Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading
Finding and Losing Myself in Books
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“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.
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Publishers Weekly Review
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Leave me alone, I
Ok. I never thought I'd devour a whole book about...other books? But Maureen Corrigan's memoir is so funny, vivid and spot-on that I raced through it, resisting the urge to bury my laughter discreetly in my palm while in public. This is a little like armchair travel...Some of us will never willingly re-read "Jane Eyre" (or climb Everest) -- but the best parts are all here, anyway, with startling comparisons (detective fiction?) and real-world anecdotes that satiate our intellectual wanderlust.
Some of my favorite parts of this book have to do with what Corrigan delicately calls "academic farce," as this Queens native ventures off to be immersed in the Sherry-swilling, theory-spinning Ivy League. Perhaps there comes a point in most of our lives when the happiest among us realize that we are, well, who we are. Being comfortable in your skin allows you to laugh at situations -- and yourself. Corrigan shows us how. And so much more.
If you enjoy a smidge of that old Irish Catholic New York, underpinning a story of self-discovery, true curiosity and personal evolution, this is a great book for you. I loved it.