Maureen Corrigan Maureen Corrigan is a book critic for Fresh Air.
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3 Harlem Renaissance Novels Deliver An Ingenious Take On Race

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

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Author Denis Johnson, pictured here in 2013, died in May of 2017. The new posthumously published collection, The Largesse of the Sea Maiden, features five of Johnson's short stories. Cindy Lee Johnson/Courtesy of Random House hide caption

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

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Mystery writer Sue Grafton (pictured here in 2002) died Dec. 28, 2017. Her most recent novel was Y is for Yesterday. Gino Domenico/AP hide caption

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

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Maureen Corrigan Picks Books To Close Out A Chaotic 2017

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Ezra Pound poses in Rapallo, Italy, not long after his 1958 release from St. Elizabeths Hospital, where he spent 12 years. Keystone/Getty Images hide caption

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

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

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Christina Ascani

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

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

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

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A 1931 photo shows the Manhattan skyline from Brooklyn. Library of Congress hide caption

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

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

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Claire Messud's previous books include The Emperor's Children and The Woman Upstairs. Ulf Andersen/Ulf Andersen hide caption

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

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Jenny Zhang is a poet and writer living in New York City. Random House hide caption

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'Sour Heart' Offers A Fierce, Fresh Take On The 'Hell' Of Coming To America

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Eleanor Roosevelt presides over the table at a dinner celebrating her husband's victory in the 1932 Democratic presidential primary. Author Laura Shapiro notes that later, as first lady, Roosevelt would seem "apathetic about what was on her plate" while in the White House. Anonymous/Associated Press hide caption

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'What She Ate' Reveals The Plates And Palates Of 6 Notable Women

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