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Most Helpful Favorable Review

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

What an intimate look inside the life of an enigmatic poet.

Mary Karr has opened the door to her adolescent, young adult life without boundaries. An honest portrayal of decisions made with an immature perspective and how those decisions shaped her world. I am a new fan of her work. I read Liar's Club in one week and Cherry in...
Mary Karr has opened the door to her adolescent, young adult life without boundaries. An honest portrayal of decisions made with an immature perspective and how those decisions shaped her world. I am a new fan of her work. I read Liar's Club in one week and Cherry in about two. I have just started Lit and her book of poetry Sinners Welcome.

posted by Lyriq3 on January 7, 2010

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4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Well Written, But Not Nearly as Compelling as Liars Club

I often choose to read books that show up on Amazon's "Recommended for Me" list - and since Mary Karr's _Lit: A Memoir_ is one of them, I decided to read Mary Karr's first two memoirs beforehand. Since I *loved* _The Liars' Club_ (to which I will henceforth refer as Boo...
I often choose to read books that show up on Amazon's "Recommended for Me" list - and since Mary Karr's _Lit: A Memoir_ is one of them, I decided to read Mary Karr's first two memoirs beforehand. Since I *loved* _The Liars' Club_ (to which I will henceforth refer as Book One), I looked forward to reading _Cherry_ (Book Two). What a disappointment. Book One felt incredibly honest - the product of many conversations, much introspection, and hard work. I loved the way Karr linked her past experiences to the present and especially appreciated the inclusion of her therapist's injunction to challenge herself vis-a-vis her mother (something along the lines of "If you keep doing what you've always done, you'll keep getting what you've always gotten"), as well as the immediate results of that self-challenge. I loved Karr's approach, actually felt that I'd learned something when I finished, and imagined that Book Two would be more of the same. It is not. Between the poetic reminiscences and extensive use of the second person, _Cherry_ feels much more like a work in progress, more a roster of veiled excuses than like a life story. Although the writing is undeniably lovely, this book is simply a published journal, a journal in which Karr is still wrestling with unresolved issues. I'm feeling doubtful about Karr's most recent memoir installment (_Lit: A Memoir_) -- but I'll still be giving it a try.

posted by MJinPA on May 5, 2010

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  • Posted January 7, 2010

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    What an intimate look inside the life of an enigmatic poet.

    Mary Karr has opened the door to her adolescent, young adult life without boundaries. An honest portrayal of decisions made with an immature perspective and how those decisions shaped her world. I am a new fan of her work. I read Liar's Club in one week and Cherry in about two. I have just started Lit and her book of poetry Sinners Welcome.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2001

    From Southeast Texas (it ain't so bad)

    The main thing that strikes me about this book is its frankness and honesty. Mary Karr does not sugar-coat anything. I was born and still live in the same area in Texas as she grew up in, so I had that extra interest before I started the book( I also read Liar's Club). But most people will relate to this entertaining story of the passage of a young girl through her adolescence. It can make you laugh and cry in the span of a few sentences. The chapter on her visit to a Beaumont bar call Effie's-A-Go-Go is worth the price of the book by itself. And she looks good by the pool table. Looks like some of her prayers were answered.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2013

    Bublewing

    Smiles and leans into her to keep her warm (it's fine)

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 25, 2010

    Mary Karr

    Excellent book. Describes her life after the Liar's Club which was incredible. Well worth the read.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2003

    Loved this book

    This book is funny, shocking and honest. While reading about her childhood you can't help but think of your own. It was great.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2001

    a page burner

    Mary Karr writes from the gut and she is wickedly funny. Read this book and visit places familiar and foreign. This is a great little book. I love the way Karr writes. Buy this book, you will become lost in it's pages.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2000

    Insightful

    This book allows one to visit first hand some places not so glamourus. I would recomend this tale to those mature enough to value the lessons that could be learned.

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