The Liars' Club

A Memoir (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

Author: Mary Karr

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 069840999X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 352

View: 4431

“Wickedly funny and always movingly illuminating, thanks to kick-ass storytelling and a poet's ear.” –Oprah.com The New York Times bestselling, hilarious tale of Mary Karr’s hardscrabble Texas childhood that Oprah.com calls the best memoir of a generation. The Liars’ Club 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.
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The Liars' Club

A Memoir

Author: Mary Karr

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101650737

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 352

View: 895

“Wickedly funny and always movingly illuminating, thanks to kick-ass storytelling and a poet's ear.” –Oprah.com The New York Times bestselling, hilarious tale of Mary Karr’s hardscrabble Texas childhood that Oprah.com calls the best memoir of a generation. The Liars’ Club 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.
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The Liars' Club

Author: Mary Karr

Publisher: Picador

ISBN: 1743540388

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 336

View: 3900

"My father comes into focus for me on a Liars' Club afternoon. He sits at a wobbly card table weighed down by a bottle. Even now the scene seems so real to me that I can't but write it in the present tense." Mary Karr grew up in a swampy East Texas refinery town in a volatile and defiantly loving family. In this funny, devastating, haunting memoir and with a raw and often painful honesty, she looks back at life with a painter mother, seven times married, whose outlaw spirit could tip over into psychosis, and a hard-drinking, fist-swinging father who liked nothing better than to spin tales with his cronies at the Liars' Club.
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The Impostor

The Liar's Club

Author: Celeste Bradley

Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks

ISBN: 9781429901918

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

View: 4819

It isn't easy moving about Society dressed like a dandy-especially when one is a ruthless spy. But that's precisely the latest mission for Liar's Club agent Dalton Montmorecy. Dalton is posing as Sir Thorogood, the elusive cartoonist whose scathing political caricatures have all of London abuzz. The true identity of Sir Thorogood is a mystery, and Dalton hopes that impersonating him will flush out the real menace before his cartoons do further damage to the Crown. Now, if Dalton could only find a way to get the irksome, yet oddly appealing widow, Clara Simpson, off his trail... When Clara meets Sir Thorogood at a ball, she's certain he is an impostor-because she's the true Sir Thorogood. Secretly penning the cartoons under the frothy nom de plume, Clara hopes to save enough money so that she can leave her in-laws and find a new residence. Now she is determined to reveal an imposter's identity-and that means doing some undercover work herself. But pretending to be someone you're not has a funny way of making a woman do things she wouldn't ordinarily dream of-even if it drives her straight into the arms of her devilishly handsome adversary!
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Cherry

Author: Mary Karr

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101650745

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

View: 5427

From Mary Karr comes this gorgeously written, often hilarious story of her tumultuous teens and sexual coming-of-age. Picking up where the bestselling The Liars' Club left off, Karr dashes down the trail of her teen years with customary sass, only to run up against the paralyzing self-doubt of a girl in bloom. Fleeing the thrills and terrors of adolescence, she clashes against authority in all its forms and hooks up with an unforgettable band of heads and bona-fide geniuses. Parts of Cherry will leave you gasping with laughter. Karr assembles a self from the smokiest beginnings, delivering a long-awaited sequel that is both "bawdy and wise" (San Francisco Chronicle).
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The Rogue

The Liar's Club

Author: Celeste Bradley

Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks

ISBN: 9781429901857

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

View: 8181

Ethan Damont's legendary gambling skills have earned him a place at the gaming tables of London's most exclusive homes. He has used his dubious place in Society to aid The Liar's Club. But his latest favor to the group has not only put his life in danger-it has thrown him together with the woman who tempts him to forgo his rakish ways. Lady Jane Pennington is the ravishing niece of a suspected traitor. Now it's Ethan's job to discover if the woman he finds irresistible is naïve to her uncle's deceit-or guilty of treason against the Crown... Jane can barely wait for the Season to end-until she meets Ethan Damont. After a humiliating first encounter, Jane expects a scoundrel like Ethan to joke at her expense. Instead, he behaves like a perfect gentleman. But just as Jane finds herself overcome by her desire for Ethan, he takes her captive. Suddenly, she is pulled into a dangerous world where it's impossible to know who is friend-and who is foe. Will Ethan prove to be her undoing...or the love she has always longed for?
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Cherokee Stories of the Turtle Island Liars' Club

Dakasi Elohi Anigagoga Junilawisdii (turtle, Earth, the Liars, Meeting Place)

Author: Christopher B. Teuton

Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press

ISBN: 0807835846

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 252

View: 9136

Presents a collection of traditional Cherokee tales, teachings, and folklore, with four works presented in both English and Cherokee.
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The Charmer

