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Cherry | [Mary Karr]

Cherry

From Mary Karr comes the gorgeously written, often hilarious story of her tumultuous teens and sexual coming-of-age. Listen to an interview with Karr on Fresh Air.
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Publisher's Summary

From Mary Karr, author of the best selling The Liar's Club, comes the gorgeously written, often hilarious story of her tumultuous teens and sexual coming-of-age. In edgy, brilliant prose, Cherry takes listeners to a place never explored with such candor. 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.

©2000 Mary Karr; (P)2000 Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Energized by Karr's sharp wit, this tale of Texas adolescence reads like a fast-paced novel." (Kirkus Reviews)
"As [Carr] takes on the risks of adolescence with a frightening bravado, you'll gasp at her survival - and perhaps your own." (AudioFile)

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    Michael Lake Park, FL, USA 11-19-03
    Michael Lake Park, FL, USA 11-19-03
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    "Mary Karr's voice makes the story come alive"

    As one who grew up in the same era as Mary Karr (albeit not in East Texas), I loved this book and Ms. Karr's ability to resurrect memories of that time that I'd long forgotten. She also gets beneath the surface of what her characters are saying to reveal what they really mean. Unlike another reviewer, I found Ms. Karr's reading to be a benefit, not a detraction. Highly recommended.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    J Baton Rouge, LA, USA 12-24-03
    J Baton Rouge, LA, USA 12-24-03 Member Since 2002
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    "Thoughtful and entertaining"

    It doesn't surprise me that someone who likes The Fountainhead would not appreciate this book. The author describes her tween and teen years, with an emphasis on her developing relationships with friends and boys and the world around her. Her words are worldly yet unpretentious. On the other hand, Rand's wacky stuff is about the 'wisdom' of selfishness in a cruel fantasy world. This book is about a real, flawed, human being dealing with other real, flawed, human beings. And the author's voice is quite pleasant and engaging, to my ear!

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Fannie Malden, MA, USA 03-01-03
    Fannie Malden, MA, USA 03-01-03
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    "Disappointing"

    I usually order books read by the author because it's a treat to know how the story sounds in their own heads, but maybe this is a book that was better off being enjoyed the traditional way. Mary's voice just cannot hold my attention, and in the hands of a talented actress, her story might have come alive.

    Case in point, The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand has a fantastic reader. I can listen to it for hours and had my player run out of battery a couple of times (It's almost 32 hours!) because I couldn't stop listening.

    I hope I'll have the patience to finish listening to the book.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    CLJSR BEAUMONT, TX, United States 12-23-12
    CLJSR BEAUMONT, TX, United States 12-23-12 Member Since 2002
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    "Good book, good narration!"
    What did you love best about Cherry?

    The tough yet vulnerable narrator.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The narrator, see above.


    Which character – as performed by Mary Karr – was your favorite?

    Herself


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, I wanted to savor it.


    Any additional comments?

    One of few books read by the author of the book that I really enjoyed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    darby azle, TX, United States 09-14-12
    darby azle, TX, United States 09-14-12
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    "A brilliant girls' adolescent roller coster ride"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Cherry to be better than the print version?

    Growing up in SE Texas in the 70-80's I can say that the author paints an accurate picture of her world. That picture was endearing to me. A fascinating look at the formative years of a brilliant girl growing up in a dysfunctional setting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ronald Pittsburgh, PA, United States 05-07-12
    Ronald Pittsburgh, PA, United States 05-07-12
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    "Catchy Turn of Phrase"
    What did you love best about Cherry?

    Karr's ability to take us back in time to an era where she and I grew up and came of age.


    If you’ve listened to books by Mary Karr before, how does this one compare?

    No, 1st time.


    Have you listened to any of Mary Karr’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Can't say but her voice is provocative and sexy.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    I am a MWM and his book was recommended by a female friend who us a Karr devotee.
    As there are so many interesting books available (and so little time) this expedition into the nostalgic world of Mary Karr may be a one and done for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Duffy Fort Valley, VA, USA 08-01-08
    Duffy Fort Valley, VA, USA 08-01-08
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    "yesyes"

    very entertaining bio

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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