See What Can Be Done

Essays, Criticism, and Commentary
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Product Number: DD36624
Released: Apr 03, 2018
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ISBN: #9781538494028
Narrator/s: Bernadette Dunne
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A welcome surprise: more than fifty prose pieces, gathered together for the first time, by one of America's most revered and admired novelists and short-story writers, whose articles, essays, and cultural commentary-appearing in the New York Review of Books, the New York Times Book Review, the New Yorker, The Atlantic, the Guardian, Harper's Magazine, and elsewhere-have been parsing the political, artistic, and media idiom for the last three decades. From Lorrie Moore's earliest reviews of novels by Margaret Atwood and Nora Ephron, to an essay on Ezra Edelman's 2016 O. J. Simpson documentary, and in between: Moore on the writing of fiction (the works of V. S. Pritchett, Don DeLillo, Philip Roth, Joyce Carol Oates, Alice Munro, Stanley Elkin, Dawn Powell, Nicholson Baker, et al.); on the continuing unequal state of race in America; on the shock of the shocking GOP; on the dangers (and cruel truths) of celebrity marriages and love affairs; on the wilds of television (The Wire, Friday Night Lights, Into the Abyss, Girls, Homeland, True Detective, Making a Murderer); on the (d)evolving environment; on terrorism, the historical imagination, and the world's newest form of novelist; on the lesser (and larger) lives of biography and the midwifery between art and life (Anais Nin, Marilyn Monroe, John Cheever, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Eudora Welty, Bernard Malamud, among others); on the high art of being Helen Gurley Brown; and much, much more. "Fifty years from now, it may well turn out that the work of very few American writers has as much to say about what it means to be alive in our time as that of Lorrie Moore" (Harper's Magazine).


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See What Can Be Done
Product Number: BX00070581
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Product Number:DD36624

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Author(s): Lorrie Moore
Narrator(s): Bernadette Dunne
Product Number Z100131530
Released: Apr 03, 2018
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781538494066
Author(s): Lorrie Moore
Product Number EB00707088
Released: Apr 03, 2018
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: #9781524732493

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"Narrator Bernadette Dunne offers up this ample chronologically arranged buffet of Moore's reviews, essays, and meditations. The collection is large--more than 50 pieces--and ranges widely through time. The first is a review of Nora Ephron's HEARTBURN from 1983, and the last a reflection on Stephen Stills's music from 2017. Topics are varied--everything from book reviews to cultural commentary on the 1992 presidential election to our nation's fascination with the 1998 Clinton-Lewinsky scandal. Dunne ably brings to life Moore's astute critical commentary. She also captures the nuances of Moore's shifting tone, which is by turns reflective, inquisitive, musing, playful--and always curious. Listeners who are fans of Moore's sharp insights or interested in reflecting on our nation's history as refracted through landmark works and cultural events will enjoy sampling this collection. J.C.G. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine"

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