Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading: Finding and Losing Myself in Books

It s not that I don t like people, writes Maureen Corrigan in her introduction to Leave Me Alone, I m Reading It s just that there always comes a moment when I m in the company of others even my nearest and dearest when I d rather be reading a book In this delightful memoir, Corrigan reveals which books and authors have shaped her own life from classic works of Engli It s not that I don t like people, writes Maureen Corrigan in her introduction to Leave Me Alone, I m Reading It s just that there always comes a moment when I m in the company of others even my nearest and dearest when I d rather be reading a book In this delightful memoir, Corrigan 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.From the Trade Paperback edition.
Leave Me Alone I m Reading Finding and Losing Myself in Books It s not that I don t like people writes Maureen Corrigan in her introduction to Leave Me Alone I m Reading It s just that there always comes a moment when I m in the company of others even my neare

  • Title: Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading: Finding and Losing Myself in Books
  • Author: Maureen Corrigan
  • ISBN: 9780375504259
  • Page: 324
  • Format: Hardcover
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    1. As a true book lover, I was drawn to this book by its title. However, I found the book a little disjointed and less about the joy of reading books in general, less about the transportive effect of books, and more a literary analysis of various books thrown in amongst various autobiographical bits of the author's life.Also, I have a bit of a "pebble in my shoe" issue after reading this book. I very much dislike it when authors throw in certain "facts" to support an argument but don't provide you [...]

    2. I discovered a kindred spirit in Maureen Corrigan. A Georgetown professor and book reviewer for NPR’s “Fresh Air,” she is lucky enough to make a living by reading and then writing (and talking) about what she’s read. The very first lines of her book convinced me that I’d found a like-minded soul: “It’s not that I don’t like people. It’s just that when I’m in the company of others – even my nearest and dearest – there always comes a moment when I’d rather be reading a bo [...]

    3. So let's start off with a couple of things. First off, I love NPR. I love Fresh Air. I love NPR. Maureen Corrigan being the book reviewer for NPR= extreme jealously/worship. Second off, I adore books about books. I could read books about books all day forever and ever. Ok now that we have that established.ard march!I really did enjoy this memoir, I loved how she incorporated books into nearly everything and I was laughing out loud more than a few times just out of sheer disbelief. I have had som [...]

    4. I love this book.I love this book even though it has complicated my life by adding dozens and dozens of books to the list of books I will never have time to read, dammit.** Maureen Corrigan is related to Douglas "Wrong Way" Corrigan.** She once lived a part-time approximation of Harriet Vane in Gaudy Night.** Her literary loves include mysteries with hard-boiled detectives ("the ultimate independent contractors").** As a child, she read many Catholic "martyr stories" that taught a "pedagogical t [...]

    5. I think one reason I enjoy reading is for the opportunity to get inside another human being’s head, to connect mentally with that person’s thoughts, even if that person lived centuries ago. It’s a sort of magic, isn’t it? Maureen Corrigan understands that magic. The opening line of this book is: “It’s not that I don’t like people. It’s just that when I’m in the company of others---even my nearest and dearest---there always comes a moment when I’d rather be reading a book.” [...]

    6. I was really excited to read this book, but I couldn't get through all of it. I liked the introduction, but then the meat of the book reminded me (in a bad way) of my brief stint at an English major. I didn't like being tricked into reading literary criticism!

    7. Maureen Corrigan, noted book critic from NPR's "Fresh Air," has written a memoir for true book lovers who do not see their reading life as separate from real life. Growing up Irish-Catholic in New York, the daughter of a World War II Navy vet (himself a huge reader), Corrigan recounts her life in terms of the books she read along the way, studying literature at Fordham and Penn, teaching at Georgetown, and eventually marrying another passionate reader and adopting a Chinese girl. Particularly co [...]

    8. Overall, I found this book moderately enjoyable, but for me the most transformative aspect of it was Corrigan's discussion of her own newly minted genre, the "female extreme-adventure novel." This was an "Aha!" moment for me-- that throughout the history of novel writing, while men and male protagonists have been out exploring the physical landscape and challenging their physical limits, women and female protagonists have been exploring an inner landscape as jagged and formidable as any mountain [...]

