Lit (Paperback)

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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


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.

About the Author

Mary Karr is the author of three award-winning, bestselling memoirs: The Liars Club, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; Cherry, which was selected as a notable book by book reviews nationwide; and Lit, which was one of the New York Times Book Review s Ten Best Books of the Year (and made virtually every other Best of the Year list) and a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist. A Guggenheim Fellow in poetry, Karr has won Pushcart Prizes for both verse and essays. She is the Peck Professor of Literature at Syracuse University.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780060596996
ISBN-10: 0060596996
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: June 29th, 2010
Pages: 432
Language: English
Series: P.S.