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Coomer, Joe

Overview
Works: 23 works in 89 publications in 3 languages and 5,892 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Domestic fiction  Biography  Black humor 
Classifications: PS3553.O574, 813.54
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Publications about Joe Coomer
Publications by Joe Coomer
Most widely held works about Joe Coomer
 
Most widely held works by Joe Coomer
Apologizing to dogs by Joe Coomer( Book )
9 editions published between 1999 and 2001 in English and held by 981 libraries worldwide
A novel on the oddball residents of a Fort Worth neighborhood. Among them is Aura, so fat she is unaware she is pregnant, and Carl who is dismantling his house to build a boat on which to sail away with Nadine, owner of a used clothing store
One vacant chair by Joe Coomer( Book )
5 editions published between 2003 and 2008 in English and held by 786 libraries worldwide
"Sarah's aunt Edna paints portraits of chairs. Not people in chairs, just chairs. The old house is filled with the paintings, and the chairs themselves surround her work-a silent yet vigilant audience. At the funeral of Grandma Hutton-whom Edna has cared for through an agonizingly long and vague illness-Sarah begins helping her aunt clean up the last of a life. This includes honoring Grandma's surprising wish to have her ashes scattered in Scotland. "We were two fat women, eighteen years apart, a chair artist and a designer of Christmas ornaments, who only knew we had troubles and a hot summer to get through," says Sarah. But as it turns out, there is a great deal more to quirky Aunt Edna's troubles than Sarah could possibly imagine. As the novel turns from the hot, oppressive heat of Texas to the misty beauty of Scotland, she learns of her aunt's remarkable secret life and comes to fully understand the fragile business of living, and even of dying. Praised for his richly drawn characters and as a master storyteller, Joe Coomer is at the height of his powers in One Vacant Chair." ... from publisher's description
Beachcombing for a shipwrecked god by Joe Coomer( Book )
10 editions published between 1995 and 1997 in English and held by 689 libraries worldwide
The lighthearted menage of three women on board a moored yacht in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. They are painter Grace, the boat's landlady; Chloe, a local fisherman's daughter; and Charlotte, the narrator, a widowed archeologist from Kentucky digging for history in garbage. By the author of The Loop
Pocketful of names by Joe Coomer( Book )
5 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and held by 662 libraries worldwide
Inhabiting an island off the coast of Maine, left to her by her great-uncle Arno, Hannah finds her life as a dedicated and solitary artist rudely interrupted one summer when a dog, matted with feathers and seaweed, arrives with the tide. The dog quickly endears himself and easily adapts to Hannah's schedule, but he is only the first of a string of unexpected visitors
The Decatur Road : a novel of the Appalachian hill country by Joe Coomer( Book )
6 editions published between 1983 and 1986 in English and held by 539 libraries worldwide
Traces an Appalachian couple's fifty years together from courtship to death and describes the colorful characters they meet along the way
A flatland fable : a novel by Joe Coomer( Book )
3 editions published between 1986 and 1987 in English and held by 489 libraries worldwide
Horgan, a central figure residing in the small town of Eckley, is waiting - on a baby, on his dying father, and most importantly, waiting for a life to occur to him. All these things more or less come to pass during one day in Horgan's life, these and a few more things he hadn't realized he was waiting on
The loop by Joe Coomer( Book )
5 editions published between 1992 and 1999 in English and held by 477 libraries worldwide
makes no sense, he can at least be prepared for all its eventualities. But nothing could have prepared him for the dramatic entrance of the second loner - a ninety-year-old parrot - into his life. Lyman's sympathy for the orphaned bird's plight soon turns to obsession with its cryptic sayings. What does it mean by such phrases as "That which hath wings shall tell the matter," "I'm an eagle" and "MA17"? Lyman resolves to locate the parrot's original owners and the source
Kentucky love by Joe Coomer( Book )
3 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 470 libraries worldwide
A novel about the country and its people with warmth, intelligence and great affection
The loop by Joe Coomer( file )
7 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 166 libraries worldwide
