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Mary Karr


Mary Karr

Mary Karr is the author of three award-winning, bestselling memoirs: THE LIARS’ CLUB, which kick-started a memoir revolution and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; CHERRY, which was excerpted in The New Yorker and hit “notable book” lists nationwide; and LIT, which was a “Top Ten” New York Times Book Review pick (and hit virtually every other Best of the Year list) and also a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist. A Guggenheim Fellow in poetry, Karr has won Pushcart Prizes for both verse and essays. Other grants include the Whiting Award and Radcliffe’s Bunting Fellowship. She is the Peck Professor of Literature at Syracuse University.

Books by Mary Karr

by Mary Karr - Literary Criticism, Nonfiction

Mary Karr’s THE LIARS’ CLUB was credited with sparking the current memoir explosion. For 30 years, Karr has also taught the form, winning graduate teaching prizes for her highly selective seminar at Syracuse, where she mentored such future hit authors as Cheryl Strayed, Keith Gessen and Koren Zailckas. In THE ART OF MEMOIR, she synthesizes her expertise as professor and therapy patient, writer and spiritual seeker, recovered alcoholic and “black belt sinner,” providing a unique window into the mechanics and art of the form.