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The Art of Memoir Audiobook

The Art of Memoir

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Publisher's Summary

Credited with sparking the current memoir explosion, Mary Karr's The Liars' Club spent more than a year at the top of the New York Times list. She followed with two other smash best sellers: Cherry and Lit, which were critical hits as well.

For 30 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 Karr's 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 King's On Writing and Anne Lamott's Bird by Bird, The Art of Memoir is an elegant and accessible exploration of one of today's most popular literary forms - a tour de force from an accomplished master pulling back the curtain on her craft.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2015 Mary Karr (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • A. Potter
    Washington D.C.
    18/01/16
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    "Brilliant!"
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    This is probably the best book on writing I’ve ever read. Mary Karr combines immensely satisfying criticism (including brilliant analyses on Vladamir Nabokov, Maya Angelou, and Michael Herr) with her own rules for memoir writing, focusing on themes of truth, carnality, and cultivating a voice, all delivered with her own mastery of language and charming Texas twang. I connected with her no-nonsense outlook on writing, and her ability to talk the reader through scribbling down the hard stuff with humor and authority. Through Karr, I found inspiration to resurrect my own tattered pages of memoir and start typing again. This is a keeper.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • DianA
    Margate, FL, United States
    31/12/15
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    "Like a college course taught by Mary Karr"

    When I finished listening to The Art of Memoir, I felt sad it was over. I savored it during my morning walks & felt I was privy to a much needed university course taught by Mary Karr. This is more than a book about writing, it's about honesty and hard work - I'm inspired to do many things, including writing.
    Thank you Mary Karr✌️💜📚

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • K. Russell
    Northwest
    04/11/15
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    "Fantastic info for writers! Good listening!"
    What did you love best about The Art of Memoir?

    Mary Karr's voice and her ability to tell a good story.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, but only because there is so much info, I wanted to take it all in.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend this to anyone interested in writing memoir and the art of telling a story. Mary Karr is the perfect author for this book!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Deborah
    Littleton, Colombia
    02/02/16
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    "Could not stop listening!"
    Would you listen to The Art of Memoir again? Why?

    I'm going to listen to this book several times, there's so much meat in these words to savor.


    What other book might you compare The Art of Memoir to and why?

    None! There's nothing like this that I've ever read or listened to. And I've read dozens of memoir writing books in search of knowledge, inspiration...direction.


    What about Mary Karr’s performance did you like?

    It's always good to hear the writer read her work. There's a realness to the words instead of a performance of the words.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ran Lahat
    Israel
    15/11/16
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    "Great!"

    This listen is just great. And not only if you intend to write memoirs, which I'm not. If you're interested in looking at your life or others' lives, or if you're curious about what took to write some fantastic books

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ellen Scanlin
    Vincennes, IN United States
    08/11/16
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    "Excellent"

    A profound and engaging read, very specific and interesting. I highly recommend it and appreciate her insights.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Marlane
    20/10/16
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    "Hands down the best book I've read on memoir"

    This book gets into the heart, body mind and soul of memoir writing. Wise, inspiring.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Deny
    12/08/16
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    "learning about truth...I knew I had a life ...trut"

    loved the Narration and I learned that truth IA worth telling. I had ignored that which would make others look good but truth is truth. I have very bad vision on a phone so small..computer broken..so I apologize for bad spelling but my words were important to me even though probably in a pile but I have to accept that the same may happen to my book. thank you for giving me the ability to be me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    18/11/17
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    "Celeste Mode"

    Spot on title ! Incredibly detailed. Informative. Insightful with down to earth sympatico . Love this author' s style.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Robert William Case
    08/09/17
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    "Truth In All Its Forms"
    What did you love best about The Art of Memoir?

    The ways in which the author/narrator elevates memoir as a genre or style of writing. This book has tweaked my interest in reading more of them. I have a much better understanding of the distinction between biography and memoir. Biographies are written by authors who have excelled in fields, other than writing. A memoir falls into the more specific category of an artist, usually an author, who has decided to step back and write the story of their own life.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The many ways that this author hammers home the lesson that truth is always subjective. I have committed to memory the line the author was schooled in so thoroughly as a child, that: "A good lie, well told and often repeated, is better than the truth."


    What does Mary Karr bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The author's passion for this literary form shines through when she talks about the memoirs of other writers she considers great. There is clarity and compassion in her explanations about how and why.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    If I were to make a film of this book, the tag line would be: "The Book Is Better." This book just would not translate to film.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a well-organized piece of work. The author, Mary Karr, is a skillful teacher. She gets to the point, makes it well, and then moves on. For this writer, it's hugely instructive and just as motivational.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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