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by Lisa Donovan

For mother’s day, my husband bought me two books. One was a Lorrie Moore book entitled Who Will Run the Frog Hospital and the other was The Best American Short Stories, 2004 which was edited by Lorrie Moore. She is my newest favorite writer. After reading her Birds of America collection of short stories, I was hooked. I love it when a woman can marry bitingly intelligent humor with a deeply penetrating story. She cuts to the bone when it comes to the dealings and thought processes of people interacting with one another. If you get a chance, I recommend checking out any of her short stories and then, when you find yourself completely enamoured with her style and wit, move on to one of her novels.

Lorrie Moore was born in Glen Falls, New York on January 13, 1957. She attended St Lawrence University in Canton, New York, from 1974 to 1978 receiving a BA and graduating summa cum laude. She attended Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, from 1980 to 1982 receiving an MFA. She is currently Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin at Madison where she also lives with her husband and son.

Lorrie Moore has been the recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts award in 1989, the Rockefeller Foundation fellowship in 1989, and the Guggenheim fellowship in 1991. Her work frequently appears in Fiction International, Ms, The New York Times Book Review, Paris Review, The New Yorker, and others.

Her publications include: Self-Help (1985); Anagrams (1986); The Forgotten Helper (1987); Like Life (1990); editor, I Know Some Things: Stories About Childhood by Contemporary Writers (1992); Who Will Run the Frog Hospital? (1994) and Birds of America (1998).

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