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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:
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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 awakening 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.

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

    " One of my favorite books! "

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