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Lorrie Moore - Author

About the Author

Lorrie Moore was born in 1957 in Glens Falls, New York, and attended St Lawrence University and Cornell University. Her work has appeared frequently in the New Yorker and Best American Short Stories. She currently teaches English at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. She is the author of three collections of short stories - Self-Help, Like Life and Birds of America - and the novels Anagrams and Who Will Run the Frog Hospital? She is also editor of The Faber Book of Contemporary Stories About Childhood.

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See What Can Be Done Essays, Criticism, and Commentary

See What Can Be Done Essays, Criticism, and Commentary

Author: Lorrie Moore Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/05/2018

When in 1999 I began writing for The New York Review of Books ... my stance became that of the ingenuous Martian who had just landed on a gorgeous alien planet ... Montaigne's que sais-je. A little light, a little wonder, some skepticism, some awe, some squinting, some je ne sais quoi. Pick a thing up, study it, shake it, skip it across a still surface to see how much felt and lively life got baked into it. Does it sail? Observe. See what can be done. Lorrie Moore has been writing criticism for over thirty years, and her forensically intelligent, witty, and engaging essays are collected together here for the first time. Whether writing on Titanic, Margaret Atwood, or The Wire, her pieces always offer elegant and surprising insights into multiple forms of art. Crucially, Moore is a practitioner who writes criticism; her discussion of other people's work is based on her understanding of what it really takes to make something out of nothing: of what it takes to make art. This lends her encounters with books, films, and paintings the uniquely intimate quality which has made them so immensely popular with readers. In sparkling, articulate prose - studded with frequently hilarious insights - Moore's meditations are a rare opportunity to witness a brilliant mind thinking things through and figuring things out on the page.

See What Can Be Done

See What Can Be Done

Author: Lorrie Moore Format: eBook Release Date: 01/05/2018

When in 1999 I began writing for The New York Review of Books ... my stance became that of the ingenuous Martian who had just landed on a gorgeous alien planet ... Montaigne's que sais-je. A little light, a little wonder, some skepticism, some awe, some squinting, some je ne sais quoi. Pick a thing up, study it, shake it, skip it across a still surface to see how much felt and lively life got baked into it. Does it sail? Observe. See what can be done.Lorrie Moore has been writing criticism for over thirty years, and her forensically intelligent, witty, and engaging essays are collected together here for the first time. Whether writing on Titanic, Margaret Atwood, or The Wire, her pieces always offer elegant and surprising insights into multiple forms of art. Crucially, Moore is a practitioner who writes criticism; her discussion of other people's work is based on her understanding of what it really takes to make something out of nothing: of what it takes to make art. This lends her encounters with books, films, and paintings the uniquely intimate quality which has made them so immensely popular with readers.In sparkling, articulate prose - studded with frequently hilarious insights - Moore's meditations are a rare opportunity to witness a brilliant mind thinking things through and figuring things out on the page.

See What Can Be Done

See What Can Be Done

Author: Lorrie Moore Format: eBook Release Date: 03/04/2018

A welcome surprise: more than fifty prose pieces, gathered together for the first time, by one of America's most revered and admired novelists and short-story writers, whose articles, essays, and cultural commentary-appearing in the New York Review of Books, the New York Times Book Review, the New Yorker, The Atlantic, the Guardian, Harper's Magazine, and elsewhere-have been parsing the political, artistic, and media idiom for the last three decades.From Lorrie Moore's earliest reviews of novels by Margaret Atwood and Nora Ephron, to an essay on Ezra Edelman's 2016 O. J. Simpson documentary, and in between: Moore on the writing of fiction (the works of V. S. Pritchett, Don DeLillo, Philip Roth, Joyce Carol Oates, Alice Munro, Stanley Elkin, Dawn Powell, Nicholson Baker, et al.); on the continuing unequal state of race in America; on the shock of the shocking GOP; on the dangers (and cruel truths) of celebrity marriages and love affairs; on the wilds of television (The Wire, Friday Night Lights, Into the Abyss, Girls, Homeland, True Detective, Making a Murderer); on the (d)evolving environment; on terrorism, the historical imagination, and the world's newest form of novelist; on the lesser (and larger) lives of biography and the midwifery between art and life (Anais Nin, Marilyn Monroe, John Cheever, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Eudora Welty, Bernard Malamud, among others); on the high art of being Helen Gurley Brown; and much, much more. "e;Fifty years from now, it may well turn out that the work of very few American writers has as much to say about what it means to be alive in our time as that of Lorrie Moore"e; (Harper's Magazine).

