Maureen Corrigan

Maureen Corrigan appears in the following:

Essayist Ventures 'From The Greeks To Game Of Thrones' — And Back Again

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Daniel Mendelsohn is a living answer to the question, "What will a degree in Classics do for you?" His new essay collection, Ecstasy and Terror, "cross-pollinates" the classics with popular culture.

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Saeed Jones' Eloquent Coming-Of-Age Is Hard To Read — And Harder To Put Down

Wednesday, October 09, 2019

Jones grew up black, gay and isolated in Texas. He chronicles his wobbly path to self-affirmation in the raw and eloquent new memoir, How We Fight for Our Lives.

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W.H. Auden's Poem 'September 1, 1939' Still Resonates In Times Of Crisis

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Critic Ian Sansom's deeply informed and unapologetically digressive new book dives into Auden's life — as well as the life of his singular poem.

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Atwood Hints At A Brighter Future In 'Handmaid' Sequel 'The Testaments'

Monday, September 09, 2019

Margaret Atwood's The Testaments opens about 15 years after the end of The Handmaid's Tale. Critic Maureen Corrigan says the follow-up gives her what she wants most: the promise of an end to Gilead.

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Katrina Destroyed 'The Yellow House' — But Inequality Eroded Its Foundation

Wednesday, September 04, 2019

Sarah M. Broom's extraordinary memoir about the New Orleans home she grew up in describes decades of life lived — as well as the systemic racism that ultimately contributed to the house's destruction.

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A Perfect Summer Book, 'Late Migrations' Reminds Us Of Life's Beauty And Fragility

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Margaret Renkl's vivid and original essays capture the cycle of life in a new book that will make you want to stay put, reread and savor everything about the moment.

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If These 2 Titles Remind You Of Masterful Suspense Novels, They Should

Monday, August 19, 2019

Laura Lippman's Lady in the Lake recollects Raymond Chandler's fourth Philip Marlowe novel and Ruth Ware's The Turn of the Key recalls Henry James' The Turn of the Screw. Happily, they both live up.

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Rooted In History, 'The Nickel Boys' Is A Great American Novel

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Colson Whitehead's deeply affecting new novel is based on the true story of a segregated reform school in Florida where African American boys were brutalized and possibly murdered.

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Smart And Propulsive 'Copperhead' Asks: Can You Outrun Your Family's Sins?

Tuesday, July 09, 2019

Alexi Zentner's new novel follows a high school football star's efforts to separate himself from his racist family. It's an unsparing story about race, class and the limits of individual possibility.

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'Ask Again, Yes' Is A Profound Yet Unpretentious Family Drama

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Mary Beth Keane's novel opens in 1973 New York and follows two rookie cops and their families over four decades. Her closely-observed domestic tale transforms into something deep and universal.

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New Noir By James Ellroy And Denise Mina Is Daredevil Storytelling At Its Finest

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

From Nazis and narcos to mistresses and mysterious ship wrecks, Ellroy's This Storm and Mina's Conviction offer plot twists and zig-zags that take readers on a wild ride.

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Jurors Generate Drama Of Their Own In Smart, Disturbing 'Body In Question'

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Jill Ciment's new novel follows a group of bored, drowsy, horny jurors who are sequestered together as they serve on a gruesome murder case in Central Florida.

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An Immigrant Yearns For Connection In 'On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous'

Tuesday, June 04, 2019

Vietnamese-American poet Ocean Vuong's words are mighty, teasing and overpowering in his autobiographical novel, written as a letter from a son to his illiterate mother.

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'Fresh Air' Remembers Pulitzer Prize-Winning Writer Tony Horwitz

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Horwitz, who died Monday, spoke to Fresh Air in '98 about Confederates in the Attic, his book about the legacy of the Civil War. Plus, Maureen Corrigan reviews his latest book, Spying on the South.

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Love, Disappointment Course Through 4 Classic Asian American Novels

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Penguin Classics has released paperback editions of four mid-20th century novels by Asian American authors: America Is in the Heart; The Hanging on Union Square; East Goes West and No-No Boy.

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An Author Goes 'Spying On The South' 160 Years After Frederick Law Olmsted

Monday, May 20, 2019

Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Tony Horwitz retraces the path of the famed Central Park architect — and discovers a deep cultural divide along the way.

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From Family Drama To Global Apocalypse, These Two Novels Keep You Riveted

Friday, May 03, 2019

Sarah Blake's The Guest Book is a multi-generational drama set against a backdrop of war and social upheaval. The Last, by Hanna Jameson, centers on the survivors of a nuclear holocaust.

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'The Beneficiary' Weighs The Emotional Heft Of Inheritance

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Janny Scott, a biographer and award-winning reporter for The New York Times, has written a vivid and penetrating memoir about her own illustrious family.

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'Lost And Wanted' Grapples With Grief, Regret And The Existence Of God

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Nell Freudenberger's gorgeous new novel tells the story of a middle-aged woman who receives messages sent from her college friend's cell phone — even after her friend has died.

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Personal Demons And Class Differences Complicate Love In 'Normal People'

Tuesday, April 09, 2019

Marianne is a social pariah, Connell is a football player. Sally Rooney's nuanced, flinty love story opens in a small town in Ireland, where two teens who "get" each other get together.

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