The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr (Book Review)

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Review and analysis of The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr, a deep dive into the genre of memoir and autobiography.

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Proverbs Belle says:

Reading it now. Can you recommend an editor?

Jenny's Book Life says:

I am reading this right now. It's very good and thought-provoking. Husband is an interventionist and chose "Lit" to read this month from his addiction collection. It will be fun for us to compare our thoughts about Mary Karr's writing…..

Jeffrey C. McAndrew says:

Very interesting, thanks for sharing.

Knowledge Lost says:

I have read this one and really enjoyed it, I love how she used other memoirs to demonstrate her points. I especially love how she tells people to play to their strengths and not try to write like someone (especially Nabokov).

T. Reads says:

what I love about your reviews is that you always rehash the material into something different, and take ideas from the book and just run with it. I read and really enjoyed the art of memoir but you added a few new layers to my understanding of it!

Yesse López says:

I hope I can find a copy in Spanish. The book sounds really interesting.

Erika Grohoski Peralta says:

I've recently started reading memoirs. Or rather listening, because for some reason for the first time in my life I've begun audiobooks. Anyways, all of the memoirs I've read have been celebrity ones. Specifically, female celebrity comedians. Mostly because it's been TONS of fun for a commute. But I wonder if perhaps that's what people talk about when they mean confessional in nature? No offense to Tina Fey or Amy Poehler or Mindy Kaling but their books do not strike me as sincerely literary, but more of: here, I did a lot of hard work to become famous and successful and well liked and this is my story of how that happened. What would say about celebrity memoirs versus not?

theevilqueen says:

I loved reading The Art of Memoir, and then going back to it after having read Kathryn Harrison's The Kiss (which is every bit as fabulous as she makes it out to be)

I now find myself thinking "Mary would approve of this line" when a memoirist calls attention to his personal flaws or faulty memory

Boho Bookworm says:

I am a writer so this book sounds like exactly what I need to read! Heard amazing things about her books and writing x

Jane says:

ahh i would kill to be in her memoir class! scared shitless too 🙂 love your videos girl

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