Mary Karr





Mary Karr

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born
in Groves, Texas, The United States
January 16, 1955

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Mary Karr is an American poet, essayist and memoirist. She rose to fame in 1995 with the publication of her bestselling memoir The Liars' Club. She is the Peck Professor of English Literature at Syracuse University.
The Liars' Club, published in 1995, was a New York Times bestseller for over a year, and was named one of the year's best books. It delves vividly and often humorously into her deeply troubled childhood, most of which was spent in a gritty, industrial section of Southeast Texas in the 1960s. She was encouraged to write her personal history by her friend, author Tobias Wolff, but has said she only took up the project when her marriage fell apart.
She followed the book with another memoir, Cherry (2000), about her late adolescence a...more


Average rating: 3.86 · 49,799 ratings · 3,484 reviews · 18 distinct works · Similar authors
The Liars' Club
3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 30,786 ratings — published 1995 — 20 editions
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Lit
3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 11,566 ratings — published 2009 — 14 editions
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Cherry
3.67 of 5 stars 3.67 avg rating — 4,924 ratings — published 2000 — 14 editions
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Sinners Welcome
3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 401 ratings — published 2006 — 8 editions
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Viper Rum
3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 201 ratings — published 1998 — 2 editions
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The Devil's Tour
3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 119 ratings — published 1993
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Abacus
3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 18 ratings — published 1987 — 3 editions
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Liars Club Readers Guide
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Sisters: An Anthology
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Circling Faith: Southern Wo...
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“A dysfunctional family is any family with more than one person in it.”
Mary Karr, The Liars' Club

“What hurts so bad about youth isn't the actual butt whippings the world delivers. It's the stupid hopes playacting like certainties.”
Mary Karr, Lit

“Ten years, she's dead, and I still find myself some mornings reaching for the phone to call her. She could no more be gone than gravity or the moon.”
Mary Karr, Lit

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