Lit: A Memoir by Mary KarrLit: A Memoir by Mary Karr

Lit: A Memoir

byMary Karr

Paperback | June 29, 2010

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The New York Times bestseller, now available in paperback—Mary Karr’s sequel to the beloved and bestselling The Liars’ Club and Cherry “lassos you, hogties your emotions and won’t let you go” (Michiko Kakutani, New York Times).

Mary Karr’s bestselling, unforgettable sequel to her beloved memoirs The Liars’ Club and Cherry—and one of the most critically acclaimed books of the year—Lit is about getting drunk and getting sober; becoming a mother by letting go of a mother; learning to write by learning to live.

The Boston Globe calls Lit a book that “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." The New York Times Book Review calls it “a master class on the art of the memoir” in its Top 10 Books of 2009 Citation. Michiko Kakutani calls it “a book that lassos you, hogties your emotions and won’t let you go” in her New York Times review. And Susan Cheever states, simply, that Lit is “the best book about being a woman in America I have read in years."

In addition to the New York Times, Lit was named a Best Book of 2009 by the New Yorker (Reviewer Favorite), Entertainment Weekly (Top 10), Time (Top 10), the Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Chicago Tribune, the Christian Science Monitor, Slate, the St. Louis Post Dispatch, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and the Seattle Times.

Mary Karr is the author of three award-winning, bestselling memoirs:The Liars' Club, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award;Cherry, which was selected as a "notable book" by book reviews nationwide; andLit, which was one of theNew York Times Book Review's Ten Best Books of the Year (and made virtually every oth...
Title:Lit: A MemoirFormat:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.97 inPublished:June 29, 2010Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0060596996

ISBN - 13:9780060596996

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Made me fall in love with Karr's language! I read this at a time of my life where I faced great uncertainty. Oddly enough, I took the opposite road from Karr, went from being a believer to being an atheist. But it's believers like Karr that keep me from rejecting everything altogether and her wit, sense of humour, and mastery of language is no stranger to it. A great read for sure!
Date published: 2017-12-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Memoir at its best I very much wish I had read The Liar's Club first as Lit seems rather like a sequel. I highly recommend the audiobook version. Karr does a wonderful job of reading her own work. I did not realize there would be such a profound exploration of prayer and faith so if religion is not your bag, you may be a little irritated those sections of the book. However, if you enjoyed Love, Warrior, Lit will fit nicely in your wheelhouse and the writing is far superior.
Date published: 2017-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Welcome faith A crazy, funny and beautifully written book of migrating through poetic life that welcomes in forgotten faith and its heroism.
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“Mary Karr restores memoir form’s dignity with Lit.”