Tell Me More: Stories About the 12 Hardest Things I’m Learning to Say by Kelly Corrigan

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What are the most powerful things we say to each other?  What phrases make love and connection possible?  Kelly Corrigan identified her top 12, and her new book, Tell Me More:  Stories About the Twelve Hardest Things I’m Learning to Say, gives readers insight into how she came up with the list and why these phrases and conversations matter.

It is no secret that I am a HUGE fan of Kelly Corrigan, from The Middle Place, to Lift, to Glitter and Glue, to Tell Me More.   I was so excited about Tell Me More that I entered contests to win a copy, but as an insurance policy (which I needed) I pre-ordered through Amazon so I’d have this book in my hot little hands on publication day.  I planned to savor it, parsing out no more than a chapter a day.  That lasted one day and then I sat down and read it cover to cover.

Reading  Tell Me More is like a deep conversation with a great friend-you know that person who is so perceptive, thoughtful, sensitive, encouraging and knows your true self? Corrigan is honest and direct, funny at times, pensive at times, but always spot on.  When I have a medical problem, I see a doctor.  When I need help with research, I find a librarian.  My furnace and plumbing require professionals too.  So, when I need to find words for how I feel and the life that I too am experiencing, I look for a writer.  I read, and in Tell Me More, I am reading an expert.  Corrigan smoothly and accurately puts “life” into words.  She is an eloquent memoirist.  There are some great parts about marriage, kids, families, and some profoundly eloquent sections about grief and loss.  I took what I needed now, and stored up what I know I will need in the future.  It is that kind of book.  A must read.