Thursday, November 13, 2008

Leave Me Alone . . . I'm Reading

The title of this post is the title of a book--a fantastic book--by Maureen Corrigan, the book critic for NPR's Fresh Air. She writes a wonderful memoir of reading, tracing her love of books back to childhood (with some ambivalence on her upbringing) and on through university and adult life. In her choices and interactions, it sometimes seems Corrigan prefers books to people; what's wrong with that, I ask?

Biographical oddities aside, Corrigan's book conveys the deep passion of a reader. I especially appreciate her commentary on mysteries and female adventurers. Corrigan's book has sent me scrambling for pen and paper to ensure I don't miss a great read.

For what it's worth, this is my second tour of duty through Leave Me Alone . . . I'm Reading. I read the book when it was first released and spied the audio book on a recent trip to the library. I'm glad I grabbed Corrigan's book for a second time and, hearing her read, a different experience.

1 comment:

Michael Leddy said...

It's such a small world, Sharon. Jim Doyle, who's in that book, was my teacher: Jim Doyle (1944-2005). Mary Margaret Fitzgerald too. I thought you'd like to know. (I didn't know Maureen Corrigan, though our college years must have overlapped.)