Maureen Corrigan

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Road Trip With 'Zora And Langston' In This Real-Life Literary Adventure

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.


Meet The Lagoon's Forgotten Lady And See 'The Strangest Movie Never Made'

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.


'Say Nothing': Murder, Memory And A Masterful History Of The Troubles

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.


A New Novel Reminds Readers, These 'Lost Children' Belong To Us All

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.


You'll Find 12 Fresh And Unforgettable Essays In 'Black Is The Body'

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.


'The Falconer' Is A Vivid Tale Of Adolescence And Athleticism

Monday, January 28, 2019

Seventeen-year-old Lucy Adler loves basketball but struggles to fit in with her peers. Critic Maureen Corrigan says Dana Czapnik's protagonist reminded her of Francie from A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.


'Ghost Wall' Is An Eerie Coming-Of-Age Tale That Begs For A Second Read

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Sarah Moss' beautifully written novel is set in the 1970s in the rugged countryside of the far north of England, where a group of campers are reenacting the daily lives of Iron Age Britons.


Suspenseful 'Water Cure' Dips Into 2019's Dystopian Zeitgeist

Monday, January 07, 2019

Sophie Mackintosh's debut novel centers on four women living in a decrepit hotel on an isolated island. Critic Maureen Corrigan says The Water Cure is "everything this age seems to be demanding."


'Fresh Air' Favorites: Our Critics Pick 2018's Best Books, Movies, Music And TV

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Find everything our critics loved this year, all in one place: Maureen Corrigan's book list, movie pairings from Justin Chang, music recommended by Ken Tucker and David Bianculli's must-see TV list.


Maureen Corrigan Picks The Best Books Of 2018, Including The Novel Of The Year

Monday, December 10, 2018

Fresh Air's book critic recommends her 10 favorite books of the year, including The Great Believers, Rebecca Makkai's sweeping story about the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s.


'Come With Me' Lays Bare The Risks And Regrets Of Our Online Lives

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Helen Schulman splices together an old-school family drama with high-tech fantasy in her new novel, a rich, closely observed story about regrets and risk-taking in the Internet age.


Stolen Stories: A Literary Con Man Climbs To Success In 'Ladder To The Sky'

Monday, November 12, 2018

A charismatic young writer poaches plot points from the lives of established authors in John Boyne's new novel. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls A Ladder to the Sky "erudite and ingeniously constructed."


'Let The People See': It Took Courage To Keep Emmett Till's Memory Alive

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Historian Elliott J. Gorn's new book revisits the 1955 death and public funeral of the African-American teen. Critic Maureen Corrigan says it's a timely story about the fragility of collective memory.


What Would Eleanor Do? 'If You Ask Me' Revisits Roosevelt's Advice Columns

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

For 20 years, Roosevelt answered reader questions on topics monumental, mundane and everywhere in between. A new book presents a selection of her essential advice and practical wisdom.


'Washington Black' Is A Soaring Tale Of Enslavement And Escape

Monday, October 15, 2018

Esi Edugyan's new novel centers on a boy who escapes slavery via hot air balloon — before crashing down to hard historical realities. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls Washington Black "a wonder."


Smart, Unsentimental 'Heartland' Pays Tribute To America's Working Class

Wednesday, October 03, 2018

Sarah Smarsh grew up as a member of the white working class in rural Kansas. In a new memoir, she examines the crushing ways in which class shapes possibility in the U.S.


Did A Real-Life Kidnapping Inspire Nabokov's 'Lolita'?

Monday, September 17, 2018

Sarah Weinman's The Real Lolita offers a compelling argument that Nabokov's 1955 novel had its roots in the 1948 abduction of 11-year-old Sally Horner — despite the author's claim to the contrary.


'Lake Success' Is A Roadside View Of America On The Verge Of Trump

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

Gary Shteyngart's spectacular, sprawling new comic novel centers on a billionaire businessman, who, on the verge of ruin, embarks on a cross-country trip aboard a Greyhound bus.


'Severance' Is A Sardonic Wake-Up Call For All Of Us Stuck In Routine

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Ling Ma's Severance is an unusual apocalyptic novel, says critic Maureen Corrigan. Satiric, playful and scary, it lends assurance that humor will linger even as the world comes to an end.


With Wit And Sadness, 'Baby, You're Gonna Be Mine' Has Echoes Of Salinger

Monday, August 13, 2018

Critic Maureen Corrigan says Kevin Wilson's funny, raw, beautiful writing reminds her of J. D. Salinger. He starts with a goofy premise and then draws deep emotional truths.