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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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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2012

    Self important autobiography of a mediocre writer.

    Don't waste your money.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2013

    HELP ME DECIDE!!!!!!!!!!

    I dont know whether or not to get this book!!! There are people saying its aweful and others saying its amazing!!! Please make a GOOD ARGUMENT to me to help me decide. Id REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY appreciate it! Thanks :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2012

    Tough story

    Parts were well done while parts truly dragged. The addiction story rang true tho and for that.....i give it a 3

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2011

    Good Read

    I enjoyed the read but it was kind of scattered. I think new Mothers can relate to this as well as people with substance abuse issues.

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  • Posted March 12, 2010

    I was expecting more...

    I absolutely adore the way Mary Karr writes...you'd be hard-pressed to find a more original or descriptive narrator, especially when the things she is describing are often quite bleak. At times I was incredibly absorbed in her writing and couldn't turn the page fast enough to see what happened next. Still, for the majority of the book I was just casually flipping through. Her constant self-deprication becomes a bit cumbersome and, honestly, having read several other memoirs depicting much lower "rock bottoms", it seems a little forced. It's undoubtedly a good story and great writing, but somehow having all the right pieces just didn't seem to put the puzzle together for me.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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