Maureen Corrigan

Maureen Corrigan appears in the following:

'No One Can Pronounce My Name' Is A Charming Take On Loneliness And Connection

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Set in an Indian-American community in suburban Cleveland, Rakesh Satyal's new novel uses intertwined plots to explore the comedy of everyday life. Critic Maureen Corrigan says readers will be amused.


'Anything Is Possible' Explores The Unquiet Depths Of Ordinary Lives

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Elizabeth Strout explores class humiliation and loneliness in her new book. Critic Maureen Corrigan says Anything Is Possible is the work of a writer who is on her game.


'Hourglass' Exposes The Fissures That Develop In A Long-Term Marriage

Monday, April 24, 2017

Dani Shapiro's new memoir dramatizes the dizzying ways a lifetime passes, loops around, speeds up and sometimes seems to stand still. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls it an incisive and charged work.


'One Of The Boys' Tells The Story Of A Corrosive Father-Son Relationship

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Daniel Magariel's debut novel explores the fierce love a 12-year-old boy has for his abusive father. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls it a "slim, deeply affecting and brutal story."


Smart, Satirical 'Devil And Webster' Takes On College Identity Politics

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Jean Hanff Korelitz's new novel surveys student life at a New England college in turmoil. Critic Maureen Corrigan says The Devil and Webster is "wittily on target."


Refugees Are Turned Back And A Rembrandt Goes Missing In Suspenseful 'Heretics'

Monday, March 13, 2017

Leonardo Padura's new novel opens in 1939, when a ship carrying Jewish refugees is turned away from Cuba. Critic Maureen Corrigan says Heretics "spans and defies literary categories."


A Fatal Hit-And-Run Leads To A Collision Of Cultures In 'Waking Lions'

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

A doctor is forced into secret medical service in Ayelet Gundar-Goshen's new novel. Maureen Corrigan calls it "a psychological suspense tale mashed with a social novel about the refugee crisis."


'Ghachar Ghochar' Presents A Fretful Vision Of Indian Class Anxiety

Thursday, February 16, 2017

The narrator of Vivek Shanbhag's new novel once lived a lower-class subsistence in Bangalore. Critic Maureen Corrigan says Ghachar Ghochar embodies the "fear of falling into economic and moral ruin."


George Saunders Re-Imagines A President's Grief With 'Lincoln In The Bardo'

Thursday, February 09, 2017

The acclaimed short-story writer sets his first novel in the cemetery where 11-year-old Willie Lincoln was buried. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls Lincoln in the Bardo "searing, inventive and bizarre."


'Perfect Little World' Imagines Family Drama Inside A Utopian Compound

Monday, January 30, 2017

Kevin Wilson's new novel is set on a state-of-the-art commune where children don't know who their biological parents are. Critic Maureen Corrigan says the book lives up to its title.


'A Really Good Day' Recaps A Month-Long Adventure Of Microdosing LSD

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Ayelet Waldman's new memoir describes her experiences with a variant of bipolar disorder, and her attempts to self-medicate with LSD. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls it a "gutsy ... really good story."


Betty Fussell Doesn't Mince Words In The Frank, Funny 'Eat, Live, Love, Die'

Monday, January 09, 2017

A new collection of some of Fussell's most celebrated essays showcases the food and travel writer's tough-girl philosophy. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls Eat, Live, Love, Die an inspiring work.


The 10 Best Books Of 2016 Faced Tough Topics Head On

Thursday, December 08, 2016

Book critic Maureen Corrigan says that if there's one word that characterizes her list this year, it's "serious." These books certainly aren't grim or dull, but they take on big, difficult subjects.


Michael Chabon's 'Moonglow' Shines With Insight And Fantastic Storytelling

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Chabon's new novel is a collection of stories in which a dying grandfather tells the secrets of his life to his grandson. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls Moonglow "violent and very funny."


Weird, Spirited 'Pieces Of Soap' Celebrates The Essays Of Stanley Elkin

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Elkin, who died in 1995, was known for his satirical takes on American culture. Critic Maureen Corrigan reviews a new collection of essays that showcases the freshness of Elkin's work.


Volume 3 Of Eleanor Roosevelt Biography Chronicles The Rise Of An Activist

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Feminist historian Blanche Wiesen Cook published the first volume of her biography of Roosevelt in 1992. Critic Maureen Corrigan says the newly released final volume is exhausting and exhilarating.


Mary Oliver Issues A Full-Throated Spiritual Autobiography In 'Upstream'

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Oliver's latest collection of essays reflect the author's passion for nature and literature. Critic Maureen Corrigan says Upstream presents a portrait of a visionary poet — and a "tough old broad."


A Coming-Of Age Melodrama Is Steeped In Social Politics In 'The Mothers'

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Britt Bennett's debut novel centers on three African-American friends dealing with their community's expectations and their own mistakes. Critic Maureen Corrigan says it is full of "mini epiphanies."


A Tight, Intense Drama Unfurls Within The Confines Of A Sick Room In 'The Wonder'

Monday, October 03, 2016

Emma Donoghue's latest novel focuses on an 11-year-old girl who refuses to eat, and the nurse who is responsible for her care. Critic Maureen Corrigan says The Wonder is aptly named.


'Eyes On The Street' Details Jane Jacobs' Efforts To Put Cities First

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Robert Kanigel's new biography recounts the life of Jacobs, a Greenwich Village public intellectual who championed street life and community. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls it a powerful work.