A transformative yet earthy and accessible memoir of heartfelt and honest expression. Not only enjoyable but penetrating. An excellent book.
Vancouver-based filmmaker. Crazy cat lady who falls down a lot of rabbit holes.
A mesmerizing, harrowing, maddening but ultimately satisfying memoir. Beautifully written, I love Mary Karr's writing, and how honest her story, no matter how ugly or unflattering. I would definitely recommend it, especially for anyone who is (or is dealing with a loved one) with substance issues. Her spiritual journey left me in tears. The performance is a little uneven, but I love hearing the voice of the author herself, and the slight glitches in reading made the experience feel more like an authentic bookstore reading, rather than the glossiness of a pro voice actor.
I really wanted to like this book. I tried. But it seems the writer becomes lost in her own metaphors and imagery that the story itself looses any tension or momentum. The tense shifts loose me, which would bother me if I cared after the 3rd chapter. She is great at imagery and witty comparisons. But after a while the story is lost and it just starts feeling like an indulgent need to fill pages. The writer has real skill sure, but her skill alone couldn't carry my attention for 12 hours! I enjoyed The Liars Club but it got in and got out, it was a clean piece of writing. Then "Lit" took some cliche, "I found God in AA," twist that was so predictable I didn't expect it at all, which made me hate it even more. If you really, really love this author or want to fill a page with clever metaphors, well, you might love it.
As a recovering alcoholic I truly enjoyed every minute, every word, everything about this amazing book. I liked it so much I'm ordering a hard copy for my own library.
Thanks Mary Karr and bless you.
very poetic in a modest down to earth way
I will buy all her books!
I enjoyed the audible version
Mary Karrs Mother, She was eccentric and had the biology to make an eccentric child
I laughed and cried
Beginning was a little slow, the end was marvelous
Hearing the book being read by the author added so much more to the enjoyment of learning this story. Mary Karr is very entertaining and I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
Definitely! However, I did not have the opportunity. I listen to books most nights when doing chores, etc. I found myself anxiously awaiting the end of the day so I could begin listening to "Lit" again. Excellent story!
I enjoyed this book so much that I purchased the Kindle version as well. I have not read Mary Karr's first two books but definitely will in the future. She has some great interviews on YouTube. If you are the least bit undecided about purchasing this book, go to YouTube and read some of her introductions to the book. You will definitely be hooked.
her husband--she's very nice about it but he's obviously a tool
first visit with the mother in law
Riveting, enlightening, moving
Mary Karr. For the first time, I have true compassion for someone struggling with alcoholism.