The Liar's Club

Author: Celeste Bradley

Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks

ISBN: 9781429901932

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

View: 2887

Collis Tremayne could make any female swoon; yet no one would guess the hidden desperation that drove him to become the most skilled spy in service to the Crown. All that stands in his way...is Rose Lacey, a confounding chit who manages to outsmart him with cunning and courage. She is the only woman he cannot melt with his smile. With every breath, he wishes he never laid eyes on her. And with every flash of her green eyes, he craves to possess her... Rose Lacey fought hard to meet the challenge of becoming a spy for the infamous Liars Club. And if it weren't for Collis Tremayne, who manages to make her blood boil with his arrogance, and leave her breathless with white hot longing, she'd achieve her dream. Now, they must work together on a secret mission to uncover a dangerous plot-one in which the very safety of England hangs in the balance. Armed with wit and wiles, they must face deadly intrigue, clever enemies, and-if they can manage not to murder one another-the intoxicating lure of unbidden passion...
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The Pretender

The Liar's Club

Author: Celeste Bradley

Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks

ISBN: 9781429901901

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

View: 1089

Rule #1: Never fall in love. Celeste Bradley captivated critics and readers alike with her unforgettable novel Fallen, which was nominated for the prestigious RITA Award from Romance Writers of America for Best First Book. Now, she brings us The Lover, the first book in the wildly fun, exciting, and sexy new Liar's Club series both featuring irresistible heroes who are out to steal their leading ladies hearts! She had a secret she'd do anything to hide. Agatha Cunnington, a headstrong beauty from the country, has come to London in search of her missing brother James. The only clue she has is a cryptic letter signed The Griffin. Agatha decides to disguise herself as a respectable married woman so that she can go about the city unnoticed. But for her charade to work she needs a suitable "husband," preferably someone tall, elegant, and rakish-someone like Simon Montague Rain. He had a secret he'd do anything to hide. Simon Montague Rain, also known as The Magician, is a member of The Liar's Club, a renegade group of rogues and thieves in the service of the Crown. When someone begins murdering members of the undercover cabal one by one, Simon is given the mission to bring in The Griffin, one of his comrades who is suspected of betraying his brothers. Simon goes undercover and infiltrates the home of "Mrs." Agatha Applequist who he believes is the Griffin's mistress. Before Simon knows what's happened, he finds himself irresistibly drawn to Agatha's soft, feminine charms-and he is tempted beyond reason to break the first rule of The Liar's Club: never fall in love.
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The Spy

Author: Celeste Bradley

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 0312381603

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

View: 9255

James Cunnington, a member of a secret agency dedicated to serving the Crown, embarks on a mission to find the daughter of a missing code breaker suspected of turning traitor for Napoleon, not realizing the young woman, Phillipa Atwater, is residing under his own roof, having disguised herself as a gentleman tutor in order to conduct a search for her father who has been kidnapped by French spies.
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The Art of Memoir

Author: Mary Karr

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 0062223089

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 256

View: 3244

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 bestsellers: Cherry and Lit, which were critical hits as well. For thirty 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.
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Lit

A Memoir

Author: Mary Karr

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0060596988

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 386

View: 1303

The author reveals how, shortly after giving birth to a child she adored, she drank herself into the same numbness that nearly devoured her charismatic but troubled mother, reaching the brink of suicide before a spiritual awakening led her to sobriety.
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The Liar's Club

Author: Layla Jordan

Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corp.

ISBN: 0758292333

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

View: 4427

The lap of luxury isn't all caviar dreams for three fake friends. . . Thanks to her mega-producer new husband, Sinclair Fines has everything she's ever dreamed of until her not-quite-ex-husband gets out of the pen with blackmail on his mind. . .. Brijetta Hamilton is married to the hottest action star in Hollywood. Every tabloid wants to know how the former plus-sized girl managed to pull it off. . .. Jalessa Love was once hailed as the next IT girl, but after pulling one diva stunt too many, she's hustling to keep her name relevant. So what if it means making a play for both Sinclair and Brijetta's husbands. Backstabbing is never personal. It's only business--show business. . .. "Readers prepared for hardcore sex scenes, domestic violence, and plenty of explicit trash talk will find just what they're looking for." --Publishers Weekly
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The Devil's Tour

