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The Liars' Club by Mary Karr
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May 31, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: memoir, nonfiction, coming-of-age, dark-and-twisted, descriptive-prose-most-beautiful, sly-wit
Read in January, 1998

A wicked true story of two sisters growing up with an emotionally insane mother as a mentor; mixing equal parts of creative spirit with life threatening escapades. Cut to the quick, this is a fast read with incredible descriptions and brutal honesty. Karr has gone on to write a sizzling set of memoirs, but her first is white hot and possibly her best. It is worth noting; at heart and practice Karr is a renowned poet and her memoirs benefit from her remarkable gift. Her work has a flow and cadence that is extraordinary. At times, her descriptions and verse throb with emotion. Of course, none of this would mean much without her insightful thoughts and her painful confessions. She puts it all on the line like few others.


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