The Liars' Club
When it was published in 1995, Mary Karr’s The Liars’ Club took the world by storm and raised the art of the memoir to an entirely new level, as well as bringing about a dramatic revival of the form. Karr’s comic childhood in an east Texas oil town brings us characters as darkly hilarious as any... show more
When it was published in 1995, Mary Karr’s The Liars’ Club took the world by storm and raised the art of the memoir to an entirely new level, as well as bringing about a dramatic revival of the form. Karr’s comic childhood in an east Texas oil town brings us characters as darkly hilarious as any of J. D. Salinger’s—a hard-drinking daddy, a sister who can talk down the sheriff at twelve, and an oft-married mother whose accumulated secrets threaten to destroy them all. Now with a new introduction that discusses her memoir’s impact on her family, this unsentimental and profoundly moving account of an apocalyptic childhood is as “funny, lively, and un-put-downable” (USA Today) today as it ever was
Publish date: May 31st 2005
Pages no: 320
Edition language: English
, Non Fiction
, Book Club
, Coming Of Age
, Biography Memoir
, Female Authors
The Liars' Club is steeped in a strong blend of Texas scenery [oil rigs and nutria rats], sounds ["He's not worth the bullet it'd take to kill him"] and it's stifling stickiness as much as it is run through with the horrors and trauma Karr experienced as a child. What is worth the price of admiss...
I loved this book and I don't usually go for memoirs, especially ones claiming dysfunctional childhoods on the jacket, but this was a rare exception. Very well written, excellently paced, witty and sarcastic and ironic made this enjoyable to read and made uncomfortable subjects bearable, even comica...
This is an incredibly sad book and I found myself having to stop after small chunks just because it was too depressing to continue. But it's also extremely well-written and I see why Mary Karr is seen as the master of memoir. Her ability to remember details draws you into the story, almost like you ...
Have I ever mentioned that I hate miserable childhood memoirs? Well. I do. O customer-who-recommended this to me, never again will I read a book on your word. New York Times, you may be on the outs as well. Because the only thing worse than a miserable childhood memoir is a substance abuse memoir (s...
Really intense. Some of her style of grammar mechanics bugged me, but mostly her poetry comes through. I didn't get caught up in it until about a third of the way in (which is not to say i didnt enjoy it) but then, whoa, I could hardly stand to leave her alone with her life and painfully correct des...
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