July 24, 2024

What Made Mary Karr’s The Liars’ Club a Best-selling Memoir?

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Mary Karr’s The Liars’ Club is one of the classic memoirs that started the Memoir Revolution. This is one of those books that’s so engrossing that anyone who’s read it has the same reaction: I LOVED THAT BOOK! As a reader, you identify with her raucous, dangerous family. Her honest exploration of sex, guns, and alcohol pushes the boundaries of what we might think we’re allowed to write, giving the rest of us creative inspiration and permission around what’s possible for us with our own writing. Karr’s a trustworthy narrator of tragedy and trauma, sprinkling hope and compassion throughout—the perfect recipe for a compelling memoir.

This course covers creating unforgettable characters; how voice shapes memoir, how much is too much, and the journey from trauma to transformation in memoir.

If you’re a fan of Mary Karr’s work, don’t miss Brooke’s interview with her as part of The Berkeley Arts & Lecture series. WATCH IT ONLINE HERE.