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Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading by Maureen Corrigan
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Sep 04, 2010

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bookshelves: books-and-writing, biography, nonfiction, reviewed
Read from August 31 to September 04, 2010

Maureen Corrigan has spent her life doing what she loves: reading and interpreting fiction as a college professor, author, and newspaper/radio critic. Her semi-autobiography uses a lifetime's reading to explore not only her own life and those of her parents, but also the role of women in Western culture, popular vs. canonical literature, and what it means to be an American. She is most effective when describing her admiration for hard-boiled detective fiction and when drawing parallels between the once-ubiquitous memoir Karen, the strongly Catholic Beany Malone series for teenagers, and centuries-old tales of martyred saints. Readers who know Corrigan best from her three-minute reviews on the radio show Fresh Air will hear her voice in every line.

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