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Mary Karr

Autor(a) de The Liars' Club: A Memoir

15+ Works 8,176 Membros 182 Reviews 13 Favorited

About the Author

Mary Karr's memoir, "The Liars' Club," won the PEN/Martha Albrand Award. A poet & essayist, she has won Pushcart prizes in both genres. Her other grants & awards include the prestigious Whiting Award & the Bunting Fellowship from Radcliffe College. Her previous poetry collections are "Abacus," "The mostrar mais Devil's Tour," & "Viper Rum." She is a full professor at Syracuse University. (Publisher Provided) Mary Karr was born in Groves, Texas on January 16, 1955. She received an M.F.A. from Goddard College in 1979. Before becoming a poet and memoirist, she held various jobs in the computer and telecommunications industries. Her works include Lit, The Liars' Club, Cherry, and The Art of Memoir. She has also published four volumes of poetry: Abacus, The Devil's Tour, Viper, and Sinners Welcome. She was a Guggenheim Fellow in poetry in 2005 and has won Pushcart prizes for both her poetry and her essays. She was an assistant professor at numerous colleges and universities including Tufts University, Emerson College, Harvard University, and Sarah Lawrence College. She is currently the Peck Professor of English Literature at Syracuse University. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Obras de Mary Karr

The Liars' Club: A Memoir (1995) 4,009 cópias
Lit: A Memoir (2009) 1,703 cópias
Cherry: A Memoir (2000) 1,325 cópias
The Art of Memoir (2015) 648 cópias
Sinners Welcome: Poems (2006) 193 cópias
Viper Rum: Poems (1998) 106 cópias
The Devil's Tour: Poems (1993) 66 cópias
Tropic of Squalor: Poems (2018) 44 cópias
Abacus: Poems (1987) 22 cópias
El club de los mentirosos (2017) 3 cópias
Klub Łgarzy 1 exemplar(es)

Associated Works

Lincoln no Limbo (2017) — Narrador, algumas edições5,815 cópias
McSweeney's Issue 22: Three Books Held Within By Magnets (2007) — Contribuinte — 335 cópias
The Best American Poetry 1999 (1999) — Contribuinte — 208 cópias
The Best American Poetry 2005 (2005) — Contribuinte — 177 cópias
This Is My Best: Great Writers Share Their Favorite Work (2004) — Contribuinte — 160 cópias
The Best American Poetry 2008 (2008) — Contribuinte — 135 cópias
Granta 44: The Last Place on Earth (1993) — Contribuinte — 125 cópias
Southern Dogs and Their People (2000) — Contribuinte — 39 cópias
Poetry Magazine Vol. 200 No. 5, September 2012 (2012) — Contribuinte — 7 cópias


Conhecimento Comum



Her writing is exceptional but I wearied of the self-effacement, boozy/AA recollections the religion. I was most interested in the poetry, literary cohorts and writing. The haunted husband of the story, Warren, is in fact essayist and poet Michael Milburn.
featherbooks | outras 55 resenhas | May 7, 2024 |
Klein Mary Madeleine und ihre zwei Jahre ältere Schwester Lecia wachsen zu Beginn der sechziger Jahre im tristen Ölförder-Areal Leechfield, Texas auf. Daddy ist ein texanischer Arbeiter mit "einem Spritzer Indianerblut", Mutter eine ewige Kunststudentin mit einem natürlichen Hang zur Dramatik, beide verbindet Abhängigkeit und Sucht. So verlaufen Marys Tage zwischen dem industriellen Umfeld der Ölförderanlagen, der Arbeiterwelt mit all ihren Geldnöten, dem Kampf mit den Nachbarskindern um Akzeptanz, Kneipen voller Qualm, dem Alkoholdunst und den Geschichten im Club der Lügner. Der Club der Lügner ist die Kneipengesellschaft um ihren Vater, Arbeits- und Trinkkollegen, die sich ihren Alltag mit Geschichten aus vergangenen Zeiten polieren. Mary liebt ihren Vater, der an kalten Abenden die Socken für sie auf der Heizung für den nächsten Morgen parat legt. Mary liebt ihre Mutter, die trotz Alkohol- und Tablettenexzessen stolz und grazil den Anschein einer heilen Welt aufrecht halten will. Mary liebt Lecia, ihre große Schwester, die viel mehr die Rolle der Hüterin wahrnimmt, als es für ein Kind gut sein kann.
"Der Club der Lügner" ist die wahre Geschichte der Mary (Madeleine) Karr, die nicht nur das Talent des Geschichtenerzählens von ihrem Vater geerbt hat, sondern auch die Fähigkeit immer wieder aufzustehen. Ganz egal, wie hart das Schicksal zuschlägt. ("The iron butterfly" auf lovelybooks.de)
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Hoppetosse1 | outras 79 resenhas | Jan 22, 2024 |
Sounds like it would appeal to lovers of A Million Little Pieces.
LibrarianDest | outras 55 resenhas | Jan 3, 2024 |
Memoir has become a popular field in recent decades. The novitiate often thinks that anyone can write about their own life. The experienced one knows that this task is actually incredibly hard, both in penning the work and in emotionally admitting truth to yourself. Bestselling memoir author and writing professor Mary Karr writes about values and practices she finds helpful. Importantly, she cites other authors alongside her own experience to ground her work not just in personal ingenuity but in universal human knowledge.

Augustine of Hippo wrote the first known autobiography in his Confessions in the fourth century CE. Since then, some humans – whose sanity could be questioned! – have found revealing their inner lives in literature a part and parcel of their writing craft. It seems that Karr has read many of the best of these reflections and shares an exhaustive list in an appendix. She hand picks a favored few to study in depth in many of the 24 chapters. Then she spends some time reflecting on the topic of choice via her own experience in penning three memoirs.

As my only criticism, she spends too much time for me harping on the theme of telling the truth. Now, I am a big fan of the truth – reality is always the best and most steadfast motivator. Indeed, I agree most memoir writers could probably benefit from not straying too far from relating reality as best they can. However, I also work as a scientist, so obsessing about getting it right earns my paycheck and consumes my days. My personal foible in writing is having an entertaining voice. Fortunately, Karr does talk about voice in several chapters, but truth-telling from emotional memories still takes the most eminent, dogmatic place in this book.

Frankly, few people anywhere would be able to write this book. Few have read as widely as Karr has. Further, few have written three successful memoirs. Fewer still teach students how to write memoirs for a living, as Karr does in Syracuse’s MFA program. That’s why this book will remain for some time as a standard that every aspiring author of the genre needs to consult. For those with deeper curiosities, she also lists a handful of other recommended works in the aforementioned appendix. This challenging book is not for the faint of heart, but to those readers who persist, it can lead to stories that last longer and that reach a broader audience. Not bad for any ambitious author…
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scottjpearson | outras 16 resenhas | Nov 25, 2023 |



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