What If My Life Story is Undignified?

“Don’t be afraid of appearing angry, small-minded, obtuse, mean, immoral, amoral, calculating, or anything else. Take no care for your dignity.” ~ Tobias Wolff, author of This Boy’s Life

Mary Karr, poet, memoirist, educator and survivor of an East Texan childhood

Review by “Georgie” at Powells.com:

Mary Karr is a poet who writes wry, punchy, blackly humorous prose. Her harrowing childhood is brought to Technicolor life in her memoir The Liars’ Club. A dazzling bestseller, The Liars’ Club was selected one of the best books of 1995 by Time MagazineThe New Yorker 

Karr manages to tell her story with love, wicked humor, clarity, and a complete lack of self pity. With its pathos and color Karr has written what she would call a “white-trash” Angela’s Ashes making her one of America’s most loved memoirists.

“This book is so good I thought about sending it out for a backup opinion…it’s like finding Beethoven in Hoboken. To have a poet’s precision of language and a poet’s insight into people applied to one of the roughest, toughest, ugliest places in America is an astonishing event.” ~ Molly Ivins, The Nation

Penguin Books writes:

When it was first published in 1995, The Liars’ Club took the world by storm and raised the art of the memoir to an entirely new level, as well as bringing about a dramatic revival of the form. Now with a new introduction that discusses her memoir’s impact on her family, this unsentimental and profoundly moving account of an apocalyptic childhood is as “funny, lively, and un-put-downable” (USA Today) today as it ever was.”

About the Author

Mary Karr is a Jesse Truesdale Peck Professor of Literature at Syracuse University. Her three volumes of poetry are Viper Rum (New Directions), The Devil’s Tour, and Abacus. Her poems and essays have won Pushcart prizes and have appeared in such magazines as The New YorkerThe Atlantic, andParnassus. Her memoir, The Liar’s Club, was a New York Times bestseller for more than a year and was selected as one of the best books of 1995 by many periodicals, including The New YorkerTimePeople, andEntertainment WeeklyCherry (Viking), her follow up to The Liar’s Club, was a bestseller for The New York TimesThe Boston GlobeLos Angeles Times, and San Francisco Chronicle, and was named “Best Book” of 2000 by Entertainment WeeklyUs, and Amazon.com. She was a Bunting Fellow at Radcliffe College and is now the Jesse Truesdell Peck Professor of Literature at Syracuse University. She is the recipient of Guggenheim Fellowship for Poetry in 2004.
“Astonishing…one of the most dazzling and moving memoirs to come along in years.” Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

See the rest of  The New York Times review of Liar’s Club HERE

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