Maureen Corrigan

Maureen Corrigan appears in the following:

'Bintel Brief' And 'Hellfighters': American Stories, Powerfully Illustrated

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Critic Maureen Corrigan recommends two graphic novels — one about a Yiddish advice column in the early 1900s and another about a regiment of African-American soldiers who fought during World War I.


This Tightly Choreographed Tale Of Ambition And Ballet Will 'Astonish'

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Maggie Shipstead tells the story of a disciplined dancer who can't make it into the spotlight. Critic Maureen Corrigan says Shipstead is "Edith Wharton with a millennial generation edge."


'Thief' Delivers An Unfiltered Depiction Of Life In Lagos

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Teju Cole's latest book describes a young New York doctor's visit back to his Nigerian hometown, where he encounters a Clockwork Orange world of misery and corruption.


What U.S. Learned From 'Heathen School' Wasn't Part Of The Lesson Plan

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The 19th century Connecticut school sought to convert young men from Hawaii, China, India and the Native American nations and then send them home as Christian missionaries. It did not go as planned.


'Schmuck' Revisits The Golden Age Of Radio, And A Bygone Manhattan

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Ross Klavan's novel follows two radio sidekicks in midcentury New York: golden-voiced straight man Ted Fox, who has an eye for a good-looking dame, and funnyman Jerry Elkin, a veteran of World War II.


These Stories Consider Solitude, With Echoes Of Emily Dickinson

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

It's been 15 years since acclaimed writer Lorrie Moore has brought out a new short story collection. Bark has some clunkers and some keepers, but critic Maureen Corrigan says it was worth the wait.


Don't Know What To Do With Your Life? Neither Did Thoreau

Monday, February 17, 2014

A new biography reveals that young Thoreau took quite a few detours on his path to Walden. A gossipy young man who loved eating popcorn, ice skating and listening to his music box, schoolmates and neighbors found him standoffish and regarded his fascination with plants and Indian relics as downright odd.


Triumph Of The Bookworms: Two Novels To Cure Your Winter Blues

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Alena, a reworking of Daphne DuMaurier's Rebecca, takes place in the contemporary art world, while The Yellow Eyes of Crocodiles is a "delicious French romp." Critic Maureen Corrigan says both novels are "exquisite vehicles of escape fiction."


Midwestern Memoir Tracks 'Flyover Lives' Of Author's Forebears

Friday, January 31, 2014

Diane Johnson often writes about American heroines living in France, but when she began her memoir, she found herself drawn back to her native ground in America's heartland. Critic Maureen Corrigan says Flyover Lives "lets scenes and conversations speak for themselves, accruing power as they lodge in readers' minds."


On This Spanish Slave Ship, Nothing Was As It Seemed

Monday, January 27, 2014

In The Empire of Necessity, historian Greg Grandin tells the story of a slave revolt at sea. The 1805 event inspired Herman Melville's Benito Cereno, and Grandin's account of the human horror is a work of power and precision.


Empty Nester In 'The Woods': A Modern Dantean Journey

Thursday, January 09, 2014

When writer Lynn Darling found herself at a turning point in her life, she sought solitude and enlightenment in the woods of Vermont. Her new memoir, Out Of The Woods, describes that midlife experience. Fresh Air book critic Maureen Corrigan calls it "a compelling story of internal exploration, as well as outward-bound adventure."


A Critic Tours 'Echo Spring,' Home Of Beloved Boozy Writers

Friday, January 03, 2014

A new book by critic Olivia Laing explores the link between alcohol and writing through the commentaries of famous writers who were themselves alcoholics. Fresh Air's Maureen Corrigan calls Laing's readings "exquisite," and says she wisely avoids "any one-size-fits-all conclusions about the bond between the pen and the bottle."


Need A Read? Here Are Maureen Corrigan's Favorite Books Of 2013

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Fresh Air's book critic says it's just a fluke that 9 of the 11 titles she picked this year were written by female authors. Her favorites include a jumbo-sized Dickensian novel, a biography of Ben Franklin's sister, a comedy of manners, a stunning Scandinavian mystery and more.


Thanksgivukkah Stress Getting You Down? Here's A Literary Escape Plan

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

For critic Maureen Corrigan, this year's hybrid family holiday may be best celebrated by escaping into a book. Her recommendations include a kids' book about Russian Jews who identify with the Pilgrims, and a novel that contemplates class divides during wartime through the lens of a football game.


'Self-Help Messiah' Dale Carnegie Gets A Second Life In Print

Thursday, November 07, 2013

In the many decades since the publication of How to Win Friends and Influence People, Dale Carnegie's self-help classic has been both celebrated and mocked, but it's still selling plenty of copies. Steven Watts' new biography of the man may feel overstuffed, but, as Maureen Corrigan notes, Carnegie's relentless positivity always shines through.


Dickensian Ambition And Emotion Make 'Goldfinch' Worth The Wait

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Donna Tartt is a writer who takes her time — she's published just one novel per decade since her debut in 1992. But critic Maureen Corrigan says she'd gladly wait another 10 years for a book as extraordinary as Tartt's latest work, The Goldfinch, an "exuberantly plotted triumph."


If You're Looking To Read 'Lady Things,' Choose Jezebel Over Jones

Monday, October 21, 2013

Bridget Jones hasn't aged well. At 51, she's the "geriatric mum" of two small children, and finds herself yearning to plunge back into dating. Critic Maureen Corrigan says if you're looking for jolly feminist cultural commentary, you'd be better off reading a witty "encyclopedia of lady things" from the creators of the website Jezebel.


From McDermott, An Extraordinary Story Of An Ordinary 'Someone'

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Alice McDermott's characters can often be described as average, and Marie, the heroine of her latest novel, is no exception. But critic Maureen Corrigan says the power of McDermott's writing is that she can make even Marie's run-of-the-mill life one for the record books.


A Gossipy, Nostalgic History Of A Publishing 'Hothouse'

Thursday, August 15, 2013

The prestigious publishing company Farrar, Straus and Giroux helped define the intellectual life of post-World War II America. Boris Kachka's book explores the company's history, from its founding in 1946 to its sale to a German conglomerate in 1994 and beyond.


'Love Affairs' Of A Hip, Young Literary Hound Dog

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. is a debut novel about a sharp and assured young man living among young, aspiring literary types in Brooklyn. Book critic Maureen Corrigan says never before has a novel made her feel so grateful to be middle-aged.