Maureen Corrigan appears in the following:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Monday, April 01, 2019
The short chapters in Laila Lalami's novel are narrated by a rotating cast of characters. They conjure a murder mystery, a cross-cultural romance, an immigrant saga, war stories and family dramas.
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Squeeze into the rumble seat — Yuval Taylor brings readers along on a 1927 summer road trip taken by Zora Neale Hurston and Langston Hughes. Their friendship turned out to be a very bumpy ride.
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
The Lady from the Black Lagoon tells the story of Milicent Patrick, who designed the Creature's monster suit. Giraffes on Horseback Salad was a Marx Brothers script scenario written by Salvador Dalí.
Monday, March 04, 2019
Patrick Radden Keefe's new book begins with the 1972 disappearance of a 38-year-old widowed mother in Belfast, then spins into an epic account of Northern Ireland's bloody sectarian conflict.
Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Valeria Luiselli's Lost Children Archive centers on a family's tense road trip to the Southwestern U.S. border. Critic Maureen Corrigan says it's an epic and elegant work.
Wednesday, February 06, 2019
Emily Bernard was recovering from a knife attack — a "bizarre act of violence" — when she decided to write a book of essays rooted, autobiographically, in the blackness of her own body.