Cherry

Cherry

by Mary Karr
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Cherry by Mary Karr

From Mary Karr comes the gorgeously written, often hilarious story of her tumultuous teens and sexual coming-of-age.

Karr told the prizewinning tale of her hardscrabble Texas childhood in The Liar's Club, with enough literary verve to spark a renaissance in memoir. In this long-awaited sequel, Karr dashes down the trail of the teen years with customary sass, only to run up against the paralyzing self-doubt of a girl in bloom. She flees the thrills and terrors of her sexual awakening by butting up against authority in all its forms -- from the school principal to various Texas law officers. Looking for a lover or heart's companion who'll make her feel whole, she hooks up with an outrageous band of surfers and heads, wannabe yogis and bona fide geniuses. There's Meredith, who tempers Karr's penchant for rock and roll with literary wit. And Doonie is the wild-man beach aficionado who crawls into her life "on his hands and knees like a reptile."

In edgy, brilliant prose, Cherry takes readers to a place never explored with such candor -- inside a girl's tempestuous adolescence. Parts will leave you gasping with laughter. But its soaring close proves that from even the smokiest beginnings a solid self can form, one capable of facing down all manner of monsters.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780670892747
Publisher: Viking Penguin
Publication date: 09/25/2000
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.38(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Mary Karr's poems and essays have won Pushcart prizes and have appeared in magazines such as the New Yorker, The Atlantic, and Parnassus. She was a Bunting Fellow at Radcliffe College, and is now the Jesse Truesdale Peck Professor of English Literature at Syracuse.

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Cherry 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 44 reviews.
MJinPA More than 1 year ago
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.
Lyriq3 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I attended PNG High School with Mary Karr. I graduated in 1974. She nailed life there on the right on the head. Rock Barras
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Amazing, Amazing, Amazing! Karr's gift for poetically mesmerizing, vivid prose is incredible. After every passage I read, I shake my head and say to myself, 'Damn, I wish I could write like that.' She remains the unchallenged winner in the art of memoir writing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ah.
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*she strolls in.*
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"I hafta go. Bbl."
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K.
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Gtg bbt
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Hmm. I gotta go." Flies out.
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Hehehe.
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Res 1 bios res 2 map res 3 main camp and so on deputy makes the rest
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Mary Karr is a fabulous writer. Started to read and couldn't put it down. Uses words wonderfully. She is indeed a poet!
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Rushes to cherry result three
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Gtg nite
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I bought this book (thankfully on the bargain book rack for dirt cheap) based on the previous rave reviews. Someone please tell me that it gets better so I can pick it back up try again. Until then I guess it can sit, unread, on the bookshelf collecting dust. I just want to be entertained when I read a book, whether it be suspense, fear, horror, comedy, romance, detective, mystery, thrills, drama or even just stories about life. This didn't seem to offer any of that. I am usually not picky when it comes to books and like everything but I couldn't get into this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've waited my entire life (all sixteen years) to read a book like this. Mary Karr is brilliant and her writing is like music for the mind. My mind is very similar to hers, to the point where I've seriously considered just how crazy I am. There's no way my life is as exciting as hers, but I can imagine being in her shoes and I know that I'd probably have acted the exact same way. Her poetry is breathtaking and her thoughts are mesmerizing. I even read the book a second time to go back and highlight sections that were so in sync with my own thoughts. Ms. Karr, if you ever read this, please write to me. You rock.