Maureen Corrigan Maureen Corrigan is a book critic for Fresh Air.
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My Ex-Life, by Stephen McCauley Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

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Sexuality, Mortality, Failure — 'My Ex-Life' Has Fun Asking Big Questions

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'Barracoon' Offers A Vivid, First-Hand Account Of Slavery In America

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A Weird-But-True Story Takes Flight In 'The Feather Thief'

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

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

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Magnificent Book Captures The Beauty And Tragedy Of The Battleship Yamato

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Pegasus Books

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

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Matt Young enlisted in the Marines when he was 18 and served three tours in Iraq. Tara Monterosso/Bloomsbury hide caption

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

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

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

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Penguin Press

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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