The Art of Memoir

The Art of Memoir

Mary Karr
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Credited with sparking the current memoir explosion, Mary Karr's The Liars' Club spent more than a year at the top of the New York Times list. She followed with two other smash bestsellers: Cherry and Lit, which were critical hits as well. 

For thirty years Karr has also taught the form, winning graduate teaching prizes for her highly selective seminar at Syracuse, where she mentored such future acclaimed authors as Cheryl Strayed, Keith Gessen, & Koren Zailckas. In The Art of Memoir, she synthesizes her expertise as professor & therapy patient, writer & spiritual seeker, recovered alcoholic and "black-belt sinner," providing a unique window into the mechanics & art of the form that is as irreverent, insightful, and entertaining as her own work in the genre. 

Anchored by excerpts from her favorite memoirs & anecdotes from fellow writers' experience, The Art of Memoir lays bare Karr's own process. (Plus all those inside stories about how she dealt with family & friends get told—& the dark spaces in her own skull probed in depth.) As she breaks down the key elements of great literary memoir, she breaks open our concepts of memory & identity, & illuminates the cathartic power of reflecting on the past; anybody with an inner life or complicated history, whether writer or reader, will relate. 

Joining such classics as Stephen King's On Writing & Anne Lamott's Bird by Bird, The Art of Memoir is an elegant & accessible exploration of one of today's most popular literary forms—a tour de force from an accomplished master pulling back the curtain on her craft. 

Mary Karr is the author of three award-winning, bestselling memoirs: The Liars’ ClubCherry, and Lit, as well as The Art of Memoir, also a New York Times bestseller. She received Guggenheim & Radcliffe Fellowships for poetry & is the Peck Professor of Literature at Syracuse University.

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english, 2015
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