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Mary Karr | Mary Karr

steven-belanger's picture
Aug.07.2011
Poetic prose.  Very funny.  Tragic.  Humane.  I was reading her first, The Liar's Club, and when I stalled on that, I picked this one up, the third of her trilogy, and I could not put it down.  Very intelligent; very dense.  An interview in the back of the book points out that Karr threw out...
steven-belanger's picture
Apr.09.2011
I'm about halfway through this one.  It's a slippery smooth read written solely in 3rd person limited as it follows its characters.  Essentially a character study as it follows them, using what scant information we have to ground the otherwise unknown characters.  We know the names, Wharf's suicide...
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Mar.24.2011
I feel like a little randomness is in order.  Lots of separate thoughts running around in here that need to come out, so here we go:   --I just bought a wireless keyboard and mouse because my mouse had just died, and buying both was only about six bucks more than buying the mouse.  Result...
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Mar.23.2011
H.P. Lovecraft was one weird dude.  After having read a lot about him (and after having bought a collection of his works), it seems that "weird" doesn't seem to be quite enough.  And that's me saying this.  He seems to have been a victim of a sort of social anxiety disorder, except from...
steven-belanger's picture
Mar.21.2011
Wow!  Has it been 5 days since the last post?  Well, time flies when you have the blahs.  Which I do.  Big-time.  It hasn't helped that I'm back at work, getting caught up, going through piles and piles of things and writing out tons of forms.  Also I had a competition of something I coach, and we...
steven-belanger's picture
Mar.15.2011
My latest find is Mary Karr, famous for her memoir trilogy: The Liar's Club, Cherry, and Lit.  I've wanted to read the first for a long time, but was put off by the criticism I'd heard that, despite being a great writer, she'd tended to frankly whine about her usually-deranged mother too much. ...
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Dec.08.2009
Tuesday, December 8, 2009 Mary Karr is most recognized for her memoirs:The Liars' Club (1995) ISBN 0-67-085053-5Cherry: A Memoir (2001) ISBN 0-14-100207-7 Lit: A Memoir (2009) ISBN 978-0060596989 The Liars' Club brought to vivid, indelible life Mary Karr's hardscrabble Texas childhood....
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Oct.15.2009
Book Notes: (1) How to Believe in God and (2) Sinners Welcome (1) How to Believe in God is a book that sees the word God as only a word—a word, nonetheless that expresses universal presence and love extended to all people, believers and non-believers alike. A presence, too, the only presence...