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The Liars' Club: a Memoir

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ISBN13: 9780143035749
ISBN10: 0143035746
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Awards

Winner of the PEN/Martha Albrand Award

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

A tenth anniversary edition of the landmark memoir, with a new introduction by the author.

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

Review:

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

Review:

"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

Synopsis:

When it was published in 1995, Mary Karrandrsquo;s The Liarsandrsquo; 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. Karrandrsquo;s comic childhood in an east Texas oil town brings us characters as darkly hilarious as any of J. D. Salingerandrsquo;sandmdash;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 memoirandrsquo;s impact on her family, this unsentimental and profoundly moving account of an apocalyptic childhood is as andldquo;funny, lively, and un-put-downableandrdquo; (USA Today) today as it ever was

Synopsis:

The author, a prize-winning poet and critic, looks back at her upbringing in a swampy East Texas refinery town. 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.

About the Author

Mary Karr's poems and essays have won Pushcart prizes and have appeared in magazines such as the New Yorker, the Atlantic, and Parnassus. She was a Bunting Fellow at Radcliffe College, and is now the Jesse Truesdale Peck Professor of English Literature at Syracuse.

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mirandalegorreta_2011, August 8, 2012 (view all comments by mirandalegorreta_2011)
Getting to see all the hardships some one else faces and how they overcome them, builds strength in the reader to do the same.
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Nancy Payne, January 2, 2012 (view all comments by Nancy Payne)
Growing up in East Texas (or anywhere else)in a dysfunctional family brings "fun" and very dark memories as Mary Karr describes her childhood. You won't be able to put it down!
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Ashlyn, August 24, 2009 (view all comments by Ashlyn)
I forgot I had this book and I picked it up and couldn't stop reading it, it's not a light-hearted book, but it's really good!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780143035749
Subtitle:
A Memoir
Author:
Karr, Mary
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Family
Subject:
Poets, American
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Poets, American -- 20th century.
Subject:
Karr, Mary - Homes and haunts - Texas -
Subject:
Biography-Literary
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20050531
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
b/w photos on pages 1, 175, and 273
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
7.70x5.08x.64 in. .51 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 352 pages Penguin Books - English 9780143035749 Reviews:
"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."
"Synopsis" by ,

When it was published in 1995, Mary Karrandrsquo;s The Liarsandrsquo; 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. Karrandrsquo;s comic childhood in an east Texas oil town brings us characters as darkly hilarious as any of J. D. Salingerandrsquo;sandmdash;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 memoirandrsquo;s impact on her family, this unsentimental and profoundly moving account of an apocalyptic childhood is as andldquo;funny, lively, and un-put-downableandrdquo; (USA Today) today as it ever was

"Synopsis" by , The author, a prize-winning poet and critic, looks back at her upbringing in a swampy East Texas refinery town. 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.

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