Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading: Finding And Losing Myself in Books

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Vintage Books, 2007 - Literary Criticism - 201 pages
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“It's not that I don't like people,” writes Maureen Corrigan in her introduction to Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading. “It's just that there always comes a moment when I'm in the company of others—even my nearest and dearest—when I'd rather be reading a book.” In this delightful memoir, Corrigan reveals which books and authors have shaped her own life—from classic works of English literature to hard-boiled detective novels, and everything in between. And in her explorations of the heroes and heroines throughout literary history, Corrigan's love for a good story shines.

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User Review  - tjsjohanna - LibraryThing

I liked the premise of this book and the way the author connected key books and genres to her own life experiences. On the other hand, I found the structure too loose - there wasn't a very discernible ... Read full review

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User Review  - BookConcierge - LibraryThing

NPR's Fresh Air book critic fails miserably at this autobiography/memoir. I couldn't get past page 50 .... and I had to force myself to get that far. I only tried because a friend whose opinion I ... Read full review

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About the author (2007)

Maureen Corrigan is the book critic for NPR's Fresh Air. Her reviews and essays have appeared in The New York Times, Newsday, The Nation, The Boston Globe, The Village Voice, and other publications. Winner of an Edgar Award for criticism, Corrigan also regularly writes a mystery column for The Washington Post and teaches literature at Georgetown University. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband and daughter, both avid readers.

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