Birds of America

Birds of America

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A National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist A N ew York Times Editors' Choice A Pulishers Weekly Best Book of the Year Birds of America is a stunning collection of twelve stories by Lorrie Moore, one of our finest authors at work today. With her characteristic wit and piercing intelligence she unfolds a series of portraits of the lost and unsettled of America, and with a trademark humor that fuels each story with pathos and understanding.
Publisher: New York : Picador USA, c1998.
ISBN: 9780312241223
0312241224
Branch Call Number: MOORE L
Characteristics: 291 pages ; 21 cm.

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jdesetti
Feb 18, 2020

12 Short stories - available as book club bag

WVMLStaffPicks Nov 13, 2014

In one of her stories the protagonist says that he believes that a person is a collection of accidents. In these dark stories there is a quirky, off-the-cuff kind of sensibility that seems accidental. However, her painfully acute eye for the emotional force that drives people’s lives gives us a series of brilliant portraits of the unhinged, the lost, the unsettled of America.

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LaRoyal
Aug 25, 2013

In complete agreement with ksoles, this is an amazing collection by an author who deserves wider exposure. I would like to add that her imagery describing mental and emotional states are startlingly right on and sometimes downright coffee-spitting funny. Dark, yes... many shades of dark. Incisive yet compassionate. I will be reading more of this wonderful author's work.

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uncommonreader
Jul 27, 2012

Twelve short stories in a New Yorker style. Some are about illnesses.

ksoles May 19, 2011

There's nothing I enjoy reading more than an exceptional short story collection so, when a friend, writer, and fellow short story lover recommended Lorrie Moore's Birds of America, I rushed to put it on hold at the library. I had never heard of Moore before but, while she's not particularly "famous," I quickly discovered that she deserves much greater public attention. What struck me about her style was her ingenious blend of ironic humour and starkly human emotion. Her stories can seem light and even trivial on the surface but, when their meanings hit, they do so with tremendous force.

Moore uses exact and unadorned language; she brilliantly crafts her metaphors to capture emotions, culture and the subtleties of family dynamics. Her characters are deeply developed, relatable and yet totally unremarkable. They are the people you see in hotel lobbies, in grocery stores, in hospitals. They are us.

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