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Mary Karr

No One Glorifies the Grind Because It Sucks

Brooke Warner | Posted 11.04.2015 | Books
Brooke Warner

You're not alone, and if that's all your writing process is to you -- a grind you're dying to get through -- that does not make you less of a writer.

Knocking Yourself Out With Your Own Fist

Sheila Hamilton | Posted 11.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Sheila Hamilton

My hope is that my story, told from the other side of this sixth stage, will be a catalyst for positive change in the way we approach, regard, and respond to the social fallout of mental illness.

Mary Karr's Truth

Brooke Warner | Posted 10.06.2015 | Books
Brooke Warner

Mary is advocating that writers not be chained to exactitudes. But in giving this kind of permission, she is opening the door to a small battleground where absolutists are going to have a field day with her. For black-and-white thinkers there is truth or not truth.

Five Tips From Mary Karr and Me About Writing Memoir

Linda Joy Myers, Ph. D. | Posted 09.29.2015 | Fifty
Linda Joy Myers, Ph. D.

Last week Mary Karr presented her new book The Art of Memoir to an audience in Berkeley, California. Brooke Warner, my co-teaching colleague, interviewed Mary in the intimate hall of the Hillside Club, a historical building with a wooden floor and small stage.

Why 'Factually Inaccurate' Memoirs Are More Than Okay

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 09.28.2015 | Arts

This week, Elizabeth Gilbert released what I assume was a highly anticipated new book, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear. Unlike her last book -...

In Writing a Memoir, Structure Matters

Beth Kephart | Posted 09.16.2015 | Books
Beth Kephart

I'd like to raise a quiet hand in defense of structure. Indeed, it has always seemed to me that structure defines memoir -- elevates it above mere autobiography, distinguishes it from journalism and essay, rescues it from narcissism.

Tarpaper Sky and Conversations: Interviews with Rodney Crowell and Stanton Moore

Mike Ragogna | Posted 06.15.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

"Once we caught on to the sounds we were making, from there on we were rolling. Pretty much everything you hear with the exception of a fiddle here or there and a couple of background voices was what we produced on the floor."

Kin: A Conversation With Rodney Crowell

Mike Ragogna | Posted 08.13.2012 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna


In Praise of Flawed Women

Ann Bauer | Posted 07.04.2012 | Books
Ann Bauer

During the long year that The Forever Marriage was circulating, I sought out portraits of imperfect but redeemable women.

Publishing's Renewed Holiday Push With Memoirs, an Enduring Genre

David Tereshchuk | Posted 01.22.2012 | Books
David Tereshchuk

The publishing industry has now fully readied itself for the holidays, with offerings that include yet more aggressively-promoted slices of first-person recollection.

The Wicked Art of Memoir Making

Peter Brown Hoffmeister | Posted 01.08.2012 | Books
Peter Brown Hoffmeister

Memoirs are often written by the spurned lover, the abused child, the disenfranchised group member. Some memoir writers haven't dealt with their pasts, using the print medium to get even.

The Memoir Dilemma: What's With All These Memoirs?

Jennifer Lauck | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jennifer Lauck

Memoirs have been called misleading, fraudulent, overly confessional and now are also deemed narratively non-rigorous and too easy to write.

Ten Great Books You Won't Find On Every List This Holiday Season

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jesse Kornbluth

If your friends and family know that you're a big-time reader, you're surely going to get books for the holidays. And if they don't know you well, y...

Contemporary Literature's Most Memorable Moms

Flavorwire | Caroline Stanley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

As James Joyce once wrote, "Whatever else is unsure in this stinking dunghill of a world a mother's love is not." Sweet, right? While we'd agree that ...

Mary Karr, Fearless Web Warrior

Laura Baudo Sillerman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Laura Baudo Sillerman

The paperback edition of her searing, beautifully reviewed memoir, Lit, has hit the shelves, and Karr is striking out to stoke the sales buzz for a book that should be flying out the door all on its own.

From One Book Cover to Another: Saying Goodbye to My Gerbils

Holly Robinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Holly Robinson

The paperback of my memoir was released recently, but I barely recognize my own book with the new cover. It hurts my heart to say goodbye to the gerbils on the hardcover edition of The Gerbil Farmer's Daughter.

Indies Choice Book Award Finalists Announced

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

The ABA (American Booksellers Association) announced the finalists for the Indies Choice Book Awards on Monday, which are chosen by any and all indepe...

Francine Prose On Mary Karr's 'Lit'

The New York Review of Books | Francine Prose | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Francine Prose The New York Review of Books A Knife at the Door "Lit: A Memoir" by Mary Karr Harper, 386 pp., $25.99 In an introduction to the tent...

'Devotion', 'Lit' and 'Commitment': Memoirs as the New Neighbor

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Nina Sankovitch

Memoirs allow us to get intimate with another person, to discover secrets and learn from that person's own discussion of her life issues.

National Book Critics Circle Prize Nominees Announced

AP | HILLEL ITALIE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

NEW YORK — Man Booker Prize winner Hilary Mantel and National Book Award finalists Jayne Anne Phillips and Bonnie Jo Campbell were among the nom...

10 Dysfunctional Family Memoirs And One Shakespeare Play (PHOTOS, POLL)

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Dreading going home for the holidays? So are a lot of people, and we imagine some of these writers wouldn't be looking forward to it either. Here ...

Mary Karr Speaks To HuffPost About "Lit"

The Huffington Post | Steve Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

The brouhaha that flared last week when "Publishers Weekly" announced its list of Top Ten Books of the Year, a list that garnered probably unwanted bu...

Miami Book Fair Going Strong This Week

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

All this week, Miami is celebrating the world of literature with its annual Book Fair. Running from November 8 - 15 and open to the public for a small...

Mary Karr Interview: "Lit" Part II

Huffington Post | Steve Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

The following is a continuation of a Huffington Post interview with author Mary Karr on her new memoir, "Lit." You can read the first part here. Hu...

Book Review Round-Up

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

This week, the book review round-up includes some reviews from insider journals Publishers Weekly, Kirkus and Booklist, which often get the scoop on n...