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ISBN13: 9780140179835
ISBN10: 0140179836
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Mary Karr is a poet who writes wry, punchy, blackly humorous prose. Her harrowing childhood is brought to Technicolor life in her memoir The Liars' Club. A dazzling bestseller, The Liars' Club was selected one of the best books of 1995 by Time, The New Yorker, and Entertainment Weekly and People. It also won the PEN/Martha Albrand Award and the Texas Institute of Letters Prize for Best Nonfiction.

The Liars' Club focuses on Karr's early years growing up in an East Texas refinery town, the child of two larger than life parents: a mother married seven times, twice to Karr's father, who teeters on the brink of psychosis, and a glitteringly charming but violent father. Karr and her sister Lecia know no other life than chaos, fights, and lies spurred by alcoholism and mental illness, and their scrappy defiance in the face of these odds is heroic and poignant. Karr manages to tell her story with love, wicked humor, clarity, and a complete lack of self pity. With its pathos and color Karr has written a white-trash Angela's Ashes making her one of America's most loved memoirists. Georgie, Powells.com

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When it was published in 1995, Mary Karr's The Liars' Club took the world by storm and raised the art of the memoir to an entirely new level, as well as bringing about a dramatic revival of the form. Karr's comic childhood in an east Texas oil town brings us characters as darkly hilarious as any of J. D. Salinger's — a hard-drinking daddy, a sister who can talk down the sheriff at twelve, and an oft-married mother whose accumulated secrets threaten to destroy them all. Now with a new introduction that discusses her memoir's impact on her family, this unsentimental and profoundly moving account of an apocalyptic childhood is as "funny, lively, and un-put-downable" (USA Today) today as it ever was.

Review:

"Astonishing...one of the most dazzling and moving memoirs to come along in years." Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

Review:

"This book is so good I thought about sending it out for a backup opinion...it's like finding Beethoven in Hoboken. To have a poet's precision of language and a poet's insight into people applied to one of the roughest, toughest, ugliest places in America is an astonishing event." Molly Ivins, The Nation

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"The essential American story...a beauty." Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post Book World

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"Overflows with sparkling wit and humor....Truth beats powerfully at the heart of this dazzling memoir." San Francisco Chronicle

Review:

"9mm humor, gothic wit, and a stunning clarity of memory within a poet's vision....Karr's unerring scrutiny of her childhood delivers a story confoundingly real." The Boston Sunday Globe

About the Author

Mary Karr's three volumes of poetry are Abacus, The Devil's Tour, and Viper Rum. Her memoir, Cherry, published in 2000, was also a New York Times bestseller. She is a Jesse Truesdale Peck Professor of Literature at Syracuse University.

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Laney F, June 7, 2013 (view all comments by Laney F)
I'm not sure how I found out about Mary Karr, but I am so glad I did. The Liar's Club is a wonderful memoir; the book is funny, touching, and - at times - a bit shocking. Being from the same neck of the woods as the author...and about the same age, I especially loved the way Ms. Karr painted such a realistic portrait of life in a Texas working-class area during the 60's. The speech patterns, expressions, and descriptors were all delightful. Although from the Southwest, Mary Karr's book is reminiscent of the fine examples of Southern writing.
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jlak, January 27, 2013 (view all comments by jlak)
This book is a wonderful blend of sadness and hilarity. Karr's writing is sharp, witty, beautiful. I bet she could write about anything and make it interesting. The Liar's Club is by far, my favorite book that I read in 2012.
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milo, October 28, 2011 (view all comments by milo)
I read this book for the first time several years ago and loved it. After taking some writing classes and narrowing down my preferred genre to memoir I decided to give this one another go. Reading it from a more analytical standpoint (pretending as if I were giving in a critique) I am in awe of what a flawless work of creative non-fiction it is. It's so engaging I have to remember to slow down and savor it.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780140179835
Subtitle:
A Memoir
Author:
Karr, Mary
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Social life and customs
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Family
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Sociology - Marriage & Family
Subject:
Poets, American
Subject:
Women poets, American
Subject:
Port Arthur
Subject:
General Biography
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series Volume:
NASA TR R-439
Publication Date:
19960501
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
7.77x5.02x.62 in. .51 lbs.

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"Review" by , "Astonishing...one of the most dazzling and moving memoirs to come along in years."
"Review" by , "This book is so good I thought about sending it out for a backup opinion...it's like finding Beethoven in Hoboken. To have a poet's precision of language and a poet's insight into people applied to one of the roughest, toughest, ugliest places in America is an astonishing event."
"Review" by , "The essential American story...a beauty."
"Review" by , "Overflows with sparkling wit and humor....Truth beats powerfully at the heart of this dazzling memoir."
"Review" by , "9mm humor, gothic wit, and a stunning clarity of memory within a poet's vision....Karr's unerring scrutiny of her childhood delivers a story confoundingly real."
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