Another hit memoir about unorthodox upbringings, this time set in east Texas, where the author’s father worked at an oil refinery. The 1995 publication of The Liars’ Club made Mary Karr an overnight celebrity. Her writing is highly regarded—her poetry has won her a Guggenheim fellowship, a Whiting Award and several Pushcart Prizes—but Karr is far from a starchy member of the literary establishment. Salty, funny, and deeply poignant, this is a rare jewel of a book, one that redefined the whole genre of autobiography.
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