The Liars' Club

The Liars' Club

A Memoir

eBook - 2005
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The dazzling, prizewinning, wickedly funny tale of Mary Karr's hardscrabble Texas childhood—the book that sparked a renaissance in memoir When it was published in 1995, Mary Karr's The Liars' Club took the world by storm and raised the art of the memoir to an entirely new level, as well as bringing about a dramatic revival of the form. Karr's comic childhood in an east Texas oil town brings us characters as darkly hilarious as any of J. D. Salinger's—a hard-drinking daddy, a sister who can talk down the sheriff at twelve, and an oft-married mother whose accumulated secrets threaten to destroy them all. Now with a new introduction that discusses her memoir's impact on her family, this unsentimental and profoundly moving account of an apocalyptic childhood is as "funny, lively, and un-put-downable" (USA Today) today as it ever was
Publisher: 2005
Branch Call Number: Overdrive
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. New York : Penguin Books, 2005. Requires OverDrive Read (file size: N/A KB) or Adobe Digital Editions (file size: 670 KB) or Kobo app or compatible Kobo device (file size: N/A KB) or Amazon Kindle (file size: N/A KB)
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc
ISBN: 9781101650738


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Mar 22, 2018

The Liars’ Club is a story full of shocking events and thought provoking moments. Mary tells the story of her turbulent childhood in great detail and compels the reader to experience the life of a young girl in 1970s Texas. Initially, I expected the memoir to be full of humor and lightheartedness, but in reality the author suffers in every aspect of life. This caused me to be more empathetic than I expected and it made it harder to read through the mundane details. I found this autobiography lacking in terms of interest and value. I often found myself falling asleep as I read or wondering why the process of making gumbo was relevant. However, this did bring thought provoking topics on religion and roles of women in society. The Liars’ Club was a dry account of a woman’s experience as a child in a unstable home.

DBRL_KrisA Dec 19, 2016

Mary Karr's childhood reminds me of my own. Which is surprising in a way; she grew up in a small oil town on the coast in Texas, while I grew up in (mostly) a small farming town in Missouri. Her daddy was a union laborer for an oil company, while mine worked in middle management in a factory. She had one sister; I'm right smack in the middle of seven kids. But it's the small town, lower middle class upbringing that brings to mind my own childhood. Playing (and fighting) with the neighborhood kids; exploring the nearby creek or woods or pasture; fighting with your siblings (but also fighting along with your siblings against the other neighborhood kids).
There are definitely some differences - my mom didn't get an inheritance, move us to Colorado, and divorce our dad in order to marry some drunk bartender. We didn't ride horses or get stung by a man-o-war or hide from a drunk, knife-wielding parent (or protect a step-father from a drunk, pistol-wielding parent). We didn't (as far as my parents know) use the kind of "colorful" language Mary and (especially) her sister Lecia used against the other neighborhood kids. But, reading this memoir, I still felt at times like I was reliving my own childhood.

Jul 05, 2016

A memoir of abuse, neglect, child endangerment, sexual abuse, alcoholism, mental illness - but somehow the author (and her sister) survived.

Adroitly written, but not for the faint of heart. This was a tough one to get through.

*Adult content

WVMLStaffPicks Dec 09, 2014

A Southern childhood with all its grittiness exposed: even though Karr's mother is an alcoholic, and her father knows how to punch his way through life, she and her sister survive because of undaunted love and courage that glue this crazy family together. Her writing is funny and every page tells of a miricle of survival.

gracindaisy Jul 02, 2012

How did I miss this back in 1995? A wickedly funny account of an apocalyptic childhood in East Texas.


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