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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|
What a lively, expressive wit as seen on page after page. Karr is not to be missed as she works her way through her travails and comes out on the other side quite whole having... Read morePublished 3 days ago by bhopkins49
An excellent examination of mother-daughter relationships, the power of booze and what it takes to get, and stay, sober. Look forward to reading her other books.Published 11 days ago by Ken
Nothing new under the sun. Wish I were the kind of person who could stop reading a book halfway through, because after the second third, I found Jesus, too, and started praying the... Read morePublished 24 days ago by norse
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 2 months 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 2 months 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 3 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 4 months ago by S. Miller