Lit: A Memoir
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First edition, stated; first printing, full number line. Signed by the author on a tipped in page after the front endpaper; page states "This signed edition of Lit by Mary Karr has been specially bound by the publisher." Book is unmarked; spine cocked; corners sharp, spine ends bumped. The dust jacket is not price-clipped (original price $25.99); Brodart protected. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 007212
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Mary Karr?s bestselling, unforgettable sequel to her beloved memoirs The Liars? Club and Cherry?and one of the most critically acclaimed books of the year?Lit is about getting drunk and getting sober; becoming a mother by letting go of a mother; learning to write by learning to live.
The Boston Globe calls Lit a book that ?reminds us not only how compelling personal stories can be, but how, in the hands of a master, they can transmute into the highest art." The New York Times Book Review calls it ?a master class on the art of the memoir? in its Top 10 Books of 2009 Citation. Michiko Kakutani calls it ?a book that lassos you, hogties your emotions and won?t let you go? in her New York Times review. And Susan Cheever states, simply, that Lit is ?the best book about being a woman in America I have read in years."
In addition to the New York Times, Lit was named a Best Book of 2009 by the New Yorker (Reviewer Favorite), Entertainment Weekly (Top 10), Time (Top 10), the Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Chicago Tribune, the Christian Science Monitor, Slate, the St. Louis Post Dispatch, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and the Seattle Times.
The Liars' Club brought to vivid, indelible life Mary Karr's hardscrabble Texas childhood. Cherry, her account of her adolescence, "continued to set the literary standard for making the personal universal" (Entertainment Weekly). Now Lit follows the self-professed blackbelt sinner's descent into the inferno of alcoholism and madness?and to her astonishing resurrection.
Karr's longing for a solid family seems secure when her marriage to a handsome, Shakespeare-quoting blueblood poet produces a son they adore. But she can't outrun her apocalyptic past. 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 and leads her to an unlikely faith. Not since Saint 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. Written with Karr's relentless honesty, unflinching self-scrutiny, and irreverent, lacerating humor, it is a truly electrifying story of how to grow up?as only Mary Karr can tell it.
Title: Lit: A Memoir
Publisher: Harper, New York
Publication Date: 2009
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Very Good +
Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: First Edition.
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