Maureen Corrigan

Maureen Corrigan appears in the following:

Remembering Pete Hamill, A Journalist With A Whitman-esque Embrace Of NYC

Friday, August 07, 2020

Book critic Maureen Corrigan remembers the veteran NYC newsman, who died Aug. 5, as "a tenement kid and high school drop out who never lost connection to where he came from."


A Mean Ghost Story And A Souped-Up Crime Novel Will Wise You Up Fast

Thursday, July 30, 2020

The Aunt Who Wouldn't Die, by Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay, centers on an Indian family haunted by a jealous ghost. And S. A. Cosby's Blacktop Wasteland is a noir thriller — with muscle cars.


1918 Flu Inspired Donoghue's 'Pull Of The Stars' — A Disquieting Pandemic Novel

Monday, July 20, 2020

Set in a Dublin maternity ward in 1918, the novel captures a city devastated by a pandemic. By diving into the terrors of the past, Emma Donoghue presciently anticipates the miseries of our present.


'Jane Eyre' Meets 'Dracula' In This Sharp, Inventive 'Mexican Gothic' Tale

Thursday, July 09, 2020

A young woman tries to free her cousin from a dangerous living situation in a crumbling family mansion in Silvia Moreno-Garcia's new novel. Mexican Gothic injects fresh blood into a classic genre.


'Want' Captures The Precariousness Of America's Middle Class

Tuesday, July 07, 2020

The family at the center of Lynn Steger Strong's novel is on the brink of bankruptcy. Want is a portrait of how close to the edge people are — despite the seeming safeguard of middle-class jobs.


'The Tigers' Two-Way Travelogue Is A Journey Both Within And Without

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Known for her meditative travel memoirs, Mary Morris' wanderings were nearly curtailed by a serious ankle injury. All the Way to the Tigers is a passage deep into the broken places that shaped her.


Identical Twins Become Divided By Race In 'The Vanishing Half'

Monday, June 01, 2020

Brit Bennett's new novel centers on two light-skinned African American sisters — one of whom "passes" for white. The Vanishing Half is compelling — if somewhat melodramatic.


'St. Christopher On Pluto' Follows The Adventures Of 2 Friends In An Old Buick

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Nancy McKinley mixes screwball humor with social criticism in a collection of interlocking stories about two women who work at a mall in Northeastern Pennsylvania.


'Here We Are': What Would Philip Roth Have Made Of All This?

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Benjamin Taylor, one of Roth's closest friends during the last decades of his life, has written a memoir that rekindles Roth's voice: brilliant, profane, and so very funny.


'Sigh, Gone' Is A Refugee's Chaotic Memoir Of Displacement And Belonging

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Phuc Tran was a toddler in 1975 when his family fled Vietnam and landed in a small town in Pennsylvania. His memoir is a scrambled story of great books and punk rock.


Need A Mental Escape? These Books Offer Solace In Troubled Times

Monday, April 13, 2020

With much of the world on lockdown due to the pandemic, critic Maureen Corrigan turns to books for companionship. Her recommended reads span fiction, nonfiction and poetry — some old, some new.


Staying At Home? Check Into Emily St. John Mandel's Haunting 'Glass Hotel'

Monday, March 30, 2020

The author of Station Eleven weaves together stories of a hotel worker and an ultra-wealthy con man in a novel that captures how precarious life is — in a way that feels particularly resonant now.


'Writers & Lovers' Captures The Cost Of Following A Dream That May Not Pay Off

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Lily King's new novel centers on a woman who's spent six years working on her own novel. It's a story of ambition — and what happens when the markers of adult achievement are slow to materialize.


Stymied By Perfectionism, 'Scratched' Author Struggles To Break Free

Tuesday, March 03, 2020

Elizabeth Tallent's profound memoir explores writer's block and the allure of perfectionism. After her third short story collection came out in 1993, she didn't publish another book for 22 years.


Dystopian Novel 'The Resisters' Drives Home The Perils Of Our Wired World

Friday, February 28, 2020

Gish Jen weaves baseball into her inspired vision of how Americans bought into the fantasy of less stress and more free time. As speculative fiction goes, The Resisters hits close to the bone.


'Djinn Patrol' Captures The Lost Light Of India's Vanished Children

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Deepa Anappara's debut novel defies characterization. Set in a sprawling Indian slum, Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line centers on a trio of kids who venture out to look for a missing classmate.


2 Young Women Were Murdered In 1980, 'Rainbow Girl' Tells Their Story

Tuesday, February 04, 2020

Emma Copley Eisenberg's new book, which centers on the murders of Vicki Durian and Nancy Santomero, tells a haunting story of two restless women and the un-nameable desire to travel a different path.


To Stand Still Is To Die: A New Novel Follows Migrants To 'American Dirt'

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Jeanine Cummins' new novel opens in Mexico, where a drug cartel has massacred 16 members of a family. A tense on-the-road ordeal follows, as a desperate mother struggles to save herself and her son.


New Collection Celebrates Jean Stafford, A Gifted Novelist Who Deserved Better

Wednesday, January 08, 2020

Stafford is often remembered as wife No. 1 in the many biographies and studies of poet Robert Lowell. But a new Library of America edition of her three novels showcases her masterful writing.


Class, Culture And Sexual Identity Take Center Stage In 'Girl, Woman, Other'

Friday, December 13, 2019

Bernardine Evaristo's nuanced and entertaining Booker Prize-winning novel is told from the point of view of 12 British women of color — all just a few degrees of separation apart from each other.