Real Estate

Real Estate

Author: Lorrie Moore Format: eBook Release Date: 23/05/2016

A Vintage Shorts ';Short Story Month' Selection The classic, often-humorous, and lyrical short story from literary giant Lorrie Moore's much-celebrated third collection of stories, Birds of America, a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist. In a comically disappointing attempt to revive their marriage, a seasoned couple moves into what appears to be a charming farmhouse near a nature conservatory and a zoo. But, not so. There, Ruth must desperately crusade against infestations of raccoons, crows, and teenagers that plague her new home. An ebook short.

Leben ist Gluckssache

Leben ist Gluckssache

Author: Lorrie Moore Format: eBook Release Date: 13/07/2015

Schonungslos deckt Lorrie Moore in neun Erzahlungen auf, wie sich Menschen durch ihre Schwachen, Angste, Verletzbarkeiten in ausweglose Situationen verstricken.

Danke, dass ich kommen durfte

Danke, dass ich kommen durfte

Author: Lorrie Moore Format: eBook Release Date: 11/05/2015

Eheleute, die nach der Trennung den Ring nicht vom Finger bekommen; andere, die ihn weitertragen, weil er ihnen einfach zu gut steht; eine Frau, der, nichts ahnend, wahrend ihr Mann im Keller werkelt, die Scheidungspapiere zugestellt werden; Vater, die die Biege machen; ein Paar, das die Reise in die Karibik auch nach der Trennung durchzieht. "e;Das Ende der Liebe war ein groer Zombiefilm."e;Lorrie Moores Figuren stehen an einem Scheideweg. Das Leben ist sie hart angegangen, aber in ihrem ganz alltglichen Mut stemmen sie sich Fehlschlgen und Enttuschungen entgegen. "e;Alle Mnner sind Aliens!"e;, ruft eine ihrer strauchelnden Heldinnen emprt und verwundert zugleich. Und doch beginnen sie immer wieder, sich auf das Wagnis Liebe einzulassen. Scharfsinnig, lakonisch, traurig und doch trstlich, Lorrie Moore ist ihren Figuren ganz nah. Sie nimmt das Auergewhnliche ihrer gewhnlichen Existenz in den Blick, behtet und bewahrt ihre Wrde. "e;Danke, dass ich kommen durfte"e; ist ein leuchtendes, strahlendes Buch, beiend in seinem Humor, mitreiend in seiner emotionalen Kraft.

Die Verruckungen der Benna Carpenter

Die Verruckungen der Benna Carpenter

Author: Lorrie Moore Format: eBook Release Date: 11/05/2015

Benna Carpenter hat viele Verehrer. Darunter auch ihr Nachbar Gerard Maines, der fur Benna aber nur ein guter Freund ist.Wenn er sie nicht in den Nachtclub begleitet, in dem sie als Sangerin arbeitet, sitzt er voll bekleidet in seiner Badewanne, wartet auf ihre Ruckkehr und wunscht ihr durch die hellhorigen Badezimmerwande eine gute Nacht. Er ahnt nicht, dass bei Benna nichts so ist, wie es scheint.

Pepsi Hotel

Pepsi Hotel

Author: Lorrie Moore Format: eBook Release Date: 11/05/2015

Die New Yorker Dichterin Odette findet in einer Kleinstadt im Mittleren Westen ihre groe Liebe und lauft gleich wieder entsetzt davon. Mary hingegen will die Liebe mit simpler Arithmetik erzwingen, indem sie die Vorzuge ihrer beiden Liebhaber akribisch auflistet. Lorrie Moore erzahlt von Menschen, die ihrem Gluck selbst im Weg stehen und in denen sich jeder Leser wiedererkennen muss - ob er will oder nicht.

Was man von einigen Leuten nicht behaupten kann

Was man von einigen Leuten nicht behaupten kann

Author: Lorrie Moore Format: eBook Release Date: 11/05/2015

Eine zweitrangige Schauspielerin verlasst Hollywood, um in ihrer Heimatstadt Chicago zur Ruhe zu kommen. Inmitten von Alkoholexzessen und kulinarischen Orgien beginnt sie ein neues Leben. Eine Tochter nimmt ihre Mutter auf eine verstorende Reise nach Irland mit. Eine Familie erlebt beim weihnachtlichen Scharadespiel folgenreiche Spannungen. Mit kalkuliertem Understatement erzahlt Lorrie Moore Katastrophen ganz alltaglicher Art: Ihr lakonischer Stil, ihr schwarzer Humor und ihre treffenden Bilder vermitteln dem Leser jede feinste Bewegung im Seelenleben ihrer Heldinnen.

