Maureen Corrigan

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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."


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.


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.


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.


'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."


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.


'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."


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.


'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.


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."


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.


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."


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.


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.


Tom Hanks And Matthew Weiner Cross Over Into The World Of Fiction

Monday, October 30, 2017

The actor and the Mad Men creator each recently published a book: Hanks' Uncommon Type is a short story collection and Weiner's Heather, The Totality is a novella about two upper-class New Yorkers.


'Death In The Air' Revisits 5 Days When London Was Choked By Poisonous Smog

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Kate Winkler Dawson's new book chronicles The Great Smog of 1952, when moist air from the Gulf Stream stalled for days over London, mixing with poisonous gases and causing more than 12,000 deaths.


Collection Puts A Playful, Pulpy Twist On Preposterous Stories About Obama

Monday, October 09, 2017

Fifteen writers riff on various wild conspiracy theories generated about President Obama over the years. Critic Maureen Corrigan says the sly short stories in The Obama Inheritance pack a punch.


Jennifer Egan's 'Manhattan Beach' Is A Gorgeous Tribute To NYC And Its Seaport

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Egan's sweeping new historical novel doesn't just draw from the classic catalog of New York stories — it also takes its place among them.


Novel 'Forest Dark' And Dog Book 'Afterglow' Consider The Meaning Of Life

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Critic Maureen Corrigan reviews two books that use experimental forms to tackle weighty topics. "Both of these odd new books offer something special," she says.


Adolescent Friendship Fades Away In Claire Messud's Gothic 'Burning Girl'

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Messud's novel centers on best friends from different class backgrounds who begin to drift apart in 7th grade. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls The Burning Girl a story of "betrayal and isolation."