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First love, you may say, heart sinking in chest: what more can possibly be said about such a subject? Actually, a great deal. To read Cherry is to realize how rare it is to find a teenage girl portrayed on her own terms. As a chronicle of female adolescence with all its longings, fantasies, cruelties, and fears, Karr's memoir goes darker and deeper than any book in which the protagonist doesn't end up dead. She turns a savage eye on her own hypocrisies and failings, and we like her all the more for them. We even end up fond of Leechfield, easily the toughest, smelliest, nastiest little burg ever to appear between the covers of a book--"a town too ugly not to love," her father called it in The Liar's Club. Growing up in such a place is necessarily about getting the hell out, but it's also about inventing a new identity with which to make your escape. That's the blessing Karr's wise friend Meredith bestows after a particularly harrowing (and harrowingly funny) acid trip: "I see big adventures for Mary. Big adventures, long roads, great oceans: same self." Cherry is the story of how Karr begins to acquire that self, however fumblingly--a big adventure for Mary, as it is for all of us, and one we never finish as long as we live. Perhaps that's the book's greatest pleasure of all: it hints there's more to come. --Mary Park --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Makes me nostalgic for my childhood. So many memories unearthed throughout my exciting trek through these pages.!Published 4 days ago by Shannon LeGrand
A fantastic book. Mary Karr is a gifted writer with an amazing story to tell!Published 1 month ago by James P. McDonagh
One kf the best biographies I have ever read. Sophisticated style, rich vocabulary.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Still as kickass as The Liars' Club with that same Karr spirit and verve, but it's a little more special to me because it also manages to capture the youthful exuberance and... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Christin M. Mulligan
It's the beginning of her memoirs. I had read the others a while back, and at times I think I may have read this before. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Doctor Gail