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Tell Me More: Stories about the 12 Hardest Things I'm Learning to Say
Tell Me More: Stories about the 12 Hardest Things I'm Learning to Say | Kelly Corrigan
A warm, insightful look at the twelve phrases that strengthen and sustain our relationships, from the New York Times bestselling author of Glitter and Glue and The Middle Place "The poet laureate of the ordinary."--The Huffington Post It's a crazy idea: trying to name the phrases that make love and connection possible. But that's just what Kelly Corrigan has set out to do here. In her New York Times bestselling memoirs, Corrigan distilled our core relationships to their essences, showcasing a warm, easy storytelling style. Now, in Tell Me More, she's back with a deeply personal, unfailingly honest, and often hilarious examination of the essential phrases that turn the wheel of life. In "I Don't Know," Corrigan wrestles to make peace with uncertainty, whether it's over invitations that never came or a friend's agonizing infertility. In "No," she admires her mother's ability to set boundaries and her liberating willingness to be unpopular. In "Tell Me More," a facialist named Tish teaches her something important about listening. And in "I Was Wrong," she comes clean about her disastrous role in a family fight--and explains why saying sorry may not be enough. With refreshing candor, a deep well of empathy, and her signature desire to understand "the thing behind the thing," Corrigan swings between meditations on life with a preoccupied husband and two mercurial teenage daughters to profound observations on love and loss. With the streetwise, ever-relatable voice that defines Corrigan's work, Tell Me More is a moving and meaningful take on the power of the right words at the right moment to change everything.
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AileenRR
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I adore Kelly Corrigan 💖 This one had my throat aching with tears and I had to take a break halfway through. Time to reread her others!

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lovelybookshelf
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There's something about the almost impassive tone with which the author narrates her book that made this audiobook especially powerful emotionally. Really enjoyed this beautiful memoir.

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AileenRR
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Loving this so far but I had to take a break because I‘m crying and the lump in my throat hurts too much.
This is a library copy and I know I‘m gonna need to buy my own; only halfway through and several times already I‘ve wanted to break out a highlighter or fold down a page.

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intothehallofbooks
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I recently saw a video with Kelly Corrigan making rounds on social media where she talks freely about losing her dad and the big wave of grief that came with that loss, and it just resonated with me. I too lost my dad not quite a year ago and some of the things she said in that video were exactly what I have felt since that loss. That made me want to read her work so I grabbed this book and maybe I‘ll also connect with something she says in here.

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LWagoner
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Corrigan doesn‘t mince words or emotions in these 12 stories. She is brutally honest & vulnerable as she shares the hardest moments in her life. It‘s an audiobook I‘d listen to again. Here are some takeaways:
“It happened because it can” “It‘s okay to say I don‘t know “ “Life is a mystery to be lived”
“To be really loved, we need to be willing to be fully known”
“Reality always comes dressed in a point of view...try as we might to lay it bare”

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Well-ReadNeck
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Amiable I love Kelly Corrigan 12mo
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nomadreader
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Thank goodness I read the end at home. 😭

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RebeccaRoo7
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This was the #Modernmrsdarcybookclub pick for the month of October. I really enjoyed this book andit was so, so easy to read. It made me laugh, made me cry. Even though I am several years younger than #Kellycorrigan, unmarried(at the moment), and am childless, this book was so relatable. It's simply beautiful and am better for reading such a piece of literature. #toppick #october #2018 #reflect #tellmemore

BookaholicNatty I love modern Mrs Darcy so I bet this was a great read!!! 13mo
RebeccaRoo7 Yes!! It certainly was. 😊 13mo
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nomadreader
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Bubbles, bites, and a great book #booksandbooze

Avidreader25 I really liked this one too. 13mo
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nomadreader
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Tonight I learned my childhood best friend's father passed away unexpectedly last night. On a whim, I picked up my book club pick and discovered this, and I'm so grateful for the right book at the right time 💙💙💙

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RosieBoo65
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Kelly Corrigan‘s look at the 12 hardest things she‘s learning to say is a beautiful look at her life stories specifically around the passing of her friend, Liz. Such a fast read! I literally read this in a day which rarely happens. Corrigan‘s writing style is smooth and poetic with a tinge of humor which made this book so easy to read. My two favorite chapters were No Words at All and Onward.

