Maureen Corrigan en Nostalgic For Noir? Feiffer's 'Kill My Mother' Is A Toxic Treat <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit<img src=""/></div><p>Transcript <p>TERRY GROSS, HOST: <p>This is FRESH AIR. Cartoonist, playwright, screenwriter and children's book illustrator and author Jules Feiffer has won a Pulitzer Prize, an Academy Award and an Obie. What worlds are left for him to conquer? Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:01:00 +0000 Maureen Corrigan 37122 at In A Funny New Novel, A Weary Professor Writes To 'Dear Committee Members' For all you teachers out there contemplating the August calendar with dismay, watching, powerless, as the days of summer vacation dwindle down to a precious few, I have some consolation to offer: a hilarious academic novel that'll send you laughing (albeit ruefully) back into the trenches of the classroom.<p>Julie Schumacher's novel is called <em>Dear Committee Members</em> and one of the reasons why it's such a mordant minor masterpiece is the fact that Schumacher had the brainstorm to structure it as an epistolary novel. Tue, 12 Aug 2014 19:58:00 +0000 Maureen Corrigan 36642 at In A Funny New Novel, A Weary Professor Writes To 'Dear Committee Members' 'Ride Around Shining' Reimagines Gatsby's Nouveau-Riche Excess Most sports novels are about the aspiration to excel physically: to run faster, stretch out one's arms farther. The really cool thing about <em>Ride Around Shining</em>, a debut novel by Chris Leslie-Hynan, is that it doesn't stick to that familiar rule book. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:02:00 +0000 Maureen Corrigan 35878 at 'Panic In A Suitcase' Puts A Fresh Spin On A Coming-To-America Story There's a wonderful 1982 memoir called <em>An Orphan in History</em> by the late <em>Village Voice</em> writer Paul Cowan. It's about Cowan's search for his European Jewish roots, and in it he says something about the sacrifices of older generations of immigrants that's always stayed with me. Cowan says: "Millions of immigrant families . . . Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:27:00 +0000 Maureen Corrigan 35637 at 'Panic In A Suitcase' Puts A Fresh Spin On A Coming-To-America Story 'Mockingbird Next Door': A Genteel Peek Into Harper Lee's Quiet Life It's probably the most oft-cited literary fantasy of all time: I'm talking about that passage in <em>Catcher in the Rye</em> where Holden Caulfield says: "What really knocks me out is a book that, when you're all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn't happen much, though."<p>It sure didn't happen very much with J.D. Salinger, who hid out in the New Hampshire woods for over half a century until his death in 2010. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 19:34:00 +0000 Maureen Corrigan 35059 at 'Mockingbird Next Door': A Genteel Peek Into Harper Lee's Quiet Life 10 Years Later, Mystery Heroine 'Maisie Dobbs' Gains New Life If you asked mystery fans to name the most important novel of the past decade, most would say <em>The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo</em> — and they'd be right. In fact, Stieg Larsson's complete Millennium series, flanked by hordes of Nordic noirs by the likes of Henning Mankell, Camilla Lackberg and Jo Nesbo, have overrun the ranks of hard-boiled detective fiction, imbuing it with their distinctive strain of brittle dialogue and chill fatalism. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 19:02:00 +0000 Maureen Corrigan 34855 at 10 Years Later, Mystery Heroine 'Maisie Dobbs' Gains New Life 'Friendship': A Startlingly Nice Novel By A Tough-Girl Blogger Transcript <p>TERRY GROSS, HOST: <p>Our book critic, Maureen Corrigan, has a review of the new novel "Friendship" by Emily Gould who made her name in the blogosphere. A recent profile in the New York Times Sunday style section described Gould as a forerunner to Lena Dunham and other confessional female bloggers, writers and filmmakers or whom over-sharing has become an art form.<p>MAUREEN CORRIGAN, BYLINE: The most startling thing about Emily Gold's debut literary novel is how nice it is. Even its title, "Friendship," is meant to be taken at face value. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 18:49:00 +0000 Maureen Corrigan 34399 at 'Most Dangerous Book': A Rich Treasury Charting James Joyce's 'Ulysses' There are many heroes in the tale of how James Joyce's masterpiece, <em>Ulysses</em>, which was banned for over 10 years throughout the English-speaking world, finally won its long battle to be legally published, sold and read. Kevin Birmingham tells that extraordinary story in his new book about <em>Ulysses,</em> called <em>The Most Dangerous</em> <em>Book</em>.<p>As I said, there are many heroes in it, but James Joyce himself isn't one of them. Narcissistic, manipulative, mean, and dissolute, Joyce was a handful from the time he was a teenager. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 18:09:00 +0000 Maureen Corrigan 34086 at 'Rise And Fall' Carries On Vagabond Adventure Tale Tradition Any novel that opens on a young American woman running a bookshop in a small town nestled in the Welsh countryside promises a glimpse into a life lived far from the madding crowd. That's the quaint plotline Tom Rachman's new novel<em> </em>tells uninterruptedly for the length of one brief chapter. Tue, 10 Jun 2014 19:31:00 +0000 Maureen Corrigan 33161 at 'Rise And Fall' Carries On Vagabond Adventure Tale Tradition A Second Posthumous Collection From Rock Critic Ellen Willis Transcript <p>TERRY GROSS, HOST: <p>This is FRESH AIR. Ellen Willis was the first rock critic for The New Yorker is. She was also a radical feminist writer and activist. Her work appeared in the Village Voice, where she was a columnist, as well as in Rolling Stone and The Nation.<p>Willis died in 2006 and an award-winning posthumous collection of her rock music essays was published in 2011. It was edited by Willis's daughter, Nona Willis Aronowitz, who has just brought out a second collection of her mother's work. Thu, 22 May 2014 19:24:00 +0000 Maureen Corrigan 32172 at