Maureen Corrigan

Maureen Corrigan appears in the following:

'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.

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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.

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'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."

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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.

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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.

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'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.

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'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.

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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.

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'The Incendiaries' Is An Angsty Back-To-School Novel About Believing In God

Wednesday, August 01, 2018

R. O. Kwon's pensive debut novel charts a well-worn path from eager innocence to bruised experience. But it tweaks the conventional campus novel formula in a few crucial ways.

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In 'Give Me Your Hand,' A Bond Forged By Secrets Can't Be Broken

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Megan Abbott's new novel centers on a two young women whose high school friendship has morphed into professional rivalry. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls Give Me Your Hand a "spectacular thriller."

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Nostalgia (And Norovirus) Make For A Novel 'Last Cruise'

Thursday, July 19, 2018

A vintage ocean liner stops dead in the water in Kate Christensen's latest. Critic Maureen Corrigan says the voyage is an "entertaining and elegantly written story about social class."

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Daring New Novel Fetishizes A Desperate Desire For Sleep

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Ottessa Moshfegh's My Year of Rest and Relaxation centers on a miserable young woman who believes that if she could only sleep long enough, she'd wake up refreshed and free of existential pain.

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Confused In Midlife? You're In Good Company With 'The Cost Of Living'

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Deborah Levy thought her life would slow down at 50, but instead, it became "faster, unstable, unpredictable." Critic Maureen Corrigan says Levy's memoir is a "smart, slim meditation on womanhood."

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2 Books Find Fuel In The American Landscape

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Critic Maureen Corrigan recommends two books to expand your horizons: One is a cultural history of the great American road trip; the other an early 20th-century classic of Midwestern rural life.

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Pithy And Pointed 'There There' Puts Native American Voices Front And Center

Monday, June 18, 2018

Critic Maureen Corrigan says Tommy Orange's novel, which centers on a cast of native and mixed-race characters whose lives intersect at a powwow, features "a literary authority rare in a debut."

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2 First-Rate Suspense Novels Deliver Chills, Thrills — And Stunning Endgames

Monday, June 11, 2018

In the relaxed days of summer, critic Maureen Corrigan reflexively reaches for a mystery. This year, she's settling in with The Dime, by Kathleen Kent, and The Death of Mrs. Westaway, by Ruth Ware.

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Southern Gothic 'Florida' Spins Tales Of Hurricanes, Humidity And Humanity

Friday, June 01, 2018

Lauren Groff sets her new story collection in what she calls the "sunniest and strangest of states." Critic Maureen Corrigan says the tales are "brooding, inventive — and often moving."

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Sexuality, Mortality, Failure — 'My Ex-Life' Has Fun Asking Big Questions

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

A divorced couple reconnects after nearly 30 years apart in Stephen McCauley's new novel. Critic Maureen Corrigan says My Ex-Life is a social satire that's "suffused with generosity."

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'Barracoon' Offers A Vivid, First-Hand Account Of Slavery In America

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

In 1927, author Zora Neale Huston interviewed Cudjo Lewis, the last known living person who could recount the experience of being taken captive in Africa and transported on a slave ship to America.

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A Weird-But-True Story Takes Flight In 'The Feather Thief'

Monday, April 30, 2018

Kirk Wallace Johnson's new book chronicles the real-life heist of 299 rare bird skins from Britain's Tring Museum in 2009. Maureen Corrigan says The Feather Thief reads like a "classic thriller."

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