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Bark: Stories | Lorrie Moore
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A new collection of stories by one of Americas most beloved and admired short-story writers, her first in fifteen years, since Birds of America (Fluid, cracked, mordant, colloquial . . . Will stand by itself as one of our funniest, most telling anatomies of human love and vulnerability. The New York Times Book Review, cover). These eight masterly stories reveal Lorrie Moore at her most mature and in a perfect configuration of craft, mind, and bewitched spirit, as she explores the passage of time and summons up its inevitable sorrows and hilarious pitfalls to reveal her own exquisite, singular wisdom. In Debarking, a newly divorced man tries to keep his wits about him as the United States prepares to invade Iraq, and against this ominous moment, we seein all its irresistible wit and darknessthe perils of divorce and what can follow in its wake . . . In Foes, a political argument goes grotesquely awry as the events of 9/11 unexpectedly manifest themselves at a fund-raising dinner in Georgetown . . . In The Juniper Tree, a teacher visited by the ghost of her recently deceased friend is forced to sing The Star-Spangled Banner in a kind of nightmare reunion . . . And in Wings, we watch the inevitable unraveling of two once-hopeful musicians, neither of whom held fast to their dreams nor struck out along other paths, as Moore deftly depicts the intricacies of dead-ends-ville and the workings of regret . . . Here are people beset, burdened, buoyed; protected by raising teenage children; dating after divorce; facing the serious illness of a longtime friend; setting forth on a romantic assignation abroad, having it interrupted mid-trip, and coming to understand the larger ramifications and the impossibility of the connection . . . stories that show people coping with large dislocation in their lives, with risking a new path to answer the desire to be in relationto someone . . . Gimlet-eyed social observation, the public and private absurdities of American life, dramatic irony, and enduring half-cracked love wend their way through each of these narratives in a heartrending mash-up of the tragic and the laugh-out-loudthe hallmark of life in Lorrie-Moore-land. This eBook edition includes a Reading Group Guide.
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DrexEdit
Bark: Stories | Lorrie Moore
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It's not too late for an April reading summary yet, is it? We're not quite at the halfway point; it's still closer to April than the end of May. That's my story & I'm sticking to it. 😁

I love @cinfhen 's weekly #bookreport, but I think this will work better for me as a monthly #bookreport. So here is my April report. All good reads, but I liked Skylark, Bark, and On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous the best, I think.
Next up: monthly #forecast 😄

BarbaraBB I am interested in Bark since I always meant to read another Moore after 2y
DrexEdit @BarbaraBB A Gate at the Stairs wasn't a win with me. I enjoyed Bark quite a bit though. I think the short stories are sharper and darkly funny. 2y
BarbaraBB That is good to know, thanks! 2y
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Cinfhen I like the idea of a monthly book report and forecast ♥️🙌🏻 whatever works best for you!!!! How was this one 👉🏽did you do audio or print??? 2y
DrexEdit @Cinfhen I read the print book for this. I liked this quite a bit. You can tell the author is trying to educate on trans issues & POV & sometimes the plot seems a bit wooden & the sex & biology talk is very frank. But it's still an emotional book with sympathetic characters that I connected to. It made me feel I understood trans issues a bit better even if I'm sure I don't get even a tenth of it. I recommend it. 👍 2y
Cinfhen Thanks for the feedback 😁 2y
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Kazzie
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Great short story writer. Contemporary, honest

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AmyG
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My favorite short story writer is Lorrie Moore. My other favorite is Stephen King, but I always mention him. ;)
My favorite songwriter, though, is Joni Mitchell. I know every word to every song through The Hissing of Summer Lawns. She was there with me during my teen years through joy and heartbreak. And yeah, I'm old...so I got to listen to all of that on original vinyl. #GIVEAWAYSTORIES #4 Thank you for the opportunity to win her book.

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ShellSprague
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This was kind of an exercise in despair and disappointment. I liked it, but there is no way I could have read it a year ago. I'm kind of curious about Moore's other work, but I also might read a little from my own TBR pile for a bit.

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Anita
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I'm about halfway through this collection, and I'm not sure I'm smart enough to get it.

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AlexGeorge
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Moore is one of the finest writers of her generation, and she is at the top of her game in this wonderful collection of eight mordantly funny stories. The stories themselves aren‘t filled with sunshine; Moore‘s characters are often struggling – and usually failing – to connect with the people around them. Peppered with deliciously acerbic lines and wonderfully perceptive observations, Bark has plenty of bite.

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ThePurpleSponge
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The Purple Sponge is, funny enough, not a blog about sponges. It is, though, a blog about books! And you can find out more on my website when my website isn't so embarrassingly empty and drab. For now, Lorrie Moore's Bark (more specifically the short story "Debarking") is the 1st story on my list.
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Has anyone read Lorrie Moore? She's made me laugh, cry, and she uses words like "doughily" in the 1st two sentences.

#bibliophile #bark #books

MrBook Welcome to @Litsy !!! We hope you enjoy your stay, I think you'll like it here 😎👍🏻! 6y
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katedensen
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As per my conversation with @Leelee08 -- this is how I'm currently organizing by #tbr list. A mini-binder so that I can keep adding to one section without going out of order. The left side is page 6 of #tbr novels. I also have sections for #nonfiction and #audiobooks.

Leelee08 So organized and pretty!😍📚 6y
brendanmleonard Awesome! I have a spreadsheet for my TBRs but I'm also setting up a dedicated journal just for reading. 6y
LauraBeth I ❤️ your setup! 6y
katedensen @Leelee08 @LauraBeth Aw, thanks! @brendanmleonard I'm all about the analog, haha. 6y
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PatriciaTina
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Great spot for some evening reading 😊 So far, so good!

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"There's no such thing as men," her friend Jan used to say, until recently. "Every man is different. The only thing they have in common is — well — a capacity for horrifying violence."