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NPR Book Critic Maureen Corrigan Says Read These Books

Nina Subin

Public radio listeners have been listening to Maureen Corrigan’s advice for decades. Corrigan has been the book reviewer for NPR’s Fresh Air for 27 years, she is literary critic for the Washington Post, and the Jamie and Nicki Grant Distinguished Professor of the Practice in Literary Criticism at Georgetown University.

In this Talk of Iowa interview, she talks with host Charity Nebbe about how she chooses what books to review out of the 200 plus that she receives each week. She also describes her love of reading for work and pleasure.

Corrigan's short list of favorite books from recent years includes: Train Dreams: A Novella by Denis Johnson, Swamplandia by Karen Russell, Pale King by David Foster Wallace, Last Night of the Lobster by Steward O’Nan, and The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. 

Corrigan will be in Iowa this week, speaking at the Des Moines Public Library on Saturday, April 22nd and at the Iowa City Public Library on Sunday April 23rd

Charity Nebbe is the host of IPR's Talk of Iowa