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The Liars' Club : a memoir

Author: Mary Karr
Publisher: New York : Viking, 1995.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The Texas refinery town of Leechfield, perched on the swampy rim of the Gulf, is famous for mosquitoes and the manufacture of Agent Orange - a place where the only bookstores are religious ones and the restaurants serve only fried food. A handful of the Leechfield oil workers gather regularly at the American Legion Bar to drink salted beer and spin long, improbable tales. They're the Liars' Club. And to the girl
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Genre/Form: Autobiographies
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Karr, Mary.
Liars' Club.
New York : Viking, 1995
(OCoLC)624291334
Named Person: Mary Karr; Mary Karr; Mary Karr; Mary Karr; Mary Karr
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mary Karr
ISBN: 0670850535 9780670850532 0140179836 9780140179835
OCLC Number: 31374315
Awards: Winner of Literary Award (First Nonfiction) 1996
Description: 320 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Mary Karr.

Abstract:

The Texas refinery town of Leechfield, perched on the swampy rim of the Gulf, is famous for mosquitoes and the manufacture of Agent Orange - a place where the only bookstores are religious ones and the restaurants serve only fried food. A handful of the Leechfield oil workers gather regularly at the American Legion Bar to drink salted beer and spin long, improbable tales. They're the Liars' Club. And to the girl whose father is the club's undisputed champion mythmaker, they exude a fatal glamour - one that lifts her from ordinary life.

But there are other lies. Darker, more hidden. Her mother's unimaginable past threatens the family's very sanity. Mary Karr looks back through younger eyes to exorcise those demons: a mad, puritanical grandmother; a vast inheritance squandered in one year flat; endless emptied bottles; and the darknesses inflicted on an eight-year-old girl. This voice explodes with antic, wit, stripped of self-pity. Miraculously, it makes a journey into joy. Here is a "terrific family of liars redeemed by a slow unearthing of truth."

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