Self-Help Faber Modern Classics

Self-Help Faber Modern Classics

Author: Lorrie Moore Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/04/2015

Complicated, awkward, funny, cruel, heartbroken, mysterious; Self-Help forms an idiosyncratic guide to female existence which is just as relevant today as it was 30 years ago. These stories are modern America at its most real, with characters sharing thoughts and experiences they could have borrowed from our own lives. This is how to deal with divorce, adultery, cancer, how to talk to your mother or become a writer, the Lorrie Moore way.

Bark

Bark

Author: Lorrie Moore Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/02/2015

Shortlisted for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award In these eight masterful stories, Lorrie Moore explores the passing of time and summons up its inevitable sorrows and comic pitfalls. Gimlet-eyed social observation, the public and private absurdities of American life, irony and half-cracked love wend their way through these stories, in which Moore is always tender, never sentimental and often heartbreakingly funny.

Vissi d'Arte

Vissi d'Arte

Author: Lorrie Moore Format: eBook Release Date: 29/07/2014

A classic Lorrie Moore story from her beloved collection Like Life, ';Vissi d'Arte' is funny, bright, a little sad, biting: a brokenhearted love song to art and New York City.Harry is a playwright who lives in Times Square. His bathroom floods; his surgeon girlfriend has left for the Upper West Side; and trucks have started idling outside his window at nighttime, where the hookers had always been. He is the type of man who lives for art, and someday his majestic, monumental, unfinished play will come rushing out of his head. Here is the perfect introduction to a much imitated, but never eclipsed, true American voice. In the words of The Plain Dealer, ';There's no other writer quite like Lorrie Moore.'An eBook short.

Bark

Bark

Author: Lorrie Moore Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/03/2014

A literary moment and celebration - a new collection by one of America's most beloved and admired short story writers; her first in fifteen years, since Birds of America In these eight masterful stories, Lorrie Moore, explores the passage of time, and summons up its inevitable sorrows and comic pitfalls. In 'Debarking', a newly divorced man tries to keep his wits about him as the US prepares to invade Iraq. In 'Foes', a political argument goes grotesquely awry as the events of 9/11 unexpectedly manifest at a fundraising 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 unraveling of two once-hopeful musicians, who neither held fast to their dreams, nor struck out along other paths. 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 Moore's characteristic style that is always tender, never sentimental and often heartbreakingly funny.

Bark

Bark

Author: Lorrie Moore Format: eBook Release Date: 25/02/2014

"e;Fifty years from now, it may well turn out that the work of very few American writers has as much to say about what it means to be alive in our time as that of Lorrie Moore"e; (Harper's). A literary event-a new collection of stories by one of America's most beloved and admired short story writers, her first collection in fifteen years. In these eight masterful stories, Lorrie Moore, in a perfect blend of craft and bewitched spirit, explores the passage of time and summons up its inevitable sorrows and hilarious pitfalls to reveal her own exquisite, singular wisdom. In "e;Debarking,"e; 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 see-in all its irresistible hilarity and darkness-the perils of divorce and what can follow in its wake. In "e;Foes,"e; a political argument goes grotesquely awry as the events of 9/11 unexpectedly manifest at a fund-raising dinner in Georgetown. In "e;The Juniper Tree,"e; a teacher, visited by the ghost of her recently deceased friend, is forced to sing "e;The Star-Spangled Banner"e; in a kind of nightmare reunion. And in "e;Wings,"e; we watch the unraveling of two once-hopeful musicians who neither held fast to their dreams nor struck out along other paths as Moore deftly depicts the intricacies of dead ends and the workings of regret. 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-loud-the hallmark of Lorrie Moore-land.

