The Art of Memoir

The Art of Memoir

eBook - 2015
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Credited with sparking the current memoir explosion, Mary Karr's The Liars' Club spent more than a year at the top of the New York Times list. She followed with two other smash bestsellers: Cherry and Lit, which were critical hits as well.For thirty years Karr has also taught the form, winning teaching prizes at Syracuse. (The writing program there produced such acclaimed authors as Cheryl Strayed, Keith Gessen, and Koren Zailckas.) In The Art of Memoir, she synthesizes her expertise as professor and therapy patient, writer and spiritual seeker, recovered alcoholic and "black belt sinner," providing a unique window into the mechanics and art of the form that is as irreverent, insightful, and entertaining as her own work in the genre.Anchored by excerpts from her favorite memoirs and anecdotes from fellow writers' experience, The Art of Memoir lays bare Karr's own process. (Plus all those inside stories about how she dealt with family and friends get told— and the dark spaces in her own skull probed in depth.) As she breaks down the key elements of great literary memoir, she breaks open our concepts of memory and identity, and illuminates the cathartic power of reflecting on the past; anybody with an inner life or complicated history, whether writer or reader, will relate.Joining such classics as Stephen King's On Writing and Anne Lamott's Bird by Bird, The Art of Memoir is an elegant and accessible exploration of one of today's most popular literary forms—a tour de force from an accomplished master pulling back the curtain on her craft.
Publisher: 2015
Branch Call Number: Overdrive
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. New York : HarperCollins e-books, 2015. Requires OverDrive Read (file size: N/A KB) or Adobe Digital Editions (file size: 401 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: 9780062223081

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Mary_53
Nov 04, 2017

Loved her writing style. Had to return book because of another person waiting. Would like to borrow again even if just to read further into the book. And maybe actually put pen to paper.

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ashleyebeth
Oct 18, 2017

Reading a memoir is a bit like stalking someone on Facebook. You might feel a little guilty but that probably won’t stop you from hungrily searching through the private parts of their life. I’m fascinated by this genre—and even hope to write a memoir someday myself—so I found The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr an incredible read. Not only is it is an excellent resource for anyone who is interested in memoir (or writing in general), it’s also funny and easy-to-read. I'll probably be returning to this one again and again.

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jannylegs
Jul 11, 2016

Was not as blown away as I expected to be, considering how much I love Mary Karr and memoirs, but this still packs a good punch.

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bibliokrisp
Apr 19, 2016

As I've grown older and read more broadly and deeply, I've found that voice in writing is everything to me, and if I don't feel a connection with that voice--don't feel that the voice and the narrator or author behind that voice are providing me with guidance and a meaningful experience, then I'll bail.

Karr's book is thoughtful, engaging, funny and encouraging--but most of all, her voice leading the reader through the memoir-writing process, is true. This is a writer and teacher who cares deeply for the craft, and she's willing to share her mistakes, her faults and herself with the reader. Top notch.

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nannerl
Jan 29, 2016

Interestingly written in Mary Karr's usual down-to-earth style. Not as much "how to" as I hoped, but still informative and in general a good reference for those wanting to know what makes a compelling memoir vs. a boring one.

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