music: the cure - in between days
rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Self Help - Lorrie Moore (book review)
I finished this book last night. I know I’m a bit late discovering Lorrie Moore, a quick search on the internet reveals that she has many many fans of her writing. To say her style is unique is an understatement. Thoughtful, quirky, often written in the second person, her stories are about subjects familiar—cheating girlfriends, dying, weird moms, becoming a writer—but her take on it is peppered with a beautiful, self deprecating humor. There are nifty one liners wrapped in neat paragraphs, and then, when you least expect it, a dazzling revelation in print that you find yourself underlining, circling, reading aloud, and posting to tumblr (haha!).
Why three stars? I am still deciding what to make of this book. Reading this was like unwrapping a gift and receiving something one of a kind, something you’ve never seen before and two days later you’re still reading the instructions to find out exactly how it works. I know I read something awesome, but I still cannot yet express in words exactly why I loved it so much. There are definitely stories that stood out: “How to Be an Other Woman,” “What is Seized,” “How to Talk to Your Mother (Notes)”, and “How to Become a Writer.” I imagine that I’ll have to read some more of Moore’s writing to decide if I truly love it and never want to read anything else that wasn’t touched by her hands first.