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Lit: A Memoir - Mary Karr
Lit: A Memoir
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The Liars' Club brought to vivid, indelible life Mary Karr's hardscrabble Texas childhood. Cherry, her account of her adolescence, 'continued to set the literary standard for making the personal universal' (Entertainment Weekly). Now Lit follows the self-professed blackbelt sinner's descent into... show more
The Liars' Club brought to vivid, indelible life Mary Karr's hardscrabble Texas childhood. Cherry, her account of her adolescence, 'continued to set the literary standard for making the personal universal' (Entertainment Weekly). Now Lit follows the self-professed blackbelt sinner's descent into the inferno of alcoholism and madness--and to her astonishing resurrection. Karr's longing for a solid family seems secure when her marriage to a handsome, Shakespeare-quoting blueblood poet produces a son they adore. But she can't outrun her apocalyptic past. She drinks herself into the same numbness that nearly devoured her charismatic but troubled mother, reaching the brink of suicide. A hair-raising stint in 'The Mental Marriott,' with an oddball tribe of gurus and saviors, awakens her to the possibility of joy and leads her to an unlikely faith. Not since Saint Augustine cried, 'Give me chastity, Lord-but not yet!' has a conversion story rung with such dark hilarity. Lit is about getting drunk and getting sober, becoming a mother by letting go of a mother, learning to write by learning to live. Written with Karr's relentless honesty, unflinching self-scrutiny, and irreverent, lacerating humor, it is a truly electrifying story of how to grow up--as only Mary Karr can tell it.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780060596989 (0060596988)
Publisher: Harper
Pages no: 400
Edition language: English
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A Reading Vocation
A Reading Vocation rated it
3.0 Book 52/100: Lit by Mary Karr
I read this because Cheryl Strayed recommended Mary Karr on her Dear Sugar podcast -- and when I read all the descriptions of Karr's book, this one appealed to me most because it deals with Catholic spirituality.The Catholic spirituality part is interesting, although it is not as much of the book as...
kathleencioffi1
kathleencioffi1 rated it
4.0 Lit: A Memoir
Super well-written and brave. I'm a little allergic to spiritual stuff, but I guess if you're as screwed-up as Mary Karr was at this point in her life, whatever works to get you off whatever it is you're on is good.
I Like Books
I Like Books rated it
3.0 Lit : A Memoir (P.S.)
I'm not sure what to say about this one. It took a lot out of me, reading it. And it's not like I can say I was drawn in by the story line...really it's just another memoir of an alcoholic getting sober and finding God. I've read those before with much more enticing stories and such. Still...the way...
ladydi
ladydi rated it
I enjoy reading memoirs and enjoyed Mary Karr's very much. So much so, I plan to read at least her first memoir (The Liar's Club) and maybe her second (Cherry).I may not have understood every complex word the author used, but enough to get a feel for the events she wrote about and even more importan...
florinda3rs
florinda3rs rated it
Non-celebrity memoir has become particularly hot during the last decade or so, and Mary Karr's first work in the genre, The Liars' Club (1995) was one of the books that helped start that fire. Poetic, moving, and both darkly humorous and horrifying in its depiction of her seriously screwed-up Texas ...
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