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It took me a while to warm up to this book, but Kelly Corrigan has an engaging writing style. I wouldn‘t call this book profound or unique. She relates, in storytelling format, how hard it is to say the things that we all want to be able to say: I don‘t know, no, I was wrong, I love you, and sometimes, no words at all. A quick read. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ #mmdbookclub @annebogel

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Lauren.Archer
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This is first book I read by Kelly Corrigan. The essays showed her vulnerability, without being over the top. There were lots of laughs in all the right places. Solid essay collection.

Judybskt She grew up near me and was a sorority sister at Richmond with a good friend of mine. Loved The Middle Place. 13mo
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SamanthaMarie
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Just finished this one, though I've been reading it in snippets over the last two weeks (heading to the library soon for more holds and wanted to get this returned.) Excellent and heart wrenching. I like the idea of 12 simple, but powerful words or phrases to say. Language and life intermixed... my kind of nonfiction book.

My little guy is eating granola and relaxing on the wild pile he created in the living room haha.

HOTPock3tt Your little guy = adorable!! ♥️ 13mo
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Lauren.Archer
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About to start this for #modernmrsdarcybookclub this month.

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BornReadChicago
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You guys, THIS BOOK. I listened to it on audio, and highly recommend it to process the full range of emotions. I feel like Kelly Corrigan can see right into my heart. It‘s as if she has a manual for LIFE and is translating it for us all in the most relatable stories. Tell Me More is good reminder on this day to listen, to give yourself grace, to show up for those you love, and cherish them in the short time that we have.

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Ashley_Nicoletto
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SO. MANY. TEARS.

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EmilyM
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Such a down-to-earth yet poignant book! As I read this book and I found myself thinking, "Yes! That is EXACTLY how it (parenting, loving, grieving, accepting) IS." A quick yet satisfying read.

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Denisereads75
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This is the first Kelly Corrigan book I‘ve read but it won‘t be the last. This autobiography/memoir was like talking with a close friend that has survived some painful losses and come out of wiser. I loved her honesty and insight.

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suvata
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The truth can be pretty humorous at times as evidenced by this book. Cute.

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suvata
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Recommended on a podcast (forgot what one).

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MaureenMc
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Thoughtful personal essay collection wherein each piece focuses on a word or phrase Corrigan is trying to say more. Great food for thought for everyone, and her writing style is compelling and very readable.

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LeahBergen 😂😂 What happens when you try to throw that box away? 2y
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LauraBeth
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thegirlwiththelibrarybag It‘s a very thoughtful suggestion 2y
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MsLeah8417 Brilliant fur-baby right there!!! 2y
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LauraBeth @thegirlwiththelibrarybag she‘s filled with those! 😂 2y
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SarahSaysRead
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Happy #WorldBookDay Littens! These are my current reads, and I have very high hopes of finishing them all before the Dewey's #readathon on Saturday.

Whatever you're reading right now, I hope it's wonderful 😘📚🎉💕

#currentlyreading #booklife #readersgonnaread #booksbooksbooks #newbooks #nonfiction #contemporaryromance #science #memoir #audiobook #Libby

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Hoopiefoot
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I loved this book! However, I might caution against reading/listening to it when you‘re feeling emotionally fragile. I listened to it after a weekend visit with my family and shed a few too many tears on my 7 hour drive home because of it. Still a worthy listen though!

Avidreader25 Yes, I loved it too but it is hard to read if you‘ve lost someone. 2y
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“But the truth is that I‘m always teetering between a mature acceptance of life‘s immutables and a childish railing against the very same.”
After a very rough morning with my toddler and a muddy dog, this audiobook hit the spot. Corrigan is so honest about her struggles as a parent, friend, her daughter, and human being.

