Last week the fabulous author Kelly Corrigan of 'The Middle Place' and her new book 'Lift' came to an East Bay bookstore: A Great Good Place for Books and my girlfriends coerced me into leaving work early on a sunny afternoon to head over a bridge to go meet them. It didn't take much coercing as my love for Ms. Corrigan is no secret!
Kelly is a local Bay Area author and she lives near this bookstore so she came in tow with her two daughters Claire and Georgia and then soon her husband Edward showed up and then one of her best friends and her little daughter so it was an incredibly heartwarming talk.
The little store was full of women of all ages and a couple of men who you could tell just loved Kelly and her story of survival and were so excited to read her new book about a mother's love. Kelly asked us if we were tired of hearing "The Middle Place Story" as she called it and she was recieved with a resounding 'no!' So she told the story of how that book came to be and how she battled breast cancer and her father's cancer and how she thought that life was linear and you grew up and you had children and then cancer changed all of that for her. She told us how she drove around the country thanking all of those who supported her during her battle and how she sold her book and how the idea for 'Lift' came about.
'Lift' is a collection of letters to her children because before they get too old to remember she wants them to know that at one point they did have an incredibly simbiotic relationship and it was wonderful and she loves them so much and would do anything for them. Kelly honestly belives that the most wonderful thing she has done is have children and this book appears to be an expression of that.
There were of course questions from the audience and book signings. She was funny throughout and very gracious. I was so glad I went.