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Author: Mary Karr Narrator: Mary Karr Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2015 ISBN: 9780062417114
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In The Art of Memoir, master memoirist Mary Karr 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 as she breaks down the key elements of great literary memoir. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Karr has written another astonishingly perceptive, wildly entertaining, and profoundly honest book—funny, fascinating, necessary.”

    Cheryl Strayed, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • “This joyful celebration of memoir packs transcendent insights with trademark hilarity.”

    George Saunders, New York Times bestselling author

  • Passionate and irreverent—and reminds us why we love a good memoir.”


  • “Examines our enduring drive to make memory speak and to ‘wring some truth from this godawful mess of a single life.’"


  • “Should be required reading for anyone attempting to write a memoir, but anyone who loves literature will enjoy it too.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “A master class on the art of the memoir. ”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Full of Karr’s usual wit, compassion and, perhaps most reassuringly, self-doubt.”

    Washington Post

  • “Reminds us not only how compelling personal stories can be, but how, in the hands of a master, they can transmute into the highest art.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Karr, the author of three lauded memoirs…offers her wisdom in this instructive guide to the genre…Karr lends her characteristic trueness and ‘you-ness’ to the subject of writing memoirs, wisely (and quite often humorously) guiding readers in their understanding and experience of the art.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Fresh and heartfelt…As a writing guide, this book is a success. Never is Karr dull or didactic; rather, the author instructs and inspires through example and a love for the art of memoir.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “A generous and singularly insightful examination of memoir.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Mary Karr reads…with the forthright delivery of the seasoned professor that she is…Karr’s considered and straightforward delivery [provides a] thoroughly listenable and interesting audiobook.”


  • An Amazon Editor’s Top Pick for Fall
  • An Indie Next List Pick for October 2015
  • A New York Times bestseller
  • A 2015 Amazon Best Books of the Year Selection for Biographies & Memoirs

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About the Author

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.