Maureen Corrigan Maureen Corrigan is a book critic for Fresh Air.
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Maureen Corrigan

Book Critic, Fresh Air

Maureen Corrigan, book critic for NPR's Fresh Air, is The Nicky and Jamie Grant Distinguished Professor of the Practice in Literary Criticism at Georgetown University. She is an associate editor of and contributor to Mystery and Suspense Writers (Scribner) and the winner of the 1999 Edgar Award for Criticism, presented by the Mystery Writers of America. In 2019, Corrigan was awarded the Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing by the National Book Critics Circle.

Corrigan served as a juror for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction. Her book So We Read On: How The Great Gatsby Came To Be and Why It Endures was published by Little, Brown in September 2014. Corrigan is represented by Trinity Ray at The Tuesday Lecture Agency: trinity@tuesdayagency.com

Corrigan's literary memoir, Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading! was published in 2005. Corrigan is also a reviewer and columnist for The Washington Post's Book World. In addition to serving on the advisory panel of The American Heritage Dictionary, she has chaired the Mystery and Suspense judges' panel of the Los Angeles TimesBook Prize.

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Monday

Monday

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Claire Messud's sweeping novel borrows from her own 'Strange Eventful History'

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Thursday

Silence and secrets permeate an immigrant enclave in Colm Tóibín's 'Long Island'

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Thursday

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This collection may be the closest we'll ever come to a Dickinson autobiography

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Tuesday

Contrarian Lionel Shriver deftly satirizes anti-intellectualism in 'Mania'

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Tuesday

Doubleday

'James' reimagines Twain's 'Huckleberry Finn' with mordant humor, and horror

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Wednesday

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Big-box store workers find themselves shut out of the American Dream in 'Help Wanted'

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Tuesday

'Grief Is for People' is an idiosyncratic reflection on friendship and loss

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Monday

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This oral history of the 'Village Voice' captures its creativity and rebelliousness

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Monday

Penguin Random House

You'll savor the off-beat mysteries served up by 'The Kamogawa Food Detectives'

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Thursday

In 'Cahokia Jazz,' alternate history mashes up with hardboiled noir

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Wednesday

A would-be 'Martyr!' searches for meaning in this wry debut novel

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Wednesday

Henry Holt and Co.

'You Only Call When You're in Trouble' is a witty novel to get you through the winter

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Monday

'Prophet Song' is a beautifully-written, slow descent into fascism

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Wednesday

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In a year of book bans, Maureen Corrigan's top 10 affirm the joy of reading widely

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Thursday

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A theater critic and a hotel maid are on the case in 2 captivating mystery novels

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Monday

Grove Atlantic

Claire Keegan's 'stories of women and men' explore what goes wrong between them

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Monday

MacMillan

Alice McDermott's 'Absolution' transports her signature characters to Vietnam

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Monday

Macmillan

'Blackouts' is an ingenious deathbed conversation between two friends

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Tuesday

Penguin Random House

The dystopian suspense 'Land of Milk and Honey' satisfies all manner of appetites

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Thursday

Riverhead Books

Lauren Groff's survivalist novel 'The Vaster Wilds' will test your endurance, too

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Thursday

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Descendants of a famous poet wrestle with his vexed legacy in 'The Wren, The Wren'

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Monday

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James McBride's 'Heaven & Earth' is an all-American mix of prejudice and hope

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Tuesday

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The secret to Barbie's enduring appeal? She can fend for herself

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