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.

Karr was born January 16, 1955, in Groves, a small town in East Texas located in the Port Arthur region, known for its oil refineries and chemical plants, to J. P. and Charlie Marie (Moore) Karr. In her memoirs, Karr calls the town "Leechfield." Karr's father worked in an oil refinery while her mother was an amateur artist and business owner.

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 trouble
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Average rating: 3.93 · 100,560 ratings · 6,950 reviews · 26 distinct worksSimilar authors
The Liars' Club

3.93 avg rating — 57,700 ratings — published 1995
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Lit

3.92 avg rating — 23,339 ratings — published 2009 — 20 editions
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Cherry

3.76 avg rating — 8,492 ratings — published 2000 — 18 editions
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The Art of Memoir

4.10 avg rating — 5,200 ratings — published 2015 — 11 editions
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Sinners Welcome

4.02 avg rating — 946 ratings — published 2006 — 10 editions
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Now Go Out There:

3.62 avg rating — 542 ratings — published 2016 — 7 editions
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Viper Rum

3.93 avg rating — 354 ratings — published 1998 — 2 editions
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The Devil's Tour

3.92 avg rating — 223 ratings — published 1993
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Tropic of Squalor: Poems

3.75 avg rating — 267 ratings — published 2018 — 9 editions
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Abacus

3.86 avg rating — 42 ratings — published 1987 — 3 editions
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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.”
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“Sure the world breeds monsters, but kindness grows just as wild...”
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