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Mary Karr calls Lit “my journey from black belt sinner and lifelong agnostic to unlikely Catholic." Following The Liars’ Club and Cherry, this third installment of Karr’s memoirs chronicles her college years, marriage, motherhood and becoming a college professor -- all achieved while being an alcoholic. Her trip to the bottom and through rehab and recovery are told with brutal honesty, dark humor and grace. Karr overcomes a chaotic upbringing and a genetic disposition to addiction and ultimately finds spiritual comfort in this painfully frank account. Her sense of humor keeps this from becoming unbearably dark yet there is never a doubt that she is in a fight for her life.
A Hudson Best Book of 2009

— Sydne, Atlanta

November 2009 Indie Next List


“Once you've read Mary Karr's The Liar's Club, how can you not read her latest to find out how it turns out? This fine American writer continues her journey through college, marriage, and young motherhood, offering her hard-won experience in recovery from depression and alcoholism.”
— Andy Lillich, University of Oregon Bookstore, Eugene, OR

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The New York Times bestseller, now available in paperback Mary Karr's sequel to the beloved and bestsellingThe Liars ClubandCherry lassos you, hogties your emotions and won t let you go (Michiko Kakutani, New York Times).

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.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780060596996
ISBN-10: 0060596996
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: June 29th, 2010
Pages: 432
Language: English
Series: P.S.