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  • Title: Lit
  • Author: Mary Karr
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  • Page: 218
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      Published :2018-011-19T05:21:58+00:00

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    1. Like Ron Rash and Thomas Hardy, Mary Karr writes dense, image-rich language with a poet’s flair. This is not stuff you speed-read past. Slow down, take a sip from whatever you’re drinking. Maybe read that paragraph again. Make sure there are no visions left behind. The language is a major part of the great value here. The other is the content of the story. Lit refers not only to Karr’s affection for the written word, but to her level of sobriety. Her memoir shows us a life lived under the [...]

    2. On its funniest and its most harrowing pages, Mary Karr's Lit reminds me of Augusten Burroughs's Dry; both sarcastic, heartbroken protagonists are helplessly addicted to alcohol, romantically incapacitated, and surrounded by saccharine morons. In moron-land, Karr escapes mental institution bureaucracy in time to attend a literary reception in her honor by using guile. The institute's Nurse Ratchett "has a tendency to bring up penis envy every session, and I swear that this time, when she does, I [...]

    3. Karr's hard-edged poetic voice made The Liars' Club one of my favorite books. In Lit, the voice is just as searing and lovely but perhaps not as consistent. The childhood digressions--nods to her previous works--were the weakest portions of the narrative, but they were brief; moreover, they were easily forgiven when bookmarking transcendent scenes such as one in which a group of illiterate women remind the author of the universality of good poetry. I highly recommend this book to all readers, bu [...]

    4. Note - I read this for a book club. Not my choice. I do like memoirs, just not this sort.Mary Karr/Lit fans are a fiercely loyal group. And super intolerant of anyone who doesn't love her sort of memoir. I get it. Oy veh. Can we all just move on? Not going to reiterate any more the above two points in my comments section.Original comments/review below.-------Reading this for my book club.O.M.G.If there is a genre I hate, it is that of addicts telling their life stories yes, even when they come [...]

    5. Few writers can live up to the verve of a triple pun title: lit as in literature, lit as in intoxicated, and lit as in spiritual enlightenment, all three of which are seamlessly blended together in Karr’s characteristically wildly exuberant, utterly compelling, and shrewdly observant prose. She has a wonderful love of the epigram, which I admire greatly being a lover of epigrams myself. My favorite thusfar: “They are passing, posthaste, posthaste, the gliding years--to use a soul-rending Hor [...]

    6. Who is Mary Karr? A memoirist—this is her third. She is now 57 years old. She is a professor of literature at Syracuse University. She is a published poet. She is a single mother. She is famous—given credit for the huge increase in the popularity of the memoir as reader fodder and consequently rich, presumably a 1%er. She is a “free-willing” Catholic and a practicing alcoholic in recovery. In other words – Believes strongly in the power of God & prayers, and sober and attends AA me [...]

    7. it's entirely impossible to give this book less than five stars because it's an obvious masterpiece of narrative, heart, and language. unlike other memoirists who put it all out there, though, mary karr doesn't scrape the bottom of the barrel and come up with the miserable, putrescent dregs that caused her to be so miserable and, also, to drink (two different predicaments, though i suppose the latter cannot happen without the former). she talks many times, pretty much from beginning to end, abou [...]

    8. Thought I was reading a writer-recovering-from-alcoholism memoir and read instead a writer-discovers-Catholicism-and-God spiritual journey. Fantastic book. I can't recommend it enough.

    9. Warning, craft review! Karr employs or deploys a number of craft strategies and techniques that I examined in order to rip-off for my own writing. I whittled down the many to these few:• Prologues as context, anchoring (and/ or launching?) pointsfor both writer and reader, and how the prologues determinethe economy of explanation throughout the book;• Management of present- and past-self narrators, for story, forsuspense, and other effects;• Cognitive entry points (the deft turns-of-phrase [...]

    10. The experience of reading this book is one of being swept so effectively into someone else's experience that I have to give it a five. Pick it up, lie down on the couch, and if you've ever been an aspiring writer, a member of a psychotic family, a lover of poetry or even just an avid reader, you'll be as absorbed as ever you were in Anne of Green Gables, Little Women, Jane Eyre. East Texas girl overcomes horrific childhood but has to kick her alcoholism to become best-selling memoirist is just a [...]

    11. Okay - I know this author has won awards and I am supposed to have thought this book was wonderful, but I didn't. I swear I could hear her thumbing through the thesaurus to find words we do not use in normal conversation. Keep in mind she is a poet by trade, not a nonfiction writer, so the disjointed nature of her autobiography is to be somewhat expected. Yes, she did have a hard life as a child and her alcohol abuse made her less than a great mom but I had a hard time not telling to her to grow [...]

    12. "Why is it that everyone else is traffic?" I listened to this on audio read flawlessly by the author. Something about it coming directly from her mouth, her Texas drawl still slightly present, really enveloped me. Her writing is raw. The descriptions, lovely. She is rough, bold, and smart. I like her.

    13. A big messy book with a lot of good things and a lot of annoying things. Karr overwrites with a vengeance, throwing 2 metaphors into one sentence when none would have been a lot better. There's a this-is-me-warts-and-all-stream-of-consciousness thing that she does that is apparently engaging for a lot of readers, but I tended to find her on the narcissistic side. Somewhere in this 400 page monster is a great 200 page memoir dying to shed some poundage.What I did like about the book was her hones [...]

    14. I read a lot of memoirs. There's something about peering into someone else's life that gives me a chance to pause and reflect on mine. Lit was no exception. It appears to be brutually honest, although it may not be since it's based on the recollections of an alcoholic. However, Karr does not paint herself to be a saint for having gotten herself into recovery or blame her past for her descent into alcoholism and depression. There were times as I read that I didn't want to read anymore. I wanted t [...]