Die Froschkonigin

Die Froschkonigin

Author: Lorrie Moore Format: eBook Release Date: 09/04/2011

Nick Hornby nennt sie sein "e;Vorbild und die beste amerikanische Schriftstellerin ihrer Generation"e;. Ein Sommer voller Aufbruchssehnsucht, ersten Flirts, gegenseitigen Bekenntnissen. Sils und Berie arbeiten in "e;Storyland"e; - einem Marchen-Vergnugungspark - wobei die hubsche Sils als Cinderella die Besucher bezaubert. Berie hingegen ist die Kluge, eine linkische Froschkonigin, die Sils vor falschen Prinzen bewahrt. Auch wenn man ahnt, dass diese Freundschaft nicht bestehen wird, so wird sie doch jene sein, die Berie in ihrem Herzen bewahrt, wie die Erinnerung an das Madchen, das man einmal war und nie wieder sein wird.

Who Will Run the Frog Hospital?

Who Will Run the Frog Hospital?

Author: Lorrie Moore Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/09/2010

This novel follows the lives of two 11-year-olds intent on escaping childhood. As the strength of their friendship is tested repeatedly, they begin to take their first, exhilarating steps towards adulthood.

Birds of America

Birds of America

Author: Lorrie Moore Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2010

Lorrie Moore's dazzling collection of stories is remarkable for its range, emotional force and dark humour, and for the sheer beauty and power of its language. It unfolds a startlingly brilliant series of portraits of the young, the hip, the lost, the unsettled and the unhinged of modern-day America. In what may be her most stunning book yet, Lorrie Moore explores the personal and the universal, the idiosyncratic and the mundane with all of the wit, brio and verve that have made her one of the best storytellers of our time.

Self-Help

Self-Help

Author: Lorrie Moore Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2010

This absorbing, ironic, bitter-sweet collection of nine stories marked Lorrie Moore's talented debut. Sharp, cruel and funny, the stories are presented as a highly idiosyncratic guide to female existence: 'How to be an Other Woman', 'How to Talk to Your Mother (Notes)', 'How to Become a Writer', 'The Kid's Guide to Divorce'.

Anagrams

Anagrams

Author: Lorrie Moore Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2010

Benna Carpenter makes anagrams out of words - but also out of life. Changing the facts, she invents new roles - night-club singer, aerobics teacher, poet; and new people - a daughter, a lover, a friend. In Anagrams, Lorrie Moore deftly weaves a complex plot with sensitivity and razor-sharp wit.

Like Life

Like Life

Author: Lorrie Moore Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2010

In this brilliant collection of stories Lorrie Moore addresses herself to a contemporary emotional dilemma - the widening gulf between men and women, and the simultaneous yearning for and fear of closeness.

Gate at the Stairs

Gate at the Stairs

Author: Lorrie Moore Format: eBook Release Date: 01/09/2009

In her dazzling new novel-her first in more than a decade-Moore turns her eye on the anxiety and disconnection of post-9/11 America, on the insidiousness of racism, the blind-sidedness of war, and the recklessness thrust on others in the name of love. As the United States begins gearing up for war in the Middle East, twenty-year-old Tassie Keltjin, the Midwestern daughter of a gentleman hill farmer-his "e;Keltjin potatoes"e; are justifiably famous-has come to a university town as a college student, her brain on fire with Chaucer, Sylvia Plath, Simone de Beauvoir. As the year unfolds and she is drawn deeper into each of these lives, her own life back home becomes ever more alien to her: her parents are frailer; her brother, aimless and lost in high school, contemplates joining the military. Tassie finds herself becoming more and more the stranger she felt herself to be, and as life and love unravel dramatically, even shockingly, she is forever changed.

The Collected Stories of Lorrie Moore

The Collected Stories of Lorrie Moore

Author: Lorrie Moore Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/05/2009

Since the publication of Self-Help, her first collection of stories, Lorrie Moore has been hailed as one of the greatest and most influential voices in American fiction. Her ferociously funny, soulful stories tell of the gulf between men and women, the loneliness of the broken-hearted and the yearned-for, impossible intimacies we crave. Gathered here for the first time in a beautiful hardback edition is the complete stories along with three new and previously unpublished in book form: Paper Losses, The Juniper Tree, Debarking.

Faber Book of Contemporary Stories About Childhood

Faber Book of Contemporary Stories About Childhood

Author: Lorrie Moore Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/01/1998

The Faber Book of Contemporary Stories about Childhood presents the innocence and knowingness of a child's-eye view as it confronts the contradictions and hypocrisies of the adult world. Some of today's best writers, including Margaret Atwood, Toni Cade Bambara, Spalding Gray, Jamaica Kincaid, Susan Minot, Alice Munro, Edna O'Brian, Ben Okri and Amy Tan, capture childhood incidents that are comic, startling, touching and disturbing.

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