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Am interested in memoirs written as poetry. A wonderful idea.
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Both hilarious and heart breaking. It's specifics don't alienate, but invite you in. I knew her struggle, I knew her success. Not because I was an alcoholic that found God. We've all hit rock bottom, been unhappy, found a way, built a life from rubble. I laughed, I cried. Seriously.
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Each chapter unravels as a masterpiece. This is the most fully realized book I have read!
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I love memoirs, but this one is much better than others I have read--I literally had a hard time putting it down! Mary Karr weaves a tale from her inner life, family life (mom/dad, marriage, child), professional obligations, friendships, and her personal growth. The chapters are short and begin with delightful quotes from literature and poetry. I found it fascinating to see the author's progression between very disparate worlds. I highly recommend "Lit" both for its' courage AND its' byproduct for me--encouragement!
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Karr, Mary
Harper Perennial
Jance, J. A.
Personal Memoirs
Biography - General
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Product details 432 pages Harper Perennial - English 9780060596996 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

The best way I can describe this work is to say that it's absolutely delicious. More than a mere memoir, this fascinating jewel contains universal truths, with delicate and elegant phrasing, and, despite the subject matter, there's no sense of frivolous belly-button gazing. Some of the vignettes seem as if they came from a wildly good contemporary novel, while others resonate with a reader's remembrances of his or her own triumphs and disgraces. Karr's latest is not only her best work, but one of the best journeys in the genre.

"Review" by , "That Karr survived...to become the evenhanded, self-disciplined writer she is today is arguably nothing short of a miracle, and readers of her previous two books won't be disappointed."
"Review" by , "In a gravelly, ground-glass-under-your-heel voice that can take you from laughter to awe in a few sen­tences, Karr has written the best book about being a woman in America I have read in years."
"Review" by , "With her ability to tell a good story and her flair for written expression, Karr has found another way to...make peace with herself, her back story and those around her."
"Review" by , "Karr narrates this new book with the same confessional, raw, urgent, vividly funny and blazing style.... In short, in Lit Karr continues to deliver the goods."
"Review" by , "A redemptive, painfully funny story."
"Review" by , "Karr movingly depicts her halting journey into AA, making it clear her grit and spirit remain intact."
"Review" by , "Lit matches its predecessors in candor and outstrips them in insight."
"Review" by , "Karr's sharp and funny sensibility won me over to her previous two volumes, but what wins me over to Lit is the way her acute self-awareness conquers any hint that hers is the only version of this story....Karr is as funny as ever."
"Review" by , "A brutally honest, sparkling story."
"Review" by , "There isn't a single false note in Lit."
"Review" by , "Karr could tell you what's on her grocery list, and its humor would make you bust a gut, its unexpected insights would make you think and her pitch-perfect command of our American vernacular might even take your breath away....[Karr] holds the position of grande dame memoirista."
"Review" by , "[Karr's] poetic sensibility infuses every sentence of her story with an alliterative and symbolic energy, conjuring echoes of poet Gerard Manley Hopkins, and occasionally, Sylvia Plath."
"Review" by , "Mary Karr restores memoir form's dignity with Lit."
"Review" by , "Irresistible. . . . [Written] with trademark wit, precision, and unfailing courage."
"Review" by , "Mary Karr sparked a memoir revival with The Liars' Club — now she's back with Lit to describe how she turned those early troubles into literary gold."
"Review" by , "Searing. . . . A book that lassos you, hogties your emotions and won't let you go. . . . Chronicles with searching intelligence, humor and grace the author's slow, sometimes exhilarating, sometimes painful discovery of her vocation and her voice as a poet and writer."
"Review" by , "Riveting."
"Review" by , "An absolute gem that secures Karr's place as one of the best memoirists of her generation. . . . [She] writes with a singular combination of poetic grace and Texan verve."
"Review" by , "With this third book Karr has managed to raise the bar higher still on the genre of memoir."
"Review" by , "[Karr] continues to delight with her signature dark humor and pitch-perfect metaphors delivering large doses of wit and painful insights. . . .There are plenty of memoirs about being drunk, but this one has Karr's voice — both sure-footed and breezy — behind it."
"Review" by , "As irresistible as it is unflinchingly honest. . . .With grace, saltiness and profanity galore, Karr undeniably re-establishes herself as one of our finest memoirists and storytellers."
"Review" by , "Dazzling. . . . Lit 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."
"Review" by , "[A] radiant, rueful, rip-roaring book. . . .Warm enough to burn a hole in your heart."
"Synopsis" by , Lit is about getting drunk and getting sober; becoming a mother by letting go of a mother; learning to write by learning to live. Written with Karr's relentless honesty, unflinching self-scrutiny, and irreverent, lacerating humor, it is a truly electrifying story of how to grow up — as only Mary Karr can tell it.
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