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When it was published in 1995, Mary Karr's <i>The Liars Club</i> took the world by storm and raised the art of the memoir to an entirely new level, as well as br...

When it was published in 1995, Mary Karr's <i>The Liars Club</i> took the world by storm and raised the art of the memoir to an entirely new level, as well as 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 twelve, and an oft-married mother whose accumulated secrets threaten to destroy them all. Now with a new introduction that discusses her memoir's impact on her family, this unsentimental and profoundly moving account of an apocalyptic childhood is as "funny, lively, and un-put-downable" (<i>USA Today</i>) today as it ever was.

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