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Lit A Memoir (Paperback)

Author:  Mary Karr
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0060596996
ISBN-13: 9780060596996
Sku: 214112734
Publish Date: 7/1/2010
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.25H x 5.5L x 1T
Pages:  432
Age Range:  NA
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Age seventeen, stringy-haired and halter-topped, weighing in the high double digits and unhindered by a high school diploma, I showed up at the Pacific Ocean, ready to seek my fortune with a truck full of extremely stoned surfers. (from the first line)
The best-selling author of The Liars Club reveals a new piece of her life during which, shortly after giving birth to a child she adored, she drank herself into the same numbness that nearly devoured her charismatic but troubled mother, reaching the brink of suicide before a surprising spiritual awakening led her to sobriety. Reprint. A best-selling memoir. *Author: Karr, Mary *Publication Date: 2010/06/29 *Number of Pages: 386 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 1.00 *Width: 5.50 *Height: 8.25
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The best-selling author of The Liar's Club reveals a new piece of her life during which, shortly after giving birth to a child she adored, she drank herself into the same numbness that nearly devoured her charismatic but troubled mother, reaching the brink of suicide before a surprising spiritual awakening led her to sobriety. Reprint. A best-selling memoir.
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Mary Karr's brilliant debut, THE LIARS' CLUB, provided a parade of imitators with the courage that they needed to transform the harrowing anguish of their troubled childhood into literature. With LIT, her third memoir, Karr surges ahead of the pack, displaying the sensibility she has acquired in maturation, even as she documents the process. Having assessed the damage of her childhood and adolescence in her first two books, Karr turns to her recovery, as she charts the healing process which gradually transformed her from a 17-year-old alcoholic masochist into a 50-year-old dutiful Catholic mother. The young Karr tosses in the turbulent wake of her traumatic upbringing, struggling to convince herself of the significance of education even as she drinks herself into an emotional collapse. She describes her religious conversion without resorting to sermons, and finally accepts that redemption may be held in the process of literary confession. LIT was named a finalist for the 2009 National Books Critics Circle Award for autobiography and selected by the New York Times Book Review as one of the 10 Best Books of 2009.
Author Bio
Mary Karr
Mary Karr was born in 1955 into a colorful East Texas family. She studied literature at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, but dropped out to travel across the country. Later, she attended Goddard College in Vermont, where she studied with the writers Tobias Wolff and Frank Conroy. In Karr's first book, THE LIARS' CLUB (1995), a best-seller that won many awards, she details her childhood, spent in fealty to a cruel, puritanical grandmother and subject to the whims and moods of her mother, an erstwhile painter who had been married seven times. Her reticent, largely absent father's only apparent love was the telling of tall tales in his drinking circle-"The Liars' Club." Karr's second memoir, CHERRY (2000), focused on her adolescent and post-adolescent years, examining issues of female and male coming-of-age and identity, and depicting the raucousness of those years with poignancy and humor. Karr has also been awarded several Pushcart prizes for her poems and essays. She has been a Bunting Fellow at Radcliffe College and a professor of creative writing and literature at Syracuse University.

Praise

"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." - Susan Cheever 11/15/2009

"[I]n terms of memoirs it's not exactly high-octane, which her first was. The drama is mild if put against...[some other] recovery narrative[s]....But thankfully the unusual and the extreme aren't essential ingredients for a good memoir. 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." - Samantha Dunn 11/08/2009

"[A] radiant, rueful, rip-roaring book....Karr writes about her binge drinking and her long struggle to accept the methods of Alcoholics Anonymous with a rare vividness, humor, and candor." - Ken Tucker 11/13/2009

"[D]azzling....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." - Rebecca Steinitz 11/08/2009

"[A]n absolute gem that secures Karr's place as one of the best memoirists of her generation." (starred review) 08/01/2009

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