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Publisher's Note:

A new collection of stories by one of America’s 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 ma…

Bark: Stories

by Lorrie Moore

Overall Book Review:

Yet again I have picked up a collection of short stories and finished the book somewhat painlessly. Though at times the stories in Bark seemed a bit pointless, I have to wonder if that is…the point. Maybe the collection was put together for the reader to get a little “brain break” from everything else they have been reading lately. I found the stories to be enjoyable to read, albeit hard for me to follow. This could just be me and my absentmindedness though.

The eight stories in this book are indeed short, and give you just enough information about the characters for the reader to get acquainted with them, and then leave you wondering what happens as they go on with their lives. I know this book has had much high praise, and I guess when I was finished I found myself wondering why that was exactly. Perhaps the book had so much hype because of Lorrie Moore’s previous books (of which I have read zero), or maybe it is a magnificent book, and just not my type. Whatever the case, I do encourage you to read this book and see what you think. It is very well-written, and may just fit your fancy.

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  2 religious exclamations; 12 mild obscenities; 4 derogatory names; 1 offensive hand gesture; 8 F-word derivatives.

Violence/Gore:  A person is mentioned to have been “blown apart by bombs”; animals are mentioned to die violently; characters speak of death and what they imagine it to entail; a character is mentioned to have died.

Sex/Nudity:  A cat is mentioned to hump a a humans leg; molestation of a child is mentioned in jest; a woman carves nude figures, the figures are briefly described; a woman speaks briefly of sexual terms; a man talks of his sexual desires; a man and woman are mentioned to have sex with some brief detail; an affair is mentioned, no detail is given; adults kiss.

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Alcohol / Drug Use:

Adults drink; adults smoke; pot smoking is mentioned; some brief drug use.

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About the Reviewer

Books and reading have always been an important part of my life. When I was very young, my grandma was the library director at our local public library. Years later, after she had retired, I became a librarian at the same library and worked there for several years before taking a part-time job at a local coffee shop, which gives me more time to do what I love, to read and to review books! A few of my favorite authors are Aimee Bender, Diane Chamberlain, and Curtis Sittenfeld however, I will read almost any book I come across! In my spare time you can find me reading (of course), volunteering at a wildlife animal rehab, or hanging out with my two house rabbits.