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“Karr is such fun to read-who else would combine the name Nabokov and the phrase “out the wazoo” on her very first page?” -- New Yorker

“Karr really is an artist. The Art of Memoir attests to how hard she works at getting her words just right and how deeply she understands the way great writing works.” -- Slate

“Karr’s own voice is consistent and authentic, as vivid, down-home, smart, profane and self-deprecating as it is in her own memoirs.” -- St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“Engaging.” -- Chicago Tribune

“Snappy and witty, humorous just when it needs to be, yet plainspoken in the best way.” -- Shelf Awareness

“With a trio of notable memoirs (”The Liars’ Club,” “Cherry,” and “Lit”), Mary Karr is exquisitely qualified to write this book, a kind of compendium of advice, warning, and deep insight into what makes a personal history stick in a reader’s mind.” -- Boston Globe

“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

“Should be required reading for anyone attempting to write a memoir, but anyone who loves literature will enjoy it too.” -- Wall Street Journal

“Terrific and deliciously readable guide.” -- Entertainment Weekly, “Must List”

“Could have been called ‘The Art of Living.’” -- San Francisco Chronicle

From the Back Cover

In The Art of Memoir, master memoirist Mary Karr synthesizes her expertise as professor and therapy patient, writer and spiritual seeker, recovered alcoholic and “black-belt sinner,” providing a unique window into the mechanics and art of the form that is as irreverent, insightful, and entertaining as her own work in the genre. Anchored by excerpts from her favorite memoirs and anecdotes from fellow writers’ experience, The Art of Memoir lays bare Karr’s own process as she breaks down the key elements of great literary memoir.

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  • Publisher : Harper Perennial; Reprint edition (September 6, 2016)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 256 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0062223070
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0062223074
  • Item Weight : 7 ounces
  • Dimensions : 0.7 x 5.2 x 7.9 inches
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