    15. Suspect the world does not need another review of Mary Karr’s newest memoir, but I do have some scattered thoughts on it. I feel, however, that they must be prefaced by multiple caveats, which may be the scattered thoughts in disguise. Caveat one: I’ve not read any of her other books. Have seen occasional poems of hers in magazines. Caveat two: She studied with a poet I also studied with, who makes a couple of appearances in this book as she begins to ascend into the poetry firmament. Caveat [...]

    16. Shitfaced. As I read the early pages of Lit, I thought Shitfaced would make a better title. With characteristic candor, it’s the word Karr uses more often to describe her drunken state. But I was wrong. For some part of this, her third memoir, Shitfaced would have worked quite handily but eventually you come to realize this is more than a memoir about the journey from addiction to recovery and it becomes a story about faith and love. The deeper journey calls for the warmth and reach of lit, wi [...]

    17. A writer's writer, Mary Karr's work will appeal to poets, fans of the literary scene, self-help first-person horror story aficionados, and lovers of words. Never was the map to hell so gloriously recounted as this one. And the way she nails the logic and rationalization of alcoholics is spot on. If you've ever talked your way into "just one more" and lived to regret it, you'll find some mirrors among these well written pages. What follows are some excerpts from the book: Karr writes of her first [...]

    18. Karr follows up her adolescent memoirs Liar's Club and Cherry with her memoir of alcholism and recovery. Karr writes with such self-deprecating wit and Southern charm that it's hard to believe we aren't good, long friends. There's plenty to admire here, but I was often irritated by her fairly superficial religious views. Her conversion feels real and necessary and very much part of the reason why she's not currently in an alcoholic coma or dead. Still, her version of faith is a wee bit too close [...]

    19. i'm not sure what to say about this book. i LOVED the liar's club & was so excited to read cherry, the second in her memoir trilogy. & even though that book is about coming of age adolescent girlhood, the kind of thing i love to read, i found it depressing (even more than ! or in a less appealing way or something), & the writing was too "poetic" for my tastes. therefore, i procrastinated for ages before cracking this book, the third of the memoir trilogy, open. i knew it was about ma [...]

    20. Mary Karr is a poet. This is a memoir. This is prose. But also poetry.I have underlined and dog-eared a page in every chapter of this book. It's been essential to my well-being in the past month. Is it pretentious to say that? I'm saying it. This was a healing book to me. I read it at a time when I didn't know how much I needed it but I did and it delivered.It's starts out Texan and funny, raw and melancholy (Mary Karr's early life is hilariously awful but actually quite tragic), then it delves [...]

    21. This felt hastily written and not well edited. Maybe the author just ran out of good material. In large part, it’s a recollection of alcoholism and/or depression and recovery that isn’t that different or more inspiring than many other so-so examples of this genre. The author describes many of her fellow mentally troubled fellow patients in Maclean hospital, or in her AA group, but reducing each person to a few paragraphs and without developing much connection to her story makes it seem like [...]

    22. A complete drag, I didn't realize there was MORE in Karr's life to warrant a third memoir. She somehow managed to make dating David Foster Wallace boring.

    23. Mary Karr's third memoir "Lit" is her own personal VH1 Behind the Music-style story, picking up the tale around where "Cherry" ended and stumbling into the place where "The Liars Club" became something Karr could sign in bookstores for fans in a line that winds around the block. First she has to shake the drink. Early scenes find Karr perched on a back porch, a drink in one hand, a baby monitor in the other, simmering in a boozy stew of self-loathing. She didn't want to drink this much, or maybe [...]

    24. Lit is the first book I've read by Mary Karr and apparently should have begun with The Liar's Club. Apparently i'll be working backwards on her life story. I suppose that's what any of us who attempt to chronicle and make sense of our experiences dowe work backwards. In some ways Karr works backwards and forwards and leaves large gaps. But still, I like memoir and honesty and found Karr to be raw honest and funny. It had glowing reviews while others fault her for be self-absorbed in this latest [...]

    25. Jackie says:I love the double entendre that is this book's title, Lit. This third memoir from Karr (the first: Liars Club, the second: Cherry) picks up with Mary finally escaping Texas--but not the family alcoholism. With her characteristic unflinchingly honest prose that's nevertheless penned with a poetic beauty, she tells us about her education, the beginnings of her teaching career, her marriage, and becoming a mother, all under the influence of alcohol. She also takes us through what it too [...]

    26. I just finished this one. Thumbs down. I thought it started out well. I enjoy Mary Karr's tough wise-cracking yet sensitive voice. But she loses that voice somewhere in the middle of the book. Maybe it only works when she's telling about disturbing things in her life. Maybe finding god and losing alcoholism may have been good for her real life. But I don't think it was good for her writing style. That plucky tough little gal departs somewhere in the middle of the book and is replaced by a sunshi [...]

    27. I'm stingy with the stars on this one. Mary Karr is a gifted writer, whose work crackles with wit and humor and, at times, searing insight. But Lit felt a little full of itself to me, and Karr's shtick ran a little thin. Parts of the book felt like a reach, like filler. After a while I got tired of hanging out with her.

    28. Mary Karr is partially credited for the current pop-culture memoir craze and after reading Lit it's easy to see why. Lit is everything a memoir should be: raw, emotionally-charged, and universally relatable. It's clear Mary learns to live as she writes which resonates with my own story deeply. A must-read for any lover of memoir or aspiring memoirist.

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