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Chelsea.Poole
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This book landed in my life at precisely the right time. I have 2 boys (1&3-next month!) & they are a handful more often than not. I get overwhelmed and stressed, so does my husband. But! “This is it”—a perfect chapter on parenting- the drudgery of daily tasks, tantrums, and exhaustion. But it‘s moments of wonder through the difficult times that makes it worth it. I‘m so glad to know I‘m not alone in feeling overwhelmed. This book is about life.

CoffeeK8 This sounds really great!! 2y
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Chelsea.Poole
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I‘ve only read the first chapter and 😍😍😍
This little book has captured my heart already. ♥️
Please do, Kelly, “Tell Me More”!!

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InnerSavvy
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I still enjoy Corrigan's writing style but felt the stories were self indulgent...getting things off her conscience. Felt heavy and sad.

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lowellette
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A memoir focusing on the stories surrounding death. Lots to learn from here. Perfect for readers of Anne Lamott and Brene Brown.

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Jeanne_S
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I enjoyed this.

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Krose1
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So, so, so good. I love Kelly Corrigan and this book was no disappointment. I laughed out loud and cried big, lip trembling tears. So many feels were felt.

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BooksForEmpathy
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Loved this read! It was fun and I laughed a ton, but I also had tears running down my cheeks after every chapter because Kelly Corrigan has a way with words that just cuts through all the bullshit and really hits you where it counts. She validates all the pain and all the glory that comes with being human. She brings out the best in her readers; I personally felt more resilient, more compassionate, and more accepting just for having read her work.

DarcysMom Great review! 2y
Joanne1 Wow, great review! 2y
Reggie Way to make this sound great!!! 2y
BookMaven407 How could I not stack this book after that review? 2y
minkyb Love the review! 2y
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I wish I had read this book at 20, although the last 25 years of life experience has probably deepened my appreciation for the profound simple truths and wisdom it contains. Corrigan is so down to earth, so vulnerable that every section was relatable and moving. Tell me more, I was wrong (without following it with but), I don't know, Good enough . . . Every section resonated with me, and I'd be lying if I didn't mention (continued in comments)

lauralovesbooks1 that I shed a few years with this one. I want to put a copy in the hands of everyone I know. 2y
emilyhaldi Sounds enlightening!! #stacked 2y
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I love you.

The first time the words pass between two people : electrifying.

Ten thousand times later: cause for marvel.

The last time: the dream you revisit over and over and over again.

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lauralovesbooks1
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"There's hardly a positive intention associated with no. Except self-preservation"

I need to remember this more often -- when life feels like it's pressing in from all sides, it's ok to say no.

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Sassy_Steph
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Came back from a couple of days off for Christmas and had book mail waiting for me at work! Five books!!!! So exciting!! Thank you Penguin Randomhouse!!!!

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Liberty
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GIVEAWAY TIME! I am officially on vacation! And what better way to celebrate than a giveaway (or maybe two?) Enter to win this big stack of books! To win, make a NEW post about one of your favorite books of 2017, use the hashtag #VACATIONBOOTY, and tag me in the photo. Do this by 11:59pm EST on Wednesday, December 27, and I'll randomly select one winner (and mail their books AFTER my vacation is done.😝) (US only, sorry.) Good luck! 📚

AmyG Thank you. 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awesome!! Thank you!! 2y
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Cinfhen So nice! Enjoy your vacation🖤 2y
Liberty The winner of the giveaway is @RedMudNessa ! 🎉🎉🎉 2y
RedMudNessa Woohoo! Thanks! 2y
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Librarylady
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I think this is the first 2018 release I have cracked open. I've loved all of Kelly Corrigan's books and feel like I'm catching up with an old friend.

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Pandalibrarian
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I had the privilege to hear Kelly speak about this book in public for the first time today. She was funny, thoughtful, and charming. We all received an ARC and she signed them! I read this book on my trip home from Cleveland to Madison and loved every word. The book was just like Kelly in person, funny, thoughtful, and charming. Also moving and sad at times. Such a good book!