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.

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: 3.91 · 85,388 ratings · 5,729 reviews · 23 distinct worksSimilar authors
The Liars' Club

3.93 avg rating — 49,795 ratings — published 1995 — 38 editions
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Lit

3.89 avg rating — 20,427 ratings — published 2008 — 16 editions
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Cherry

3.73 avg rating — 7,630 ratings — published 2000 — 17 editions
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The Art of Memoir

4.08 avg rating — 3,495 ratings — published 2015 — 10 editions
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Sinners Welcome

3.99 avg rating — 772 ratings — published 2006 — 10 editions
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Viper Rum

3.89 avg rating — 308 ratings — published 1998 — 2 editions
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Now Go Out There:

3.60 avg rating — 339 ratings — published 2016 — 7 editions
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The Devil's Tour

3.86 avg rating — 190 ratings — published 1993
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Abacus

3.81 avg rating — 37 ratings — published 1987 — 3 editions
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Tropic of Squalor: Poems

3.33 avg rating — 3 ratings7 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.”
Mary Karr, Lit

“Sure the world breeds monsters, but kindness grows just as wild...”
Mary Karr, The Liars' Club

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