Biography & Memoir Mary Karr Lit

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Lit

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The long awaited sequel to the beloved and bestselling ‘The Liars’ Club’ and ‘Cherry’ – a memoir about a self-professed ‘blackbelt sinner’s’ descent into the inferno of alcoholism and madness, and her astonishing resurrection.

‘If you’d told me, even a year before I start taking my son to church regular that I’d wind up whispering my sins in the confessional or on my knees saying the rosary, I would’ve laughed myself cockeyed. More likely pastime? Pole dancer. International spy. Drug mule. Assassin.’

Mary Karr’s prizewinning ‘The Liars’ Club’ chronicled her hardscrabble Texas childhood and sparked a renaissance in memoir, cresting the New York Times bestseller list for more than a year. ‘Cherry’, her ecstatically reviewed account of a psychedelic adolescence and a moving sexual coming-of-age, followed it into bestsellerdom. Now ‘Lit’ answers the question asked by thousands of fans: How did Karr make it out of that toxic upbringing to tell her own tale?

Karr’s longing for a solid family seems secure when her marriage to a handsome, blueblood poet who can quote Shakespeare by the yard produces a blond son they adore. But Karr can’t outrun her apocalyptic upbringing. She drinks herself into the same numbness that nearly devoured her charismatic but troubled mother, reaching the brink of suicide. A hair-raising stint in ‘The Mental Marriott’ with an oddball tribe of gurus and saviors awakens her to the possibility of joy again, and leads her to an unlikely faith. Not since St. Augustine cried, ‘Give me chastity, Lord – but not yet!’ has a conversion story rung with such dark hilarity.

‘Lit’ is about getting drunk and getting sober; becoming a mother by letting go of a mother; learning to write by learning to live. This hotly anticipated sequel brings Karr’s story full circle; it will endure in the hearts of readers alongside her influential and beloved earlier books. Simply put, it is a triumph.

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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."

Review:

"Riveting."--Redbook Magazine

"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."--Body + Soul

"A brutally honest, sparkling story."--Glamour

"Mary Karr restores memoir form's dignity with "Lit.""--"Vanity Fair"

"Irresistible. . . . [Written] with trademark wit, precision, and unfailing courage."--Pam Houston, "O Magazine"

"Riveting."--"Redbook Magazine"

"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."--"Body + Soul"

"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."--"Kirkus Reviews," starred review

"[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."--"Publishers Weekly"

"Her tale is riveting, her style clear-eyed and frank. That Karr survived the emotional and physical journey she regales her readers with 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."--"Library Journal"

"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."--Michiko Kakutani, "New York Times"

"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."--Samantha Dunn, "Los Angeles Times"

"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, "New York Times Book Review"

"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."--Melanie Gideon, "San Francisco Chronicle"

"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."--Rebecca Steinitz, "Boston Globe"

"[A] radiant, rueful, rip-roaring book. . . .Warm enough to burn a hole in your heart."--Ken Tucker, "Entertainment Weekly"

"Scrappy, gut-wrenching. . . . Irresistible. . . . [Written] with trademark wit, precision, and unfailing courage."--Pam Houston, "O Magazine"

"There isn't a single false note in Lit."--Carmela Ciuraru, "Christian Science Monitor"

"A redemptive, painfully funny story."--Bob Minzesheimer, "USA Today"

"Karr movingly depicts her halting journey into AA, making it clear her grit and spirit remain intact."--Michelle Green, "People," 3 ? out of 4 stars

"Lit matches its predecessors in candor and outstrips them in insight."--"Commonweal"

"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."--Valery Sayers, "Washington Post"

"With this third book Karr has managed to raise the bar higher still on the genre of memoir."--Steve Ross, "Huffington Post"

"Mary Karr has never lacked for material. But she's always delivered on the craft side, too, with her poet's gift for show-and-tell."--Elizabeth Foy Larsen, "Minneapolis Star Tribune"

"[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."--Beth Greenfield, "Time Out New York"

"A brutally honest, sparkling story."--"Glamour"

"Mary Karr restores memoir form's dignity with Lit."--"Vanity Fair"

Irresistible. . . . [Written] with trademark wit, precision, and unfailing courage. --Pam Houston, "O Magazine""

Mary Karr restores memoir form s dignity with "Lit." --"Vanity Fair""

A brutally honest, sparkling story. --"Glamour""

Riveting. --"Redbook Magazine""

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. --"Kirkus Reviews," starred review"

[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. --"Publishers Weekly""

Her tale is riveting, her style clear-eyed and frank. That Karr survived the emotional and physical journey she regales her readers with 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. --"Library Journal""

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. --Michiko Kakutani, "New York Times""

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. --Samantha Dunn, "Los Angeles Times""

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, "New York Times Book Review""

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. --Melanie Gideon, "San Francisco Chronicle""

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. --Rebecca Steinitz, "Boston Globe""

[A] radiant, rueful, rip-roaring book. . . .Warm enough to burn a hole in your heart. --Ken Tucker, "Entertainment Weekly""

Scrappy, gut-wrenching. . . . Irresistible. . . . [Written] with trademark wit, precision, and unfailing courage. --Pam Houston, "O Magazine""

There isn t a single false note in Lit. --Carmela Ciuraru, "Christian Science Monitor""

A redemptive, painfully funny story. --Bob Minzesheimer, "USA Today""

Karr movingly depicts her halting journey into AA, making it clear her grit and spirit remain intact. --Michelle Green, "People," 3 ? out of 4 stars"

Lit matches its predecessors in candor and outstrips them in insight. --"Commonweal""

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. --Valery Sayers, "Washington Post""

With this third book Karr has managed to raise the bar higher still on the genre of memoir. --Steve Ross, "Huffington Post""

[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. --Beth Greenfield, "Time Out New York""

Mary Karr has never lacked for material. But she s always delivered on the craft side, too, with her poet s gift for show-and-tell. --Elizabeth Foy Larsen, "Minneapolis Star Tribune""

Mary Karr restores memoir form s dignity with Lit. --"Vanity Fair""

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. --"Body + Soul""

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