Mary Karr





Mary Karr


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
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Average rating: 3.89 · 70,861 ratings · 4,657 reviews · 19 distinct works · Similar authors
The Liars' Club

3.91 avg rating — 42,527 ratings — published 1995 — 29 editions
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Lit

3.85 avg rating — 16,937 ratings — published 2008
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Cherry

3.72 avg rating — 6,639 ratings — published 2000 — 15 editions
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The Art of Memoir

4.04 avg rating — 1,505 ratings — published 2015 — 8 editions
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Sinners Welcome

3.97 avg rating — 593 ratings — published 2006 — 10 editions
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Viper Rum

3.87 avg rating — 261 ratings — published 1998 — 2 editions
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The Devil's Tour

3.87 avg rating — 163 ratings — published 1993
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Now Go Out There:

3.32 avg rating — 37 ratings — published 2016 — 7 editions
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Abacus

3.79 avg rating — 29 ratings — published 1987 — 3 editions
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Sisters: An Anthology

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3.85 avg rating — 34 ratings — published 2009
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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

“If you live in the dark a long time and the sun comes out, you do not cross into it whistling. There's an initial uprush of relief at first, then-for me, anyway- a profound dislocation. My old assumptions about how the world works are buried, yet my new ones aren't yet operational.There's been a death of sorts, but without a few days in hell, no resurrection is possible.”
Mary Karr, Lit

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