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Birds of America by Lorrie Moore
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Oct 01, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: 2010
Read from September 12 to 30, 2010

Ah, wonderful. Didn't enjoy this quite as much as Self-Help but in some ways I think it's a deeper, more mature book. The first half gets a little tiresome, Moore can't help herself with the puns and one-liners, but somewhere around the 40% point those sort of fade away and you're left with these intricately constructed worlds which are at the same time very simple, very true-to-life, with just a bit of weirdness to them. I guess it's the way her characters view things that are a bit weird. Or not even weird -- no weirder than the average person. I think Moore totally captures the oddness of life.

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