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LIT: A Memoir

By: Mary Karr
Narrated by: Mary Karr
Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
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‘If you’d told me, even a year before I start taking my son to church regular, that I’d wind up whispering my sins in the confessional or on my knees saying the rosary, I would’ve laughed myself cockeyed. More likely pastime? Pole dancer. International spy. Drug mule. Assassin.’

Mary Karr’s prizewinning The Liars’ Club chronicled her hardscrabble Texas childhood and sparked a renaissance in memoir, cresting the New York Times best seller list for more than a year. Cherry, her ecstatically reviewed account of a psychedelic adolescence and a moving sexual coming-of-age story, followed it into best-sellerdom.

Now Lit answers the question asked by thousands of fans: How did Karr make it out of that toxic upbringing to tell her own tale?

Karr’s longing for a solid family seems secure when her marriage to a handsome, blueblood poet who can quote Shakespeare by the yard produces a blond son they adore. But Karr can’t outrun her apocalyptic upbringing. She drinks herself into the same numbness that nearly devoured her charismatic but troubled mother, reaching the brink of suicide. A hair-raising stint in ‘The Mental Marriott’ with an oddball tribe of gurus and saviors awakens her to the possibility of joy again, and leads her to an unlikely faith. Not since St. Augustine cried, ‘Give me chastity, Lord – but not yet!’ has a conversion story rung with such dark hilarity.

Lit is about getting drunk and getting sober; becoming a mother by letting go of a mother; learning to write by learning to live. This hotly anticipated sequel brings Karr’s story full circle; it will endure in the hearts of listeners alongside her influential and beloved earlier books. Simply put, it is a triumph.

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  • 08-16-19

A heartfelt story of trauma to personal growth.

From the opening chapter, I was hooked! Really enjoyed hearing Mary’s voice tell her story and felt like she was intervening in my own spiritual crisis with her hard fought for wisdom. Thank you so much for this.

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  • 04-15-19

Pretentious

Not an interesting person and therefore not an interesting story. Self centred and pretentious. Not able to warm to the writer in any way. Gave up in the end. Well read but as it was the author narrating, I imagine that she was fascinated by her own story.