just not what I had hoped for when I started. And it was so short! Can this really be considered a book? I listened to it's audio version, read by the author, Kelly Corrigan. I did not enjoy hearing the author's real voice at all. In this case, hearing the author's actual voice took alot way from the book. I would have rather imagined her voice in my mind, because I found her voice to be monotone and quite irritating at times! Aside from all these negatives, I did find the book to be somewhat enjoyable and as one reviewer mentions - this book really makes you think about and want to record all those wonderful moments with your kids that pass all too quickly and to preserve them so they can be better remembered - especially after listening to this video of Kelly's

  • Sheri
    2019-06-12 16:01

    So this isn't really a 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 through a normal day of parenting. Some of my favorites quotes are below:"Looking up at him, I wished I knew his faces a little better. Cousin Kathy once told me it takes ten years to learn your spouse; we'd barely been married for three.""Almost every day I yell at one of you so loudly that my throat hurts afterward...I hold it together and hold it together and then, when the bickering picks up again, I just detonate.""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.""My default answer to everything is no. As soon as I hear the inflection of inquiry in your voice, the word no forms in my mind, sometimes accompanied by a reason, often not....I often wish I could come back to life as your uncle, so I could give you more. But when you're the mom, your whole life is holding the rope against these wily secret agents who never, ever stop trying to get you to drop your end."Ironically, I read this while sitting on my couch on a rainy day after refusing to play outside with my kids. I just was not willing to be out in the cold rainy weather and they were not interested in playing a board game or some other inside activity with me. Overall it is a quick read (under an hour) and really just a short essay.

  • Robin
    2019-05-30 15:03

    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 of the other days we've spent together so far." page 1"I am your mother, the first mile of your road. Me and all my obvious and hidden limitations. That means in addition to possibly wreaking 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 a tribe,a run at happiness. You can't imagine how seriously I take that-even as I fail you." p.50"Who will look at you like I do? I think about your futures a lot. I often want to whisper to you, when we're tangled up together or I'm pinning your poetry to the bulletin board or repositioning the pillow under your head so you don't get a crick.Remember this. This is what love feels like. Don't take less. But what I end up saying is, "This was my dream. You were my dream. I've said it too many times though:now when I look at you all soft and gushy and say, "Guess what?" you say, "This was your dream. I was your dream." p.77

  • Kaley
    2019-06-13 12:47

    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. As they change, she will change. It is a touching and heartfelt book, which brought tears to my eyes more than once, and made me laugh out loud many times. My ONLY complaint is that it was too short... I finished it in 40 minutes! I loved Corrigan's YouTube sensation Transending and devoured her first book, The Middle Place in a couple of days. I am really excited to meet her and see her speak this week at the bookstore where I work. Her writing inspires me to be a better person, a better mother, and to remember always to be mindful of these wonderful, fleeting moments of parenthood. The knowledge of impermanence that haunts our days is their very fragrance ~Rilke

  • Alee
    2019-05-29 17:53

    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 lives.What I like most about this book is the honesty. Kelly defines parenthood as a "bold and dangerous thing," as "ordinary and tedious and aggravating, and then, so divine." We don't have kids yet, so I know in a lot of ways I can't relate to this. I am a nanny though, and at least from that perspective I can understand it in the tiniest way. I understand that sometimes childcare is exhausting, and then they give you the smallest thing-an honest smile, a spontaneous hug, a genuine laugh, a witty remark, anything-and you feel like you want to stay and play with them just like this forever.If you're looking for an uplifting quick read, definitely give "Lift" a try.

  • Hannah • So Obsessed With
    2019-05-19 11:38

    After loving Corrigan's Glitter and Glue, I picked up this slim memoir. Written as a letter to her daughters, it was a short and sweet 96-page volume that I read in one sitting. On the fourth page, I couldn't help but pause to write down this passage:"I heard once that the average person barely knows ten stories from childhood and those are based more on photographs and retellings than memory. So even with all the videos we take, the two boxes of snapshots under my desk, and the 1,276 photos in folders on the computer, you'll be lucky to end up with a dozen stories. You won't remember how it started with us, the things that I know about you that you don't even know about yourselves. We won't come back here."I don't think I would have appreciated the truth of this statement before having kids. As I spend my days taking care of my little boy, it makes even more thankful for the millions of ways my mother served us over the years. While I would have loved for the book to be longer and a bit more developed, I still So Enjoyed It. There's something about Corrigan's writing style that I just connect to - there's so much heart and humor in it!

  • Karla
    2019-06-17 15:40

    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 that can be read in an hour only 83 pages. It was a sweet little book of mommy moments.

  • Rebecca Tees
    2019-05-25 11:56

    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
    2019-05-29 10:39

    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.

  • miram Trigui
    2019-06-18 16:41

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  • Elizabeth
    2019-05-21 14:46

    I loved this book so much I want to put it under my pillow while I sleep.

  • Tiffeny
    2019-06-18 14:05

    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.