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Leave me alone, I'm reading : finding and losing myself in books
Maureen Corrigan
Adult Nonfiction Z1003.2 .C67 2005

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Corrigan, the book reviewer for NPR's Fresh Air and mystery columnist for the Washington Post, makes her own book debut with an often longwinded and tedious account of how books have shaped her life. It's clear from every page that Corrigan is obsessed with reading books. Her compulsion is a bit far reaching, however: she offers books as the reason why she delayed getting married and why she adopted her daughter in China. She intersperses lengthy descriptions and analysis of her favorite books, like Jane Eyre, Lucky Jim and Karen (Marie Killilea's memoir of her daughter) with stories from her own life. At times, the book reads like a feminist diatribe against the injustices female authors (and graduate students) have endured and the stereotypical portrayal of female characters. In its favor, the book allows readers to reexperience some perennial favorites, such as Pride and Prejudice and The Maltese Falcon. Corrigan does speak to the ability of books to provide escape and solace, and for the creation of characters we can relate to, but these few gems are buried deep in text so thick and analytical that the reader is often left gasping for air. Agent, Stuart Krichevsky. (On sale Sept. 6) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

This book purports to be a memoir about reading by NPR's Fresh Air contributor Corrigan, but is in fact a jumble of reading-related topics mixed in with memories of her personal life. In her introduction, Corrigan outlines the types of books she will discuss and why but often wanders off in seemingly unrelated directions. She always finds a way to tie her ramblings back into books, however, and very avid and eclectic listeners will enjoy accompanying her on her journey. Her narrative style is inconsistent as she alternates among personal accounts, in-depth descriptions of favorite books (revealing a bit too much of the plot for those who haven't yet partaken of that particular title), and lists of books of certain genres or subjects. Corrigan's tone is perhaps better suited for the four-minute reviews she delivers on NPR than an entire book. Despite the flaws in this audio program, the author's love of reading comes across clearly, and listeners will find themselves reaching for a pen to jot down titles for future reads. Recommended for large public libraries or libraries with book groups looking for ideas. Karen Fauls-Traynor, Sullivan Free Lib., Chittenango, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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