June 3, 1990 |
The appearance of her third book, "Like Life," confirms my impression of Lorrie Moore as a writer with a wry, skittish sense of humor and enough verbal glibness to provide material for all the stand-up comics in Los Angeles, but with very little ability to create convincing characters or tell stories that invite us to suspend our disbelief as we read them or to brood upon them after they've been read.
November 5, 1998 |
It should have been a triumphant moment. On a crisp fall night, author Lorrie Moore was about to receive the 1998 O. Henry award for the nation's best short story. An overflow crowd at the National Arts Club turned out to hear her read it. But something was wrong. Seconds after Moore began, she seemed uncomfortable. She only made it through the first few pages of "People Like That Are the Only People Here"--the harrowing tale of a toddler with cancer--before halting and returning to a chair.
August 30, 1998 |
PASS THE POLENTA: And Other Writings From the Kitchen, With Recipes. By Teresa Lust (Steerforth Press: 270 pp., $24) Like Laurie Colwin and M.F.K. Fisher before her, and many a practical cook before them both, Teresa Lust goes gunning for haute cuisine. "I did not inherit a silver palate through good breeding," she writes in this hearty collection of essays on food and family, "and I could not create one through perseverance.
November 15, 2012 |
Novelist Louise Erdrich and journalist Katherine Boo took the top prizes at the National Book Awards in New York on Wednesday night. Although set half a world apart, both women's books express what Boo described as "small stories in so-called hidden places. " Erdrich won the fiction award for "The Round House," set among the Turtle Mountain Chippewa. The author of more than a dozen novels, Erdrich spoke in Ojibwe and English in her speech, citing "the grace and endurance of Native women.
March 12, 1995 |
As book covers go, you can't get any more "plain wrap" than the one created for Lorrie Moore's "Who Will Run the Frog Hospital?" With such a title you might expect this novel to sport an illustration of a frog in bed with an IV unit attached to its foreleg, or a hospital building with little froggy faces peering out the window. But this slim, 148-page volume features nothing more on its cover than the words "Who Will Run the Frog Hospital?