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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,256 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mary Karr Narrator: Mary Karr Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2000 ISBN: 9780375417498
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Mary Karr told the prize-winning tale of her hardscrabble Texas childhood with enough literary verve to spark a renaissance in memoir. The Liar's Club rode the top of The New York Times bestseller list for more than a year, and publications ranging from The New Yorker to People picked it as one of the best books of the year. But it left people wondering: How'd that scrappy kid make it outta there? Cherry dares to tell that story. Karr picks up the trail and dashes off into her teen years with customary sass, only to run up against the paralyzing self-doubt of a girl in bloom.

In this long-awaited sequel, we see Karr ultimately trying to run from the thrills and terrors of her sexual awakwening by butting against authority in all its forms. She lands all too often in the principal's office and—in one instance—a jail cell. Looking for a lover or heart's companion who'll make her feel whole, she hooks up with an outrageous band of surfers and heads, wannabe yogis and bona fide geniuses.

Karr's edgy, brilliant prose careens between hilarity and tragedy, and Cherry takes readers to a place never truly explored—deep inside a girl's stormy, ardent adolescence. Parts will leave you gasping with laughter. But its soaring close proves that from even the smokiest beginnings a solid self can form, one capable of facing down all manner of monsters. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joyce Hansen | 1/28/2014

    " Summary: Karr's highly-anticipated follow-up memoir, covers her life up to the age of seventeen: through deep and abiding friendships, through early and touchingly hilarious experiments with sex, through the process of self-creation a young girl goes through when there's nobody around to show her the way. The book is divided into three parts: "Elementary's End", about the summer when Mary was between the fifth and sixth grade; "Midway", about her junior high school years,and "High", about her tumultuous high school years in the early 1970s. Mary's focus in this book is on her sexual coming of age. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle Starin | 12/15/2013

    " I found this more difficult to love than The Liar's Club. Not as engaging. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tina | 12/14/2013

    " My sister Terry sent this book to me many years ago. She stuck a post-it on the cover explaining why she wanted me to read it, one of the few pieces of her handwriting in my possession. I didn't like the book and never finished it until now, a year after her death from cancer. I still could not relate to the memoir in the way Terry did. Even so, it is a tale well-told, a scrapbook of events in fluid narrative which drags the reader through adolescent mishap, mistake, and misery. My discomfort in the company of this wayward teen was overshadowed by the engaging conversational writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 11/25/2013

    " One of my favorite books! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fran | 11/21/2013

    " I found the use of the second person in the majority of the book to be distracting and not as compelling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 11/12/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book a lot, but I found off-putting the shift to second person narration in the latter half of the book. It made the reading experience somewhat less enjoyable to me as I felt disconnected from the protagonist/writer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robyn | 11/6/2013

    " I loved The Liar's Club so I figured it would be a hard act to follow. But this book kept the tone and the humor and the outrage so I'm satisfied. I envy the characters abilities to process painful life lessons. How is it the daughters got enough from their limited parents and chaotic childhood to become these fully realized adults? Maybe this is why we keep reading coming of age books, to me this is one of the compelling mysteries of life. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kerri | 11/4/2013

    " i got halfway through this one, but didn't have time to finish it because it was due back at the library. i may check it out again sometime, but it didn't really hold my attention too much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amity | 11/1/2013

    " not quite the liar's club, but mary karr, oh mary karr. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth Michael | 10/29/2013

    " Not quite as fantastic as The Liars' Club, but pretty darned close, and certainly a memoir worth reading, particularly if you don't plan on reading many memoirs at all. This and its predecessor should surely be at the top of even a very short list. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carla | 10/21/2013

    " This is a beautifully frank, open foray into adolescence, which is what makes it sometimes tedious to read. Adolescence is not all that interesting once you're --thank goodness!! -- out of it. Lit and Liar Liar are more engaging. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Courtney | 10/21/2013

    " I was expecting much more from this. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathy | 10/17/2013

    " Memoir by Mary Karr of her pre-teen and teen years. Unstable house, alcohol, and then as she got older, sex and drugs. Well-written and honest, but not that great a read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christin | 10/8/2013

    " Still as kickass as The Liars' Club with that same Karr spirit and verve, but is a little more special to me because it also manages to capture the youthful exuberance and awkwardness of first love. Plus, the inscription she wrote to me reads, "To Christin, who rules the universe..." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 10/6/2013

