Maureen Corrigan

Maureen Corrigan appears in the following:

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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'Art Of The Wasted Day' Makes A Case For Letting The Mind Wander

Monday, April 23, 2018

Patricia Hampl's sharp new book argues that daydreaming is a vital part of life. Maureen Corrigan says, after reading it, "you'll understand more of what makes life worth living."

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Meg Wolitzer Traces The Arc Of The Feminist Movement In 'The Female Persuasion'

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Wolitzer's new novel centers on a legendary feminist and the young woman whose life she transforms. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls The Female Persuasion an absorbing and compelling work.

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Magnificent Book Captures The Beauty And Tragedy Of The Battleship Yamato

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Jan Morris chronicles the final days of the most powerful warship in the Imperial Japanese Navy in her latest book. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls Battleship Yamato a work of both power and restraint.

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2 Books Investigate The Mysteries Of Agatha Christie And The Golden State Killer

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Maureen Corrigan recommends two books that grapple with real-life mysteries: Laura Thompson's biography of the sphinxlike Agatha Christie, and I'll Be Gone In The Dark, by the late Michelle McNamara.

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'Eat The Apple' Is A Brilliant And Barbed Memoir Of The Iraq War

Monday, February 26, 2018

In his experimental new memoir, Matt Young conveys the chaos of his three deployments in Iraq. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls Young "a frank, funny and mercilessly self-lacerating narrator."

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Zadie Smith Ruminates On Brexit, Bieber And Much, Much More In 'Feel Free'

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Smith's massive new essay collection covers a wide assortment of topics, but critic Maureen Corrigan says Feel Free is strongest when it focuses on art and identity.

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'Self-Portrait With Boy' Explores The Narcissistic Ambition That Fuels Success

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

An artist's photograph of a young boy's death leads to a terrible dilemma in Rachel Lyon's new novel. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls the book a "striking debut."

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3 Harlem Renaissance Novels Deliver An Ingenious Take On Race

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Novelists Nella Larsen, Wallace Thurman and George S. Schuyler forged their art in what W.E.B. Du Bois famously called the "double-consciousness" of African-Americans.

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'The Perfect Nanny' Is The Working Mother's Murderous Nightmare

Monday, January 22, 2018

Leila Slimani's taut new novel centers on a nanny who kills her two young charges. Critic Maureen Corrigan says despite its retrograde message, The Perfect Nanny is a guilty pleasure.

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Posthumously Published 'Sea Maiden' Affirms Denis Johnson's Eternal Voice

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

A new collection features five stand-alone stories by Johnson, who died in 2017. Critic Maureen Corrigan says The Largesse of the Sea Maiden is "the kind of work every writer would like to go out on."

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A Is For Appreciation: How Sue Grafton Helped Transform The Mystery Genre

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Grafton revolutionized what had become fossilized formula fiction. She tossed out the genre's sexist, racist and nativist clichés and helped make the detective novel matter again.

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Maureen Corrigan Picks Books To Close Out A Chaotic 2017

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Fresh Air's book critic says her 2017 list is chaotic in a good way. "These books zing off in all directions: They're fresh, unruly and dismissive of the canned and contrived."

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Do Politics Matter In Poetry? New Biography Explores The Case Of Ezra Pound

Monday, December 04, 2017

A central figure in 20th century poetry, Pound was also an outspoken fascist. In The Bughouse, Daniel Swift investigates whether or not the poet's politics and madness matter to his work.

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Louise Erdrich Delivers A Dystopian Feminist Thriller In 'Future Home'

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

In Erdrich's new novel, fetuses seem to be randomly devolving and a new religious government is rounding up pregnant women, forcing them to give birth in prison-like hospitals.

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