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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 January 16, 2010

    hauntingly introspective

    Long, sometimes grueling account of a woman's struggle with herself as well as those around her. Her descent into alcoholism and loss of
    connectedness to her son and husband is painful to read. She does not
    spare herself in her self-appraisal.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 16, 2011

    Good read

    Very poigant and truthful. Hard-hitting yet well written memoir about Karr's battle with alcohol.

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  • Posted February 2, 2011

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    Great read

    This is an insightful portrayal of a life complicated by alcoholism, quite a page turner. I would highly recommend this book. She sheds light on the struggles she went through and shares with the reader things she learned along the way. For those who find themselves grabbing a glass or three of wine this book is a refreshing wake-up call.

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  • Posted April 21, 2010

    Witty Book!

    This was quite an interesting story. Definitely not one of my favorite books, but well written nonetheless!! I think we can all relate to the battles with addiction in some shape or form. This was a colorful, albeit sometimes graphic story of the grim side of alcoholism in all its horrific glory. Sometimes you feel sorry for the character and sometimes you want to scream at her! It is the harrowing road to recovery while being a mother and wife. Well written and moving novel. It was grahic at times, but definitely the truthful and unapologetic struggle that alcoholism entails.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2010

    Honest and Real Any Addiction or Alcoholism

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Mary Karr's writing is creative and descriptive.

    She uses a lot of words I'm not familiar with and want to use and keep in my vocabulary without being gratuitous. Her honesty about her family and alcoholism feels intimate. I felt like I was with her when she entered into her alcoholism darkness and felt the intesity of her journey to recovery.

    Funny, sad,and joyous at times, it gave me many emotions throughout the book.

    Great read. Highly recommended!

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  • Posted November 1, 2009

    Mary Karr had to be very resilient and possess great courage to survive in the face of all she had to endure. This is a good read.

    This is the third book Mary Karr has written about her life. It is not necessary to know anything about her first two to understand this one. Her background and upbringing defy normal reality, but she makes it so easy to read about with her sense of humor and stamina, in the face of the worst situations, that her experiences almost seem commonplace and the people who have been so destructive in her life, do not seem hateful, but rather likable, although terribly flawed.
    I found Lit to be a very absorbing book. If the author didn't have that special gift of putting words on paper to draw you into her milieu, without the horrifying effects of it, the book might be near unreadable. Each time you learn about one of her awful life experiences you are flabbergasted, thinking, how could someone survive this? When she does, and goes on to face another even more difficult situation which she somehow muddles through, you are in awe of her strength in the face of the horrifying odds against her.
    Mary Karr overcomes the adversity in her life with unbelievable courage and perseverance Her survival is a testimony to her indomitable spirit.

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