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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.
I'm late to the game with this trilogy, but totally engrossed. Loved this book- she writes with amazing detail, clarity and unflinching honesty.Published 1 month ago by marcy m alfonsi
I'm a fan of Mary Karr's autobiography set, but this was my least favorite.Published 1 month ago by oregon reader
Blowing off college for a drugged up trip to California, this young woman discovers that life is not the euphoria she imagined. Read morePublished 2 months ago by G. Harris
To read that is. I haven't read the Liar's Club as have many reviewers have who got sucked in.
I read Lit and found that very good. But this one is abominable. Read more
Mary Karr has written my favorite autobiographical works to date. Cherry is about her teenage years. Start with The Liars Club but read Cherry too. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book blew me away with its immediacy and its clarity. It was so evocative of teen years, of being so lost and trying to find out who you were, what your social self was going... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Verita
I'm a big fan of both recorded books and the author Mary Karr, so this purchase really hit the spot. The price was very reasonable. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Sunnydee
Mary Karr is the consummate story teller of the life and times of many of us baby boomers. She proves my theory that all parents damage their children in ways they never see,... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Kathy Koster
But Mary Karr will reveal them to you herself, line-by-line, page-by-page, and in this series, amazingly, book-by-book. Read morePublished 13 months ago by jay schneiders