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Lit - Mary Karr


By Mary Karr

  • Release Date: 2009-11-03
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 155 Ratings



New York Times Book Review • The New Yorker • Entertainment Weekly • Time • Washington Post • San Francisco Chronicle • Chicago Tribune • Christian Science Monitor • Slate • St. Louise Post-Dispatch • Cleveland Plain Dealer • Seattle Times • NBCC Award Finalist

Mary Karr’s unforgettable sequel to her beloved and bestselling memoirs The Liars’ Club and Cherry “lassos you, hogties your emotions and won’t let you go” (Michiko Kakutani, New York Times).

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.

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” and Susan Cheever states, simply, that Lit is “the best book about being a woman in America I have read in years."


  • Loved every page

    By Crazyiphonemama
    After reading all of Mary Karr's books I feel she's a friend of mine, quirky one that she is! We're the same age, I've lived in Houston for years so I'm pretty sure I know what city Leechfield is, and I also struggled with religion. I'm sorry there's not another memoir of hers out there. I'm going to miss her!
  • Very Honest & Genuine Read!

    By AshleyR307
    I'm from west Texas and greatly enjoyed the humorous and very realistic description Karr provides to the reader. She does a marvelous job of describing the trials, tribulations, and inner thought processes that go along with being an adult child of an alcoholic, an alcoholic, single mother, financially strapped, and religiously apprehensive. I strongly recommend this book to anyone battling similar environments.
  • You're not better'n me!

    By Katie Sue Berg
    I love her honesty, humor and tell it like it is attitude. Through her honest reflections I see myself- mother, daughter, unhappy wife, career driven woman, country girl, sassy, confused, passionate, tortured, bored, and finally and most inspiring- healthy and hopeful. She is Everywoman in many ways and a unique individual you would want as your BFF.
  • Excellent

    By CWhiteNYC
    Raw, real true... An amazing read!
  • The journey

    By Woo Hoo!!!!
    Never did I imagine the breadth of the insights she has to give. Thank you Mary. You matter.
  • Delicious!

    By nanschue
    The book was very well written and a wonderful read. If the reader has had some disfunction throughout their life, survived it and come out the other side; this book is relatable.
  • Lit

    By Sandy Irving
    Beautifully written! Mary Karr makes the reader appreciate how beautiful the English language is. A must read!