Book Review: The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr

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The Art of Memoir By Mary KarrMary Karr’s newly released The Art of Memoir couldn’t have arrived at a better time for me.

As bestselling author of The Liar’s Club, Cherry and Lit, and teacher of the form for thirty years, I couldn’t wait to devour her latest creation.

Written for both the “wannabe memoirist” and “general reader”, Karr’s passion for the reading, writing and teaching of her craft bursts through the door of every chapter.

As she tells her students:

“Listen up. I’m a passionate, messy teacher. I give a rat’s ass, and my sole job is to help students fall in love with what I already worship, which means, I show you stuff I’ve read that I can’t live without.”

(An extensive list of all the memoirs she has both read and taught stretches over five pages at the back of the book and had me gawping in awe.)

And this is what…

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7 Comments

  1. Hi Lynette, thank you so much for the reblog. I’m so glad to have found my way here to your wonderful blog as a result, it’s lovely to meet you 🙂 Sherri

    1. It’s lovely to meet you too Sherri! And it was my pleasure to reblog your book review of Memoir by Mary Karr. I look forward to reading more of your blog.

      1. Thank you so much Lynette, and likewise! 🙂

  2. Wasn’t this just a fabulous review from Sherri? I can’t wait to read it! 🙂

    1. Yes it is. I’ve heard so many good things about this book! I can’t wait to read it for myself.

      1. It’s coming up in my TBR. I think it will be a great read for all memoir writers in particular. 🙂

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