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In this funny, razor-edged memoir, Mary Karr, a prize-winning poet and critic, looks back at her upbringing in a swampy East Texas refinery town with a volatile, defiantly loving family. She recalls her painter mother, seven times married, whose outlaw spirit could tip into psychosis; a fist-swinging father who spun tales with his cronies--dubbed the Liars' Club; and a neighborhood rape when she was eight. An inheritance was squandered, endless bottles emptied, and guns leveled at the deserving and undeserving. With a raw authenticity stripped of self-pity and a poet's eye for the lyrical detail, Karr shows us a "terrific family of liars and drunks ... redeemed by a slow unearthing of truth." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Poet Karr's NBCC nominated memoir of her East Texas childhood is a blackly comic tale of a family prone to alcoholism, violence and insanity.
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Grimly brilliant book. I love the smell of prose poetry in the morning! A mix of colloquial rough language mixed into perfect pitch story telling. I finished the (a la T. S. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Dick Cummins
This is a hilarious memoir of a train wreck of a family, the kind of the family that was not so unusual in the 1960s. I loved it.Published 24 days ago by Anne-Marie
Mary Karr is incredible: resilient and sassy in the face of trauma and disaster. She has a fierceness and a "take no bulls***" edge that I just love. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Christin M. Mulligan
Matter of fact no-nonsense account of navigating childhood with parents who are mentally ill.Published 1 month ago by Danielle Ashby
I picked up this book because it was referenced by another writer and said to be humorous. I found maybe one laugh along the journey of this seriously dysfunctional family. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lynn M.
You will laugh and cry. Mary Karr is hilarious, loving and this story of her childhood is wild and wacky. I loved it.Published 1 month ago by Debra Schluter