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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 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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|Mary's much adored oil-worker Daddy||Mary's artist mother, Charlie Karr||Mary, at 22, meeting poet Howard Nemerov||Mary one month before visiting the "Mental Marriott"|
|Mary, age 17, with sister Lecia, age 19||Mary and young son Dev||Mary with family before her Leitchfield Liars' Club reading||Mary celebrating the holidays with son Dev||Mary's son, Dev Milburn, in 2009|
Ms. Karr's experience with alcoholism, especially with regard to her search for a higher being that is necessary to working a 12-step program, struck a chord with me. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Lisa
I can't get enough of Mary Karr. I read both memoirs back to back, so I feel as if I know her personally and I was disappointed when I finished each book. I wanted more. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Ruth Givens
Mary's is a very good writer especially in liars club but this last in the series milks it a little/lot IMO
reminds me of an angela's ashes spinoff - something about mary... Read more
Clearly Mary Karr is smart and honest but strangely after reading this book I don't really have a good understanding of her. Read morePublished 2 months ago by A.C.D.
A book club choice, I wasn't'enthused about her story at first, but as I read more of her beautifully chosen words, her delicious wit and poetic descriptions hooked me until the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by S. Miller
I really liked this memoir. It's smart and honest writing - like her first book The Liar's Club, Karr knows how to portray pain. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sandra Perlman
Mary Karr writes so wonderfully. A true insight to how powerful the disease of alcoholism is. She certainly is a strong woman and shares her sense of humor which is delightful!Published 3 months ago by GG
Reading Ms. Karr's autobiography in her three books, Liars Club, Cherry, and Lit: A Memoir (P.S) are so well written and so inspiring. Read morePublished 4 months ago by G. Harris