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The Art of Memoir by [Karr, Mary]
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An Amazon Best Book of September 2015: Thanks to celebrated works like The Liar’s Club, Lit, and Cherry, many would argue that Mary Karr put memoirs on the map. She has a thing or two to say about that in The Art of Memoir, a distillation of over 30 years of writing and teaching the form. While it certainly should be required reading for anyone wanting to become the next Cheryl Strayed (whom Karr mentored), it has much on offer for those of us who have no intentions of laying ourselves bare on the page. By examining her favorite memoirs in her signature smart, irreverent style--and with contagious affection--Karr explains why they resonate with us: Memoirs are a means to make sense of a life; they reveal the sometimes skewed ways in which we see ourselves, and how those perceptions betray our frailties, and our strengths. If you’re wondering if Karr touches on charlatan “memoirists” like infamous Oprah punching bag, James Frey, she does. But only to point out the important distinctions between the malleability of memory, and simply making stuff up. Also, why are we so gullible in believing those fictions? A warning that your reading list is going to grow the further you venture into this book—Karr’s love for memoirs like Vladimir Nabokov’s Speak, Memory and Maxine Hong Kingston’s Woman Warrior just oozes off the page, and it’s hard not getting some of that on you. You’ll be better off if you just let it. --Erin Kodicek

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''Karr is a national treasure -- —that rare genius who's also a brilliant teacher. This joyful celebration of memoir packs transcendent insights with trademark hilarity. Anyone yearning to write will be inspired, and anyone passionate to live an examined life will fall in love with language and literature all over again. '' --George Saunders, New York Times bestselling author of Tenth of December

''Mary Karr has written another astonishingly perceptive, wildly entertaining, and profoundly honest book-funny, fascinating, necessary. The Art of Memoir will be the definitive book on reading and writing memoir for years to come.'' --Cheryl Strayed, #1 New York Times bestselling author

''Fresh and heartfelt…Karr delivers a thorough look at the writing process and the challenges inherent in telling one's story and accepting the subjective nature of memory…As a writing guide, this book is a success. Never is Karr dull or didactic (not a single lesson or method is touted as 'the one'); rather, the author instructs and inspires through example and a love for the art of memoir.'' --Library Journal, starred review

''Karr, the author of three lauded memoirs…offers her wisdom in this instructive guide to the genre…Karr lends her characteristic trueness and 'you-ness' to the subject of writing memoirs, wisely (and quite often humorously) guiding readers in their understanding and experience of the art.'' --Publishers Weekly, starred review

''Karr's sassy Texas wit and her down-to-earth observations about both the memoir form and how to approach it combine to make for lively and inspiring reading. A generous and singularly insightful examination of memoir.'' --Kirkus

''A master class on the art of the memoir.'' --New York Times Book Review, Top 10 Notable Book Citation

''Reminds us not only how compelling personal stories can be, but how, in the hands of a master, they can transmute into the highest art.'' --Boston Globe

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  • File Size: 582 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0062223070
  • Publisher: Harper; Reprint edition (September 15, 2015)
  • Publication Date: September 15, 2015
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00RLQXBYS
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,994 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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