Mary Karr


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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 · 108,730 ratings · 7,474 reviews · 24 distinct worksSimilar authors
The Liars' Club

3.93 avg rating — 62,237 ratings — published 1995 — 50 editions
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Lit

3.91 avg rating — 25,504 ratings — published 2009 — 20 editions
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Cherry

3.77 avg rating — 8,926 ratings — published 2000 — 22 editions
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The Art of Memoir

4.12 avg rating — 5,967 ratings — published 2015 — 11 editions
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Sinners Welcome

4.03 avg rating — 996 ratings — published 2006 — 10 editions
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Now Go Out There:

3.64 avg rating — 576 ratings — published 2016 — 7 editions
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Viper Rum

3.96 avg rating — 372 ratings — published 1998 — 2 editions
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Tropic of Squalor: Poems

3.69 avg rating — 319 ratings — published 2018 — 9 editions
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The Devil's Tour

3.94 avg rating — 234 ratings — published 1993
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Abacus

3.88 avg rating — 43 ratings — published 1987 — 3 editions
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“A dysfunctional family is any family with more than one person in it.”
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