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The Liar's Club | [Mary Karr]

The Liar's Club

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Publisher's Summary

A powerfully funny, razor's-edge tale of a fractured childhood, Mary Karr's biography looks back through a child's eyes to sort through dark household secrets. She witnesses an inheritance squandered, endless bottles emptied, and guns leveled at both the deserving and the undeserving. In a voice stripped of self-pity and charged with brilliant energy, she introduces us to a family ravaged by lies and alcoholism, yet redeemed by the revelation of truth. Karr, a prize-winning poet, uses her linguistic skills and sharp personal insights to make The Liar's Club an utterly mesmerizing memoir.

Original Material ©1995 Viking/Penguin; Cover Photograph: Dorothea Lange, ©1965, 1994 John Dixon; (P) and ©1995 Penguin Books Ltd

What the Critics Say

"To have a poet's precision of language and a poet's insight into people applied to one of the roughest, toughest, ugliest places in America is an astonishing event." (Molly Ivins, The Nation)

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    FanB14 Rockville, VA, United States 07-06-12
    FanB14 Rockville, VA, United States 07-06-12 Member Since 2011

    Short, Simple, No Spoilers

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    "Love Karr, This Book OK"

    Mary Karr is the type of writer I love; snarky, self-depricating, honest, raw, emotive, simplistic and many more adjectives I won't bore you with. This book is good and worth a listen, but can't compare to "Lit". She definitely improves book by book. Love her work.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Dawn United States 10-17-10
    Dawn United States 10-17-10

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    "Beautifully written, bitter sweet"

    Mary Karr is a beautiful writer. She knows when to delve into the minute details of a moment and when to cut to the chase. Her story is intriguing from the outset and kept me riveted. I recommend it highly. The recording uses her as the narrator and it took me a while to get used to her voice, but once I did, it felt authentic, almost as though she were sitting there telling me her story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    J. Olson Minnesota 02-05-13
    J. Olson Minnesota 02-05-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Fractured"
    What disappointed you about The Liar's Club?

    I am glad I listened rather than read. My book club met last night after reading & most didn't even want to finish after the first few chapters.


    What was most disappointing about Mary Karr’s story?

    It was missing years of her life, that would have brought some
    flow.


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

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    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    all of the above. this story was so much like other stories, memoires that it is
    so sad that so many have lived through this kind of childhood.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ann Chapel Hill, NC, United States 11-04-11
    Ann Chapel Hill, NC, United States 11-04-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Mary Karr Walks on Water"

    There is no better writer or reader. She is superb. I would follow her anywhere.
    Read her other memoirs, Lit, and Cherry, and wait, as I am waiting breathlessly, for her next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Justin Saint Louis, MO, United States 11-06-10
    Justin Saint Louis, MO, United States 11-06-10
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    "hated this!"

    i was so excited to "hear" a book that was read by the author - being relatively new to audiobooks - i thought it would really add something to the experience - but i could not have been more wrong! mary karr's reading was completely monotone and there's some serious issues tackled here that i'm sure - had i been reading the book instead of listening - i would have been more "moved" by... i purchased her newest memoir "lit" and am looking forward to reading her work rather than listening to her.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kaili Petersburg, AK, USA 02-09-10
    Kaili Petersburg, AK, USA 02-09-10
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    "read without enthusiasm"

    The reader, who was also the author, did not use pitch or tone of voice to change along with the story. It was read with flat emotions and made it very hard to listen to. The story line was great, but I fell asleep often when listening to it.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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