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The Liars' Club: A Memoir (1995)
by Mary Karr
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The Liars' Club by Mary Karr (1998)
I might have liked this better if I hadn't read "The Glass Castle" - just seemed too much the same although I know they are both real stories of young girls growing up in unusual circumstances. Mary Karr's mother was not suited for motherhood or the environment of eastern Texas. The writing was fine, I just couldn't particularly get into it. Did not finish (Not sure why I had this on my "later" list to read)
Un espectáculo de luces en el cerebro para poder vivir perfectamente con las mentiras. O algo así, dice la autora al final de esta biografía o, mejor, historia familiar divertida, dura, a veces sórdida. Pero en fin, como la vida misma. A veces creemos que estas vidas solo son posibles en remotos pueblos de la más remota Norteamérica profunda, pero estoy segura de que contadas tan bien como lo hace esta autora, se convierten en auténticas buenas novelas.
I heard great things about this book, but it just didn't do it for me.
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The Texas refinery town of Leechfield, perched on the swampy rim of the Gulf, is famous for mosquitoes and the manufacture of Agent Orange - a place where the only bookstores are religious ones and the restaurants serve only fried food. A handful of the Leechfield oil workers gather regularly at the American Legion Bar to drink salted beer and spin long, improbable tales. They're the Liars' Club. And to the girl whose father is the club's undisputed champion mythmaker, they exude a fatal glamour - one that lifts her from ordinary life. But there are other lies. Darker, more hidden. Her mother's unimaginable past threatens the family's very sanity. Mary Karr looks back through younger eyes to exorcise those demons: a mad, puritanical grandmother; a vast inheritance squandered in one year flat; endless emptied bottles; and the darknesses inflicted on an eight-year-old girl. This voice explodes with antic, wit, stripped of self-pity. Miraculously, it makes a journey into joy. Here is a "terrific family of liars redeemed by a slow unearthing of truth.".
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)818.5403Literature English (North America) Authors, American and American miscellany 20th Century 1945-1999 Diaries
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This is about a family that lives in a small town in East Texas, close to the Louisiana border. If I thought my own family was dysfunctional, well this book makes my family look like The Sound of Music. Mama has mental illness, complicated by alcoholism, Dad is a macho who also drinks a lot. We don't find out till the ending why mama is screwed up, but it's truly a wonder that those two kids made it to adulthood.
Well-written, it glides right along, and is hard to put down because you just want to find what is the next outlandish thing to happen to this family that will make you wince. ( )