Leave Me Alone, I’m Reading

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A book review of Leave Me Alone, I’m Reading: Finding and Losing Myself in Books by Maureen Corrigan

A book review of Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading: Finding and Losing Myself in Books by Maureen CorriganStars: ***

Random House (2005)
Memoir/Literary Criticism/General Books & Reading
240 pages

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Summary: In this delightful memoir, the book critic for NPR’s Fresh Air reflects on her life as a professional reader. Maureen Corrigan takes us from her unpretentious girlhood in working-class Queens, to her bemused years in an Ivy League Ph.D. program, from the whirl of falling in love and marrying (a fellow bookworm, of course), to the ordeal of adopting a baby overseas, always with a book at her side.

Along the way, she 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.

Leave Me Alone, I’m Reading

I love reading about books and reading and that’s definitely what this book is about. I didn’t rate it 4 or 5 stars thought because it’s mostly about fiction and I mostly read nonfiction so I couldn’t identify with most of the books. Also you can tell at times that the author is well educated (she does work for NPR after all) as there were words I didn’t know (which is rare) and just the way it read was very literary. These aren’t inherently ad things, just not what I prefer.

Maureen talks about Women Extreme-Adventure stories, detective novels and Catholic martyr stories.  I found the Catholic section the most interesting, not because it’s Catholic but because the stories talked about were juvenile fiction and nonfiction as opposed to detective novels and adventure stories which I don’t read (even when I do read fiction.)

It was a nice read and reminded me how much I love reading.

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About Kathleen

I've been a nonfiction lover for as long as I can remember. I love children's nonfiction as well and love to share my knowledge and the books I gained them from, with the world. I wish more people would give nonfiction a chance.

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