Searing. . . A book that lassos you, hogties your emotions and won't let you go. . . Chronicles with searching intelligence, humor and grace the author's slow, sometimes exhilarating, sometimes painful discovery of her vocation and her voice as a poet and writer. Michiko Kakutani, New York Times A brutally honest, sparkling story. Glamour Dazzling. . . Lit 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. Boston Globe Scrappy, gut-wrenching, irresistible. [Written] with trademark wit, precision, and unfailing courage. Pam Houston, O Magazine Karr could tell you what's on her grocery list, and its humor would make you bust a gut. She holds the position of grande dame memoirista. Samantha Dunn, Los Angeles Times An absolute gem that secures Karr's place as one of the best memoirists of her generation. . . [She] writes with a singular combination of poetic grace and Texan verve. Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Mary Karr was born in 1955 in Texas. She is an American poet, essayist and memoirist. She was a Guggenheim Fellow in poetry in 2005 and has won Pushcart prizes for both her poetry and her essays. She is the author of three memoirs, The Liar's Club, Cherry and Lit. She lives in New York where she teaches English at Syracuse University.