Tell Me More

Tell Me More

Stories About the 12 Hardest Things I'm Learning to Say

Book - 2018
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * A story-driven collection of essays on the twelve powerful phrases we use to sustain our relationships, from the bestselling author of Glitter and Glue and The Middle Place

"Kelly Corrigan takes on all the big, difficult questions here, with great warmth and courage."--Glennon Doyle


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.

Praise for Tell Me More

"It is such a comfort just knowing that Kelly Corrigan exists: she is somehow both wise and self-deprecating; funny but unafraid of pain; frank but gentle. She is the sister/mother/best friend we all wish we could have--and because of this big-hearted book, we all get to." --Ariel Levy, author of The Rules Do Not Apply

"With full-bodied humor and radical sensitivity, Kelly Corrigan transforms the mundane pain of life into a necessary spiritual text of sorts, one that reminds us that we have the right to grieve but the obligation to be grateful. This book will remind you that you are human--and of the fragile loveliness of being so." --Lena Dunham
Publisher: New York : Random House, [2018]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780399588372
Branch Call Number: 305.2442 CORRIGAN
Characteristics: x, 226 pages ; 20 cm


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Apr 18, 2021

I loved it, I felt really connected with each of these important phrases that I want to learn as well as Kelly using them with empathy and honesty, so that those can be so powerful to ease someone's life in the least expected moment. My favorite, Tell me more, every human being has wonderful experiences and how we can learn from them, how we can be more human if we listen more.
I met Kelly, I felt her close to her as a friend of hers, I want to learn from her, she accompanied me in my personal pain for a recent loss. I am very happy to have found this book.

CarleeMcDot Mar 22, 2019

I had seen a runner I follow post this book on her Instagram account and mention she really liked it so I grabbed it from the library. This is a collection of essays the author put together that focus on a phrase or word that we use (or should use) in our relationships. Let me be up front about this one, this one touches on a lot of serious matters. Kelly had recently been through two large losses in her life, so many of the chapters mention (or focus on) the death of her father and best friend. Despite the sometimes sad and somber emotion, Kelly tends to bring light and life to the book. At times it's funny and raw and refreshing. The author seems very down-to-earth and communicates in a way that makes her seem like your best friend. I wasn't sure what I was envisioning when I grabbed this one, but I feel as though it surpassed my expectations. It was more thought-provoking than I was anticipating and I walked away thinking about how I need to add some of the phrases into my life more often (like "I was wrong" or "Tell me more" or just plain "No"). This was another one I flew through in an afternoon and would definitely recommend you do the same. I would give it an 8 out of 10.

AnnabelleLee27 Mar 15, 2019

Conversational, sometimes frustrating and often touching. It seems best suited for people in the traditional role/time of child-rearing.

Jan 09, 2019

Valuable insight, just not enough to be book length. Especially when the whiny entitled manic pixie voice goes too long and you just want to strangle her. A gifted writer about running off to Australia to be an Au Pair, but now, after some success nobody wants to keep reading about the author's kids and families and body issues, and hah hah hah, so adorable, so self-effacing, so flat and tedious it all falls.

Would have made an amazing article for The Atlantic, though.

I can’t remember why I placed a hold on Tell Me More, but I’m happy that I did. On the dust jacket it cites the Huffington Post, who call her “the poet laureate of the ordinary.” This book evoked all sorts of responses from me; I laughed, I cried, I sent photos of passages to friends. It was the recounting of experiences in life that provide suggestions about how to handle heartbreaks and joys that a reader might encounter in their own life. I plan to re-visit it. (Submitted by J.Wilson)

CatherineG_1 Apr 23, 2018

Kelly Corrigan lost two people in her life, her dad and her best friend. Through 12 essays, she picks themes we can all identify - say I love you, I know, I don't know and I was wrong to name a few. Two subjects I am always dealing with all the time - no words at all and no. I am finding that I should listen more and you learn more. Saying no - this is one that many of us, people pleasers are guilty of - doing something we do not want to do and complaining about later. Refreshingly honest about being a mom, daughter, wife and best friend, I enjoyed this book.

Apr 06, 2018

A beautifully human account of losing a father but also about grief, friendship and the power of listening. Her voice is relatable and familiar. I loved seeing myself reflected in this book, and feeling like I am not the only one with these struggles.


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Apr 18, 2021

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Apr 18, 2021

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