Mary Karr is an award-winning poet and best-selling memoirist. She is the author of the critically-acclaimed and New York Times best-selling memoirs "The Liars' Club," "Cherry" and "Lit". Her most recent work, "The Art of Memoir," lays bare Karr's own process. As she breaks down the key elements of great literary memoir, she breaks open concepts of memory and identity and illuminates the cathartic power of reflecting on the past.
For its 20th anniversary, Penguin has published a stunning Graphic Deluxe Edition of Mary Karr's pathbreaking, award-winning, mega-bestselling memoir, "The Liar's Club" with a new foreword by Lena Dunham. When it was first published 20 years ago, it took the world by storm and raised the art of the memoir to an entirely new level, bringing about a dramatic revival of the form. Karr's comic childhood in an east Texas oil town brings us characters as darkly hilarious as any of J. D. Salinger's--a hard-drinking daddy, a sister who can talk down the sheriff at age twelve, and an oft-married mother whose accumulated secrets threaten to destroy them all. This unsentimental and profoundly moving account of an apocalyptic childhood is as "funny, lively, and un-put-downable" (USA Today) today as it ever was.