Book discussion, Royal Oak

And that’s what this whole thing is all about. Calling home. Instinctively.” — Kelly Corrigan, The Middle Place

As much as I enjoy a good novel, my first love has always been the memoir. When a talented writer spins a life-altering experience into a heartfelt work of creative nonfiction, I usually can’t put it down. Kelly Corrigan’s The Middle Place is a fine example.

Corrigan was bathing her two little girls in the tub when she discovered a lump in her breast. From that moment on, her cozy family life started spinning off its axis, sending the 36-year old newspaper columnist on a heart-wrenching trip through cancer country.

Corrigan was still undergoing her treatment when she learned that her beloved father, who had just recovered from prostate cancer, was diagnosed with bladder cancer. With humor, courage, and insight, the author shows us what it means to find ourselves in “the middle place” — the rocky territory where we’re called to be a good daughter to our parents as well as a strong mother to our own kids.

Tomorrow (Thurs., Aug. 12), as part of my commitment to community service, I’ll be leading a book discussion on The Middle Place for members of Sharing & Caring, an educational support group for breast cancer patients, survivors, and their families. The group meets at William Beaumont Hospital‘s Rose Cancer Center in Royal Oak.

If you’re a breast cancer survivor (or a b/c survivor’s family member) who has read the book, you’re welcome to join us at Rose Cancer Center tomorrow at 2:00.  Corrigan is scheduled to be the keynote speaker for Sharing & Caring’s annual Symposium this fall. Call 248-551-8585 for more information. — Cindy La Ferle

— In photo above: author Kelly Corrigan —