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Lit: A Memoir (P.S.) by Mary Karr

Lit: A Memoir (P.S.) (edition 2010)

by Mary Karr

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Title:Lit: A Memoir (P.S.)
Authors:Mary Karr
Info:Harper Perennial (2010), Edition: 1 Reprint, Paperback, 432 pages
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Mary Karr's memoir of alcoholism and recovery is beautifully written, so much so that it has inspired me to read her poetry. It is also a brutally honest and very powerful story. ( )
  nmele | Jun 28, 2017 |
I think if you are unfamiliar with addiction, you may find this book interesting. If you live in "the rooms" as do many recovering from addictions, you'll find the story similar to those we hear nearly everyday. The disease of alcoholism is devastating and deadly. Those gripped by it who are in recovery have heard her story over and over. I found nothing new here. It is a good book for those, especially new moms who are often isolated, who may find themselves getting into a little trouble with the bottle. ( )
  ErinDenver | Jun 12, 2017 |
For me, this was a little too much Ms Karr. I would have much preferred a memoir more tightly focused on recovery and faith - it felt extra flabby with a bit too much Texas badass. I just stopped caring after a point.

There's no doubt this woman can write and I really admire her. But I think she may have started to believe her own hype and that can be a dangerous thing for a writer. ( )
  laurenbufferd | Apr 14, 2017 |
Lit is poet Mary Karr's third memoir. It is her story of her alcohol-fueled early career. Longing for a stable family, she thinks she and her husband Warren can build one. After she gives birth to her son Dev, she begins to realize the gaps in their relationship and how alcohol is filling in those gaps.

When I started reading this, I didn't realize it was the author's third memoir. I felt like I was walking into the play right before intermission. Now I know why - this is one set that should be read in order. Never having read any of Karr's poetry, I can see why she is a successful poet. Her gift for using language is rich and inspiring. I appreciated her honesty about her alcoholism and depression. ( )
  Hope_H | Jul 10, 2016 |
I hated this book even though it was clearly well written. ( )
  ChrisWay | Jul 5, 2016 |
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We believe she means every word, fiercely dredging up memories, however wrenching to revisit. At the same time she's keeping a cool eye on what makes a story work.
In a gravelly, ground-glass-under-your-heel voice that can take you from laughter to awe in a few sen­tences, Karr has written the best book about being a woman in America I have read in years.
“Lit” is by no means a perfect performance: the sections dealing with the author’s ex-husband, Warren, feel oddly fuzzy and abstract, but for the reader who can manage to push those sections aside, the book is every bit as absorbing as Ms. Karr’s devastating 1995 memoir, “The Liars’ Club,” which secured her place on the literary map.
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Passage home? Never.
The Odyssey, Book 5, Homer (trans. Robert Fagles)
For Chuck and Lynn Pascale and for Dev: Thanks for the light
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Any way I tell this story is a lie, so I ask you to disconnect the device in your head that repeats at intervals how ancient and addled I am.
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The author reveals how, shortly after giving birth to a child she adored, she drank herself into the same numbness that nearly devoured her charismatic but troubled mother, reaching the brink of suicide before a spiritual awakening led her to sobriety.… (more)

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