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Most Helpful Favorable Review

8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

This is a fascinating memoir

This is a fascinating memoir as writer Mary Karr obviously has come a long way. In Texas her parents were alcoholics who when sober were psychotic, but when drunk were beyond the fringe. However, much of that period is in her previous autobiographies The Liars' Club a...
This is a fascinating memoir as writer Mary Karr obviously has come a long way. In Texas her parents were alcoholics who when sober were psychotic, but when drunk were beyond the fringe. However, much of that period is in her previous autobiographies The Liars' Club as a preadolescent and Cherry as a teen. Instead Ms. Karr picks up her saga in her late teens and takes it to her current age of fifty years old. She left for college on the west coast, but though bored tried to desperately to prove she belonged at school and with her boyfriend's affluent parents. Like her parents she turned to alcohol to numb her past so those demons would not harm her present. When she became a devout Catholic Ms. Karr feels that changed her emotionally so that she can feel good about living inside her skin as even Harvard failed to give her the inner confidence of belonging she desperately sought.

Well written with incredible insight and yet filled with self deprecating humor, Mary Karr explains her obsessive human need for self actualization and acceptance. Ms. Karr's third memoir looks deep at herself seemingly even more so than before; perhaps because this time the adult cannot use the unintended consequences of the shield of a child (The Liars' Club) or a teen (Cherry ) to garner empathy from her readers. This is a winner of a courageous person overcoming her roots to make it in her mind.

Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on November 2, 2009

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Most Helpful Critical Review

4 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

Cry me a river

The Liar's Club was not a pretty story, but the writing was so beautiful it carried you along - poetry in prose. This is lost in Lit. Whine, complain, poor me is all that comes through.

posted by PdeW on January 9, 2010

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  • Posted August 27, 2010

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    Drudgery

    Reading this was absolutely fatigueing. I stepped away from the histories and biographies I enjoy reading to sample something else for the purpose of being open to other styles of writing. Selecting this book threw away valuable reading time. Yes, Mary Karr writes well metamorphically speaking but she goes overboard with it. At times I felt myself becoming almost physically constricted inside, tense in trying to stay with her. No Mam! No more for me.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2013

    Dear help me decide

    DO NOT GET THE BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2012

    AWFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    So stupid its ridicoulus that ppl like this book.. FYI dont waste ur money....

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2012

    NO

    I couldnt finish the book. Lacked a sense of purpose from the start.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2012

    Ummmm no just no

    I woudn't waste my time on that book! It was to edgy kept going off topic and too depressing!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2012

    A

    Sucked

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2012

    Lack of good tatse

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2012

    Worst book ever

    I hated this book did not finish could not care less for people ink book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2012

    WHAT THE $#!+?

    $#!+ = the s word. I mean who names their book lit???????????????????????????????????????????????????????

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 7, 2011

    Kayti bear

    Cry me river!!! And the title was so confusing at first but once i bought it and read it is still didnt like it so eh!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2011

    Dont bother.

    A waste of time.

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  • Posted November 28, 2010

    do not waste your time.

    most boring drawn out book ever.

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  • Posted August 31, 2010

    Don't waste your money

    I love reading... this almost made me want to quit! What a whiner... I hate not finishing a book but I cannot make mayself finish this one. There are ways to write about your life that make it interesting... this one should only be read by her therapist!

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2010

    Boring

    Her life was a mess, but nothing out of the ordinary. She drones on about situations that are simply common place in the times we live in. Boo hoo...I kept reading it hoping that it would lead to something amazing or at the very least interesting, but it didn't.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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