    " This book is just as good as Liar's Club. A must read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Doneen | 9/6/2013

    " I didn't like this one as much as "Lit," but it was still pretty good. Maybe I'm missing something by reading them in reverse order. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Juliette | 6/24/2013

    " Mary Karr is a master at writing about memory. She captures those odd and awkward feelings that I recall from when I was a teenager~how a person can feel so lonely, even though there are family members, teachers, friends, and other people around all the time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angie | 5/11/2013

    " Despite perfectly capturing feelings of desire and sexuality during adolescence, and what I would imagine teenage life during the 70s to be, it couldn't help but fall short of The Liar's Club. Plus, the second person narration gets incredibly tiresome after awhile. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denise Hisey | 3/20/2013

    " Mary Karr says it like it is and I love that about her! Sometimes a little too raw, but always real. What I like most about her is her persistence to be herself. I read Lit first, and now plan to read Liar's Club next. (yes, I know I'm reading in reverse order!) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carly | 2/5/2013

    " Great hippy memoir. Worth a read...I couldn't put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lucy | 9/6/2012

    " The proverbial "sexual coming of age"novel but this one set in a small Texas town with a dysfunctional family. Sequel to The Liar's Club, which is about her earlier childhood. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Missreb | 5/11/2012

    " a valentine for your inner angst-ridden-teen, only dipped in grit, sprinkled with wit, and centered around a really hard nut. delicious prose. savory insight. feeds your bones. yum! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keija | 9/15/2011

    " Enjoyed this coming of age memoir far more than LIT--less self-serving, more interesting world/subject, same gorgeous writing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Diana | 9/6/2011

    " I LOVE Mary Karr but this book didn't do it for me. Her teenage druggy years were boring to me and that was half the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ka | 7/29/2011

    " The heroine of Liars Club comes of age on her own terms within the druggy counter-culture in her East Texas homeland. This has very little to do with her Cherry and everything to do with (hilarious) mistakes we make in our teenage innocence. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie | 7/24/2011

    " This is the second of three (so far) memoirs by Mary Karr who is a fine writer. I would say this is weaker than the other two, though still a really good book. I read them out of order with this one last, so that may have colored my perception of the book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alisonleonard1 | 7/3/2011

    " Of the three, I liked this least "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sasha | 6/25/2011

    " From what I read, it wasn't all that bad. Thing is, I got around, oh, 1/4 or so through the book over the course of years. Never bothered to finish it, ended up giving it away. So, nothing terrible, but then again, it wasn't even memorable enough to hate. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brandy | 4/12/2011

    " Overall, not a good read. A big disappointment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew | 3/18/2011

    " Phooie. I forgot to finish my afterword. Yet another messed-up-girl-grows-up memoir. I think it left me feeling sentimental and that Cherry is really mising the point (of life). I guess I find it hard to relate. Well-written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ka | 2/19/2011

    " The heroine of Liars Club comes of age on her own terms within the druggy counter-culture in her East Texas homeland. This has very little to do with her Cherry and everything to do with (hilarious) mistakes we make in our teenage innocence. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 2/12/2011

    " Even better than The Liars Club. I loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 2/2/2011

    " there are not enough female coming of age novels. this is one, and though the second half wasn't as good as the first, i really liked it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 2/1/2011

    " I'm intrigued and challenged by each sentence in this book. Mary Karr knows how to tell a story that you'll get lost in. I've not read a writer more gifted in putting prose together. Plus, I grew up in the area she writes about, and her depiction is accurate to the T. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marcia | 1/3/2011

    " I found this second of Karr's three memoirs less moving than #3, Lit, but her writing is still masterful. I look forward to reading #1 next: The Liar's Club. "

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About the Author
Author Mary Karr

Mary Karr is an award-winning poet and the bestselling author of Lit, the sequel to her critically acclaimed and New York Times bestselling memoirs The Liars’ Club and Cherry. A born raconteur, she brings to her lectures and talks the same wit, irreverence, joy, and sorrow found in her poetry and prose. A sought-after speaker, she has given distinguished talks at prestigious universities, libraries, and writers’ festivals, including Harvard, Oxford, Princeton, Brown, and Syracuse; the New York Public Library, the Los Angeles Public Library, and the Folger Library; the New Yorker Literary Festival, PEN/Faulkner, and the Festival of Faith and Writing. Karr welcomes conversation with her audience and she is known for her spirited, lively, and engaging Q&A sessions.