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Maureen Corrigan

Maureen Corrigan appears in the following:

Michael Chabon's 'Moonglow' Shines With Insight And Fantastic Storytelling

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Chabon's new novel is a collection of stories in which a dying grandfather tells the secrets of his life to his grandson. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls Moonglow "violent and very funny."

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Weird, Spirited 'Pieces Of Soap' Celebrates The Essays Of Stanley Elkin

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Elkin, who died in 1995, was known for his satirical takes on American culture. Critic Maureen Corrigan reviews a new collection of essays that showcases the freshness of Elkin's work.

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Volume 3 Of Eleanor Roosevelt Biography Chronicles The Rise Of An Activist

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Feminist historian Blanche Wiesen Cook published the first volume of her biography of Roosevelt in 1992. Critic Maureen Corrigan says the newly released final volume is exhausting and exhilarating.

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Mary Oliver Issues A Full-Throated Spiritual Autobiography In 'Upstream'

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Oliver's latest collection of essays reflect the author's passion for nature and literature. Critic Maureen Corrigan says Upstream presents a portrait of a visionary poet — and a "tough old broad."

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A Coming-Of Age Melodrama Is Steeped In Social Politics In 'The Mothers'

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Britt Bennett's debut novel centers on three African-American friends dealing with their community's expectations and their own mistakes. Critic Maureen Corrigan says it is full of "mini epiphanies."

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A Tight, Intense Drama Unfurls Within The Confines Of A Sick Room In 'The Wonder'

Monday, October 03, 2016

Emma Donoghue's latest novel focuses on an 11-year-old girl who refuses to eat, and the nurse who is responsible for her care. Critic Maureen Corrigan says The Wonder is aptly named.

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'Eyes On The Street' Details Jane Jacobs' Efforts To Put Cities First

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Robert Kanigel's new biography recounts the life of Jacobs, a Greenwich Village public intellectual who championed street life and community. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls it a powerful work.

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A First Year College Student Finds Himself Outclassed In 'Loner'

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Teddy Wayne's new novel begins as a sharply observed novel of manners, but quickly mutates into a classic tale of obsession. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls Loner a powerful suspense story.

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Jonathan Safran Foer's 'Here I Am' Is Both Dazzling And Draining

Thursday, September 08, 2016

A failing marriage and a catastrophic earthquake take center stage in Safran Foer's new novel. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls Here I Am a profound work about the claims of history, identity and family.

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A Kitty Leads A Double Life In Beatrix Potter's Posthumously Published Tale

Thursday, September 01, 2016

The unfinished work is a curious afterword to Potter's beloved catalog. But perhaps the best thing about The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots is that it will likely send readers back to Potter's original work.

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'Trials Of The Earth' Shows The Good, The Bad And The Ugly Of Pioneer Life

Monday, August 15, 2016

Born in Arkansas around 1866, Mary Mann Hamilton was one of the first women to homestead in the Mississippi Delta. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls her memoir a historical and literary treasure.

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Novel Explores The Fierce And Frenzied World Of Competitive Gymnastics

Monday, August 08, 2016

Megan Abbott's new book takes readers deep into the intense, vacuum-sealed universe of young female gymnasts and their parents. Critic Maureen Corrigan says You Will Know Me is worthy of a gold medal.

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'The Dream Life Of Astronauts' Is A Journey To Emotional Deep Space

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Patrick Ryan's book of short stories is set around Cape Canaveral, Fla., during the 1960s and '70s. Critic Maureen Corrigan says it's the best new short story collection she's read in light years.

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'Underground Airlines' Is An Extraordinary Work Of Alternate History

Thursday, July 07, 2016

In his new novel, Ben H. Winters imagines that the Civil War never happened and that slavery is still legal in some states. Critic Maureen Corrigan says Underground Airlines is "one suspenseful tale."

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'They May Not Mean To, But They Do' Is A Sparkling, Sad Family Affair

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Cathleen Schine's new novel explores how one character's physical and mental decline ripples out to affect his whole family. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls it a mix of "fun and bad behavior."

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'In The Darkroom' Explores The Concept Of Identity — Both Fixed And Fluid

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Pulitzer-prize winning author Susan Faludi writes about her father's sex reassignment surgery in her memoir, In The Darkroom. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls it "exhausting, messy and provocative."

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In 'Homegoing,' A Saga Of A Family United By Blood, Separated By Slavery

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Yaa Gyasi's debut short story collection begins in 18th century Ghana, where the slave trade separates two half sisters. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls Homegoing a strong work with versatile language.

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4 First-Rate Thrillers Deliver A Summer Of Suspenseful Reading

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The suspense stories on Maureen Corrigan's early summer reading list roam from the beaches of Long Island to the Welsh coast, and from the mean streets of Chicago to the alleyways of Berlin.

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'Eleven Hours' Vividly Depicts The Beauty And Brutality Of Childbirth

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Pamela Erens' new novel takes place in the maternity ward of a New York hospital as a pregnant nurse assists in another woman's labor. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls it a fierce read.

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A Dying Coal Town Falls Into 'Fracking Frenzy' In 'Heat & Light'

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Jennifer Haigh's new novel explores the fallout of the natural gas boom in a small Pennsylvania town. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls Heat & Light an "exquisitely designed, semi-satirical social novel."

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