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An Amazon Best Book of the Month, March 2014: Here’s a reason Lorrie Moore is so beloved by her baby boomer brethren: she’s smart, she’s funny, her eye is even sharper than her tongue. In Bark, her latest collection of stories, all those qualities are well on display. “He had never been involved with the mentally ill before,” she writes of her mid-life anti-hero in the (sort-of) title story, "Debarking." "[B]ut he now felt more than ever that there should be strong international laws against them being too good looking.” Acerbic? Check. Knowing? Check. Says out loud on the page what we less talented, less observant mere mortals wish we could form so well in thought? Check. Check. Check. The only reason not to read these seven stories is that, perhaps, they’re just too accurate and perceptive about the way we live now--but then, why would you ever want to read stories that were anything else? --Sara Nelson--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
It felt like Ms. Moore was trying too hard and the stories just did not flow.
The writer is witty and deep and funny and the narrow landscape of the human condition she writes about is well served by her abilities.
I've been a fan with Lorrie Moore since I picked up her first short story collection in the 90s.
I found most of the stories to be sad and dark. Perhaps the fact I'm reading them at Christmas has some effect. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Janice L. Shreve
This is the first book I've read by Lorrie Moore, but it won't be the last. Her use of words is dazzling. I didn't want them to end.Published 18 days ago by Sarah A. Saltus
The final story in this collection, "Thank You for Having Me," is worth the price of admission. It's hilarious and astute. Read morePublished 24 days ago by MP Johnson
I listened to the audio version of this book. I think that it may have been better and easier to listen to if someone else would have read it. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Tammi Sweet
These stories quiver. Moore is the master of the expected pairing-tart with oily, pitiful with languid. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Edward A. Irons
I love reading (and writing) short stories and novels. I have read other novels and stories by the author. I loved her novel Who Will Run the Frog Hospital? Read morePublished 3 months ago by true
Bark is what you get when you combine midlife crises with nasty divorces, add healthy doses of nihilism, and sprinkle with a dated angst for the Bush administration. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mike W.