The Art of Memoir

By | March 17, 2018
The Art of Memoir Author Mary Karr
ISBN-10 0062223070
ISBN-13 9780062223074
Year 2016-09-06
Pages 256
Language English
Publisher Harper Perennial
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Credited with sparking the current memoir explosion Mary Karrs 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 teaching prizes at Syracuse The writing program there produced such acclaimed 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 that is as irreverent insightful and entertaining as her own work in the genre Anchored by excerpts from her favorite memoirs and anecdotes from fellow writers experience The Art of Memoir lays bare Karrs own process Plus all those inside stories about how she dealt with family and friends get told and 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 and identity and 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 Kings On Writing and Anne Lamotts Bird by Bird The Art of Memoir is an elegant and accessible exploration of one of todays most popular literary formsa tour de force from an accomplished master pulling back the curtain on her craft

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