    9. This book is what happens when a book reviewer turns her critical eye to her own existence. Any avid reader should appreciate the importance of books in one's own life and how they shape those who read. Corrigan says, apologetically, that we read to find authenticity, a scrap of something that will improve our understanding of ourselves. Perhaps. She says that reading a book can be a dangerous thing sometimes. True. Peppered with examples from books she has read, this is a kind of memoir that ev [...]

    10. Maureen Corrigan has spent her life doing what she loves: reading and interpreting fiction as a college professor, author, and newspaper/radio critic. Her semi-autobiography uses a lifetime's reading to explore not only her own life and those of her parents, but also the role of women in Western culture, popular vs. canonical literature, and what it means to be an American. She is most effective when describing her admiration for hard-boiled detective fiction and when drawing parallels between t [...]

    11. Don't be fooled -- this isn't a memoir. But it's not lit theory either it's mostly the wishy washy area in between. Here Maureen Corrigan spoils plot after plot, stringing together a series of dubiously connected book reviews. She makes excuses at various points of the book for her "lack of methodology" and lack of direction, which are the downfall of this book. She tries to read feminist themes into a variety of crappy fiction, which might be admirable if she didn't make so many gendered commen [...]

    12. I love books about books or about reading. Maureen Corrigan's descriptions of herself as a reader felt so familiar to me. This book was written twelve years ago, but the feel of the book is fresh and present and relevant. It is a quiet book but well worth taking ones time to savor.

    13. Oh, this one was a hard one to rank. It was a three when I first picked it up, a two when I first put it down, a four when I picked it up again years later, and a three when I put it back down a second time. I was determined to knock off a lot of low-hanging almost-finished fruit from my TBR pile this weekend, and I finally read the last thirty pages. So, hey, let's average this out to a three? Ish? This is one of those books that tragically reinforces my extreme reluctance to get rid of books. [...]

    14. As soon as I read the first sentence in the author's introduction I knew I was hooked: "It's not that I don't like people. It's just that when I'm in the company of others - even my nearest and dearest - there always comes moment when I'd rather be reading a book." My sentiments exactly! So I figured Maureen Corrigan and I must have a lot in common – despite the fact that she’s the book critic for NPR’s Fresh Air and the only book reviews I ever publish are the ones that show up here on a [...]

    15. Deja vu! From her 1960's parochial school upbringing to her love of books and description of the books piled all over her house, I felt instantly at home with Maureen.Maureen weaves a narrative of her life thus far and enthusiastically delves into the books that were companions throughout. She describes the Karen books which I also had to read in school. Tom Dooley which my brother had in his room and she also gets into many great classics of literature as well as explaining her love of detectiv [...]

    16. exciting title, tedious book. ugh. author works out her issues with catholic upbringing and lack-of-strong-female-role-models-in-books-by-males. she has two quotes that work against her-- "ading good books doesn't necessarily make one a good person-- or a smarter, funnier, or more cultivated person." and "great books untouchables have always struck me as purring a bit too loudly over the beauty of their own sentence structure. the tone of a lot of academic literary theory repels me" -- said whe [...]

    17. There is a longer review at my blog.But in short, I did not like this, and I was surprised, because it seemed so much the sort of thing I would enjoy. When Corrigan talks about books as a professional, suggesting alternate readings, she is marvelous -- but when she goes into memoir I found her quite dreary.

    18. If you need practice skimming a book, try this one. Once again, here’s a title that tantalizes more than what the book delivers. This memoir did not hold my attention as the author ruminated though chapters discussing books about catholic martyrs and women’s extreme adventures. But I did enjoy Maureen Corrigan’s asides about her life as an obsessive reader who receives fifty books a week from publishers. She lives a bookish life in a nonliterary era, Corrigan writes in her book, published [...]

