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I m not a huge fan of short stories, and I feel like I was rather fooled by the cover of this book into tackling it I have worked with the Whooping Crane reintroduction program here in Calgary, exercising young crane chicks, and I simply couldn t resist the pretty cover with the Whooping Crane on it Plus that alluring title for a birder , Birds of America How either the image or the title relate to the stories within remains a mystery to me.Moore s stories are rather bleak views of human rel I m not a huge fan of short stories, and I feel like I was rather fooled by the cover of this book into tackling it I have worked with the Whooping Crane reintroduction program here in Calgary, exercising young crane chicks, and I simply couldn t resist the pretty cover with the Whooping Crane on it Plus that alluring title for a birder , Birds of America How either the image or the title relate to the stories within remains a mystery to me.Moore s stories are rather bleak views of human relationships told from all kinds of angles but with similar disappointments to go round As in this dinner party exchange The thing to remember about love affairs, says Simone, is that they are all like having raccoons in your chimney Oh, not the raccoon story, groans Cal Yes The raccoons cries Eugene.I m sawing at my duck We have raccoons sometimes in our chimney, explains Simone Hmmm, I say, not surprised And once we tried to smoke them out We lit a fire, knowing they were there, but we hoped that the smoke would cause them to scurry out the top and never come back Instead, they caught on fire and came crashing down into our living room, all charred and in flames and running madly around until theydropped dead Simone swallows some wine Love affairs are like that, she says They all are like that I don t believe I ve ever had a love affair which ended quite so spectacularly Apparently, I am doing it wrong Adrienne gets to accompany her husband, a research economist, to a posh artist academic retreat where food and studios are provided while you pursue your writing or art with two dozen or so other guests You must, however, dress for dinner The seating is carefully arranged for the cross pollination of ideas You might hear words like Heideggerian and ideological while munching salsiccia alla griglia con spinaci,but Adrienne has to gird herself when there s a discussion of peptides and rabbi Adrienne gets to accompany her husband, a research economist, to a posh artist academic retreat where food and studios are provided while you pursue your writing or art with two dozen or so other guests You must, however, dress for dinner The seating is carefully arranged for the cross pollination of ideas You might hear words like Heideggerian and ideological while munching salsiccia alla griglia con spinaci,but Adrienne has to gird herself when there s a discussion of peptides and rabbit tests or learning that lobsters have what s called a hemipenis What the mischief is Adrienne doing there I married my husband, she asserts, because I thought it would be a great way to meet guys Ah, you ve never spent a month or two at such courtesy colonies Adrienne is at what I assume to be the rather hoity Bellagio Center Rockefeller funded on Lake Como in Italy There are several such places, not so fancy, of course, in the northeast US, and, indeed, I did time at one some years ago, longing to return to the confusion of NYC where I can really find my own serenity without the distraction of other colonists, who all bored me to death and, unlike the Bellagio, where the food was forgettable I skipped breakfast, which stopped long before I awoke at the crack of ten or eleven, and lunch came in a picnic basket discreetly delivered to your studio When I heard the put put car motor of Little Red Riding Hood I d jump to my desk and start typing But dinner, where you had to mingle and chat, was fairly unbearable, as Adrienne also discovered I don t believe in casual sex, she deadpans to a friend, I believe in casual marriage Then I met a new arrival, the novelist Iris Owens, aka Harriet Daimler, and we d huddle together wondering which guests were screwing each other there was a lot of thatand down vodkas from the bottle she conveniently toted, which helped digestion Moore s story, Terrific Mother, is Lorrie Moore at her very best It s a laugh out loud sendup of such retreats or colonies, and I highly recommend to anyone with a conquering sense of humor Adrienne lands at her retreat, you see, because she accidentally killed a friend s baby Ok, I stop here.Many of Moore s stories deal with some terrible illness or disability cancer, cystic fibrosis, Down Syndrome or just plain blindness Death hovers But her sad funny writing always prickles Admittedly, her women are usually depressives or needy, but then dropping a baby on stone is not exactly a fender bender, or is it Maybe the most perfect short story collection I ve read that wasn t a collected works or best of I understand the criticisms of same y characters and too witty dialogue, but frankly I don t care Lorrie Moore can wrap me around her little finger any time Kakutani s back blurb calls the book sad, funny, lyrical, and prickly and that s probably the best way to describe her She is awash in those kinds of contradictions, but it s what makes her stories a joy to read You always end up Maybe the most perfect short story collection I ve read that wasn t a collected works or best of I understand the criticisms of same y characters and too witty dialogue, but frankly I don t care Lorrie Moore can wrap me around her little finger any time Kakutani s back blurb calls the book sad, funny, lyrical, and prickly and that s probably the best way to describe her She is awash in those kinds of contradictions, but it s what makes her stories a joy to read You always end up where you least expected to go but somehow in her absurd little world, it makes sense There were times I laughed aloud He doesn t believe in shouting Fire in a crowded movie theater, but he does believe in shouting Fie and has done it twice himself both times at Forrest Gump 132 and there were times I wept, and there were times her prose got something so right that I just sat there dumbfounded She knew she was saying good bye to something important, which was not that bad, in a way, because it meant that at least you had said hello to it to begin with 80 I m sure I ll start imitating her now Sigh.I have a habit of highlighting my favorite stories in the contents as I go along They were Which is More Than I Can Say About Some People , Dance in America , Charades , What You Want to Do Fine , People Like That Are the Only People Here probably the very best, if you only read one, read this , and Terrific Mother All the stories are well done and worth reading, though.And psst, Ms Moore, it s been almost ten years since this book came out I demandhe he, sorry, had to One of my main strategies for dealing with life is, If I don t laugh, I ll cry I think Lorrie Moore s strategy is to make me do both. The stories in this book hit upon universal