Author: Mary Karr

Publisher: New Directions Publishing

ISBN: 9780811212311

Category: Poetry

Page: 51

View: 4983

Posted in Poetry

The Liar's Club, the Complete Series

The Pretender, The Imposter, The Spy, The Charmer, and The Rogue

Author: Celeste Bradley

Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks

ISBN: 1250131480

Category: Fiction

Page: 1888

View: 3439

The complete series from New York Times bestselling author Celeste Bradley! Includes special bonus content. The Pretender Agatha Cunnington, a headstrong beauty from the country, has come to London in search of her missing brother James. The only clue she has is a cryptic letter signed The Griffin. Agatha decides to disguise herself as a respectable married woman so that she can go about the city unnoticed. But for her charade to work she needs a suitable "husband," preferably someone tall, elegant, and rakish-someone like Simon Montague Rain... The Impostor Liar's Club agent Dalton Montmorecy is a ruthless spy, posing to be someone else in the ballrooms of London. His mission cannot fail – now if Dalton could only find a way to get the irksome, yet oddly appealing widow, Clara Simpson, off his trail... Clara is positive the man she meets in a London ballroom is not who he says he is, and she is determined to reveal an imposter's identity-and that means doing some undercover work herself. But pretending to be someone you're not has a funny way of making a woman do things she wouldn't ordinarily dream of-even if it drives her straight into the arms of her devilishly handsome adversary! The Spy James Cunnington has a pressing mission at hand: He must find the daughter of a missing code breaker for the Liar's Club, a man suspected of turning traitor for Napoleon. While it is evident that his ward's new tutor has something to hide, James in unaware that the woman he seeks now resides under his very roof... Desperate and near destitute, Philippa Atwater must don gentleman's clothing to pass herself off as a scholarly young tutor. She sense danger all around her--even in the home of her roguishly handsome new employer, James Cunnington. Now Philippa is about to discover that the desire can be as lethal as a well-aimed bullet... The Charmer Collis Tremayne could make any female swoon; yet no one would guess the hidden desperation that drove him to become the most skilled spy in service to the Crown. All that stands in his way...is Rose Lacey, a confounding chit who manages to outsmart him with cunning and courage. And with every flash of her green eyes, he craves to possess her... The Rogue Ethan Damont has used his dubious place in Society to aid The Liar's Club. But his latest favor to the group has not only put his life in danger-it has thrown him together with the woman who tempts him to forgo his rakish ways... Jane can barely wait for the Season to end-until she meets Ethan Damont. But just as Jane finds herself overcome by her desire for Ethan, he takes her captive. Suddenly, she is pulled into a dangerous world where it's impossible to know who is friend-and who is foe. Will Ethan prove to be her undoing...or the love she has always longed for?
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Sinners Welcome

Poems

Author: Mary Karr

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0061877786

Category: Poetry

Page: 112

View: 9396

Mary Karr describes herself as a black-belt sinner, and this -- her fourth collection of poems --traces her improbable journey from the inferno of a tormented childhood into a resolutely irreverent Catholicism. Not since Saint Augustine wrote "Give me chastity, Lord -- but not yet!" has anyone brought such smart-assed hilarity to a conversion story. Karr's battle is grounded in common loss (a bitter romance, friends' deaths, a teenage son's leaving home) as well as in elegies for a complicated mother. The poems disarm with the arresting humor familiar to readers of her memoirs, The Liars' Club and Cherry. An illuminating cycle of spiritual poems have roots in Karr's eight-month tutelage in Jesuit prayer practice, and as an afterword, her celebrated essay on faith weaves the tale of how the language of poetry, which relieved her suffering so young, eventually became the language of prayer. Those of us who fret that poetry denies consolation will find clear-eyed joy in this collection.
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Viper Rum

Author: Mary Karr

Publisher: New Directions Publishing

ISBN: 9780811213820

Category: Poetry

Page: 78

View: 6947

A collection of poems exploring the theme of death, the inevitable storm that comes to the soul
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The Liar's Chair

Author: Rebecca Whitney

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 1447265858

Category: Fiction

Page: N.A

View: 6130

As featured on Loose Women's Loose Books as their November book club pick. The Liar's Chair is Rebecca Whitney's stunning psychological thriller debut set in Brighton. Who can she trust If she can't trust herself? Rachel Teller and her husband David appear happy, prosperous and fulfilled. The big house, the successful business . . . They have everything. However, control, not love, fuels their relationship and David has no idea his wife indulges in drunken indiscretions. When Rachel kills a man in a hit and run, the meticulously maintained veneer over their life begins to crack. Destroying all evidence of the accident, David insists they continue as normal. Rachel, though, is racked with guilt and as her behaviour becomes increasingly self-destructive she not only inflames David's darker side, but also uncovers her own long-suppressed memories of shame. Can Rachel confront her past and atone for her terrible crime? Not if her husband has anything to do with it . . . A startling, dark and audacious novel set in and around the Brighton streets, The Liar's Chair will keep readers on the edge of their seats until the final page has been turned. A stunning psychological portrait of a woman in a toxic marriage, Rebecca Whitney's debut will show that sometimes the darkest shadow holds the truth you have been hiding from . . . 'A twist-filled tour of a marriage made in hell' Peter Swanson *Perfect for fans of Louise Doughty's Apple Tree Yard*
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The Liar's Diary

Author: Patry Francis

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780452289154

Category: Fiction

Page: 311

View: 6624

Drawn almost against her will to a vibrant newcomer who has been breaking hearts in their community, Jeanne Cross discovers that she and the woman share deep-seated emotional needs, a commonality that turns deadly when her house is repeatedly burglarized and her son is framed for murder. Reprint.
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