    19. So I know I've read other books like this one -- the history of a reader, why that person is a reader, what books that person has read, how certain books have influenced that person's life, how certain books have paralleled that person's life, or been completely different from that person's life -- and I've enjoyed them. But for some reason, I just didn't find this one as enjoyable. I don't know if there's something else going on in my head right now so I couldn't enjoy reading it, or if I've re [...]

    20. From Brigitte Weeks' review in The Washington Post 10/2/05:[Maureen Corrigan:]'s enthusiasm for the novels of Susan Isaacs reflects her winning openness to popular fiction. She calls Isaacs "Jane Austen with a schmear" and judges her "one of our great underappreciated contemporary writers." I am delighted to imagine all the listeners of "Fresh Air" enjoying Isaacs's Shining Through, one of Corrigan's favorites, starring a legal secretary from Queens who finds herself in Nazi Germany as an agent [...]

    21. I am a sucker for books about books. I'm a long-time fan of Maureen Corrigan's Fresh Air book reviews and when I found out she was an author in her own right (duh - late to the table there), I high-tailed it to the library. She didn't disappoint. In this book, which is part memoir, part literary criticism for the masses, Corrigan examines her life in books - those that meant the most to her during different parts of her life, including her grad school years, her relationship with her husband as [...]

    22. Being a fan of Maureen Corrigan's NPR book reviews, I "heard" most of this book in my head in the author's distinctive timbre. The material is a healthy blend of Corrigan's personal relationship with books, academic thoughts about non-academic genres, and reflections on her personality and where it has led her for good and for bad.Although I found her detailed analysis of women's extreme-adventure stories and hard-boiled detective novels intriguing, her investigation of Catholic families as a to [...]

    23. A wonderful personal memoir by one who really loves books, and has made them her life's work. Maureen has a talent for describing her most loved and influential books; and the way in which they have shaped her life. Reading her memoir I was inspired to look again at some books that she gives special attention to. I was delighted to find that she writes reviews for a well known paper in New York, and that some of these reviews can be accessed online. One of the books that she recommends is "Gaudy [...]

    24. The author, a book review for NPR and the Village Voice, discusses her lifelong love of books and how voracious reading has shaped her thought and life, from her Catholic school days to marriage and her adoption of a daughter from China. Corrigan reads through her Catholic, feminist prism, and though I don’t always agree with her analysis – the ending of Pride and Prejudice as subjugation of Elizabeth’s fiery spirit, for example – she’s always entertaining, erudite, and easy to read. I [...]

    25. This book holds the same rambling flaws of disorganization that plague So We Read On: How The Great Gatsby Came to Be and Why It Endures, in the extreme. I'm tired of reading about Corrigan's life disguised as good nonfiction about literature -- when really it's just a memoir by someone who doesn't need to write one.I knew from the first dozen pages of chapter one that I wouldn't like this book. I gave it 40 pages, didn't even finish chapter one, and then set it down to seek out better things. G [...]

    26. I was immediately attracted to this book by the title. It evokes curling up with a good book while time passes by.Ms. Corrigan is a book reviewer and a professor of English. In the course of the book she often starts discussing a book she loves, which is interesting, but then the professor side of her gets involved and starts analysing the book to death, which is not interesting. She is a fan of detective novels and devotes a large section to a discussion of them, which I really enjoyed. However [...]

    27. Well, I'm read several books on reading, and book collecting that I really enjoyed. I can feel the person's love of reading and I love to feel myself taken along for the ride. I can usually relate so much. I had a hard time getting into this one, it almost seemed like a lecture from a Professor (I know the author is one). After taking several days to work my way through simply the Introduction, I was hoping for smooth sailing once the book actually started, but that wasn't to happen. As my fathe [...]

    28. This was a great, fun book. She's NPR's Fresh Air book critic and has a true love for strong female characters like detectives, adventurers, etc. Lots of great book recommendations inside, reminds me why I love reading! ALSO recommended for anyone who grew up Catholic, because she did, and talks a lot about how that upbringing affected what she loves to read (in a positive way). I found it fascinating!

    29. Oh my, I felt completely identified with the narrator in this book, and I felt vindicated by her analysis of the murder mystery genre, because it mirrors very much what I've been trying to tell people for years.

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