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.
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.
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.
Nan Rush, January 2, 2010 (view all comments by Nan Rush)
This is a memoir that reads like a novel, captures us from the first page, makes us ache, laugh, cry. We come to know the "characters" like those in David Copperfield. I've recommended this book to all my friends. It's one of the few books I've re-read within a few years of first reading it, and was just as impressed the second time around.
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