themes loss, loneliness, love, finding acceptance, overcoming fears in short LIFE.There is so much sadness and heartbreak in these stories, but there is also humour By the end of the book, I must admit I couldn t recall one truly happy story.Lorrie Moore is a master of the short story Each story felt complete I found her to be very clever with her words Her mother had given her the name Agnes, believing that a good looking woman was evens The stories in this book hit upon universal themes loss, loneliness, love, finding acceptance, overcoming fears in short LIFE.There is so much sadness and heartbreak in these stories, but there is also humour By the end of the book, I must admit I couldn t recall one truly happy story.Lorrie Moore is a master of the short story Each story felt complete I found her to be very clever with her words Her mother had given her the name Agnes, believing that a good looking woman was evenstriking when her name was a homely one Perhaps, she thought, that was where affection began in an unlikely phrase, in a moment of someone s having unexpectedly but at last said the right thing My favourites in the collection were Four Calling Birds, Three French Hens Which is More than I Can Say People Like That Are the Only People Here Canonical Babbling in Peed Onk and Charades, which is honestly the funniest story as well Christmas family squabbling humour I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys short stories Lorrie Moore is an excellent writer and will not disappoint you I don t usually read short story collections but picked up this one for a book club.Moore s stories are well written and insightful, and she can write humorous scenes, but overall I thought the book was somewhat depressing In the end I was left with the impression that it s almost impossible for two people to have a fulfilling relationship and almost everyone is unhappy in one way or another Though this may very well be true it s still dispiriting to read about.In some of these stories charact I don t usually read short story collections but picked up this one for a book club.Moore s stories are well written and insightful, and she can write humorous scenes, but overall I thought the book was somewhat depressing In the end I was left with the impression that it s almost impossible for two people to have a fulfilling relationship and almost everyone is unhappy in one way or another Though this may very well be true it s still dispiriting to read about.In some of these stories characters hook up with the wrong people because they re lonely and needy and then are disappointed In other stories characters have dishonest and or unfaithful partners and have a hard time dealing with it throw the bum out would be my view but this may be easier said than done One story is about parents coping with a baby who s stricken with cancer Another is about a woman who was holding a friend s baby when an accident occurs, killing the child of course the woman blames herself and can hardly go on.I think my favorite story is about an unhappy spouse who learns to use a gun, then gets to shoot a nutcase who breaks into people s homes to make them sing For me this was the most satisfying tale.It s a good book but you ll probably need something light and fun after reading it.You can follow my reviews at Some stories are awesome, others are lackluster but some are awesomeLike this one Some stories are awesome, others are lackluster but some are awesomeLike this one I really liked Lorrie Moore s How To Be an Other Woman from the love stories collection I read but I was not wowed by this book The stories all seemed very similar isolated, lonely people mostly women dealing with husbands and families and communities I just looked at the overwhelmingly glowing reviews here on goodreads, and hmm, I just don t get it.5 stars Four Calling Birds, Three French Hens 4 stars the joke in Beautiful Grade about the professor writing Flannery O Connor art I really liked Lorrie Moore s How To Be an Other Woman from the love stories collection I read but I was not wowed by this book The stories all seemed very similar isolated, lonely people mostly women dealing with husbands and families and communities I just looked at the overwhelmingly glowing reviews here on goodreads, and hmm, I just don t get it.5 stars Four Calling Birds, Three French Hens 4 stars the joke in Beautiful Grade about the professor writing Flannery O Connor articles A Good Man Really IS Hard To Find, Everything That Rises MUST INDEED Converge, The Totemic South The Violent ACTUALLY DO Bear It Away Real Estate I thought I didn t like this one much until I got drunk and analyzed it 3.5 stars a mix of Agnes of Iowa and Community Life I felt like these two were especially similar but nearly great People Like That are the Only People Here 2 stars basically everything else1 star What You Want To Do Fine and Charades (DOWNLOAD) ⚢ Birds of America Å A long awaited collection of stories twelve in all by one of the most exciting writers at work today, the acclaimed author of Who Will Run the Frog Hospitaland Self Help Stories remarkable in their range, emotional force, and dark laughter, and in the sheer beauty and power of their languageFrom the opening story, Willing , about a second rate movie actress in her thirties who has moved back to Chicago, where she makes a seedy motel room her home and becomes involved with a mechanic who has not the least idea of who she is as a human being, Birds of America unfolds a startlingly brilliant series of portraits of the unhinged, the lost, the unsettled of our America In the story Which Is More Than I Can Say About Some People There is nothing as complex in the world no flower or stone as a single hello from a human being , a woman newly separated from her husband is on a long planned trip through Ireland with her mother When they set out on an expedition to kiss the Blarney Stone, the image of wisdom and success that her mother has always put forth slips away to reveal the panicky woman she really is In Charades, a family game at Christmas is transformed into a hilarious and insightful and fundamentally upsetting revelation of crumbling family ties In Community Life, a shy, almost reclusive, librarian, Transylvania born and Vermont bred, moves in with her boyfriend, the local anarchist in a small university town, and all hell breaks loose And in Four Calling Birds, Three French Hens, a woman who goes through the stages of grief as she mourns the death of her cat Anger, Denial, Bargaining, Haagen Dazs, Rage is seen by her friends as really mourning other issues the impending death of her parents, the son she never had, BosniaIn what may be her most stunning book yet, Lorrie Moore explores the personal and the universal, the idiosyncratic and the mundane, with all the wit, brio, and verve that have made her one of the best storytellers of our time 4.5 rounded downIt took a little while for me to warm to the style but in all honesty there s not a weak story in this collection Moore can write dialogue and convey human emotions and her character s thoughts in a way nobody else can.