Lyman, a thirty-year-old orphan, is sipping coffee on the front steps of the trailer he calls home one morning, when a ninety-year-old parrot arrives with a mysterious past and beakful of cryptic sayings such as "That which hath wings shall tell the matter." Convinced that heeding the bird's wisdom will lead him to answers about himself he so desperately seeks, Lyman combines his night job as a courtesy patrolman, circling the highway that loops around Fort Worth, with days in the library. Together with Fiona, the loquacious and sexy librarian, he traces his adopted pet's origins, and while what Lyman ultimately discovers may not help him piece together his own past, it paves the way for a future he never imagined
Der Papagei, das Telefon und die Bibliothekarin : Roman by Joe Coomer( Book )
8 editions published between 1996 and 1999 in German and held by 30 libraries worldwide
Dream house : on building a house by a pond by Joe Coomer( Book )
2 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 25 libraries worldwide
Rosinante oder die liebe zum meer : Roman by Joe Coomer( Book )
4 editions published between 1997 and 1999 in German and held by 17 libraries worldwide
Nach dem Tod ihres Mannes flieht die Archäologin Charlotte vor der Umklammerung durch ihre Schwiegereltern. Sie mietet sich auf einem Schiff, der "Rosinante", ein und findet in der Freundschaft mit Grace und Cloe neuen Lebensmut
Amerikanisches Frühstück oder wir sind hier nicht im Kino : Roman by Joe Coomer( Book )
4 editions published between 1999 and 2001 in German and held by 14 libraries worldwide
Rez.: Nach dem Tod des Großvaters bewirtschaftet Hart dessen Farm. Bei Streifzügen mit dem Hund Zeke wandern seine Gedanken zurück in das 1. Studienjahr, als er mit den Freunden Ford und Moto im Leichenwagen herumfuhr und Mädchen und die ersten sexuellen Erfahrungen mit ihnen das Allerwichtigste waren. Er denkt an die Musikstudentin Mary, die seine leidenschaftlichen Gefühle zu erwidern schien, sich aber doch von ihm trennte. 4 Jahre später ist der Schmerz noch gegenwärtig, aber er vertraut auch einer Zukunft mit einer guten Frau und wunderbaren Kindern. Der Ich-Erzähler führt uns in ein amerikanisch geprägtes Studentenleben voller Gefühlsüberschwang. Der Roman ist nicht unsentimental, gewinnt aber durch Humor, Anschaulichkeit und die bildhafte Sprache. - Ab Mittelstadtbibliotheken. (Zum Autor s. a. BA 9/96)
One vacant chair by Joe Coomer( Computer File )
1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 8 libraries worldwide
"Sarah's aunt Edna paints portraits of chairs. Not people in chairs, just chairs. The old house is filled with the paintings, and the chairs themselves surround her work-a silent yet vigilant audience. At the funeral of Grandma Hutton--whom Edna has cared for through an agonizingly long and vague illness--Sarah begins helping her aunt clean up the last of a life. This includes honoring Grandma's surprising wish to have her ashes scattered in Scotland. "We were two fat women, eighteen years apart, a chair artist and a designer of Christmas ornaments, who only knew we had troubles and a hot summer to get through," says Sarah. But as it turns out, there is a great deal more to quirky Aunt Edna's troubles than Sarah could possibly imagine. As the novel turns from the hot, oppressive heat of Texas to the misty beauty of Scotland, she learns of her aunt's remarkable secret life and comes to fully understand the fragile business of living, and even of dying. Praised for his richly drawn characters and as a master storyteller, Joe Coomer is at the height of his powers in One Vacant Chair." ... from publisher's description
A flathead fable : a novel by Joe Coomer( Book )
1 edition published in 1986 in English and held by 7 libraries worldwide
Wei ai zui zhen by Ku Mo( Book )
1 edition published in 2003 in Chinese and held by 7 libraries worldwide
Badewannen und der Sinn des Lebens Roman by Joe Coomer( Book )
2 editions published in 2002 in German and held by 5 libraries worldwide
Die Liebe unter dem Garten : Roman by Joe Coomer( Book )
3 editions published in 2000 in German and held by 4 libraries worldwide
The Decatur Road : a novel of the Appalachian hill country by Joe Coomer( Book )
1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 2 libraries worldwide
Sailing in a spoonful of water by Joe Coomer( Book )
1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
about boating: As he gains his footing aboard Yonder, Coomer's narrative reflects back on signal events in his life - events that have drawn him, again and again, to river or lake or ocean. Gazing into the water, Coomer perceives the reflections of his wife and their parents and grandparents, drawn always to the water along with him. And, in prose that mingles humor, generosity, and pure, awed delight, he finds in them his own safest harbor. A book that will appeal to
 
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English (66)
German (21)
Chinese (1)
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