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Coomer, Joe

Overview
Works: 18 works in 103 publications in 3 languages and 5,307 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Domestic fiction  Biography  Humorous fiction  Romantic comedy films  Drama  Black humor 
Roles: Author
Classifications: PS3553.O574, 813.54
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works about Joe Coomer
 
Most widely held works by Joe Coomer
Apologizing to dogs by Joe Coomer( Book )

15 editions published between 1999 and 2014 in English and German and held by 848 WorldCat member 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 680 WorldCat member 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 )

18 editions published between 1995 and 2003 in 3 languages and held by 619 WorldCat member 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 572 WorldCat member 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 2013 in English and held by 497 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Traces an Appalachian couple's fifty years together from courtship to death and describes the colorful characters they meet along the way
The loop by Joe Coomer( Book )

15 editions published between 1992 and 2014 in German and English and held by 460 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Of its utterances. Fiona, the bafflingly spontaneous librarian at the junior college, volunteers her services in researching the parrot's past - a past that proves less elusive than Lyman's own - and in the process begins to lead Lyman out of his own loop. The Loop, Joe Coomer's funniest and darkest novel to date, takes a wonderfully refreshing look at the nature of chance and identity
Kentucky love by Joe Coomer( Book )

7 editions published between 1985 and 2001 in German and English and held by 448 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A novel about the country and its people with warmth, intelligence and great affection
A flatland fable : a novel by Joe Coomer( Book )

5 editions published between 1986 and 1987 in English and held by 435 WorldCat member 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( )

10 editions published between 2009 and 2012 in English and held by 179 WorldCat member 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
A bird of the air by Margaret Whitton Movie( Visual )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 40 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Een teruggetrokken levende man gaat op zoek naar de eigenaar van de papagaai die zijn stacaravan binnen gevlogen is en komt daarbij toevallig in contact met een bibliothecaresse
One vacant chair by Joe Coomer( )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member 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 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Other lives by Joe Coomer( Book )

1 edition published in 2017 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Good dog : fifty poems at fifty by Joe Coomer( Book )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sailing in a spoonful of water by Joe Coomer( Book )

1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Readers of writers as diverse as Tracy Kidder and E. Annie Proulx, Sailing in a Spoonful of Water is a work of rare warmth and wonder
 
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One vacant chair
Alternative Names
Joe Coomer American writer

Joe Coomer écrivain américain

Languages
English (77)

German (23)

Chinese (1)

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One vacant chairBeachcombing for a shipwrecked godPocketful of namesThe loopThe loopSailing in a spoonful of water