Maureen Corrigan http://kttz.org en 'Ride Around Shining' Reimagines Gatsby's Nouveau-Riche Excess http://kttz.org/post/ride-around-shining-reimagines-gatsbys-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 48752 at http://kttz.org 'Panic In A Suitcase' Puts A Fresh Spin On A Coming-To-America Story http://kttz.org/post/panic-suitcase-puts-fresh-spin-coming-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 48494 at http://kttz.org '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 http://kttz.org/post/mockingbird-next-door-genteel-peek-harper-lees-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 47898 at http://kttz.org 'Mockingbird Next Door': A Genteel Peek Into Harper Lee's Quiet Life 10 Years Later, Mystery Heroine 'Maisie Dobbs' Gains New Life http://kttz.org/post/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 47679 at http://kttz.org 10 Years Later, Mystery Heroine 'Maisie Dobbs' Gains New Life 'Friendship': A Startlingly Nice Novel By A Tough-Girl Blogger http://kttz.org/post/friendship-startlingly-nice-novel-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 47211 at http://kttz.org